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Wheels and Tire Q.

Hey guys I always do searches before I ask questions but i figured I better ask this question and make sure before I go and buy. I have a 2004 Ranger Edge 4x2 Reg Cab Flare side.

I was just wondering what wheels and tires would fit without having to do anything to the suspension.. ie. body lift, t-bar crank etc.

Right now i am looking at the American Racing Polished Baja's 15x8" 5x4.5 bolt pattern and a 3.75" backspacing, as my rim choice. Just wondering what size tires would go with these rims on my truck without any adjustments.

And also if I do have to do the T-Bar crank if anybody knows of or has had any of this work done here in Toronto, Ontario.

thanks for your help guys.
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32x11.5x15

cranking the torsion bars is a simple job, requires 1/2" socket and 1/2" drive breaker bar.

make sure you apply equal amount of turns on both bolts. i would suggest around 3-4 full turns on each.
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I love that tire size but I was just curious how big I could go without doing that. Do you not have to get your alignment redone after cranking the t bars? Wanted to avoid that if at all possible.
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^^^^ Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don't, it really depends on how much you crank them and how much it is off to begin with.....
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i don think you will need to crank them much if any at all with the 32" tire.
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alright so to fit a 32x11.5x15 i will have to do a mild t bar crank... going to also check out what they allow here for inches past the fender..

will a 31x10.5x15 fit without cranking the t-bars?

Also does that rim have the correct bolt pattern and backspacing?
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minor t bar crank u can squeeze 285's








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i put some some 32s on at work before i bought my 31s to see if they fit and they do. There is only maybe a half inch or less of room though on the backside when the wheel is cranked between the tire and the inside of the wheel well. i went with 31s because im pretty sure it will rub with any flex or a hard turn. but i agree a slight t-bar crank should fix that.
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i put some some 32s on at work before i bought my 31s to see if they fit and they do. There is only maybe a half inch or less of room though on the backside when the wheel is cranked between the tire and the inside of the wheel well. i went with 31s because im pretty sure it will rub with any flex or a hard turn. but i agree a slight t-bar crank should fix that.


With the 31's did you need to adjust the t-bars?
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Well after reading through these threads im not sure i want to crank the tbars anymore.. will i need to adjust the tbars to fit a 31x10.5x15 ??

Also my next question is pertaining to mud tires. I went to a shop recently and the owner suggested mickey thompson baja mtz's.. he said they didnt really have road noise and had didnt wear quickly. Comments?

And finally does anybody have any experience with the mickey thompson Baja Atz's?? Not the traditional ones. Ill post a pic

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well i believe the picture of the tire i just posted is only available in larger sizes :(
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Well after reading through these threads im not sure i want to crank the tbars anymore.. will i need to adjust the tbars to fit a 31x10.5x15 ??
That size will fit an Edge without modifying anything.
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perfect.. thats what i was hoping for
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I fit 33's with my t-bars almost maxed out and it scrubbed only in the back part of the flares so I trimmed a little. But from what you're posting I think 32's is the biggest that you want to go without having to do anything like crankin the t-bars and trimming. Even though you'll probably regret not getting a bigger tire size cause crankin the t-bars is easy clearance that's free. ALSO, I have those same rims except chrome. Polished aliminum is a pain to keep shining, chrome is easy to polish.
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well i was orginally looking at the 31's then saw ppl putting on the 32's so thought i would look into it.. i think ive got my mind made up on the 31's though but maybe by spring i mite have a change of heart you never know.. i have a place here that said they will do the t-bars for me for 20 bucks CAD.. if i do them i dont wanna touch them so i mite just let some pros do it.. i think 20 bucks is cheap... do you think the chrome will be okay after winter though ?
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RARELY do you need to crank the t bars for 32x11.5x15 on a 3.75bs rim very rarely...
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i see..that would be nice if i didnt have to crank the t bars to have them fit..am i over analyzing the tbar thing though? I mean i just dont want to throw out the allignment and all that crap.. i dunno. Once I receive my bull bar im going to order the 15x8 rims... they are 269 + shipping.. good price??

Im going to go price out some tires at some more shops around here before i put in the order on those..

zach how are the a/t's in snow?
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yes your highly over analyzing just do it and be done with it.. look at Buzzairs truck you will like it..

and as for bfg a/t in snow lol well lets just say i have never been more pleased with a 2wd truck in the snow then with these tires hell there my second set for god sakes lol

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i have a place here that said they will do the t-bars for me for 20 bucks CAD.. if i do them i dont wanna touch them so i mite just let some pros do it.. i think 20 bucks is cheap... do you think the chrome will be okay after winter though ?
why would you pay $20 to have some guy that is just gonna take 10 min if he is milking it and take a socket and wrench and turn 2 bolts equally a couple turns? sounds like a waste of bloody money to me
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The t-bar crank is nothing to it. It's two obvious bolts that all you have to do is tighten. If you have a jack, it makes it a whole lot easier. Block the rear tires, jack the front tires both off the ground and then jack stands on the front crossmember. Then take a 1/2 " socket and go to town. If you don't have a jack, crank until it gets really hard to turn and then drive in an "s" pattern to get the tension off,and then repeat until you get to where you want it. I can tell you from experience, I maxed my t-bars and it was still aligned so your's won't be far off if even any. I paid 215 per chrome rim at pepboys, the polished aluminums were 175 a piece.
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well thats good to hear.. definately need a tire thats good in the snow for when im travellin up north to the cottage and stuff..

as for the 20 bucks, i dunno... i guess i would feel more comfortable with someone else doing it then me.. never done it before.. i dont even know what the t bars look like :D haha

aniwaze i appreciate the responses.. especially this late.. but im off to bed.. goodnight
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sweet.. so 269 for the set of 4 is definately a good price.. i think their shipping is overpriced but even after shipping and conversion im still going to be under 450 for the set shipped..

Is the backspacing and bolt pattern correct though? 15x8" 5x4.5 bolt pattern and a 3.75" backspacing
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Yep, those rims work perfect.
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alright sounds good.. now if i chose to go with the mickey thompson classic II's in a 15x8 what would the backspacing be for those? I cant seem to find the 3.75"..
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i run 32x11.5x15 on 15x10 rims and i dont have my tbar cranked at all..no rubbing nothing....looks good too
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alright sounds good.. thats the direction im going to go in... Still waiting for my bull bar so not going to put in the order until probably next week. I looked into the mickey thompson classic II's aswell with the B/FG A/T's. Looks like the best price i can get is 917 + $166 for shipping.

I think im going to stick to my original plan and order the American Racing wheels first from ebay $365 US shipped. And then try and find the tires. If i can find a place selling them here for a decent price they mite include mounting and balancing with their price so ill start looking around. If not ill probably go through Summit or Tire Package. Ill let you guys know when I order.

BTW has anybody had any of these companies ship to Canada? If so what were the Customs charges like? Also when they say you can locally pick up through Summit where exactly are their locations. Any of them near buffalo ? Or somewhere driveable from Toronto and just over the border??
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