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Old 07-18-2012, 10:58 AM   #11
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Gotta replace the Pirelli tires soon. Just don't trust them pulling the camper.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:24 PM   #12
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Gotta replace the Pirelli tires soon. Just don't trust them pulling the camper.
Since you have the max tow pkg, then your truck probably came with 18" tires. You have a lot more choices for replacement tires than those with 20" tires.

My 2012 came with Michelin LTX A/S P265/60R18. I have over 8,000 miles so far, about half towing a 5,000 pound TT, including several days of rain while towing over 400 miles per day. Those tires are great, wet or dry highways, but I don't have any experience with them in snow or ice.

Michelin makes a few other treads in that size, including A/T2, M/S2, and Latitude A/S. I would definitely go with Michelin, but which tread you choose depends on where you live and how often you go off into the boonies "off road".

Cooper would be my second choice. If you have 20" tires, Cooper makes 5 different treads to choose from in size 275/55R20. The Cooper Zeon LTZ is a good compromise between highway and off road: "The Cooper Zeon LTZ was developed as a hybrid between a sport truck tire and an all-terrain tire. The aggressiveness of the Zeon LTZ can tame any road surface while providing excellent ride and handling capabilities."

If you have 18" tires, Cooper makes 3 different treads on size 265/60R18.
http://us.coopertire.com/Customer-Ca...meter=18&tab=1
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Since you have the max tow pkg, then your truck probably came with 18" tires. You have a lot more choices for replacement tires than those with 20" tires.

My 2012 came with Michelin LTX A/S P265/60R18. I have over 8,000 miles so far, about half towing a 5,000 pound TT, including several days of rain while towing over 400 miles per day. Those tires are great, wet or dry highways, but I don't have any experience with them in snow or ice.

Michelin makes a few other treads in that size, including A/T2, M/S2, and Latitude A/S. I would definitely go with Michelin, but which tread you choose depends on where you live and how often you go off into the boonies "off road".

Cooper would be my second choice. If you have 20" tires, Cooper makes 5 different treads to choose from in size 275/55R20. The Cooper Zeon LTZ is a good compromise between highway and off road: "The Cooper Zeon LTZ was developed as a hybrid between a sport truck tire and an all-terrain tire. The aggressiveness of the Zeon LTZ can tame any road surface while providing excellent ride and handling capabilities."

If you have 18" tires, Cooper makes 3 different treads on size 265/60R18.
http://us.coopertire.com/Customer-Ca...meter=18&tab=1
Just an FYI you can now get Maxtow with 20 inches rims. This is what I have.


Also, OEM 18 inches tire size is 275/65R18
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Just an FYI you can now get Maxtow with 20 inches rims.
Yes, it's available, but it's counter-intuitive so I didn't think Ford would offer it. But you're right, Ford offers it.

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Also, OEM 18 inches tire size is 275/65R18
My 2012 Lariat Plus came with Michelin LTX A/S 265/60R18. But futher research shows that the 4x4s come with 275/65R18.
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I wonder if any LT rated tires will be available for the 20 inch OEM wheel's?
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I wonder if any LT rated tires will be available for the 20 inch OEM wheel's?
Not from factory, the closest you can find is 285/55R20 in LT from Nitto and BFG (probably Toyo as well)
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Not from factory, the closest you can find is 285/55R20 in LT from Nitto and BFG (probably Toyo as well)
LT285/55R20 is about a 1.4% diff from stock. Not too bad. Found Hankook Dynapro AT, Michelin LTX A/T2 and BF Goodrich All-terrain KO's as LT's in that size.

But I want the Michelin MS/2 road tires in LT, and they only have a P rated tire in the stock 20" size.

So when the Pirelli's die, I'm switching wheels, probably go down all the way to 17" 'cause the tires are so much cheaper in that size (LT245/75R17).

EDIT: And yes, I too got the MaxTow with 20" wheels. That's how it came off the lot. And the dealer didn't want to swap wheels.

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On my FX2 with 4.6 3V and 3.55 gears I switched from 265/60/18 to 275/55/20 which is roughly 1.4 inches taller and noticed a slight difference climbing hills, downshifts sooner, but not an extreme difference. I did lose 2 mpg's. I dont think I've towed anything since the change though. However I put an Edge controller on to correct for the tire size and I gained more than my 2 mpg back and can tell a slight power improvement. Our Expedition has the 5.4 and I don't think you will notice much difference.
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