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changing rims from 15 inch to 16 inch


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kuby123
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Sep 8, 2011, 2:50 PM

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2003 ford ranger. I bought this small pickup a couple years ago. It has 15 inch tires that are on extra wide rims that have the tire sticking out about 3 inches from all fenders. I now need to get new tires but don't want the extra wide size, but would like to move up to 16 inch tires. my question is--- with the stock 5 bolt pattern, can I just buy 16 inch rims and tires that match or do I have to change the drive axles too? What I mean is -does the 5 bolt pattern get bigger on 16 inch rims than is on the 15 inch that I have? I would like to buy 16 inch rims and tires that dont stick out but not if I have to change the 5 bolt pattern axle. Any info is greatly appreciated


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Sep 8, 2011, 2:55 PM

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Re: changing rims from 15 inch to 16 inch Sign In

You can buy 16" wheels that will fit that truck but I don't see the reason to do that. You can get a better combination by using the correct size wheels and tires in 15".



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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 8, 2011, 7:02 PM

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My input: Put back what belongs on the vehicle. Lots of engineering went into fitting right wheels and tires to all vehicles. AYOR and risking mine if you mess that up,

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Sep 8, 2011, 11:57 PM

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Looks like aftermarket wheels are here to stay guys .Wether we approve or not . With the proper offset and back spacing , a low ,width to height ratio tire and just a 1" increase in rim dia can actualy impove some parameters. As long as they stay away from the stuff like the 27" WAGON WHEELS.Crazy


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Sep 9, 2011, 4:57 AM

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Retired is right. Some people are going for the looks and not worried about functionality. Even if it is unsafe.

Yesterday I was working on a 94 Dodge W150 and the customer had some 16 inch wide aluminium rims with tires that had the sidewalls bulging out. The lug studs weren't even sticking out that far from the rim holes. You could maybe get maybe 4 threads into the lug nuts after they were tightened.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Sep 9, 2011, 8:53 AM

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That pic is PRICELESS "DS"

LMAO - something a M#$%^&%$ would tryCrazy

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IndiaDrives
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Sep 26, 2011, 2:18 AM

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Re: changing rims from 15 inch to 16 inch Sign In

I've got a new 'Lux. Befor I took delivery I had Bob Jane take the HT's off and replace with 265/70/15s. They have a load rating of 112, which is the requirement for the vehicle. I put them on the original alloy wheels. Got a pretty good price....
If you go for 16 inch rims, I doubt that you will get 85s on without a body lift. Might even struggle with 75s. My original thought was to put 16 inch rims on, but stayed with 15s largely because of cost, but also the dicking around with speedo etc.






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