I am wanting to lift my '94 Ranger and put slightly bigger tires on it. I am learning all it’s quirks and it’s in need of some basic repairs. I recently discovered that my left front wheel bearing is going out and that my right front hub is broken to where it won’t disengage the axle. yes, the hub is in the “free” position. my left front hub and axle is okay. i had a friend of mine help me with some diagnosis and i had some questions about fuel mileage. he asked what my last tank was and i said 21mpg. alot of combined city/hwy driving and not so mannerable driving. he said i could be getting better if that hub wasn’t broken. (it’s a 5 spd 4.0 by the way).
This leads into my question. I am looking into a 4 or 6" lift for the Ranger. I am also wanting to run 31" tires. Since I am restoring it to be a daily driver to replace a '96 Taurus, what kind of real world fuel mileage am i looking at? The guy at the offroad place says i will notice a slight drop in mileage, and the more you lift and the bigger tires you run, it will diminish accordingly. I want to walk a fine line between fun and practical. my brother suggested a chat forum for this kinda thing, but i couldn’t really find any and i have an unmeasreable faith in this one.
If it looks okay, i am thinking 6" lift with 31" tires. granted, a good tune-up is in the workings. it was my father-in-laws’ Ranger and it runs extremely good. a nice, although older, upgrade from the Taurus.
If you know of a better place to obtain this info or know of a chat forum best suited for what I am asking, it would be greatly appreciated if it came my way.
Also, give me some feedback or opinions or personal experience with All-Terrain tires. I am considering BFG’s All-Terrain tires because of the reviews i read and that it had a long hwy life, many drivers getting 60-70K out of a set.
Thanks for your valuable time!