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I'm looking to buy 31/10.50R15 which is the size already on my truck. I'm gonna buy bf Goodrich all terains and 15x8 pro comp wheels, will a 15x8 fit on a 31/10.50?. I want them to stick out a little from the fender well so what back spacing and stuff do I need? Comment what y'all think and what I should do. Thanks
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Do you have fender flares? Bfg at suck BTW.

15x8 usually have a backspacing of 3.75" some have 3.25"

With 10.50 wide tires it won't stick out as much, or look as good, but it will work well enough.
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Yea I have fender flares, I just want my tires to stick out of my fender wells so what's the best way to do all that without lifting my truck and putting 33/12.50??
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Do they make a 31/12.50 all terrain?
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No. You could do 32x11.50 though. All you need for that is a slight torsion bar crank to level the truck. I ran like that for over a year with 15x8 and 3.75" backspacing. Sat even with my flares.
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I wouldn't say BFG ATs suck at all, it just depends on what your needs are and what kind of driving you do.

But to answer your question yes they will fit. Personally if I was you I would just crank your torsion bars a little bit if they aren't already done, and run 32x11.5 BFG AT like 06Ford suggested.

I ran that setup on my stock wheels for a long time after I took my lift off and went down from 33x12.5 Duratracs on 15x8 wheels. I lked that setup a lot and was more than enough for the vast majority of people.

Was my truck more capable with the lift and 33x12.5 duratracs? Yeah, but I never felt like I needed more with the 32 BFG AT setup either.

I live in KY which gets all 4 seasons, live on a farm, and used the truck for daily driving so driving manners were also important. It saw pretty much the most average "all around" work that the majority of ranger owners will see from lots of daily driving, driving in the rain, working on the farm, gravel, snow, mud, fields, woods, etc and did just fine.

Just saying BFG AT suck BTW isn't really a good thing to say especially to a newer forum member that might not know a ton yet. Most will just take what you say when they read this thread right at face value and keep that opinion the rest of their life when it simply may not be true just because you posted that. Maybe the tires "sucked" for what you needed them for, maybe you got a bad set and yours truly did "suck" but just blantely making that statement without any other info or background info probably isn't the best thing to do. You've been here a long time, you know we don't need any extra help with people believing bad info

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I just want some good all terrain tires that don't wear out fast and don't roar, I was also thinking about terra grabbers but idk yet. Still trying to make my mind up
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And if I went with a 32" tire, is it gonna fit with a stock truck with no lift and not look stupid?
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I just want some good all terrain tires that don't wear out fast and don't roar, I was also thinking about terra grabbers but idk yet. Still trying to make my mind up
I mean you don't have to get BFG AT if you don't want to. I can pretty much promise you no matter what tire you choose, you will be able to find negative things or problems that people have have ran into with it before on google. So for your case I would just stick to a mainstream tire that is tried and true, which the BFG AT tire is. Like I said you don't have to go with it if you don't want to. There are other good tires besides just what BFG offers.

BUT yes I think they will do all of those things well, they will last a long time if you take care of them, and I think they will provide a good mix of capability mixed with comfort and longevity.



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And if I went with a 32" tire, is it gonna fit with a stock truck with no lift and not look stupid?
Yes it will work fine. You might have to crank your torsion bars a little if they aren't cranked any but most trucks need that anyways to look the best in most people's opinion.

32's on a stock 4x4 ranger with mild torsion crank is the tried and true look for the ranger sites that is pretty much recommended every time.
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I just want some good all terrain tires that don't wear out fast and don't roar, I was also thinking about terra grabbers but idk yet. Still trying to make my mind up
Terra grapplers suck even more. By far worst all terrain I've ever driven on.

Bfg at don't suck if its the best all terrain you have ever used. But once you've used a far better all terrain you realize how much they do suck.

Toyo AT II, Falken Wildpeak, are two far better options.
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I don't have many good pictures left from that far ago but I found a few on one of my laptops.

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32x11.5 on stock 15x7. Mild torsion crank with still having a lower rack in the front.

Plenty of room for 32s man.
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32x11.50 on 15x8


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Ok thanks guys, I've made my mind up now lol
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I don't have many good pictures left from that far ago but I found a few on one of my laptops.







32x11.5 on stock 15x7. Mild torsion crank with still having a lower rack in the front.

Plenty of room for 32s man.
How do you add a picture to this discussion? I was gonna show you how my truck looked because I really don't think it'll clear 32's like yours did. But mine is also a mazda so idk
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How do you add a picture to this discussion? I was gonna show you how my truck looked because I really don't think it'll clear 32's like yours did. But mine is also a mazda so idk
Suspension wise yours is the exact same truck.

Now where people somtimes run into the differences is there are I think 3 codes for torsion bars, and 4 or so codes for rear springs.

I got lucky and had one of the heaviest coded rear springs and #1 torsion bars which are the stiffest. My bars weren't cranked that much at all and I didn't have to worry about sagging issues.

But all of the bars crank up to around the same height, just some sag more than others over time. You still should have no problem cranking yours torsion bars to clear.

If you can take a measurement from center of your wheel to the top of the fender arch front and rear and post those up, that will give me an idea of what yours is sitting at compared to what mine was. I think I have my measurements around here somewhere.
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Ok if you can just find your measurements and let me know what they are and when I get home ill measure mine and see what mine are
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And if you got a 15x8 wheel that did have 3.25 backspacing would you do that or would you stick with a 3.75 backspacing? I want them a little past me fenders not even with my flares so which would be better for me? Would picking a 3.25 backspace be stupid? I want pro comp rock crawler series and they have a beadlock so I'm just kinda needing some help with this.
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Pro comps are good. They have 3.75" backspacing. Those aren't beadlocks though. Just a simulated look.

As for 3.25 vs 3.75 all personal preference. I like 3.75" looks best IMO.
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Like mentioned it is all personal preference. My Mickey Thompson Classic Locks were 3.625 and I personally think that is the best mix on a 15x8 wheel with no fender flares. Just a small amount of stick out to look good, but not to far out. That is actually specifically why I went with Mickey Thompson was because of them actually being the 3.625 which most aren't even though I could have got that same style wheel from other brands in 3.75.

The lower the backspacing the more the wheel will stick out, but again it is all personal preference how far you want the wheel to stick out. If you have fender flares I would probably go with the 3.25 or move up to a 15x10 wheel.

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Same wheels as mine on an 01 with the factory small flare. This is what I mean by no flares. Just how my truck is, the only flare there is the small one of the metal, not the actual plastic fender flares on the off road models and such.

15x8 3.625 classic locks on 33x12.5 tire



My 06. Again 15x8 3.625 classic locks on 33x12.5 tire

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3.625/3.75 will be about perfect with the trucks with no extra flare IMO.

If you have the bigger plastic flares, 3.25 or moving up to a 15x10 would look better IMO. I am super picky about the wheel and tire to truck ratio; just having to right width tire and size wheel; just the right backspacing, etc. But everyone is probably going to like things a little different.



That middle picture/first one of mine is my favorite picture of my truck that I still have. It makes me miss it so much seeing it

I loved that setup and was a perfect mix between good looks without looking overdone/function/and still being a good daily driver. That truck came a LONG way since the day I picked it up and you can do a lot for these trucks with just a small amount of mods if they are done right.

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15x10 looks terrible with a 12.50 wide tire. Yuck.

Here's a side shot of mine. 15x8 33x12.50 3.75" backspacing. With the biggest flares. Perfection. Perfect mix of looks, and offroad performance.

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I've got the plastic fender flares so I'm thinking a 3.50 or a 3.25, I just want a good lookin stance but idk how a 3.50 or a 3.25 is gonna turn out, I may go with a 3.25. I've got everything figured out but the backspacing
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These are the flares that I have
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This is what mine looks like right now, I need to do something to it soon. Can't stand a truck with no stance lol and I'm going with a 32/11.50 with a 15x8 wheel and I want the tires to stick out but not so far that it looks stupid
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Stance stance stance. Blah blah blah.

Street queen talk. Poser status. Go buy a civic on low pro 17's if you want stance you drive a truck damnit.
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