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99 Ranger 2WD wheel options

I am looking for steel wheels to replace the 14" wheels that came on the truck. I would like to go to 15" or 16". What interchange options with other vehicles or new steel options will work?
 
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that year they came with 14 and 15 and 16" I would go for 15 it's the most common. I find 235/75R15 a great tire size that offers good performance. Some Jeep wheels will fit but make sure the centre hole is big enough for your front wheel spindle.
 
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Also note that when you put on larger wheels and tires, that your speedometer will read SLOWER than what you are actually travelling. Such as if your speedometer says 60mph, you maybe actually going 66mph. Live gps can give you a pretty good idea of your speed variation.
 
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14 inch wheels on a 99 seems really small, what does the sticker say on the drivers door pillar ?
 
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Tire size calculator here: https://tiresize.com/calculator/

1999 Ranger 2WD shows it came with 205/75 R 14 with has a 26" overall diameter
235/75 R 15 would have 29" diameter so 3" increase which could rub on the front depending on suspension

215/65 R 16 is only 27" diameter so might be a good option

Tire numbers
First number like 215 is the WIDTH of the tire
Second number is the sidewall width and is a % of the overall width, so 75 is 75% of the width of the tire, 65 is 65% of the width of the tire
Third is the Letter R for Radial tire
Last is the Rim size it will fit, i.e. 14" rim/wheel, or 15" or 16"

Second number can be confusing, 215/65 tire would be 8.5" wide and sidewall would be 5.5", 65% of 8.5", 8.5" x .65 = 5.525"
So "Low profile tires" would have a low second number, they get down into the 30 and 40% range
Higher number is better for off-road and trucks, absorbs bumps better because of higher/wider sidewalls

215/50 R 18 is 26.5" diameter, "Big wheel", lol

Unless you want your Ranger to sit higher off the road I would stay as close to 26" overall diameter as possible, and speedometer will stay the same
 

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Interesting, my B3000 came with 225/75R15's _ that's what is on the door pillar.
 
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Yes, it would depend on trim package

Look here as well: https://tiresize.com/tires/Ford/Ranger/

In 1999 2WD Ranger just had 205/75R14(26") and 225/70R15(27"), only 1" difference in diameter
 
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I don't think the OP is looking for tire size recommendations,

I think they are looking for what wheels from what other vehicles will fit and work.
 
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Thanks for all the feedback. The truck is equipped with 14" wheels and my tire options are limited. I was looking at 15" steel wheel options on Tire Rack but they are very limited also. There is a Black Rock 997 16x7 black steel wheel that looks promising and should work well with the 215/65 16's that RonD mentioned above.
 
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I'd check craigslist and facebook. I picked up a spare for mine off of ebay. you can get an entire set of stock wheels fairly cheap if you watch:



Those are 15 x 7's I have those on my 2000 with 235/75R15's one size above the stock 225/70R15(27")
 
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Originally Posted by A7thson View Post
I'd check craigslist and facebook. I picked up a spare for mine off of ebay. you can get an entire set of stock wheels fairly cheap if you watch:



Those are 15 x 7's I have those on my 2000 with 235/75R15's one size above the stock 225/70R15(27")
Thanks for reminding me. I just found a set of 15" aluminums on CL. I would prefer steel but not that big of a deal.
 
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Interchangeability?

Ford, Jeep, Dodge, and Toyota 5-lug patterns are 5x4.5" on the majority of them. Chevy has 5x4.75".

If you're looking for another make's wheel, those are 4 that I know are interchangeable.

If you're going aftermarket, 5x4.5" is the lug pattern size you have.

Ron's tire size explanation was spot-on. When you go to a bigger wheel size, take into consideration the final tire size mounted on the wheel.

If you just want a bigger wheel size, but retain near the same tire height (for ride height or speedo reasons), they call it a "plus one" (1 inch) or "plus two" (2 inch, etc.)

If you simply want to go just one inch more in the wheel, the tire size will be 10mm more on the aspect width and 10% less on the aspect ratio (height).

Yours being 205/75 R 14, you would go 215/65 R 15 for "plus one" and 225/55 R 16 doe "plus two".

Does that make sense?

Going to a bigger wheel will give you less of a sidewall which means better road feel, but it may sacrifice ride comfyness. Depending which tires you get, you'll get better handling, too.

I used to work for Super Shops back in the 90s

Me? I have a truck. I need big tires. I threw caution to the wind and slapped 31" BFGs on there (stock was 225/75 R 15 = near 28"), but I had to trim the bumper valance and mud flap mount. Small price considering I can drop off bigger curbs and have a nice looking ride. LOLZ

Hope that helps.
 
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Yep, makes sense. I want to stick with 15" steel and the wheel interchangeability gives me more used options. Thanks for the help.
 
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I have 2002 Ford Ranger with 15" steel wheels, I have the 7 slot wheel skins but need the center hub caps. Anybody know the part number for the center hub caps?? Thanks!!
 
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