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Old 02-11-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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I have a 2011 FX-4 with 20" rims and stock Pirelli Scorpion tires. Hitting about 40K on the odometer, coupled with some poor traction in this latest snow storm, I found that I need to replace the tires. While I would like to say I do, I don't do any offroading. Mostly local driving/commuting and the occasional trip.

With that background said, I would like to beef up the look a bit, bigger tires and maybe a bit of lift - a few inches is enough. A friend who also owns a F150 suggested Terra Grappler tires as a starting point. Better in the snow and a more rugged appearance.

Here is my simplistic question: What is the most economical way to get a better look and lift on this truck. Is it possible to just buy new tires and get some lift out of those? Would I need new shocks to make that happen or a lift kit?

If I have to put $750-$1,000 into new tires anyway, now would be a good time to leverage that and play a bit.

I am a bit of a truck noob and appreciate any advice you can offer.

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Tires will be a lot more then $750-1000 for all 4. If you don't want to buy a full lift kit you can buy a leveling kit for the front that will raise it a couple of inches and then the front will be the same height at the rear. It a couple hundred for the leveling kit.
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I went with the tires in my Sig for a more rugged look, and they were about $800. Along with some $100 pucks in the front for a 2" level.
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I have a 2014 FX4. I went with Nitto TG 295/60r20, a front level and swapped the rear block from the stock 2" to a 3". I also added a Super Spring for towing to stiffen the rear end some. The spring will left the rear a bit on it's own as well. I ended up with about 2-2.5" rise overall and it looks good for a lot less than a 3" lift.
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Grab your self a 2" leveling kit (the strut spacer kind). They run $50 for a billet aluminum from Motofab. It'll keep your CV angles nice, and it won't put too much extra stress on your suspension. With a 2" level you can EASILY fit a 285/65r20 or a similar size tire. Those are about 33".
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I have the Hell bent steel 2 inch spacers and I fit 295/65 trail grapplers.
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^See? There ya go. tyh, are you on stock wheels or are you on aftermarket wheels?
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I also have the hell bent steel 2" lift with 305/55/20's on stock fx4 wheels
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