Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech General discussion of wheels and tires for the Ford Ranger.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Tire size issues for a '92

Old 07-07-2018
Transporter's Avatar
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Lone Oak
Posts: 24
Tire size issues for a '92

I recently bought a 92 Ranger XLT extended cab 4X2. (109,800 original miles. I could not pass it up! lol) Before I can get it registered it has to pass Texas state inspection. That means tires have to be replaced. I am having an issue with tire size. I am told the original size for the 92 was 225/70/R14. I can find 195/70/R14 locally, but was told they would not work because of load rating or something. I don't pull, haul or anything else. The truck will be simply for getting the 15 miles each way to work. Can anyone explain why the size difference between a 225 (or even a 215 that I was told would work) and a 195 would be a problem?
Old 07-07-2018
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 12,196
Welcome to the forum

1992 Ranger extended cab 2WD came with 4 different tire options
1. 195/70R14
2. 205/70R14
3. 215/70R14
4. 225/70R14

Look on your drivers door back edge, there will be a label there with your stock tire size, what your truck came with new

The first number is the width of the tire in millimeters, 195mm = 7.6 inches wide
225mm = 8.8 inches wide

Second number, in this case 70, means the height of the sidewall of the tire will be 70% of the width of the tire
So (195mm)7.6" x .70 = 5.32" from rim to tire tread
(225mm)8.8" x .70 = 6.16" from rim to tread

So a 75 would be a Taller tire, 65 a shorter tire, but same width

R mean Radial tire, which most tires are now

14 is the rim/wheel size in Inches.

If no one makes a load rated 195/70R14 now, or the tire company can't get them, then you will have to go with next size up or what ever you like.

Narrower tires get better MPG, but the reason for that is because they have less friction, contact with the road, and when you have less contact with the road you also have less traction..........
so you should decide what would be best for YOUR driving situations over the life of these tires
i.e. rain, snow, dry, paved roads, gravel/dirt roads

Tires also have a mileage rating, how many miles they will last, approx.
I have a 1994 Ranger with 400k miles, I would not buy 80k rated tires, lol, reasoning is that the truck may not last another 80k, it may but........
So I get 30-40k rated, I am optimistic but not blind to reality of high miles vehicles

Last edited by RonD; 07-07-2018 at 03:30 PM.
Old 07-07-2018
Transporter's Avatar
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Lone Oak
Posts: 24
Thanks man! I live in Texas and have only small problems with weather conditions that would create traction problems. I think the 195's will be just fine.
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Suspension Tech
05-08-2018 10:38 AM
General Technical & Electrical
02-01-2018 12:12 PM
General Ford Ranger Discussion
04-25-2015 11:08 PM
General Technical & Electrical
04-03-2006 06:51 PM
Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech
04-05-2005 01:30 AM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Tire size issues for a '92

Contact Us - Sitemap - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.