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Old 03-16-2012, 12:42 PM
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HELP!! picking out tires and rims

I just put a 2.5" skyjacker leveling kit in a few months ago and it definatly made a big difference but now i want more... Im going to need tires on my truck this spring any way so i was considering going with bigger ones (i have stock 275/65/16 i believe)... I do alot of driving and towing so i am a little concerned about picking the correct tire size for my needs.

1) Tires - So far for tires i was looking at GoodYear Duratracs in 315/75/ 16 maybe 17? which comes out to about a 34.5" if i did that right... any feed back or experiences with these??

2) Rims - I was also looking into getting a set of rims to go with the tires... I haven't decided on the size yet (trying to stay on the smaller side because of cost, and i like the way it looks) Problem is i am completly clueless as far as picking out rims! I have no idea what i should be looking for in rim width, backspacing, ect... Any suggestions?? Im not too picky as far as looks just nothing crazy...

3) Lift - What kind of lift would you guys think i would need to clear these? I was considering a full suspension lift. I had looked into a rough country 6" but i feel like those tires would be a bit 'undersized' for that... and it kills me to buy a 4" when the 6" is only a few bucks more..

4) The Budget - Hoping to stay in the area of $2200 but i can always work overtime for my truck (don't tell my gf)

Any suggestions as far as what you all think i should do?? I owe the winner a few rounds!!

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Old 03-16-2012, 05:55 PM
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I like moto metal 951 rims



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Ok first off, what yr/color is your truck?? Next is do you like to have alot of up keep on your wheels, like polishing or keeping the chrome wheels in good shape?? Chrome wheels is alot of upkeep due to try to keep them from pitting/peeling.

I myself ( even though i have chrome on my truck now ) like black wheels. The thing is though i deal with de icer is my state and salts so chrome doesnt last too long in this area unless you have a winter wheel to run.
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sorry i forgot to include the truck info 2003 F350 Reg cab Grey 4x4... and i live in northern NJ, they go pretty heavy with the de icers too liquid cal/salt... considering that i think staying away from chrome is a good bet.. It's more so sizing that confuses me when picking out rims, i don't really understand the back spacing and width as far as what will work with our trucks. also i noticed that alot of aftermarket rims have weight ratings, im not really sure what our factory rating is to compare it to, what should i look for as a minimum? i know we need a 8x170 bolt pattern thats about it.
as far as appearance i was shooting for something along the lines of this, but again im not too picky:

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what are you going to do with the level kit?

i like the look of alot of the XD wheels.
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Do you have a leveling kit, 4 or 6 inch lift or what are you going with?? It all depends on that for what your going to go with for your offset. The more of the negative offset you go with, the more the wheel is going to sit outside of your wheel well.
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If you go with a 4" lift, you'll want to stay with a 35" tire. 6" you could run a 37" tire pretty comfortably.

Either way you will want a 9" or 10" wide wheel with 4.5" backspacing. That will be -12 offset on a 9" wide or -24 offset on a 10" wheel.



*These are of course general guidelines and your experience/personal preference may vary.

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