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Old 06-30-2006
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Tires and Backspacing

First sorry for the post but in the 40 minutes I just spent searching I am still unsure of what to do.

I am going with 33x12.5 Super Swampers TSL's. The Body LIft is sitting across the living room from me right now.

As for the rim I am not sure if I want 15x8's or 15x10's. As I understand the 10inch rim will make my tire look wider- please correct me if I am wrong. If it will look wider I am going to go with the 10.

I am unsure of the look of 3.25 and 3.75 on either rim. If someone could post pics of different backspacing to give me an idea of what I want that would be great. I have fender flares and want to keep them.
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no matter what you need either a 3.73 back spacing or a 3 5/8" backspacing...one metric and one standard measurments.....

my truck pics with 15x10's and 3 5/8" backspacing with 12.5 wide tires...

if you want them to stay more in the flares then get a 15x8...check my cardomain for 15x8 pics...

yes 15x10 wheels will not make your tire "look" wider...it will make your tire wider
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Thanks for the info and pics.

how much from the fender flare do your tires stick out?

so if i get 3.75 backspacing it will be close to your 3 5/8. will it stick out more or less?
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3 5/8 = 3.625 and if i remember right, backspacng if from the cetnlerine the wheel, so the 3 5/8 will stick out just a lil less?
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ya it goes the biger the backspacing, the further it sticks in and the smaller the backspacing, the further it sticks out.
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Okay so if I get 3.75 it is going to be a little further in the wheel well than 3 5/8. Are we talking an inch or 1/4 inch. Sorry if I am being **** about this but I just want to make sure I am buying exactly what I want. I don't want to put the tires on and say well they don't stick out as far as I wanted but I can deal with it. I want to put them on and say that looks perfect.
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Okay after some more searching I have come to my conclussion of course I am leaving it open in case someone wants to add anything else.

I am going with TSL's 33x12.5 on Black Rock Crawler (cheapies)15x10 rims with 3.75 bs. I know the rims are cheap and very popular for that reason. But I like the rim and think the black will look sweet on my white truck. I have seen a white fullsize ford with black rims and it looks sweet.
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if your interested in those things, dont let someone sway you away from your personal wants.now if it was something unsafe or something, then thats a different story.

But yea, sounds like a good setup. Black looks good on almost everything
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I it was me I would go with a 8" rim if you are going to air those swampers down at all. You will be less likely to pop a bead when aired down.

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plus a swamper is a heavier tire, so add the extra weight of the tire, and a 10" wheel to your weak front end, equals a new bank account for repairs a lot of the time.
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Well I have never aired down before. I know airing down helps a lot on rocks but we don't have any rocks here in south jersey. How does it do in mud, snow, and sand. Since sand is very abbundant here in south jersey.
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Alright I made a poll thread in the main forum.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=24964
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Well I have never aired down before. I know airing down helps a lot on rocks but we don't have any rocks here in south jersey. How does it do in mud, snow, and sand. Since sand is very abbundant here in south jersey.
it also helps in mud. when you air the tires down it will create a larger foot print...and on most mud tires they have lugs on the sidewalls....if you air down it allows them to be used
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