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Old December 5th, 2006, 04:54 PM   #1
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Question Idiot question - Ford Exploder tire size

Ok, I don't think this qualifies as 'tech' so I'm asking in the Pub, so flame on, ignore me, move my thread, whatever - at least I warned you in the title.

A friend at work bought a 2003 Ford Exploder and wants to put bigger tires on it for a little more aggressive look.

What it the largest tire he can run on his stocker without rubbing?
Is there a 'budget' lift available for his junk?

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Old December 5th, 2006, 05:17 PM   #2
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www.therangerstation.come will give you all the answers I think 30s and 31s with major rubbing and yes there is a budget boost for his junk. I ran 31s on my BII with no problem but that's not an exploder but more of a tipover-er :sonicjay
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Old December 5th, 2006, 06:38 PM   #3
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for a daily drive dont go with more than a 30 inch tire on this vehicle. also these are well known for ball joint problems so a bigger tire will only make things worse. if you have oversize tire and a factory warranty still in effect they will deny your claim if it needs ball joints also. its out of warranty more than likely though. as far as lift does he plan on much offroading or not? if not go with a body lift so it wont screw with the geometery of the suspension. also if my memory is correct the stock metric tire is a 30 inch tire.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 08:00 PM   #4
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My '01 and old '02 Explorer have 255/70r16 which is a 30" tire like Ken said. You could probably fit a 245/75r16 tire with no problem.

I also agree with Ken on ball joint failure. My '02 didn't have any problems, but I have had a lot with the '01.

Also and '03 had the IRS rear which is junk, So not lift kit availible unless you get a body lift. I ate up bearing/hub assemblies constantly in the rear, and that was with street driving and stock size tires. Not sure if he would want to put larger tires on it and stress it more.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 08:16 PM   #5
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it depends on the model explorer. 03 was the launch of the independant rear for the 4 dr wagon.

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it depends on the model explorer. 03 was the launch of the independant rear for the 4 dr wagon.

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FWIW, 31's fit on the Explorers - we did it on development vehicles sometimes.
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it depends on the model explorer. 03 was the launch of the independant rear for the 4 dr wagon.
actually it was '02
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Hey thanks for all the replies! I'll pass the info along
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