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Icon5 2001 Edge 4x4 Tire Replacement

Will after putting 55K on my 255/70/16 Revo's It is time to get new shoes.

I have a 2001 Edge 4x4 that has 101k miles on it.

I have been eyeing the BFG TKO's in 265/75/16 or in 245/75/16(stock)

I have looked at the charts, used the search, read other forums and still have the nagging question . . . "Will the 265/75/16 fit without rubbing or a T-crank???" Given that the 2001 Edge 4X4 model has that plastic fender flair I would be rather miffed if at full lock, taking a curb, rock or small furry animal my factory fender flair,(or other parts), decides to go on a trip. I went over to the guys at Off Road Unlimited in Burbank, CA and the guy took a look at the wheel-well and said that 265 will rub. He's dealt with customers complaining about it. He also did not recommend a T-crank saying the ride would be poorer.

What I want to do is fill out the wheel wells and not worry about rub at the inopportune time. So is it doable with the 265's or should I stay stock 245? At this point I only have money for the tires.

And yes, I realize that I will probably get flamed for being a noob but I guess it has to happen sometime . . . be gentle
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My 265/75/16's fit my truck with out the Tbars cranked. Buy them and if you have to crank the Tbars do so. It won't hurt anything.
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No problems with wheels at full lock or full compressed suspension, curbs etc?
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I have the bars cranked now to level the truck out, but I never had a problem before. To me 265's are the only way to go, the stockers look way to tiny. Whats the big deal if you have to crank the bars anyways?

You might see if someone local would let you bolt on their 265's just to try them.
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265's will be just fine, should not rub anywhere. It is essentially a 32x10.50, only 1/2" extra radius over what is offered on a lot of stock rangers. Go for it!
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You shouldn't have any problems with 265's. I ran 265's stock height, mild t-bar crank, and almost fully maxed t-bar crank. I've run them with and without sway bars and and had the suspension flexed to the point that its on the bumpstops and never had any rubbing.
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I am leaning towards the 265's my neighbor has a Defender with the same size and type tires too. They look big and should fill out the wheel wells nicely. In the meantime I'm gonna Seafoam the truck tonight.
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I have the bars cranked now to level the truck out, but I never had a problem before. To me 265's are the only way to go, the stockers look way to tiny. Whats the big deal if you have to crank the bars anyways?

You might see if someone local would let you bolt on their 265's just to try them.
I don't really care about leveling out the truck. I have gotten used to it the way it is. I Dont want to mod the suspension if I don't have to. I think I am going for the 265's. The BFG's that my neighbor has on his Defender look big,(exact size I want to buy). I like them. He might wake up to find his Defender on blocks and my truck sporting his tires, ha ha ha.
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Now the only question left is if I'm my MPG is going to take a dive . . . after reading threads some say yes and others no. This is getting fun . . .argh.
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If anything your mileage should get better. You're tire is going to cover more ground with the same number of revolutions. So your motor should turn slower to reach the same MPH.
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If you are really worried about rubbing, run a 265/70 instead of a 265/75.

A 265/70/16 is the same diameter as stock, but wider. Won't throw off the speedo or gearing. Theoretically you should lose a tad bit of mileage from higher rolling resistance, but in reality you won't know the difference. I personally wouldn't go back with 245/75/16s, they just look too narrow.

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If anything your mileage should get better. You're tire is going to cover more ground with the same number of revolutions. So your motor should turn slower to reach the same MPH.
Thats not necessarily a good thing. The 4.0 SOHC sucks in low RPMs. Larger tires tend to do better on the highway and worse around town.
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My 265s fit no problem. Im not sure about mileage im getting about 13 all city and that's not taking it easy lol. I dont know what i was getting before i switched the tires, didn't have them that long.
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Just to let you know my 32X11.5X15's fit with no crank.
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Thats not necessarily a good thing. The 4.0 SOHC sucks in low RPMs. Larger tires tend to do better on the highway and worse around town.
I guess since my truck is a factory 4.10 truck I don't have much trouble keeping it out of the low RPMs.
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my 265/75 16's fit. no problem with rubbing
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I vote 32" KM2's
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Ok. Been a while, life happens, but now the order is in with BFG TKO's fron Online Tires. Going to pick them up direct. 265/75/16's it is! Hopefully the only thing that might have to be done is a T-Bar crank. Baby gets new shoes!

https://www.onlinetires.com/products...++n%252Fa.html
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Ok. Tires went on beautifully. At full turn they catch the edge of the mudflaps so Ill have to trim them down. The guys at Off Road Unlimited are great. They found that my ball joints ,(3 out of 4) were bad, so I'll have those taken care of and the alignment. The tie-rods are still good. Nothing was said about the wheel bearings. Given that the truck has 102K on it, I am happy that everything else is holding up fine.
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If 3 out of 4 are bad, replace them all at once. It only makes sense and the other one is just behind.
Most of use use moog replacements as they are good quality and greasable.
Check rockauto.com for prices.
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That's what the guys at ORU are ordering for me. Upper and lower. I called the Ford dealerships to see if I could get replacements but they didn't have all four factory parts and they are expensive. I like the fact that the moogs are greasable and cost less. Gonna grease the snot outta them if possible. I have a feeling that the lack of lube is what drove them to go bad. I also like that the joint is replaceable.
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