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Question about my f250 tires

So currently I'm running 35 12.5 16r bfg all-terrains, and it's time to get a new set of tires. From what I've researched they are slowly discontinuing the 16.5 so would it be better to go 16" or 17"? What are the differences? And should I stick to bfgs or something else? I use my truck as a daily driver and sometimes I'd have some fun. No mud or snow where I live, sunny vegas.

Last question, I just recently bought my truck and the steering wheel is off by a little. If I straighten out my steering wheel my truck swerves left, and in order to go straight I have to keep the wheel at a 45 degree right. Can I fix this with an alignment after getting new tires? Thanks!
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First, an alignment by a good shop should fix the steering wheel issue (assuming nothing major is bent underneath the truck).

Second, I would suggest going with 16" wheels, personally. It is much more common (on these older trucks) to see a 16" tire. As wide of a tire as you are running - assuming you meant 12", a factory wheel would still work fine. I always see stock 8 Lug Ford wheels on craigslist even up here in Montana. So I would assume a place with some population you'd have no problem finding a set.

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On the actual tires it says 12.5, and I only have about $500 right now, should I get the first 2 changed then come back for the rear tires?
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Crap, I need to make a correction - I was having a brain fart. I thought the factory wheel was 8" wide, but it looks from quick research to be 7". You probably shouldn't put a tire that wide on a 7" wide wheel, so you'd be looking at buying some aftermarket wheels, or going with a little narrower tire.

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And honestly, I'd try to do all 4 at once. Poke around Craigslist a bit, you'd be surprised at what you can find sometimes - Wheel/Tire sets complete for good prices!

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Oh I'm a little confused haha, so for sure I'd have to change my wheels also? I don't really want to change the look of my truck as she sits pretty right now.. So how much am I looking at to spend? And should I get new tires for the spare as well?
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If you're getting new rims, go for 17's. There is a much better selection of tires as far as brands and sizes for 17's than 16's
I like the smaller rim look, but when you consider that no trucks were sold with 16's since '04, and look at different mfgs websites, 17s or even 18's are the way to go.

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So I ended up getting 17" wheels, atx ledges, and 35" bfgs all terrains, what pressure should I keep them at? And when should I rotate the tires? Also in the front there's like a little bump on both front tires, the tires are new and the guy just said my engine is too heavy and it's normal, is it?
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So I ended up getting 17" wheels, atx ledges, and 35" bfgs all terrains, what pressure should I keep them at? And when should I rotate the tires? Also in the front there's like a little bump on both front tires, the tires are new and the guy just said my engine is too heavy and it's normal, is it?
Do the chalk test to see when is good air pressure. I'd rotate them every 5k. What load range are the tires? Your better off if you get load range D's than C's.

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What is the chalk test? And how would I know if I got C or D?
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