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Old 10-13-2010
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hey guys, ok I realize I have a truck and if im lifting it and stuff it isn't going to ride like a perfect car ride. I was just curious, im putting a body lift on, and my stock tires that are so tiny, 235x75x15 and becauase they weren't rotated by the previous owner and they are cupped and messed up pretty badly as far as a good ride goes. Im just wondering when I go up to 33x12.5 MT's, will the ride be better. I know its a MT so its not going to ride perfect like a road tire, but im meaning like the bigger sidewall and being MUCH wider tires than the stock ones. Looking for serious logical responses. Thanks, Zach.
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Ummmmm..

It's not horrible but you defiantly feel bumps. I guess it depends on..

1. How many PSI in the tires
2. Are you going to crank your tbars?
3. Some tires feel different
4. How ****ty your ride is now.

If your PSI is too high, rougher ride. If you crank your tbars, rougher ride.
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Yeah, the ply rating of the tires is a biggy too. I know alot of fellas on here run 8-Plys, but in my opinion I would not go any higher than a 6-ply. I mean hell my dad's F-150 has 8-plys on it and those trucks weigh an easy 2,000lbs more than a ranger so the weight squishes the tires down.

But as the previous post states, running lower PSI helps with the heavier tire though.
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I have read that 12.5s on 10" wide wheels are a rougher ride than on an 8" wide wheel. Never have had a chance to test that though.
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Make sure you get a C rated tire. D or E rated tires are too heavy and too stiff for the Ranger.
A 33x12.50 on a 15x8 with 3.75 backspacing is my preference, with 35 psi or less. It should ride pretty decent, especially with good shocks.
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