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Alright, 285 it is haha
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You're most likely better off to go from your current 16" rims down to a 15" like I did. Not only will the rims be a little cheaper because they are smaller, you will also have more tire choices available to you and you can easily find a nice aggressive set of 31,32 or 33" tires.

For reference, these are 15x8 rims on my truck with 31x10.5x15 tires with NO lift.
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And this is the same truck with 16x7 rims with 255/70/16 tires. The tires in the first pic and the tires in this pic are almost exactly the same overall diameter, though the 31's look much more aggessive and do look larger, although it's all an illusion!
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Wow, I should move to a 15x8. That should still fit my Ranger right? Then put 31s on there?
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Yes sir, that's what I did. There is still plenty of room for a 15" rim to clear your brake calipers, as some of the more 'low end' Rangers come stock with 15" rims.

So go ahead and get those sweet black rims in 15s, and the money you save can be put towards some bigger or nicer tires. I suggest to go with 31s or 32s for now. Also, those Coopers I have on my truck in the first pic....highly recommended.
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Thanks man, I needed the help bad. Too bad Tirerack is being stupid and wont let me add those rims to my cart without finding a car they fit on. If you have been to the site you know what I mean. Haha
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If you go down to 15" rim go 32s, looks much better IMO. Check out www.summitracing.com, they have very competitive prices and will price match.

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So 15x8s or 15x10s?
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15x8s, your 4x4 right?
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Ok, so the 15x8s and what should the tire specs be? 325/??/15. What does the second number mean?
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The second number is the Sidewall height.

Play with this
http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCal...?action=submit


32s definetly look good and x2 on Summit being great to deal with.
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Could you give me some links to tires that fit that rim, 15x8 with a 32 in. tire.
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Haha nevermind. Found about five different tires on that site. Too bad the only AT is that BFGoodrich. I bet those are nice tires though
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There are a ton of tires in 32x11.5x15. If your looking for AT BFG is the only way to go IMO.
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Yep, BFG is it for me. Haha
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You're most likely better off to go from your current 16" rims down to a 15" like I did. Not only will the rims be a little cheaper because they are smaller, you will also have more tire choices available to you and you can easily find a nice aggressive set of 31,32 or 33" tires.

For reference, these are 15x8 rims on my truck with 31x10.5x15 tires with NO lift.



And this is the same truck with 16x7 rims with 255/70/16 tires. The tires in the first pic and the tires in this pic are almost exactly the same overall diameter, though the 31's look much more aggessive and do look larger, although it's all an illusion!
255/70/16 is not the same as 31x10.5x15

255/70/16 = 30.1x10/16 Your 31s are 1" taller and .5 wider. It's not an illusion. They're actually larger. It's math, not guessing and illusions.



Back on track now.....
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I can Run 265/75/16 Mud terrains with no T crank on my FX4 and no rubbing
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255/70/16 is not the same as 31x10.5x15

255/70/16 = 30.1x10/16 Your 31s are 1" taller and .5 wider. It's not an illusion. They're actually larger. It's math, not guessing and illusions.



Back on track now.....

I noticed that after I played with the tire calculator. However it's like a 2% difference and only puts my speedo out by less than 2mph, so it's barely a difference.

What I am trying to point out is that you can go from the stock 16" wheels and tires down to a 15 with a 31" tire with practically no noticable difference in drivability and not throwing everything out of whack.

Those Goodyear Wrangler RTS's pictured above were on my truck for about 2 weeks. I originally had Sport King Radial AT's on it that were 245/75/16.

Those,according to the tire caluclator are only 1.65% smaller in diameter than the 31's and now with the 31s my speedo only reads 1mph slower as it is out by 1.667%.
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OK Trent even asked and you didnt answer this is VERY important are you

4x4 or 2wd ???






If your 2wd i wouldnt even go over 31x10.5x15 on a 15x8 thats a little large for a 2wd but it will fit, 30x9.5x15 is a better all around size




IF YOU ARE 4x4 run a 15x8 with 32x11.5x15
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^Glad someone caught that.

Yeah ditch the 16 inch rims. Tires for 15 inch rims are always cheaper than their 16 inch version.

Also 15 inch rims usually have tires in the Standard readings (31x10.5x15) compaired to 16's that are typically always metric (245/75/R16).
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I am definitely Four wheel drive. Up here in Minnesota, hardly anyone here owns a two wheel drive truck, and if they do it is stored in a garage. I have the new links to the tires and wheels.

http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/Wheel...ip&showRear=no



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Since your a 4x4 you can get away wit the 15x8 with a 32x11.5 comdo.

Also make a sig. It really helps for when your asking questions.
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What is a sig.?
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crazymikey... what was the cost of one of you cooper tires?
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245 is the tire width in millimeters. 75 is the sidewall height in millimeters and 16 is the diamater in inches...
Just to clear this up for anybody that may have used this as a guide; the 2nd number is actually called an "aspect ratio" and it is a percentage, not a measurement.

For example 245/75/r16 means the tire width is 245 millimeters, and the sidewall height is 75% of 245 millimeters which would equal a sidewall height of 183.75mm, not 75mm. The 16 is simply the diameter of the rim in inches.

To manually convert tire sizes without having to use an online calculator we can do the following:

Tire height for 245/75r16 would be calculated as follows:
Sidewall height*2:
(245*.75*2)/25.4=14.47"
Rim Diameter:16"
Sidewalls+rim=30.47"

Tread width is even easier: 245/25.4=9.65"

The 25.4 that keeps popping up is simply a conversion...there are 2.54 centimeters (exactly) in one inch, which means there are 25.4 millimeters in one inch.
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crazymikey... what was the cost of one of you cooper tires?
My local tire place wants $185.99/tire for the Cooper STT in LT32x11.5r15 according to their website www.bigbranddirect.com

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For comparison they want $155.99/tire for BFG AT in the same size.
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