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Tire spin

Hello everyone, wanted to know if there is anything I can do about the infamous tire spin on our rangers. Being that the rear end is so light, I'm always spinning my tires. Would traction bars help?
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not to be a dick but dont stomp on the gas everytime you take off. no more tire spin.
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same opinion. they do spin...but I only spin them occasionally if I'm pissed off at another driver's bad choices and ignorant driving or a life-and-death close call...or if I need to get over, etc. Other than that...I don't floor it. simple as that

or you could change out the EFI and put in carbs with extremely small jets and block off the air box so only a little bit of air gets in so you'll be about as fast as one of those little scooters...don't know if it'd work but maybe in your case would work?
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The torque twist of the driveshaft turning the rear axle actually lifts weight off the right side tire, so you tend to spin that tire more especially when turning the right, as that takes even more weight off of that side. Traction bars will decrease the torque effect significantly, and help you in everyday driving. It won't help as much on WOT romps as one tire or the other will break free and spin for all it's worth. A limited slip will help on the WOT burnouts, but not much for that quickie slip when turning you now have. I suppose a LS with traction bars will be the ultimate fix...try a couple bags of sand over your tires in the meantime.
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hahah, yeah its pretty brutal we need more weight in the bed. The other day it was wet out and I drove into a driveway that was slanted down quite a bit so I could turn around, so I put it in reverse and it was so hard getting back up because of the tire spin :(
buts its all good, i love rwd :)
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mmm. Locker. Problems solved.

Or as it looks in your sig, once you get your lift done, get like 33's or bigger and DONT re-gear it. Problem solved again. lol
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hahah, yeah its pretty brutal we need more weight in the bed. The other day it was wet out and I drove into a driveway that was slanted down quite a bit so I could turn around, so I put it in reverse and it was so hard getting back up because of the tire spin :(
buts its all good, i love rwd :)
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but like said above. i have 30s and 3.73s l/s and manual tranny. and i can pull out every time with out spinning. but also i can pull out and be going slow and put it to the floor and spin the tires. take the roll or quarters out of your shoe and get on the gas easier.
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thanks for the replies guys. btw, tires spin even on light pedal efforts and tires are fairly new. I dont "stomp" on the gas when I take off. Normal take offs on dry and especially wet roads I almost always spin my tires. How difficult is it to install a ls diff? What do you recommend for a ls and traction bars?
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I never did look to see what tranny you had. Don't know if having an auto makes a difference in the power output etc. Like Strangerranger said, getting bigger tires will take a LOT of torque away. you may want to hurry up on the lift and get some bigger tires and you'll be good to go.
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i spin my tires alot too,only when i step on the skinny peddle, lay off the gas more and you wont have that problem lol it's not a sports car so you gotta go a little slower and you wont have that problem
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thanks for the replies guys. btw, tires spin even on light pedal efforts and tires are fairly new. I dont "stomp" on the gas when I take off. Normal take offs on dry and especially wet roads I almost always spin my tires. How difficult is it to install a ls diff? What do you recommend for a ls and traction bars?
well since you have a 3.0 you have a 7.5 axle it would be really easy to find an explorer 8.8 with the same gears and l.s and swap it in. its not that hard of a swap.
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i spin my tires alot too,only when i step on the skinny peddle, lay off the gas more and you wont have that problem lol it's not a sports car so you gotta go a little slower and you wont have that problem
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thanks for the replies guys. btw, tires spin even on light pedal efforts and tires are fairly new. I dont "stomp" on the gas when I take off. Normal take offs on dry and especially wet roads I almost always spin my tires. How difficult is it to install a ls diff? What do you recommend for a ls and traction bars?
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My truck had this too, 3.0, auto, but 4:10s and 225 width tires . . . when the pavement was hot, the slightest touch of the throttle sounded like I was doing a burnout contest. I'll have fun trying to get traction with a 302 . . .

You could try traction bars, maybe relocate the battery (or two) and jack to the bed. Without major work you'll still have the unfortunate highly uneven weight distribution that Rangers especially have.
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well....for the summer, get some sticky street tires (i cant spin tires for **** in my mazda with khumo summer tires) and for winter, i agree, get like 33s or something and dont regear.

i wish i was still in the position to keep spinnin my tires all the time, but my trannys startin to feel it....
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This thread is too funny.

I think it was summed up in the second post, and then brought back to reality with going with larger tires. I have a 2wd 3.0L w/ 31's and I don't have any issues with tire spin what so ever. Sure on wet roads if I nail the gas down she'll spin, but driving for the weather conditions, I've never had issues.

Seems like you need to lay off the gas and get better tires. End of story!!
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Two words MORE WEIGHT

the easiest thing to do is either dont mash the gas, or just put some weight in the back.
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more weight isnt a great idea. our little trucks weigh a lot as it is. part of our garbage mpgs
Boriqua- for your ls install, you can get one but have it installed by a pro, they can be in depth. but you can also buy an explorer axle and then hace disk breaks as well, also more splines on the axle. all you need is new spring perches due to it be an under sprung axle and the ranger is over sprung.
Also yes bigger tires will help this issue im on 33 with no lift and minimal trim (on the valance) and rarly spin(unless i try to) so if your lifting, do it soon and dont re grear
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try driving with out a bed on there im spinning 31s just trying to let off the clutch alittle
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btw, tires spin even on light pedal efforts and tires are fairly new. I dont "stomp" on the gas when I take off.
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Seems like you need to lay off the gas and get better tires. End of story!!
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the easiest thing to do is either dont mash the gas, or just put some weight in the back.
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try driving with out a bed on there im spinning 31s just trying to let off the clutch alittle
why'd you get rid of the bed?

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and Boriqua, any changes yet?
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pulling dents out of it and changing shocks
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your tires must be made of plastic to "accidentally" spin them in the dry... I had the same truck as you with the 4.0l and to spin them i had to drop the clutch...

get a heavy duty bed rug, better/larger tires and a limited slip and end of story.
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sup everyone. Cant believe the response I've got from this post. Thanks everyone for the advice. still have the problems but I've lived with it for many years so it's really not a big deal. i'm thinking of just getting a l/s and bigger tires. i'm on a very tight budget. what l/s would you recommend for a budget of around $2-250?
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"i'm on a very tight budget"

I would consider traction bars and running 28 to 30 psi in your rear tires.
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