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question about new wheels

I was checking these Cragar's out from SummitRacing - http://store.summitracing.com/partde...w=1&N=700+150+

Will these fit a 97 Ranger XLT?
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Wrong bolt pattern.. you need 5x4.5..

These should work:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

you will need new tires.. I'd recommend finding some alloy rims, steelies are heavy, and will hurt mpg a little..


edit: some CHEAP 15"s @ $38!!! http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku though they dont come with center caps.. you should be able to use your stockers..

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k thx thats great man!
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k thx thats great man!
No prob, here's a fun little tool to play with backspacing/offsets/tire size/rim size/rim width:

http://www.1000rims.com/rt_specs.jsp

Those 15x7s have 3.5" backspacing which means they would stick out more than stock, but that might be the look your going for.

The 16x7s have 4" backspacing which is stock +12mm offset for newer rangers, not exactly sure about your year though.
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yeah its definitely the look i want, ok so im kind of a tire/wheel newb, so:

couple ?'s
1) Do I HAVE to get 15" tires for a 15" rim? You can go bigger on the tires right?
2) How much would the steel knock down the MPG? Is it significant or just a slight drop?
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All you have to get for tires is something that has a 15" rim opening. So you can run 235/75/15, 31x10.5x15, 37x13.5x15
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yeah its definitely the look i want, ok so im kind of a tire/wheel newb, so:

couple ?'s
1) Do I HAVE to get 15" tires for a 15" rim? You can go bigger on the tires right?
2) How much would the steel knock down the MPG? Is it significant or just a slight drop?
1.) Yes. You have to get tires that will fit the rim, so if you have a 15" rim, you can only fit 15" tires..

2.) I lost about 1-2 mpg city with 15x8" Steel Soft 8's that weighed 28lbs each rim vs 21lb stockers,, I am about to put 12lb Weld Prostars, so I hope to see atleast 1 mpg gain.. though right now I have 31x10.5r15 tires, but I am lowering the truck and going a little smaller than stock tires.. All depends if you want mpg or off-road looks..

Redneckstone has 32"s on his 93 with the 2.3L with 2" lift blocks up front..
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Ok, again thanks for that, and one more question.

What's the 93-'97 stock backspacing?
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3.75 or 4 is enough for it one of those 2 i would get a 15 inch rim over a 16 because tires are alot cheeper.
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i dont get why you guys dont like steel wheels.. i would hate to crack an aluminum rim off roading and know i spent 130+ bucks on it. id rather get 40$ steelies and bang them out, 1mpg is not much a differnece when the price diference from steel to aluminum is huge.. plus heavyer wheels on the trails give you better traction..

if your going to looks and making your truck a street demond them get bigger wheels then 15's and get aluminum wheels. street tires last alot longer than offroad tires if your hitting the pavment alot so spending good money on them wont be a bad thing, they will last you.

wheels and tires all depends on what you want to do with the truck
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i dont get why you guys dont like steel wheels.. i would hate to crack an aluminum rim off roading and know i spent 130+ bucks on it. id rather get 40$ steelies and bang them out, 1mpg is not much a differnece when the price diference from steel to aluminum is huge.. plus heavyer wheels on the trails give you better traction..

if your going to looks and making your truck a street demond them get bigger wheels then 15's and get aluminum wheels. street tires last alot longer than offroad tires if your hitting the pavment alot so spending good money on them wont be a bad thing, they will last you.

wheels and tires all depends on what you want to do with the truck

You guys? I was the only one bashing them, lol. Steelies work, but I perfer Alloys, I've had both more than once, and I have never spent $130 per rim, ever. I buy used.. Alloys are strong, light, and never rust.
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Eghhhh You said rust...lol that's kind of deterring me from buying steelies now...how badly do they rust or what can i do to protect them? Paint them with rustoleum first? lol
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Mine got rust from those wheel weights discount tire uses,, chipped the paint so it rusted around it, not bad, but enough to annoy me.. touch up with rustoleum when/if you see rust and you should be good.. Alloys oxidize or something when either their clear coat chips or if you dont polish them..

Post a pic of your truck!

It's a great feeling when you buy new, so if you like them, get them, and tires!
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