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Old 03-23-2015, 12:50 PM
Undrstm8ed Undrstm8ed is offline
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Default Looking for weekend'r off road shoes advice...

93 Ranger XLT, 4.0L, 5 Spd, 2WD, 8.8 rear but just one wheel peel according to the tag on the pig/Door jamb.

Typically I'm a street truck guy and for good reasons, I commute more than anything in California and well to be honest. I happen to think lifted 2WD trucks owners are posers for whatever reasons, maybe because I think its a cheap way of having the real thing. Well now I'm in a spot that warrants me to be labeled by my own stereotype... [Sigh]

Although I am amazed at the terrain I have been able to overcome and traverse with minimal difficulties in my 245/45/17 Falken RT615k's.. Obviously a autocross tire does NOT belong in the dirt. I know, I know... But an odd life situation has made a temporary change of need.

I am looking to purchase a set of 2nd wheels and tires to switch on and off as needed or for short periods of times, specifically off road tires that will lend well to minor/extended commuting needs and work well on loose soft dirt, maybe some mud if its raining, and be able to crawl up some decent to more moderate trails or fire roads which i think follows along the lines of like technical trails.

Here is my problem, New Bilstein's all the way around, some newer bushings in the suspension, STOCK height. Not looking to lift it other than with tire size so clearances/offsets needed to be considered but traction is the goal I am after. Surprisingly the stock clearance for what I am encountering is satisfactory and I'm not needing to try to break anything just to reach that next hill. If I get that serious I will definitely buy a more prepared and equipped truck to do so.

So with that all being said I need a suggestion on wheel size and tire size, even take suggestions on brands/aesthetics. These wheels will likely be just switched on/off when needed to go look for property and run around on here and there. Not made of money, but I am not price shy. I typically buy high middle end to lower upper end gear anyway provided the service and quality are there.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated... Hold the flames, my Heat-suit is at the dry cleaners...


2006-2008 AWD/4WD Explorer wheels & tires (245/65/17)


What I am running now/street.. for three months now I've been getting pretty far off road and have only got stuck twice; once in a deep rut where I fully extended the rear suspension and needed a pull out and a 2nd time where I rocked it out of the soft dirt. hence the need of the right tire

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Old 03-23-2015, 01:10 PM
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Find yourself a set of BFG A/Ts or something similar on some nice rims. I don't know about your year but my 09 2wd fits 3x10.5s stock. Great all around tire that will last a while and ride nicely.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:37 PM
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Default Re: Looking for weekend'r off road shoes advice...

Also take a look at the cooper AT3's. They handle great on road and have been equally as good in the offroading I've done with em.
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Old 03-26-2015, 03:43 PM
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Find yourself a set of BFG A/Ts or something similar on some nice rims. I don't know about your year but my 09 2wd fits 3x10.5s stock. Great all around tire that will last a while and ride nicely.
Will do, Your tire size was incomplete what size are/were you running again?

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Also take a look at the cooper AT3's. They handle great on road and have been equally as good in the offroading I've done with em.
Also taken in consideration..

thanks for some ideas to look into fellas...
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:37 PM
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X2 on the at3's they clean out much better than a BFG at ever wish they could
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:55 PM
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Cooper AT3's make the BFG AT look like the junk it is. Mall tire at best.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:53 PM
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Bfg is far from being a mall tire. Not amazing in mud but has good all around performance.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:46 PM
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Bfg is far from being a mall tire. Not amazing in mud but has good all around performance.
not really. Poor cleaning, poor on wet roads, poor in mud, dirt,sand. need I go on? The pretty much only thing they have going for them is they have good life.
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Old 04-10-2015, 03:10 AM
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I put some Firestone Destination AT's on my suv. They got really good reviews and I am pleased with performance so far.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:18 PM
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After some additional research I've come across what I feel my needs will be met by but i do want to thank each and everyone of you for your input, it really helped despite my choice wandered. I just ordered 8 of the Toyo Open Country M/T 31X10.50xR15; 4 for the Truck, 2 spares, 2 for a trailer build on top of a need for new wheels in the 15x7 range. Gonna put the 17" wheels away in storage for another purpose or I might sell them; unclear at this time.

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My use is going to take on the role of very remote camping and from quite a few other friends already using them both here and in Australia. I know they will serve all my purposes even with the trailer rocking them, especially with onboard air.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:41 PM
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Now I am just deciding on the wheels I am going to employ on this rig...



I am kind leaning more towards the KMC, the American Racing wheel is I think a 15x8 which means more potential to hinder agility in turns due to width/offset

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Old 04-18-2015, 08:25 PM
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I like the first. I have the second wheels and love them. No issues with my 31 at3s. The last wheels if they are steel stay away. Steel wheels are heavy.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:18 PM
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What are they, maybe 3-5 pounds heavier per wheel ? I doubt 20 pounds is gonna make a difference to anything.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:56 PM
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I've gotten some compliments on my ATX's they are 15x8. Lots of people here run Fuel or XD's so I tried to not get them. They are mid price range
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:14 AM
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I like those. Do the centercaps fit over the lugnuts like the stock centercaps ? I priced 20 black lugnuts. Rediculous.
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