Got 14's. What are my options? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech General discussion of wheels and tires for the Ford Ranger.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-25-2008
red_rider's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Port Byron, IL
Posts: 346
Got 14's. What are my options?

So as the title leads to, I'm currently rocking my set of Uniroyal Liberators 225/70/R14 and they're getting pretty worn. I'm completely satisfied with my 14" Mazda rims and I wanna keep my gas mileage decent, but I'm looking to get something fill out the truck better and maybe raise it a couple inches or so (I was thinking 245's) So after some searching about 14's on this site and other tire sites, I pretty much can't find anything for a 14 inch rims that's bigger than the 225/70/R14's I have right now. I did read on one of the forum posts here about getting some "grabbers" but I have no idea what these are.

If absolutely necessary, I could look into getting some 15's from a Ranger or possibly another Mazda, but I just thought I would ask, do I essentially have any options with 14's? kthnx
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-25-2008
07rangersport's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Maple Ridge CANADA
Posts: 800
get 15" rims. WAAY more options available. 14" rims are for cars
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-25-2008
jaycheetwood's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ogden, Utah
Posts: 2,218
^ x2 get 15"s
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-27-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Palcentia, Ca
Posts: 102
x3 with the 15's if you can score a set of alcoas from the fx4 lvl2s, you're set
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-27-2008
RedOctober's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Anchorage, AK
Posts: 465
newer ranger 4x4's come shod with 255's on 16's.. how tall are you wanting to go?

a 15 with a 31" tire would look better than a 245.. I bet some 15" or 16" stock ranger wheels could be found on craigslist for a reasonable price. I sold my 16"s for $100 to a buddy that wanted them for a set of winter tires.. on his Mazda.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-27-2008
PUNKROCKPILOT's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Santa Maria
Posts: 446
^^ x2 for looking at craigslist, its a wonderful bounty of endless goodies.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-27-2008
03 rededge's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ellijay, GA
Posts: 126
Not much you can do with 14s. Try for some 15s. Many more options.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-27-2008
timpat92855's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lousiville, MS
Posts: 1,067
14s make the truck look so small. My truck came with 14s and 215s. Talk about a sorry looking truck, now 15s and 31s, atleast it looks like a truck now. I agree with everyone 15s is the way to go.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-28-2008
crazymikey's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: your mom
Posts: 4,008
Quote:
Originally Posted by 07rangersport View Post
get 15" rims. WAAY more options available. 14" rims are for cars
Honda Civics with steelies to be more specific. lol. However they are usually covered by spinner hubcaps.

Get yourself some 15s. Use this site to help you find a good tire size that is near equal in overall diamater to what your 14s are so that it does not throw off your speedo too much.

Punch in your stock size on the calculator and play with different 15" sizes til you find you the same or slightly larger.

http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCal...?action=submit


I actually went from 16" rims down to 15s on my truck. I went from a 255/70/16 to a 31x10.5x15 which actually works out to the same overall diamater.

Like the other said,go on craigslist or kijiji and look for some ranger,mazda or jeep rims. You need a 5x4.5 bolt pattern.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-28-2008
red_rider's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Port Byron, IL
Posts: 346
ok thanks for all the input and help everyone, I really appreciate it. Just to clarify, the reason I didn't want to go too big is mainly because I don't want to completely kill my 23-24 mpg average, and I figured 245's or so would be a nice compromise, but 245 was mainly a guess. I have no problem recalibrating my speedometer and whatnot, and I want to definitely have something with a decent sidewall (no low profile looking stuff).

I think I'm going to definitely try to find some 15's and get something that raises the overall diameter by 2-3 inches. Thanks again for the help all.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-28-2008
timpat92855's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lousiville, MS
Posts: 1,067
I got 31s and 4.10s and still manage 22mpg highway, and yes my speedo and odometer have been corrected. Im happy with it myself.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-29-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Middletown, DE
Posts: 58
I have a set of 4 polished aluminum eagle alloys 15x8 on 31's Im wanting to get rid of
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-03-2009
crazymikey's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: your mom
Posts: 4,008
Going with 15s and a 31" tire won't cause you any problems. Stay away from heavy steel rims like Cragar Soft 8's if you want to preserve some of your MPG.

Buy 1993 Ranger's wheels. They'd be a good deal. Nice set of alloy AE's with 31's. Bolt them on and you're ready to go.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-03-2009
red_rider's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Port Byron, IL
Posts: 346
cool, thanks again for all the help everyone. I guess I'm not quite in a position to buy anything right away, but I'm definitely keeping an eye out for some 15" rims and probably 31" tires for when my vacation ends and I get back to work.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-03-2009
Redrocket's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Waynesville n.c
Posts: 1,993
my old 96 ranger 4 banger had 14 inch wheels went to 15 by 8 inch wheel with a 235/75r15 tire filled it out nice
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...k/oldtruck.jpg
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01-03-2009
crazymikey's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: your mom
Posts: 4,008
Here's my old 88 beater with stock 14s. 205/75/14
Name:  Greytruck007.jpg
Views: 42
Size:  152.1 KB

Then I put some 235/75/15's on it
Name:  greylift005.jpg
Views: 45
Size:  202.0 KB
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01-05-2009
red_rider's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Port Byron, IL
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redrocket View Post
my old 96 ranger 4 banger had 14 inch wheels went to 15 by 8 inch wheel with a 235/75r15 tire filled it out nice
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r...k/oldtruck.jpg
That's a pretty sweet setup, I love the rims too, what are they?
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-06-2009
timpat92855's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lousiville, MS
Posts: 1,067
Looks like steelies. I have steels on mine with 31s. This pic is before the lift and the tires fit fine. Just lifted it for looks.

Name:  Picture1001.jpg
Views: 80
Size:  159.1 KB
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-06-2009
red_rider's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Port Byron, IL
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by timpat92855 View Post
Looks like steelies. I have steels on mine with 31s. This pic is before the lift and the tires fit fine. Just lifted it for looks.
what brand are your wheels so if I go to look for some? That's just the setup I want. Steel is just the material, not the name, correct? American Racing or something else? Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-06-2009
timpat92855's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lousiville, MS
Posts: 1,067
Yea your right on just the term. Mine are us wheel series 97 chrome modular. The 94 looks like series 26 chrome blade. I got mine from summit racing. 15x8 was 55.95 each with free shipping. Steels are heavy, mine are at 22lbs each. Alloy would be better but for the cost steels will do.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 01-07-2009
red_rider's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Port Byron, IL
Posts: 346
Quote:
Originally Posted by timpat92855 View Post
Yea your right on just the term. Mine are us wheel series 97 chrome modular. The 94 looks like series 26 chrome blade. I got mine from summit racing. 15x8 was 55.95 each with free shipping. Steels are heavy, mine are at 22lbs each. Alloy would be better but for the cost steels will do.
Cool. Did you get your center caps from Summit as well? The only 2 center caps for this wheel I could find are on the link below, but yours don't look like the standard circular ones

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...098+4294755966
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 01-07-2009
carbuff1991's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Watertown NY
Posts: 69
his are factory
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 01-08-2009
timpat92855's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lousiville, MS
Posts: 1,067
Yup mine are stock. Summit said they came with them in the catalog and online it said seperate. I didnt push it. Not many people notice they are factory, plus they dont stick out to bad.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fiberglass Fender Options... Trevelyn1015 Exterior Semi-Tech 17 05-19-2013 11:19 PM
Locker options Shalafi49 Drivetrain Tech 38 06-08-2005 10:22 AM
vacuum gauge mounting options SVT01RANGER New Ideas 0 04-13-2005 11:10 PM
Power Options BananaEdge General Ford Ranger Discussion 13 02-10-2005 09:07 PM
Help me brainstorm on Sub box design options... Mnemonic Audio & Video Tech 20 10-30-2004 11:19 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:18 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.