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Old 09-17-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default New member, advice on practical tires vs overkill?

So I just picked up my first F150, a 2011 Screw ecoboost xlt. Its got that silly chrome package, but thats besides the point. The last few days I have been cruising through the Forums on this site, made me a believer! This is such a great community. Now to the point!

Like any self-respecting man, I want the stink-bug stance gone and bigger meats! Im trying to find a fine line between Smart and SICK! My brain tells me a 2 inch leveling kit (truxx, or some other hockey puck style) or these Bilstein 5100's I keep hearing about (How do these compare to the other level kits?)

I have decided on a set of 17" v-tec wheels (black of course) but im not sure what width to get?

The big struggle is do I go with a 285/70/17 or a 315/70/17?

The pictures I have seen online dont due the sizes justice. Im aiming for an aggressive stance without filling the wheel wells to a point where the truck looks stuffed. Obviously smaller is better on the wallet, but another 200$ is worth avoiding regret. Please Help!

Thanks again, im proud to be a member
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I have a 2.5" Rough Country Leveling Spacer with 285/70/18 (34.1") Toyo Open Country M/T's. With proper rotation it's estimated to get between 50-60k out of them. It has been plenty for anything I have ever thrown at it. (Great for trail riding out to hunting grounds and those sticky situations)

Here's a couple pics of what mines looking like.

( I know mine is an 04-08 body style, Just wanted to give you some visual options)



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Thanks for the reply. That truck looks pretty awesome. Did you consider the bilstein shock lift option? I thought the 285 was a 33. What's that make the 295? 34.5?

Also go did you mount those lights... looks great
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Thanks for the reply. That truck looks pretty awesome. Did you consider the bilstein shock lift option? I thought the 285 was a 33. What's that make the 295? 34.5?

Also go did you mount those lights... looks great
It depends on the company that makes the tire. The Toyo 275/70/18 is 33.4", the 285/70/18 is 34.1", and the 285/75/R18 is 35.1", Just refer to the tire manufacturer. I did consider the bilstein shock option but was on a budget when I first got my truck and was able to put the level on for $80 (self install). If the point comes where I need to redo my shocks I might consider the Bilsteins.
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Also go did you mount those lights... looks great
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Smittybilt-1...601#vi-content

Smittybuilt Light Bar w/ 4 Hella Black Magics.


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Thanks for the reply. That truck looks pretty awesome. Did you consider the bilstein shock lift option? I thought the 285 was a 33. What's that make the 295? 34.5?

Also go did you mount those lights... looks great
285 is a width (in mm)
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Bilstein 5100s are the way to go for a level lift. Imho!
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325/65 R18



I say go for the overkill!
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Smittybilt-1...601#vi-content

Smittybuilt Light Bar w/ 4 Hella Black Magics.
off topic but it sucks 96.1 isn't there anymore. i still listen to it on hd radio though.
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TOYO MT best tire I have ever owned!!! Wear is amazing!
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