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want a good 2wd a/t

First im new to the ranger i have a 97 xlt swd 5spd 4 banger...and have already been trail riding. I have michelin Xc tires which i searced and they are mud snow tires, but they arent aggressive like i need...im new to the trail/mud riding thing and jus need more traction. Anyone know a good tire thats close to stock size for a 14in rim? i dont want to go over 225/70 if i can. Jus want somethig good on road and pulls good on loose dirt and alil mud
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BFG A/T's are a good trail tire, but they suck in mud!
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lockers and m/ts
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ok know its a old post but hey...its my post lol anyway i still have the trcuck and wanted to know what would upgrading to 30 x9.59x 15 do to my truck, i have the 3.73 open rear end...what gear ratio would that put me at? i was trying to find a calculator for it but couldnt, and would i need a lift and would i need any power adders? thanks guys
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those tires would be fine. redneckstone has 3.73's and 32" tires and a 4 banger
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im running a 3.73 and 31's.
you will be ok, but a 4.10 is ideal.

i think theres a calc on TRS.
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/index.htm
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how well do u turn the 31s? I wont be in the mud just wet dirt roads, and soggy red clay logging roads? Can you really notice any power issues
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its noticible, but its not going to be the deciding factor in your offroad performance. having a locker, a good nut on your shoulders, and a intelligent right foot will help most.

ive got the same truck you hav,e had 31s for the past year and a half, and havent had any problems. just watch how you play the clutch.

i ran 35s on my truck for a couple weeks. now thats noticible.
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i ran 35s on my truck for a couple weeks. now thats noticible.
WOW!..i couldnt even imagin that lol
...but go with 31 bfg a/t's..just run bigger coils and or coil spacers..i have coil spacers for sale that will fit your truck..it will bring ur front end up level to the rear..then u can fit some beefier tires...ill let em go cheap for you if u want em..all u need is bigger shocks and a allignment
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when u say bigger shocks you mean for the front right? cuz i am interested in the spacers or a 2 inch body lift
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and when i get tires, should i just get all terrians or do i need the extra bite? i wont be hitting mud holes all the time jus loggin roads and dirt roads
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The A/Ts are a great all around tire. Which is both their best and worse feature. A great example would be a Ferrari with all-season tires on it. All the performance numbers would drop dramatically on dry pavement, but in snow it would be better than if it was wearing a set of high-performance tires. The point is if you want something for everything you make comprimize at the extremes. I personally think BFGoodrich All Terrains are the best all round truck tire out there, but if you want great mud performance get a set of mudders. From what it sounds like you plan on doing I think a set of BFG All Terrains and smart driving should do you just fine. As an added bonus, the A/Ts drive much better on the street.
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go with the bfg at's you will be happy.
like he said ^ they are really good on the road also.
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