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Old 10-12-2009
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Need input with guys with small lifts/big tires.

Hey guys..this summer I had 35x12.5-15 tires all the way around on my ranger, it went pretty well and it only had 3.27 gears or whatever it is. I managed to fit these with just cut fenders, stepside box and no lift at all. Only rubbed on full lock pretty much..other than that it was good. This was all on my 1992 Ranger, 4x4, 4 Liter V6 Dana35.

Next summer I would like to get a 3" Bodylift, possibly add a set of .5" steel spacers as well, 2" levelling coils, lift shackle, and either add a leafs or a bigger block for around 3".

I want to run 305 85 16's on stock 16" swirlies, with some 4.56's. It's about a 36.2x12 according to a calc. I want to know If I will run into any more trouble than I would have with the 35s, mostly concerned with the tire possibly hitting my intner wheel well? The 35s were mounted on 11" wide wheels, and they stuck out my wheel wells about 4-5". I'm going to say the 35's were at about 33.4" with the truck weight on them, so I think with 5" of lift should be good to go for 36's..a true measured 36" anyhow...just more concerned about turning and what not. I have 245 75 16's right now for the winter and they don't rub anything at all. 30.5x9.5 or so I believe. Wondering if that extra 1.5" or so is anything I should be worried about. The main reason I took my 35"s off was because they stuck out way too much, and I wanted to switch to aluminum wheels to save on unsprung weight a little bit. should be a little easier on wheel bearings, that sort of thing..and the truck itself.

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36 on stock D35 parts is gonna be bad.. thats all i have to say
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Haha, ahh..I agree and disagree at the same time. I mean..my old setup was heavy as hell. 15x11 rims that probably weigh as much as my entire rim and tire setup I have now...sticking out 4-5" because they had like -20 offset, and some big 35x12.5's are going to be a hell of a lot harder on a Dana35 then my stock 16x7" aluminum wheels on 305 85's. I'll bet you Im saving 20-30 pounds off each corner of the truck. Unsprung weight savings are huge. Taking 10 pounds off in unsprung weight is like taking off 100 pounds from the weight of the vehicle itself. Added to that is the fact that the wheel is actually going to be pretty much centered on the spindle will take alot of stress off wheel bearings and balljoints.

That's just my opinion, maybe nobody shares it with me..but I think it makes sense.
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Old 10-13-2009
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Did you cut the **** out of your fenders...?

dude thats a ton of stress on a stock axle.. what is your gearing?
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with the lift youll clear em.. only prob is the wheel bearing and ball joint will go bad real quick.. thats what happened to mine, then i broke my lift and ended up SASing it
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I think it will be fine as long as you leave the 35 open and be easy with it
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I didn't really read the post, but for the record, I love your truck.
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Did you cut the **** out of your fenders...?

dude thats a ton of stress on a stock axle.. what is your gearing?
Its in my original post, but 3.27's? now, moving up to 4.56's.
and yeah i did.

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elementsenjoi I didn't really read the post, but for the record, I love your truck.]
Thanks man.

Im trying to decide on what I want to do, the only tire i can find in a 305 85 is the buckshots, 315 75 i think would be too wide for a 7" wheel (thoughts?), and 295 75 may be a little on the small side for me, i want to keep my stock wheels with the biggest possible tire more or less.
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Wow.. Gen 2 with a steppie... looks pretty sweet,... regear asap though!! I had 35's with 3.27's and it burnt up my tranny
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I didn't really read the post, but for the record, I love your truck.
I agree!!!! I never thought a stepside on a gen2 like that would look good. Theres nothing I dont like about the truck. I love that you woke up one days and said I want 35s and didnt lift it lol. **** on it ima cut the fenders out and make it work cause I said so. When I tihnk of rangers This is what I think of. My freinds and I call it Ranger Class. **** dont have to match or make sense for it to be cool and still functional.
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Haha thanks guys, yeah I was basically tired of driving around on 225 70s being as low as mid size cars. It was ***** to say the least for suure. I think I'm going to go with 295/75/16s after thinking it through a bit, I can fit them as is without any problems..they're going to be a little easier on my D35 and I miiight be able to get away with running them without a re-gear, and I won't have to get a big lift. I'll probably throw a body lift on anyways, maybe some levelling coils and a shackle if it still sits too low for my tastes. On the other hand, with 305/85s, They're almost 2 inches taller than my 35s, I'll need a re-gear like a fat kid needs skittles, and I don't know if a Body lift and levelling kit would cut it, I think I would still rub at full flex, my 35s did a number some days. I would almost consider getting a Skyjacker 6" just because I think it would still be pretty close with a bl and 2" lift.

In reality I guess it comes down to money, I could spend 1500 bucks and be happy with 295/75's or I could probably be close to 4000 doing everything I need to do for 305/85s. I think I would rather just take that money Im going to spend and save for a newer Ranger, or maybe F-150..and I could swap those 295s over after, I think that would make the most sense. Im also trying to build my car right now, the toys..it never really ends lol.

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The tires im interested in are the Hankook Dynapro MT's RT03 if anyone was interested..they'd be going on my stock wheels
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bought some 255 85's last night..theyre the new mud terrain km-deuces. from what i've been hearing they're actually very close to a 34x10. should be good to go..only paid 800 taxes in and they'll be here next week sometime. i'll throw some pics up when they arrive.
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Its actually a 33x10. Make sure to post up pics when there mounted!!!!
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Bfgoodrich measures them 33.3", and guys are saying they're closer to a 34..but we'll see when they get here..and yupps i'll definately throw some pics up
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I rocked a 3 inch body lift with 35's for a while. On very tired springs too.

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truck looks pretty sikk lepp, i think im going to go with a body lift for now, rock my 255's..then eventually maybe i'll treat myself to the finer things in life and go with the camburg 4" lift, some deavers in the rear and camburg shackles, and some bilsteins with remote reservoirs. I don't think I'd be into the whole jumping thing, but it'd be nice to have a decent riding suspension with some flex..i'm going to take my sway bars out as well. i'd like to do the 93+ front end conversion, some 4.56's and be done with it. we'll see how generous the government is with the income tax return in march..haha

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haha, thats them north ontario boys for you. f' what everyone thinks, im doing it this way...

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the deuces are here! mounted either tommorow or the day after. then i'll put em through the paces. anyone have a recommended air pressure they would put in these big ole pizza cutters? they take 85psi max
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Sweet! But soooooo skinny! Haha
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lol nice tire... gona like seeing it mounted. truck llooks good
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i dig the lights. looks angry
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Hold on... You went down from a 35 to a 33? Why?
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Old 11-26-2009
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My truck doesn't have the gearing for 35's just yet, I was 4low everywhere. They're 3.27s in my truck, Im going to rock the 255s for now, then do gears soon..lift..then i'll step up to 305 85's. For now I think these will be perfect. Clearence was probably the biggest issue, I still need to fit my sled in and all that jazz.
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