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Old 02-21-2015
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I have a 2001 XLT single cab 2.3L ranger. My rear end is 4.10 gears. The previous owner put on Pirelli Scoripion ATR 235-75-15 on the stock chrome wheels which were 15". I like the look and gives the little ranger a little stanced look.

My tires need replacing now so I am looking at really just picking up some Michelin ltx m/s2 since I do only highway driving... I picked up 09' ranger sport 16" wheels a while ago and was wondering if this would be a problem.

I wanted to put on 245-70-16 tires. Looks like when using the chart online they are about less than 1" taller than what I currently have, actually about 15mm bigger diameter...

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Do you think that will be a problem with a 2001 ranger with coil springs or should I go with 235-70-16... which would be roughly the same height as I am currently running with the 15" wheels?


I attached some pictures of the truck, and the wheels. Then the new wheels that I have sitting here..

I have no plans on going off road, ever... Highway milage only really. This is my DD.


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-Nigel
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Go with the bigger size tires, they will fit. Check out this sticky: https://www.ranger-forums.com/wheels...re-size-20047/

Also, larger tires will give you better highway mileage, but worse city mileage. So if you are mostly highway go with the bigger tires.

Just curious, why do you have an XLT with an EDGE sticker on your bed?
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ok cool! Thank you, yea I don't do much city driving at all... most of my commute is about 28miles each way going roughly 60-65mph.

Previous owner I guess really liked edge and tried to make the truck a little bit like one? He has the edge front bumper, and put the stickers on the side of the bed and on the inside glove box.. I don't mind it. gives it a little sporty look and doesn't look it's age...lol

I have read the sticky but wasn't sure because it lists all 15" wheels for a 2wd ranger and not 16" wheels... so that was confusing me to some extent... is putting 16" wheels on a 2wd ranger not common?



Appreciate the info!

This makes the decision now easier ordering from Costco since they have a good price on them!

-Nigel
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16 inch rims are standard on EDGE's and the newer sport 2wd models, but not on XL or XLTs. Basically they are usually standard on torsion bar suspension, but not coil suspension. This is just a generality and is not always the case.

The rims sizes don't matter if you are looking at standard size of tires. The tires you want are essentially 29.5x9.65x16. The last number in standard sizes doesn't effect the size of the tires. We know that 30x9.5x15 fits your truck so the new tires will definitely fit.
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They will fit fine. Get the bigger ones
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I have the Michelin ltx m/s2 255 70 16 tires on my 2010 ranger.
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Nice ended up ordering the 245-70-16. Hopefully they come in this week and will get them mounted.. My scorpion atr's are almost bald. Not sure when the previous owner put them on, but I've had the truck since 2011, and put close to 50k miles on them sooooooooo, they are due for a change.

The 255's were more expensive than the 245's and figured for high way driving it's fine....lol

Steve,

How do you like the LTX M/s2 tires? I read nothing but awesome reviews... I almost thought it was silly to spend $600 on a truck that is 14 years old, but figure these tires will outlast the truck.

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You'll be glad you went with the larger size tires. Be sure to post some pictures when you get them installed.

Also, your speedo will only be off by 2%, which is well under the accuracy of speedometers anyways, so you shouldn't need to recalibrate anything.
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Excellent! I'm excited. I should have them next tuesday according to Ups...

I checked costco's site and it looks like they don't even have that size I ordered anymore, maybe got the last ones..lol

I see they now have 245/75-16. I just caculated the tire size and it would be about 30.5" in diameter... do you think I should have gone with that over the 70? Everything else being equal with the tire?

Would the ride be worse with the taller sidewall?

I want zero rubbing so it might a moot point asking that question of the 70 vs 75?

On top of that they are 10 bucks cheaper per tire too...lol But If they would rub then I am not interested at all.

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I think they would not fit without rubbing if I am reading the above correct:

max size wheels for 01' ranger would be 30x9.5x15

The 245-75-16 would equal: 30.34x9.65x16... so that means they are a little too tall and a little to wide? Most likely they would rub when full lock right? If that's the case then I'm going to stick with my original ordered choice of 245x70x16 which equals the 29.5x9.65x16 size.

I don't know why this is so confusing to me honestly.... arg!

-Nigel

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If you can still get the 75s instead of the 70s I would definitely do it. You won't regret going with a bigger tire size. The ride will be better with a taller sidewall and your highway mpg will be better which is what you said you primarily drive. Also you save $40 on the tires.

We know for certain that 31x10.5s fit on your truck, with possible minor trimming. The tires you will be getting are 30.5x9.65 so you will not have any rubbing.

Everything about the bigger tires is better. Better highway mileage, better ride, better offroading capabilities, looks better, and cheaper in your case. I say go for it.
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If you can still get the 75s instead of the 70s I would definitely do it. You won't regret going with a bigger tire size. The ride will be better with a taller sidewall and your highway mpg will be better which is what you said you primarily drive. Also you save $40 on the tires.

We know for certain that 31x10.5s fit on your truck, with possible minor trimming. The tires you will be getting are 30.5x9.65 so you will not have any rubbing.

Everything about the bigger tires is better. Better highway mileage, better ride, better offroading capabilities, looks better, and cheaper in your case. I say go for it.

DAMN!!! lol

welp you sold me then, I'm getting them. When the others come in I'm going to return them ... I guess this means I won't get the new ones until the middle/end of next week.

One last silly question. Since the tire is bigger will this negatively affect rebound if I hit a bump or put mulch in the back of the bed? Would the bigger tire then possibly cause the rear to touch the tire when going over bumps or potholes? Same with the front?

I think this is the 2nd time buying tires for my vehicles... most times it goes to the shop and they put on the default size... which probably would have happened had I not started checking on here!

Appreciate all the help so far! I believe it's making sense in a way but I just didn't want to get stuck with something that was going to be too big and then have problems trying to explain it to costco..lol

But on the plus side the 245x75x16 is standard ford ranger 2001 4x4, even though mine is the 2.3L coil spring rwd. But I doubt they will be able to tell by looking at the truck, since I am bringing in a different set of wheels

I stand corrected: I was off on my math as far as price:

Old (new) 245x70x16 comes out to $142.25 per tire
New (new) 245x75x16 comes out to $148.49 per tire

x 4 tires = $24.96 price difference over the smaller 70 tires... so is it worth it?

total cost of 70's was $670.60 installed/balanced.
total cost of 75's was $696.04 installed/balanced.

Sorry again for all the damn edits..lol

-Nigel

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DAMN!!! lol

welp you sold me then, I'm getting them. When the others come in I'm going to return them ... I guess this means I won't get the new ones until the middle/end of next week.

One last silly question. Since the tire is bigger will this negatively affect rebound if I hit a bump or put mulch in the back of the bed? Would the bigger tire then possibly cause the rear to touch the tire when going over bumps or potholes? Same with the front?

I think this is the 2nd time buying tires for my vehicles... most times it goes to the shop and they put on the default size... which probably would have happened had I not started checking on here!

Appreciate all the help so far! I believe it's making sense in a way but I just didn't want to get stuck with something that was going to be too big and then have problems trying to explain it to costco..lol

But on the plus side the 245x75x16 is standard ford ranger 2001 4x4, even though mine is the 2.3L coil spring rwd. But I doubt they will be able to tell by looking at the truck, since I am bringing in a different set of wheels

-Nigel
It wont noticeably affect rebound if you hit a bump or put anything in the back. Think about this, lots of guys on here run 33x12.5 tires with only a body lift (suspension does not change at all). The rear/front will not touch when going over bumps.

If you were to have any rubbing it would only be while offroading during extreme flex for the rear. Or when at full lock and at a weird angle for the front. This is only for 31x10.5 tire as I suspect you wont rub at all.

I'll try to put your mind at ease like this. 99.9% chance you will not rub at all. However, even if it rubs during extreme usage, the amount of trimming you will have to do will be extremely minor. It will involve just taking some sandpaper or a sander and cutting down the inside of the fender by a couple mm. Lots of guys do this, but like I said you shouldn't rub at all.

Costco might tell you that tire size doesn't fit, it just means it isn't a stock size in their computer. Every time I get new tires (265x65r16 on stock torsion bar suspension) they tell me it won't fit. Just ignore it. Lots of research on this site which proves it will.
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Really appreciate you explaining this to me!!

That's reassuring about the rubbing. I can tell you the only time the truck is flexed is when it goes over speed bumps...lol so if that is any indication as to the off roading I do then everyone can get a chuckle out of it.

Just ordered the new ones of 245-75-16r. So I'll definitely take pictures of how it looks once I get them. I actually heard that costo will not install any tires on wheels that are not factory specs, so actually doing this size is a default size of a ranger so I doubt they are going to verify and make sure it's a 4x4 edge... BUT if they look at the stickers on the truck maybe that is all that will need to convince them since it does say edge! ahahah

Last silly question since you'd helped me so much.
Will this actually give my truck a little bit more ground clearance now since the tire is going to be 1.5" taller than what I currently have or by getting larger tires it doesn't work in that aspect? I'm excited again! God knows what some people would do with out forums honestly... I'd be lost with certain things pertaining our trucks had it not been for here!

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The price difference is really negligible to me, even on a budget. $25 is worth it for the bigger tires.

Yes when I say flex I don't mean speed bumps, you will not rub when hitting a speed bump. When I say extreme flex I mean like this...
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Those are 265/75r16 on a stock ranger edge and you can see where they rub but only under extreme flex.

I don't think Costco will check if you are actually a 4x4 edge. It's not like they take the VIN# down or anything.

Yes you will get more ground clearance. The ground clearance increase is half of the increase in tire size. So you will gain 0.75" of ground clearance.

Glad I could be of some help, you can learn a lot of these forums.
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Awesome! Thank you!

I can honestly say in my ownership of the ranger it's NEVER seen anything remotely close to that as far as flex is concerned... that looks awesome!! Makes me want to get a 4x4 ranger next go around for sure! Where I live just lots of highway and paved road... :-(

I'll definitely post some updated pictures here next week!

Can't wait!

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So the 2nd order came in yesterday, and I went today to get them installed... Go figure but that works out better actually!

Welp no problems with costco at all.. the didn't scratch the wheels and were real cool.. took them 40 minutes while I shopped in the store!

ONLY issue and not sure if it's an issue but he said all but one wheel balanced perfectly fine with minimal weights but the last wheel needed more weights... so it's got a long strip of them... so I guess that's ok?

Here are some pictures of the tires. I'm in the process of installing everything now. They look SO much bigger than what I had!!! OMG! He asked if I wanted white lettering or all black... I went with white since the truck is white and I had white letters on the other tires. I kinda dig it, I just have to wipe the blue crap off the wheel.

I firgured they'd weigh a TON... however, my stock steel chrome wheels with the 235-75-15 weigh as much as the new 245-75-16... so overall that's good they don't weigh more for the new ones. Comes in at 57lbs per wheel/tire... not sure if that's good or bad?

I have to lower the truck here in a couple minutes but I took some measurements of the height... well see how much a be it a little higher it will be..

Then I'll take a test drive. Hopefully the noise goes away, the other tires are almost bald and seemed to have cracks in them or between the treads/side wall...

-Nigel
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I REALLY like how it looks on the truck!!! So glad I went with your advice to get the bigger tire honestly!

On top of that I got over an inch in lift! LOVE IT!

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Looks good bud! Getting new tires is the best. I remember when I got my 31s and thought it was the coolest thing ever cause they were 3 inches taller than my old tires haha
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Tires look great. Your truck looks a lot better with the bigger tires. Glad we could help you choose the bigger tires.

Also, as long as the wheels are balanced it isn't a big issue that you had to have a long strip of weights on the wheel
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