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Old 12-18-2010, 05:04 PM
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Default 225 70 14 to 205 70 14 Can I ?

Hi I am new here and searched as much as I could on the tire thread. But did not see my question.

I have a 84 Ranger and it needs tires found a deal on 205 70 14's. What is on it is dish type rims from a 90's Ranger that has 225 70 14's, Can I make this swap OK?

Thanks for any help and sorry if I missed this in the search.

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Old 12-19-2010, 09:14 AM
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Default Re: 225 70 14 to 205 70 14 Can I ?

Anybody do it, don't do it?
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:59 AM
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Default Re: 225 70 14 to 205 70 14 Can I ?

What is the stock tire size for your truck? Check the driver's door jamb sticker.

If the stock tire size is 225/70-14, the 205-70-14 will be 4.2% smaller than stock. So your speedo and odometer will be off by this %. A rule of thumb for most newer vehicles is 3% max (ABS, etc)....since most truck off road enthusiasts upsize their truck tires by more than 3%, this is usually not a significant issue.

I have had 205/75-14 on my older Mazda RWD truck (stock is 225/70-14) since stock tires are hard to find. I have noticed that the load rating of these tires changed from 98 (stock) to 95. Since I don't haul much, I was fine with lower load capacity of the smaller tires....I just increased the tire pressure from 35 to 38 psi to help offset the lower load capacity.

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Old 12-19-2010, 11:25 AM
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Default Re: 225 70 14 to 205 70 14 Can I ?

Best bet is to stick to factory recommended tire size if its stock. I did the same thing to my 93 xl as you are thinking of doing because I got a good deal. The truck handle horribly and if I had weight in the back it floated real bad
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:48 AM
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Default Re: 225 70 14 to 205 70 14 Can I ?

Thank you for the feedback. I went with my gut and passed on them and think it was the right move.

I did think I would have had to increase the pressure. it is good to re-affirm what I was thinking.

This may not be popular but I am a Vanagon driver and know how hard it is to get the right tires for those. But like the name says this is the daughters truck.

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Old 12-20-2010, 10:02 AM
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Default Re: 225 70 14 to 205 70 14 Can I ?

since your in VA, I suggest getting some AT (all terrain) tires for your daughters truck to help in the snow. and stick with the 225's.
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