Ok as you all know, I am new to this forum, and new to the truck scene. My dad had tons of trucks around the farm, but being more into technology I really didnt pay attention to anything. So saying that I want all you Ranger/truck experts to give me a hand.
I see many posts on here about tires/rims and related issues (lifts, torsion cranks, etc) So I would like someone to walk me thru Tires/Rims 101.
I know my tires are crappy all seasons 235/70/R16, but not exactly sure what they mean, other than the 16" rim part. But what are all these other things I keep reading about? Like "31x10.50R15 or 265/75R16 on stock rims" (which I think I saw on here are the biggest that can go on a stock 08 ranger) or backspacing or "32x11.50s or 33x10.50" What the heck does all that mean? What the heck do all the different numbers stand for? (please keep the laughter to a dull roar)
The reason I am asking is I want to get some good winter tires put on the 16" stock rims that came with my 2008 Ranger for the winter, and of course bigger is better. So how big can I go with my off the lot Ranger Sport '08 for winter tires? And what would be the best brand to get, keeping in mind I am in the Calgary area, and since we already have snow I would rather not have to order from the web, and since I bought a 4x2 I have no plans for offroading. I then plan to by some brand new rims, either now or closer to spring. Some nice chrome ones, and then I would like advice for size, type, of tires and rims for all seasons but winter, that will look good, perform good on my truck. Keeping in mind I have no immediate plans for any kinda lift (except maybe the torsion crank thing as I think I read somewhere on here that there is more clearance on the back tires than the front) So I will end up with good winter tires on my existing off the lot rims, and some sweet looking rims and tires all the other times.
So let the lesson/laughs at my expense begin!