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What Can You ACTUALLY Tow? Payload -Tow Capacity

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I was told when your rims are touching pavement, you have reached your payload/tow limit.
Good to know, I'll note that for future reference LOL....well if you have those worthless low profile tires your rims are already an inch from the pavement so not much payload capacity in the first place HAHA!!!

I'd think you would actually hit the bump stops before your rims are hitting pavement, that is unless you have flat tires or low profile tires LOL.
 

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To each their own on the low profile tires on trucks. To me, they scream poser and mall crawler that will rarely, if ever, see and work day in it's life.
 

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Low profile tires are good for racing on a track. If you are racing the ranger on a track then they go for it.

not every truck is used for off roaring or as a work pig.

I could argue that anyone buying a 4x4 truck to use as a work truck is an idiot for spending the extra money and lowering the gvwr and mpg.
 

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Then why don't actual race cars use low profile tires? :unsure:

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I just searched “race cars” on google images and all the cars I seen had fairly low profile tire. Ah la, Le Mans corvette
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that open wheel race car has fairly thick tires. So do drag cars.
 

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I could argue that anyone buying a 4x4 truck to use as a work truck is an idiot for spending the extra money and lowering the gvwr and mpg.
You are not wrong. Depending on the work site one regularly works at, 4X4 could be a benefit or a detriment. If there is a lot of mud and muck, the loss in pay load and mpg might be worth it. My buddy has a handyman business and does just fine with a four banger, RWD Ranger. He loves the thing and it does what he needs it to do.
 

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My cousin has an insane lifted f250 on 38's. He's a landscaper and tows his lawnmowers with it. His trailer hitch is mind boggling. Its at least a foot drop and has big strut things to keep it from bending. Talk about pointless...
 

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My cousin has an insane lifted f250 on 38's. He's a landscaper and tows his lawnmowers with it. His trailer hitch is mind boggling. Its at least a foot drop and has big strut things to keep it from bending. Talk about pointless...
Sounds like either he is really short, or his ding ding is.
 

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You are not wrong. Depending on the work site one regularly works at, 4X4 could be a benefit or a detriment. If there is a lot of mud and muck, the loss in pay load and mpg might be worth it. My buddy has a handyman business and does just fine with a four banger, RWD Ranger. He loves the thing and it does what he needs it to do.
I love my 2wd F150. Less drivetrain= more power, better gas mileage, less stuff to maintain/repair, less noise, smoother ride etc...excellent work truck. Some big Lt tires for plenty of traction. Plus it keeps me from doing stuff like taking it off road and hammering on it.
 

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My cousin has an insane lifted f250 on 38's. He's a landscaper and tows his lawnmowers with it. His trailer hitch is mind boggling. Its at least a foot drop and has big strut things to keep it from bending. Talk about pointless...
I never understood why people do that. Lift the truck for better off road performance, sure but there is a limit to the benefit vs detriment ratio. Once you get so high and tires so big, you are losing ability instead of gaining. Lift the truck to the point that you need a step ladder to get in the thing, makes little sense to me.
 

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and the vast majority of lifted 4x4’s near me never leave the pavement.
 

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I never understood why people do that. Lift the truck for better off road performance, sure but there is a limit to the benefit vs detriment ratio. Once you get so high and tires so big, you are losing ability instead of gaining. Lift the truck to the point that you need a step ladder to get in the thing, makes little sense to me.
Its the modern high horse.
 

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I never understood why people do that. Lift the truck for better off road performance, sure but there is a limit to the benefit vs detriment ratio. Once you get so high and tires so big, you are losing ability instead of gaining. Lift the truck to the point that you need a step ladder to get in the thing, makes little sense to me.
This is why I love my Ranger. Its at a very nice height to easily load and unload stuff from the bed of the truck without needing a ladder. When you load and unload stuff out of the bed all day long on a daily basis you quickly realize how stupid today's bloated sized trucks are for working out of which is why the 80's and 90's and 00's Rangers, S-10's, Dakotas, etc are so highly sought after, they're great work vehicles 4x4 or 4x2. My work truck at the door shop was a 98 Ranger regular cab 4x2, and a 99 Ranger super cab 4x2. both trucks were great for working out of especially having to load and unload garage doors all day long.

Yeah the big lifts and tires are fine if you never use the truck for its intended purpose, but for work trucks they're 100% useless even for towing duties, you add that extra height, and weight of oversize wheels & tires, plus the lift kit springs usually are crap and not the same rating as the factory springs so you end up with less towing and hauling capability.
 

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