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What do I need to run 38's?

My truck: 2011 Ranger Sport. 2WD. 4.0L Automatic. 3:53 Gears.

Im currenty running 33x12.5R15 with a 3" Bodylift, 2.5" TT and 2" Shackles.
Im going to purchase the RCD 6" Lift for my truck that converts the front torsion bar suspension to a coil over suspension. So with my BL i will be running 9" of lift. Id like to run 38's wrapped around 20" rims. Please keep in mind that this is a brand new truck and stays on pavement. No mudding. I dont need lectures about how stupid it is to have a lifted 2WD truck the doesnt wheel. I just need some help. What should i be considering when running this setup? Can I keep my stock axle and just go with much lower gears? Any help would be appreciated.
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the 8.8 is a pretty strong axle so you should be fine in that aspect...not sure what gears you should run though
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im not so sure youll be able to cram 38s under just the RCD and body lift.. thats a lot of meat!
i would go with the RCD+bodylift+gears+35s and call it a day!
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road candy. youre just as bad as a ricer.

and 5.13 or deeper
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people were running 37s with rcd and bl should be able to squeeze a 38 in there but the deepest gear you can fit in an 8.8 is a 5.13 in pretty sure
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lol good luck fitting and turning 38s
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spot on. I cannot stand road candy. lookin all pretty, like theyre trying to be something theyre not i.e. a ranger on 38's thatll never see dirt
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5.13 gears and more motor… turbo maybe.

Yes 35’s look good.

Do they make the RCD Lift anymore ?
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nope the RCD isnt made anymore
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Pavement pounder/ mall crawler
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If any of you actually read this, his truck is 2wd. RCD still makes their 2wd kit. And if he wants to run 38's, he will. What does it matter to any of you?

OP, RCD+BL+Gears and you should be ok. It'll be very tight though. I'd run 5.13's in your 8.8. You can't run any lower of a gear though in the 8.8.
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If any of you actually read this, his truck is 2wd. RCD still makes their 2wd kit. And if he wants to run 38's, he will. What does it matter to any of you?

OP, RCD+BL+Gears and you should be ok. It'll be very tight though. I'd run 5.13's in your 8.8. You can't run any lower of a gear though in the 8.8.
Thanks Tyler.

To the OP, don't mind these people. If you want to run 38s, then go for it.
It WILL be a tight fit, and its possible that some trimming may be required to keep you from rubbing while turning.

And to everybody else, the OP asked a serious questions and didn't ask to be flamed.
keep it to a minimum please.
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I thought the tallest gear you could order for an 8.8 was either 4.56s or 4.88?

Honestly, for 38's id just man up and get a full size.
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normal 2wd lift for suspension, bl, fiber fenders
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I think it will look awesome, Odds are depending on wheel backspace and whatnot its gonna rub something nasty but then again it may not so long as you stay with a 12.50.

But again dont listen to the haters. They are just pissy they cant afford to do this
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If any of you actually read this, his truck is 2wd. RCD still makes their 2wd kit. And if he wants to run 38's, he will. What does it matter to any of you?

OP, RCD+BL+Gears and you should be ok. It'll be very tight though. I'd run 5.13's in your 8.8. You can't run any lower of a gear though in the 8.8.
Thanks Rangerboy. Sounds like 5.13s is what its gonna be. And i expected alot of criticism with this post. Alot of haters on this forum. But I appreciate your input.
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Thanks to all the guys who put in positive input. This really helped me out.
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Thanks Rangerboy. Sounds like 5.13s is what its gonna be. And i expected alot of criticism with this post. Alot of haters on this forum. But I appreciate your input.
Not a problem. And like Dan said, you could always run fiberglass fenders/bedsides and have a LOT more clearance. As a matter of fact, there's a guy on here with an orange 4x4 who is running 38's with a 4" Superlift and 3" body lift and he doesn't have any troubles.
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dude its your truck forget the haters they arent driving it you are. so build this thing and put it on 38s and make sure you post pictures because i want to see it when its done
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I'm with Downey..... Do it just give us some pics man
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Their is alot of haters, well more like regurgitators. Most people on here go with the magoirity and not trial and error.

Hammer it out bud!
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there is a reason you do not see many rangers running anything bigger than a 35" tire. your wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends, and not to mention the spindles them selves were never meant to handle anything that size. its not a matter of will it fit, more like is it really safe. and im not worried about you crashing and burning, its who are you going to crash into and burn with you
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yea you prolly should upgrade your brakes too...but if i was you i would wait until your warrenty is up before you go tearing into your truck like that
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