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Theese wheels plus what tires?

I know search search search. As you can see this is my first time posting but I have been reading for a while. I just need a couple straight forward answers, would be GREATLY appreciated.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Crage...spagenameZWD1V

I plan on buying theese wheels at Christmas. I should start off by saying I have a 2002 Ranger, 5 Speed, 2WD Work model truck. Bone stock except for a system, no lift. I plan on getting those wheels, and 31s.

First question, will those wheels work OK, the backspacing and everything, that stuff gets me sooo confused.

Number two, what 31's do you suggest I get. All theese tire codes for backspacing and stuff is like another language to me. Thanks VERY much in advance!!!

BTW. I am pretty sure I am going to rub at full lock but will it be that bad?
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Welcome,,

The rims should work, im pretty sure they are exactly the same as mine.
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but Im running on stock size tires,,

Check out yumcheetos' Cardomain hes got 31's on stock ranger rims,,

And most people on this site will recommend BFG's AT's

hopefully some one else will chime in with more advice,,
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Theses are 5 x 5.5... you need 5 x 4.5.
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just go to summitracing.com and get them directly from them instead of using ebay, same price and youll get free shipping if its over 100$ i think..
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i like bridgestone revo's myself, thats what i'm getting when the stockers are shot
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summit racing, 15x8 on 5x4.5, $36.95 free shipping, i had these on my jeep and loved the black rims, i too will be buying these after x-mas
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lol now that i read the post, if you do alot of offroading get some BFG mudterrians or a/ts but if not and you still want some aggressive tires get the Bridgstone dueler Revos...
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revos are good tires but wear fast. i have a set sitting in the garage with 20k on them and they are half gone. too early if you ask me. get great traction tho, on rain, snow, ice, dry, sand, not too bad in mud for A/Ts either.

bridgstone's older dueller A/T last for a long time and has all thre great features of the revo. my dad runs the older style A/Ts on his F150 and loves them. he got 75k out of the last ones.
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just go to summitracing.com and get them directly from them instead of using ebay, same price and youll get free shipping if its over 100$ i think..
Agreed... I'm gettin' my rims from them soon and they've had the best prices so far. Gotta love free shipping too. I was thinking about getting some BFG A/T's from them as well cuz they had 'em for a good price, but Costco had 'em for a better deal. Or was I lookin' at Tirerack.com for the BFG's? ahh well... dunno... good luck with the wheels.
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So those are 5.5 and i need 4.5? Ok so i Just need to get them from Summit directly. I plan on doing a little offroading but nothing major I plan on just getting some sorta cheap tires for now. Thanks for the help guys!! With a torsion bar crank will I still rub?
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Which one i dunno what backspace i need...

Wheel, Black Soft 8, 15 in. x 8 in., 5 x 4.5 in. Bolt Circle, 4 in. Backspace, Each

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Wheel, Black Soft 8, 15 in. x 8 in., 5 x 4.5 in. Bolt Circle, 4.75 in. Backspace, Each
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anywhere from 3.25 to 4 will be fine for backspacing. i like 3.25 or 3.75 myself
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Does that contribute to rubbing at all? Or does that not affect that?
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ya the differences in backspacing and offst can effect rubbing, clearence, tire size you can run, wear and tear.....
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4.5" is stock backspacing. I would get 3.75 if you want it to look mean, 3.25 may stick out too much
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i personally am going with the 15x8s with the 4backspacing


and some 33x12.5s
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So I am guessing that the lower the number the more they stick out. I want them to Stick out a LITTLE, buttttt it seems Summit doesnt have less than a 4. So I think I am stuck with...

15 in. x 8 in., 5 x 4.5 in. Bolt Circle, 4 in. Backspace. Will this work good?
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i think thatd look good. maybe kumho 31's, the Venture MT's look pretty good... and ive read they last a long time for mud terrains.
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But those will WORK atleast right? lol. I am just planning on getting some cheap tires I wont be able to spend more than 400 really.
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yes. should work fine
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Thanks for the help guys! SOOOO Helpful! I am hopefully ordering theese Saturday. Then whenever I get tires I will post some pics! Will a torsion crank get rid of rubbing?
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Thanks for the help guys! SOOOO Helpful! I am hopefully ordering theese Saturday. Then whenever I get tires I will post some pics! Will a torsion crank get rid of rubbing?
Sorry if you mentioned this somewhere in the post already...but what are your truck's spec's? Year? 2wd? 4wd? Etc. Either way, I don't think 31's will rub at all. I mean, I have 265/75R15's on my '99 4wd reg cab, which are about 32x11.50's, and they don't rub at all. Even at full lock.

Edit - Ahhh, I see you listed your truck spec's in your first post. Durrr. LOL. 2wd eh? Don't 2wd's sit a little lower then 4wd's? I'm sure someone on here with a 2wd can fill you in there weather or not they would rub.
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since you have 2wd work truck (xlt) im guessing you have coils, there for a torsion crank isnt possible. either way you should be fine. my grandpas 2wd xlt has 30s on it and plenty of clearance.
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revos are good tires but wear fast. i have a set sitting in the garage with 20k on them and they are half gone. too early if you ask me. get great traction tho, on rain, snow, ice, dry, sand, not too bad in mud for A/Ts either.
Dont automatically blame the tires, they are a 50 or 55,000 mile tire (I dont remember right off hand). I would look at tire pressure, alignment, rotation, balance, etc. Do you have a picture of the tire? There is a lot that can cause fast/irregular tire wear.

What are you going for? Looks? Traction on road? Off Road? Smooth ride?

Looks - BFG KO T/A All Terrains
On Road - Firestone Destination LE, Bridgestone Dueler H/T
Off Road - Bridgestone Dueler A/T, A/T Revo, MT, Firestone Destination A/T, M/T, BFG KO T/A All Terrains, KM MT Mud Terrains
Smooth Ride - Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza, Firestone Destination LE, Wilderness HT, LE

I would not go with a 31, especially if it is a 4 cylinder, without regearing. I would upsize a little, fill up the wheelwell, but not that big. On my bro's truck, he has 235/70R16 H/L Alenzas and he loves them. Not too big on there, fills it up nice, and rides great.

I would also get the alignment checked soon after you get the tires on there, just so you are not wearing them funny (camber, feathering, etc.). Also, on all FIrestone/Bridgestone tires, any Firestone service center in the country will rotate them for free. They also have a lifetime alignment package that is good as long as you own the vehicle. Also, a lifetime balance package that is good as long as those tires are on the vehicle. Just something to think about.
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I am gonna be doing some LIGHT offroading. Yea mine has coils, didnt know if it had torsions or not. My stepdad mentioned some tire that was pretty much a 30" that is a lot cheaper than a 31. Would it still be a good size bigger than stock? What is the stock?? Thanks for the help guys keep it coming.
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