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Icon5 2005 2wd 3" lift

Alright I decided to sacrifice millage for looks just need facts first. Trucks a 05 2wd bone stock. I want 3" spindle up front, 2.5" block rears. Now what tires should I run, i don't want the biggest possible i just want the minimum that will look normal and street tires because its all distance driving. Also will i need to do the camber adjustment nightmare with a lift or simply an alignment? I cant worry about bearings going out because the bigger tires Truck is basically new with 18K on it and i plan to run her to 200K i no stuff will wear out but i don't want to speed it up to much. So is this a safe idea and look OK?
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Here is a 2wd with Spindles, Body lift, and 2.5" rear blocks. I am sitting on 33's wrapped in 17's.


I know this is not what you want but may give you an idea.

Who knows one day you may decide to get an extra lift and then bigger tires! I know I want to get higher lol.

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DCRVP is running 35"s on his 2wd, and IIRC, has 3" spindles, coil spacers, longer shackles and an AAL, he clear fine and drove it all the way from Florida to Michigan, through Branson last year with no problems.
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I dont want looks as much millage, i only want the lift because im use to driving my 250 but its for sale and when it goes it will help me not miss it if the ranger is slightly higher, what does 225-75 comes out to in inches or w.e stock is i no its 225-__-15 I just want slightly larger.

also no response on the reliability issues with front end and lifting it, info would be appreciated, thats what it comes down to me doing it or not sadly enough

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If you get lift spindles and bigger tires your ball joints aand wheel bearing will wear faster than stock, although don't interpret that as meanign they will wear out fast.

If you are trying to keep reliability and economy I would say 3" spindles, and stick with 31x10.5's with alloy wheels. 32's are too big for economy and 30's look to small with a 3" lifft. Thats my $.02.

I have a 3" lift and 265/75/16's(falls right between a 31 and 32) on heavy pro comp steel wheels, it sucks lol. I have lost a lot of acceleration, and no its not just because I have the 2.3, although that doesn't help lol.

My stock tires(I think 225-75?) were about 27" tall BTW.
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Thanks for the info that was more along the lines i was looking for. I plan on keeping the stock rums though. whats one size lower than 265?
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I think you can get 265/70(same width, slightly shorter) or 260, 70-75.

That sizing system is reffered to as P-Metric. Basically, what those sizes mean is width/aspect ratio/wheel diameter.
The width, I believe, is measured in mm?
Aspect ratio is in relation t the height, its the % of height in relation to width. So 265/70 is shorter than 265/75, but the same width.
Wheel diameter is.. well pretty straight forward :P

Do you have 15 or 16" rims stock? I'm pretty sure most of the P-metric sizes larger than stock are for 16"+ wheels, so you would probably want a 31(height)x10.5(width)-15(wheel) tire, that is assuming you have 15" wheels.
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Thanks for the info, I have 225-75-15's? not sure on 75 maybe 70? but def. 15"
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05 with 18k miles? that thing been in storage its whole life?
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I just put on some 265/75 16's on my 2wd 2000 ranger and it looks pretty pimp.

Couple that with a spindle lift and I dont think you need anything more. Thats almost 6 inches over the stock hieght.
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How much those tires hurt your millage?

the truck was my grandfathers who he drove it to church once a week and when he passed I bought it off grandma thast why its low milles
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I just got back form a long trip. I averaged 24 mpg. I imagine city driving would be around 16. But on the highway it was pretty pimp.
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So spindle lifts are the safest bet?
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