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Super swamper LTB's. 34x11.50. Brenton has them. You could fit 35's i'm pretty sure. I had a 3" body lift and they fit. Granted I installed 'glass fenders and cut the rear, but you have another 2-3" more than i did.
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looks nice, just as everyone else said. bigger tires will look awesome
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some 33x12.5x15 on some 15x10 rims would really set off the beast
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Looks good, but one thing i see is that the rear driveshaft isn't long enough with the RCD kit, if you look at the rear wheel well, you can see the tire isnt centered underneith it (its a little too forward). Im not saying your truck looks bad, it looks great! But a driveshaft thats a hair longer will center it again underneigh the truck
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some 33x12.5x15 on some 15x10 rims would really set off the beast

15x8 wheels would be better, with 4.0 Backspacing.

He spent the money for the RCD kit, so I assume he plans to off-road it. Performance will be better with the slimmer wheel, as you will be able to run much lower pressures and retain a bead, preserve wheel bearings and keep the weight down.
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15x8 wheels would be better, with 4.0 Backspacing.

He spent the money for the RCD kit, so I assume he plans to off-road it. Performance will be better with the slimmer wheel, as you will be able to run much lower pressures and retain a bead, preserve wheel bearings and keep the weight down.
i just saw Zach;s (zabeard's) truck last weekend and he has 15x10. and i have never cared for it till I saw it in person and no your wrong the 15x10 is just killer it makes it look so wicked. and also if he is running a 15x8 go no less then a 3.75 offset....

IMO i think alot of people are just scared of a 15x10 on a ranger...and man it looks bad ***. i know i plan on running it now...
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I agree 15x10 looks ALOT better than 15x8
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get 15x8. i had 15x10's and wish i had 15x8's. my 33x12.5;s were actually shorter cause of the 10" rim and they didnt look as nice as with a 8. i just got 15x8 for my 36's and im much happier
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Yup i'm runnin 15x8's on my 38 12.50's.
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and it happened twice. Kaua'i's powerline claimed two bead in a little over an hour. The owner/operators chalked that up to deep clay mud and psi pressure below 10 lbs. My ranger has handled the same type of deep mud with 17 lbs psi without getting stuck, although the Kaua'i powerline is a whole nother animal.

17lbs isn't that significant. You can run that on the road. Less than 10 psi is often required for offroading, and thats what I was recommending upon. And you really don't need to air down for mud.
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[QUOTE=Redneckstone]IMO i think alot of people are just scared of a 15x10 on a ranger[QUOTE]




You're right. I'm scared
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im running 15x10 and dont regret it at all. i love it. no problems here.
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Just my personal preference, but I like 15x8's, and am actually starting to lean towards 15x7's again just because they do better on the hard pack. I like the trackwidth wide, not the rim, .
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Heck ya you need to air down for mud. I've done deep mud on street pressure and ended up stuck up to the frame rail. I've done knee to hip deep mud at 17psi and literally sliced right through it. As far a going below 10psi, again, unless you are going to be rock crawling or in deep, deep snow, ya don't need it. If you are going to run pressure below 10psi the other consideration, aside from losing a bead is damaging a sidewall, as your rim may end up pinching your sidewall. The other concern is traction. You will actually be losing traction on obstacles such as loose, wet gravel and wet roots when you air down too much. I still say run a 15x10, but the choice is up to you.

If you take your pressure down below 25psi for mud, thats overkill. Considering I only run about 28psi on the street, I don't really have to change mine. Generally you will want a tire that will cut through the slick layer of mud on top and bite on the hard layer underneath. A wide tire will float on the "wet", and not allow you as much traction as you could achieve. If you are driving in clay mud, the best solution is consistent throttle. If you find the wheels are spinning, ease off and let the tires regain traction. There is really NO need to deflate your tires if you know how to drive.
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Is there really a "strategy" for mud besides hammer down and cut the wheels back and forth when you start to loose traction?

Mud sucks!
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IMO i think alot of people are just scared of a 15x10 on a ranger



You're right. I'm scared
ehem...i am not picking on anyone. i just think from how some people talk it seems like a few people are afraid to run a 15x10. thinking it might damage the truck tis all...
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Ya c'mon, nice pics
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Since you seem to have it down to a science, bring that "science" out here and try and employ it. I guarantee you that you will end up completely flustered by the implementation of your theory. Terrains in Hawaii are as diverse as the landscape. You'll find slick red clay and deep clay mixed with sand on the same trail with a recumbent combination of wet roots, loose gravel, boulders, deep *** ruts and cut down trees. I've heard a guy who has experience on some very tenuous trails in the mainland state that this is some of the most difficult terrain that he has ever seen. Truth is if you aren't locked front and rear, or don't have a light weight or short wheel based vehicle, and don't know how to use the throttle, you're gonna end up stuck. Airing down is necessary and I've tried to run pressures(between 22 and 25 psi)without success. Tire pressures between 15 an 17 psi appear to be what you need. Trail wheeling in Hawaii takes skill, anticipation and damn good spotting.
Since Hawaiians account for less than 1% of the U.S. Population and about an equivalent amount of land mass, one can be fairly confident that they won't encounter such terrains when wheeling in the "Upper 48" or whatever it is that you call the Continental United States. Most wheeling spots have a congruent terrain such that constant adjustment of the trail rig isn't necessary. If one sets out to wheel rocks, they find rocks. If they head to the desert, they find sand. I'm sure the Hawaiian terrain is no match for such an accomplished wheeler as yourself, and I apologize for providing information applicable to 99% of the people on this board.
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With an attitude like yours, you'd end up with your *** kicked.
Okay. Of my Infantry experiences in the past months, that would be the the least of my worries.

I was trying to provide the individuals of this board information applicable to terrain they are likely to see and encounter. I apologize again, and affirm my arrogance and conceitedness comes from experience in the "Lower 48" (got that one wrong, I guess) rather than gaining confidence from pictures and statements like: "I've heard a guy who has experience ...". Well, I am a guy who has experience. Maybe he and I should talk.
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Kiss my part Hawaiian A$$. You have to be one of the most arrogant and conceded individuals that I have come across on this board.
naw he isnt that bad there is alot of other REALLY *** holes around here hahha
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Am I supposed to respect you because you have military service and experience under your belt? I still think you'd get the sh^t kicked out of you if you came down here, by the terrain and by the people. BTW, I've heard comments regarding Waikane from Dean and Mike while we were running the trail last October. It is a very challenging trail, one of several on Oahu. Anyway, WHO IN THE HELL DO THINK YOU ARE TO PASS JUDGEMENT ON ME! I'm not here to feed my ego or gain confidence. I am here to provide help and insight on matters that I have knowledge of and recieve help from those willing to provide it, when I require assistance. Lose the chip on your shoulder and then maybe we can speak like civil adults.
I'm not requesting your respect for my service to this country. I go to war for my own reasons, not for other peoples thanks, although it is nice. It sounds like with all the threats, you're the one with the chip on your shoulder. I haven't made one comment about bringing physical harm to you, yet you persist. I'm not feeding my ego or my confidence on the boards, I do that on the trail and under direct fire. The only way I've judged you is as a short-tempered person who uses terms like "civil adults" as a punchline or projection on to me of your own anxiety. Or maybe its because you're the one getting frustrated and irate and your accusations towards me are just a facade. Who knows?
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You act like a small child trying to prove your point correct. I haven't directed a threat toward you but have spoken the truth. You would, in fact encounter quite a bit of confrontation if you came out here because of your attitude. I just call em as I see em. Who is truly getting hot under the collar? And, you have no right to pass judgement on anyone, because you have no authority to do so. If you are experienced, great, but who really cares. Your experience is worthless to everyone expect yourself unless you are able to share it and others are able to benefit from it. BTW, no need to put up facades here. Drop the psych babble, it doesn't suit you.
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I stopped trying to prove my point a long time ago. I think I'd encounter confrontation of some sort anywhere I went with a conflicting opinion or idea. Who says I have no authority to pass judgement? I am a human, and judgement of others is human nature. How am I not sharing my experience with others? I believe I did that in my first post that angered you so much. Psych babble, as you put it, should suit me, because my degree is in the Psychology field.

Looks like fun wheeling, btw. There are some trails in Tellico similar to that, only with more rocks, I believe.
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Haha Jey, good one.


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15x8 wheels would be better, with 4.0 Backspacing.

He spent the money for the RCD kit, so I assume he plans to off-road it. Performance will be better with the slimmer wheel, as you will be able to run much lower pressures and retain a bead, preserve wheel bearings and keep the weight down.
But with that 15x8 rim you dont wannt run a 12.5 inch wide tire, a 10 or 10.5 wide would be the wise choice. And cheaper too :)
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