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Hello everyone, I'm looking to put 15 x 10 wheels on my 02 ranger next spring. What am I going to need to do to fit them on my stock 4x4 lifting wise, with 32" tires. Also those of you that have 15 X 10s, how do you like them? And have you had any problems with chipping paint? What A/T tires would be the best to buy for lots of highway miles and some offroading.
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well i can tell u with my 15x7 i'm haveing problems with paint scratch's and chiped paintu can't tell unless ur really close on the color of my truck but I stillknow they are there but i'm running a 15x7 rim with 31x10.50's BFG A/T's and i can't tell a differencein the way my truck rides or feels very smooth tire that won't leave u stranded for a mild off roaderand i'v been running them for about 4 or 5 months nowt. with very litte tread wear i go back and forth to school every day and on the week ends i'm running all over the place...very good tire i'm pleased with them

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with a 15x10 wheel, paint chipping is not the only thing you need to be worried about, i would be more worried about wheel bearings, the offset your going to have and, big tires, might put a hurtin on them...
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Thanks for the quick reply guys, the thing is I have 15x8's on it now, I just wish they stuck out 2-3 inches farther. I really dont want added stress on my wheel bearings. hmmmmm Do you guys have any experience with wheel spacers?
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Same problem as wider wheels. You are making a longer "lever" that stresses the bearings an ball joints. As forces hit the outer rim of the tire, they exert more force on the bearings and ball joints just like you would use a longer wrench to loosen a tight bolt.

No matter what, if you go that far out, you'll have accelerated wear and easier breakage under high stress.
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I have 2" adapters/spacers...

Too push my wheels out, thing is, they stuck in so much, i really dont think they hurt, considering, they still stick in a good amount..

But, i do keep an eye on them, with help from a friend..


See, cobra wheels, with 5.95" backspacing..2" adapters

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Yeah, see, with those, you're only out an inch or so on either side, about like 3.5" backspacing and 15x8's or so -- although your tires are real wide, that's for sure.

I have 15x8's with 3.5" backspacing and I know I'm going to wear things out faster -- but that's okay. I wouldn't run 15x10's and do any hard offroading on the stock axles, though. Maybe it's okay -- but I don't like it.
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Yeah, see, with those, you're only out an inch or so on either side, about like 3.5" backspacing and 15x8's or so -- although your tires are real wide, that's for sure.

Thats exactly how i figured it... awesome...lol

Wider is better, too bad i never hook up with them...lol
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I see, well from what you you guys have explained I'm going to keep my 15 x8's, On a 15x8 what kind of a differnce would going from a 3.75 backspace to a 3.25 be, I understand what backspace is, I am just wondering how much farther they would stick out. n3elz what do you have for a lift on your pickup, just torsion bars or what? Your pickup is basically exactly what I want. FoMo your wheels look veryyyy nice from the back.
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I used Chevy 1/2 ton DROP shackles, which lift Rangers, and got about an extra inch or so in the rear. Also, I cranked the t-bars. That's it. Mickey Thompson 15x8 Classic II's with about 3.5" backspacing and Cooper Discoverer S/T's in 31x10.5x15.

Oh, yeah, my 4x2 has 1/2 inch smaller lift blocks in the rear than 4x4's do, so I swapped them for some 4x4 blocks...

Hope that guy never notices...
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ok last questions(maybe), did cranking the t-bars ruin your ride quality? Also do you have to get a alignment when you do that? where did you buy those drop shackles?
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The ride quality, most like it, its stiffer and feels more stable, not all slushy..

An alighnment is usually suggested, depending on how much the bar is cranked..i did it anyway, i did go lower though..

And, as for the drop shackles he mentioned, im sure any performance accessory shop would have them available..
Just got to find out what year shackles he used..for what year truck, unless thier all the same..
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I have a post on here about the shackles. Do a search about lift shackles and you should find it. I got them at streetbeatcustoms and got lucky because I ordered ones that didn't have grease fittings but they were out of stock and they shipped me the better greasable ones. They were about $50 shipped which is dirt cheap for an extra inch of lift.

T-bar crank made it a little rougher, but not as much as stiffer shocks did anyway. You're not "supposed" to need an alignment according to some sources, but I still think it's a good idea and I had tire wear problems after I first cranked them. I got some cupping which alignment solved. Maybe it needed it BEFORE the crank and the crank exagerated it -- I don't know. But I tell everyone to get an alignment to be safe.
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Alright, I'll stop annoying you guys for a while, this place rules. Thanks for all the answers to my questions.
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Thank you, Leo! :)
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No problemo wasnt hard...

And your not annoying, ask away..




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Alright, I'll stop annoying you guys for a while, this place rules. Thanks for all the answers to my questions.
Thanks, and don't worry. We love this stuff! :D
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FoMo your wheels look veryyyy nice from the back.
Yo Leo Nice *** Keep up the Good Work Bud lol j/k
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I'm running 15x10's BUT I waited about 6 months Until I finally FOund A Specific Back Spacing. I work with Guys who Have dealt with wheels and tires And they told me what to run to not have any problems.
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I'm running 15x10's BUT I waited about 6 months Until I finally FOund A Specific Back Spacing. I work with Guys who Have dealt with wheels and tires And they told me what to run to not have any problems.
Whats the backspacing on your wheel?
having any problems with rubbing?
Do you have a lift?
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yea...after lifting i want my next set of tires to be 34 12.50s. so that means 10" wide rims. any help would be appreciated.
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