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Looking to move up to 15s and a common size tire

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Looking to move up to 15s and a common size tire

I know this is common question but the tire chart in the sticky is dead...

The tires on my truck only have a year or so left and the guys at my tire shops are telling me that it will be very hard to find a decent tire for my 14" rims as the companies are quickly discontinuing the size... I'd like to move up to 15s or 16s from a Ranger or Explorer as the rims are super cheap at junkyard or on FB Marketplace and Craigslist.

Current size is 215 70 14 on a stock suspension 96 Ranger long bed 2WD... What year Ranger/explore and what sizes should I be looking for?
 
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You have a 26" diameter tire with a 215/70R14

To keep speedometer working correctly you need another 26" diameter tire, you can go to 15" or 16" rims and stay at 26" diameter, unless you want taller tires, up to you

Any year Ranger or Explorer wheels are fine to use on a 2WD
Some 2WD rims won't fit some 4WDs because center hole is too small for locking front hubs

At the bottom of this article are pictures of Ranger and Explorer rims by year: https://therangerstation.com/tech_li..._fitment.shtml
There is also a list of other vehicles wheel that will fit your Ranger
And there are also Mustang wheels, seen here: https://therangerstation.com/tech_li...r_ranger.shtml


If you go here: https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/215-70R14.htm

It has your current tire data, REVS/MILE is what your Speedometer is set for
Generally speedometers are off by +/- 3% from the factory, so close is good enough, 25.7" to 26.3" diameter should be fine

Click on Alternate Sizes, and it will list tires by size and diameter so you can see what available
 

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Thanks Ron but did I read somewhere that in order to keep the speedometer correct all I have to do is change the gear to the one from the wheel's donor vehicle?

Maybe a 2WD Explorer? I see a couple sites listing the 95 and 96 Explorer 4.0 having the same transmission as mine but also 15 inch tires.
 

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You didn't mention the year of the Ranger

1983 to 1997 Rangers used "speed gears" that could be changed fairly easily for changes in tire size, or rear axle ratio changes.

1998 and up were full electronic so you need to reprogram either the GEM or the PCM to correct speed conversion for tire size
 
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Originally Posted by RonD View Post
You didn't mention the year of the Ranger

1983 to 1997 Rangers used "speed gears" that could be changed fairly easily for changes in tire size, or rear axle ratio changes.

1998 and up were full electronic so you need to reprogram either the GEM or the PCM to correct speed conversion for tire size
Sorry, 96... I found numerous wheels at the yard today but bought other bits that were more pressing.
 
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Then yes, 1996 still has the Driven Gear on the transmissions tail shaft, it can be changed to correct speedometer for tire size
 
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