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Old 04-12-2006, 02:28 PM
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97 F150 XLT 4x4 Wheel & Tyre Size advice

Hi, I've just discovered the site, and I'm from the UK. I've bought a 97 F150 XLT 4x4 (regular cab, long bed) and it is fitted with alloy wheels with 255/70 R16 tyres. Can anyone let me know what the wheel and tyre size is that it should have had when it was new and also what are the biggest tyres I could fit on these wheels without having to lift the body. Basically I'm trying to reduce the gap between the tyre and body because at the moment I think it looks too big. Also would a off road tyre look bigger than a road tyre of the same size. Thanks very much for any help you can give me.
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:42 PM
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The stock wheel size is 16x7 for any of the 16" factory wheels. The 17" ones are 7.5" wide.

Actually, the 255/70/16 IS the factory size for the 16" wheel.

You can easily go to a 265/75/16 (~31" tall) and the max would be a 285/75/16 (~33" tall) without any modification to the suspension.

Now, even going to the 265 will put your speedo/odo off by some 5%. When I put on the 265's I had to get a new VSS gear with one less tooth to get the speedo/odo (and the trucks shifting characteristics) back in order.

This is an older shot, but this is what the 265/75/16's look like....

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2013 F150 XLT 4x4 SuperCab EgoBoost Max Tow 3.73 gears OEM 20" wheels.

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Old 04-12-2006, 05:57 PM
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If you are keeping the stock wheels, I'd go with a 285/75-16 (33x11.50).
2005 Expy, 305/45-22 Falkens on 22x9.5 Eagle 026s.
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, 2.5" lift, 35" Trail Grapplers on 17x9 Eagle 197s.
2012 Ram 2500 crewcab diesel. 5" RCX lift, 355/60-20 Nitto Terra Grapplers on 20x9 KMC XD Spys.

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