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full size spares as daily drivers? need help

hello and thanks for reading. I am new here and searching for some answers. I recently bought 4 spare steel wheels for my 2002 Ranger. these steel wheels are full size spares most likely from other rangers or explorers . they all look the same and were barely used . My plan was to paint them black and put new tires on them.
I've been looking for info on speed ratings and safety etc... I also notice that the police wheels on the older crown victorias look like the same steel wheel that I bought. there are even steel wheels which look the same as these spares for sale on certain websites. these are called "8 ovals" steel wheels.
On police vehicles they have a chrome ford center cap. I believe they are the same exact thing as these spare wheels , however being that these are spares are they just temp use only? or are those steel wheels for sale a stronger and higher speed rated wheels? I would like to use them as daily drivers for a long time.
thanks to everyone and ill post more as im getting my ranger back to top Cond.
 
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heres the 8 oval wheels for sale as replacement wheels.

 
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heres a ranger with the same steel wheels that I bought, only difference is that I know mine are spares
 
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Yeah.....many Ford Ranger spare tires have black versions the exact 15x7 wheel posted above on that XL. Newer ones have black versions of the 15x7 7-spoke silver or chrome wheels. And some others came with the exact 16x7 wheel that 98-02 P71 Crown Victoria's came with. The only time you should be concerned is if they were attached to a space saver donut.

You're fine! They're the same as what many of them rolled off the floor with on all 4 corners.


Funny story.... so my truck came stock with 16" aluminum wheels. The spare tire was 2 sizes smaller with a 15x7 steelie just like the picture above. A friend of mine...her truck came with 15" chrome-clad steel wheels yet the spare was the 16" Police Interceptor wheel. lol.
 
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my level II which came with 31's and 15's factory had a 29" spare, on a 16" police steelie lol.
 
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Around here we call them "Deer-hoof steelies"
 
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hey, thanks for the reply! yea I think ill be ok. im more concerned with the safety because my wife will be driving the ranger until I can teach her how to drive a manual on the f150!! but I plan on keeping her forever. and the wife too :) so I replaced all the little things that were wrong. now just finding some fenders to replace the dents. if they had me working at the ford plant , Id get it right.
 
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i like that! that's what ill call them now lol. thanks
 
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