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2011 2WD XL Tire Upgrade

Old 01-27-2019
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2011 2WD XL Tire Upgrade

Iím in need of some help picking out new tires for my Ranger.

I drive a bone stock 2wd 2011 XL automatic regular cab with a 2.3l 4 cylinder. The truck has stock 4.10 gears. No lift, no suspension ó stock.

I am currently running stock 225/70r15 Continental tires. I am interested in upgrading one size but am concerned about straining my car (engine, gears, fuel economy, etc.).

I would like to install a set of 235/75r15 all-terrain tires. Do you think this would be okay for my vehicle or should I stick with the 225/70ís? Also, I plan to continue using the stock 15x7 Ford wheels.

I realize there are similar questions to mine on this forum but I was struggling to find one specific to this exact vehicle (year, transmission, etc.).

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Last edited by mille1902; 01-27-2019 at 11:23 AM.
Old 01-28-2019
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They'll fit, but they'll also be a tad wider and taller. 225/70s are about 27.5" tall where the 235/75 are almost 29".

The tire you have is the stock size as was mine. After my stock Continental POSs wore out (installed on there when I got the truck new), I immediately bought the 235s you're looking at now. Stock wheels, too.

I liked them. Fit nice and filled up the wheel well a bit more. They "felt" better, too.

After they wore out, I got my income tax refund and went temporarily insane and bought some 31" BFG A/Ts with some new 15x8 wheels. Me likie!

A little trimming of the valance and mud flap and they didn't rub anymore

You'll like the 235s. I didn't get any rubbing when I had them.


Your speedo will not be the same. You will be going faster than what it's reading.

To remedy, you can go get it adjusted/calibrated at a trans shop.

I got a Superchips reprogrammer, and it had a provision for taller tires with whatever axle ratio I had, and it calibrated it for me...

Plus a little tune for more power.
Old 02-02-2019
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OP, I have your truck but with a 5-speed and 3.73 gears. First thing I did after driving the truck home through freezing rain on the bald stock continentals was order some 235/75r15 Bridgestone Blizzaks. Even before adding a 3" lift, the 29s were a huge visual upgrade. The truck still feels peppy, and I actually appreciate that it revs a little lower on the highway. No rubbing whatsoever. I 100% recommend this move.
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