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Replacement Wheels/Tires, what to get?

Hey guys. so I have to address a problem that I have right now. I purchased my Bronco and the tires are well....on the last leg if not more so. Problem I have is what is a good set of wheels and tires that I can or should get? Currently I have the following setup on my Bronco.

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18/39-15LT 4 ply Rating

The Bronco has a fairly large lift, I'm thinking it's around 6in suspension and maybe 2-3 in body. I haven't measured anything yet but that's a best guess.

I want to get some tires that are going to be effective for on and off road fun. Is there anything you would guys would think I should get? I can work a budget but just wanted to get as many options as possible and then narrow it down from there.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I use to run BFG A/T 33/35's on 15in Steel rims on my previous vehicles. With this lift setup I don't want to have something that looks way off or very under rated so to speak. I.e looks like tiny wheels on a giant Bronco.

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If you take out the body lift, you could run 35s and have them look pretty good

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If you are thinking of changing wheels as well, you might consider a larger rim. I went from 15" to 17" and run 35s. I went to a 17" wheel just because there were a lot more tire options in 17" than in 15". My daughter's Mazda CX5 (super small cross over SUV) came from the factory with 19" rims. No one makes a truck with 15" rims anymore and the tires are really drying up. It will only get worse.

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I went to 16" wheels, for heavier ranged tires, but tire choices are fewer than 15" versions.

Im running 10 ply 37-12.50R-16 swamper irok non-directionals on my bronco with 4" lift and cutouts. They have superb traction in forward and reverse (thanks to the non directional tread) and are not overly loud on the road.

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those old mickeys were horrible .. depends on if you wanna take off lift or do just tires or rims and tires ?
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What gears are in it?

My most recent 5 sets of tires between the Raptor and the Broncos have been
MT Deegan 38,
Cooper STT Pro,
MT MTZ,
Maxxis Buckshot, and
Firestone Destination M/T

The Deegan 38 and STT Pro have been my favorites of them. I hated the Buckshots. My opinion is Deegan 38 or STT Pro in a 35-37" size, depending on gears (and with the body lift removed).
I had a 78 with 39.5 MT Baja Belted and 4.56 gears. I hated the tires, but the size with the gears was awesome for me. It was daily driven and had a 429.
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Thanks guys, the idea is to currently keep the lift if I can. I can ditch the 15's but wanted to see what everyone was thinking on that.

Is the lift just way to much? Normally I would say yeah but maybe it's because I had a Honda accord for so long that I want a different extreme again lol.
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Is the lift just way to much?
I guess too much is in the eye of the beholder. It is your truck after all, but I think the consensus would be that 8-9" of total lift puts you at the "high end" of what people do. I'm sure there are others even higher. I think the average lift is probably 4". I have what I estimate is a 4" lift running 35s. I don't think I would consider going any higher without also going wider. I'm already almost too old and too fat to climb into it as it is. So your lift is too much for me but that doesn't mean its too much for you.

As for ditching the 15s, I would look for tires first and see where the sweet spot is in rim size for the tires you want. When I did mine, it seemed like 17" was the sweet spot. I like a lot of sidewall on a truck so I did not want to use a bigger wheel than necessary to get me into good tire choices. IIRC, the 17" tires I was looking at were also quite a bit cheaper than similar 15" tires. Of course, YMMV.

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I think you should buy one of these sets. http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/...ml#post6599425


oh yea... there is this whole section: http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/62-wheels-tires/
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got any pics of the suspension or a side view.. are the fenders cut .. what you gonna use it for .. if you wanna be close to what you are now look at 40in toyos or 41in irok .. now if your asking how i would set it up i would take off about 2in of lift . be it body lift or different coils and run 37 14.50 15 toys mts
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Cheapest AT's in 33/12.5 at the Discount Tire near me:

17" rim - $238.00
15" rim - $140.00

In addition, they have the 15" tires in stock but have to order the 17" tires.

People have continually told me that 15" were more expensive/harder to get, but that continues to be false. Check your local stores.

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the idea is to currently keep the lift if I can.
In that case, stay with something in the 39-40 range, but not so wide.
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Hey Guys,

Sorry I was away working and didn't have a chance to post much. So here is what I have so far.

I'll take some pics of the suspension so you can see what I'm working with .

1) I'm not sure what the gear ratio is, I'm still going to have to find out what it is.

2) The lift I believe is a 6in suspension and a 2/3 body lift.

3) Ideally I want to use this for street and trails. I don't need to do much else as of now. Just something fun to drive around.

4) To my knowledge the fenders are intact, the fender flares/extensions are done really well and attached firm. Looks almost like a Dealer/Professional did the work.

5) I'm open to the idea of using 15's as I wanted to put on a set of the Hurricane rims I found. However it's not a deal breaker and I just want to have something look right. I want enough sidewall that I don't have to worry about anything. I'm not a fan of the "thin" tire look.
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with 6"+ of lift, you're going to need 35's or it'll just look weird, ime.
38's might be more appropriate if you're really closer to 9".

we've got some good threads on figuring the gear setup, if you aren't familiar.
4.56 will be the "go to" for those size tires, if not more.

Although... I'm not real familiar with gears combined with the C6, instead of the AOD or E4OD.
My ol' lady doesn't want her '78 lifted (we're short) so 33's is it and I think she's got 4.10 but haven't verified, yet.

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Hey Pepe,

Thanks for the information, I'll have to check out that topic and see what I can come up with.

The trans in this one is the stock NP435 to my knowledge. I haven't crawled/walked under it yet to make 100% sure. I've also got to clean the whole under carriage from grime and everything else. Once I'm able to get it back on the road I'll take it over for a bath and soak it all so we can see what's going on.

I'm 6ft tall but yeah, I have to jump up myself lol
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Np435 has the pto takeoff plate on the passenger side. T18/19 is on the driver side. Either trans will have granny low to help with taking off, so a bit lower diff gear(numerically) will benefit your mpg a bit on the highway.

With 8"+ of lift, id get a set of 40"s. With cutout flares, im running 37's on a 4" lift. Also ran 37's on a 6" lift with stock fenders. 35s look too small on a 6" lift imho. Definitely use those hurricane wheels.
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