Can my Ranger handle 275/70r18?


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I have a 94 Ranger currently all stock with a 4.0L, will it be able to handle 275/70r18 if I have a 4 inch lift and trim the fenders a bit? I'm worried it will put too much stress on the truck if I don't upgrade some more of the drive train.
 


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You might check what gearing is in your axles, if it is geared too high you may need to rehear, especially if you have an automatic.
 

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If it's just a mall crawler it will probably be ok with just a re-gear but I'd wager any offroading is going to be absolute murder on the front end (ball joints, tie rods, axle shafts etc). And if it's an automatic don't expect the transmission to last very long.
 

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Yeah I'm trying to keep this a fun off roader so I want to avoid any damage caused on my end. I'll just stick with the 31x10.50r15 that I have on now, thanks
 

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275/70R18 = 33x11.0R18 in imperial speak.
Just to repeat this in case it was missed...

They're 33" tires.
The stock front end on a '94 will be completely fine with that size tires. However I will also agree that a gear ratio swap will improve driveability immensely (and will take a lot of excess load off the drivetrain upstream of the axles). For 33s I would recommend 4.56:1 ratio with a manual transmission (4.56 or 4.88 if an auto).
 


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