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Old 06-23-2009, 10:54 AM
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NEED tires

OK. I have finally got a lil money and I need tires. I want as big as I can go without any lift. It is a 2005 F250 FX4.
So I thought I would see if any of you guys had any before I buy.
Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:23 PM
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No lift kit on mine, but I did do the 2.5" leveling spacer on the front. 305/70's fit with no rubbing.

My first set was 305/70R17 Goodyear Wrangler MTR's. Very cool looking. Great off road traction. Downside was its a mud tire, so its noisy... and only D rated. Lasted 25k miles.

2nd set was a 305/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler. All terrain, so its really quiet. Great looking for an all terrain. I rotated them every oil change and they wore better than any truck tire I've had before. 35k miles... just replaced them with another set of the same tires last week because I was so happy with the first set. These are E rated... so if you tow heavy loads, or think you might tow, you can now have your big tire and your weight rating too.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:40 PM
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17s' or 18s'? Since I'm stuck with the 18s' I went with the Michelin AT2. Stock size. I'm not a oversize tire guy. Been real good so far.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:41 PM
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I have some listed on my sig.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:42 AM
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Would it be possible to post some closer photos of your Nitto tires. Are those mounted on stock wheels? I also am considering those tires but was not sure if they would bulge too much on the narrow wheel. Do you know the overall mounted height as I do not want to change the overall gearing too much. Thanks
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:40 PM
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Mine are 17s, I really want 285s or 305s. Guess I am going to buy new ones....
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Yes, stock 17" wheels. After seeing a friend's wear out the center of his tires because he always ran his tires at 65 psi and most of his miles were unloaded, I started running my pressures 55/front and 45/rear when unloaded. When I'm loaded or towing I put them back up at 65 psi all around. This has worked out extremely well for me and I'll keep doing it with my new set of tires.

I wish I had some photos of the ones I just replaced. They were worn even across the tread except for a little more wear on the outer edge from tight turns and curves. Best wear pattern I've ever had out of a set of tires.

The tire in this photo is on level pavement and at 45 psi. Measures exactly 33" high.







And I've got a matching full size spare. Just under 1" clearance to the exhaust.

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I'll throw this out for ya, but I have been talking to Discount Tire Direct here, and they said for a truck like the ones we drive, and the terrain I use mine in (mostly a road queen with snow and ice) the new Nitto Dura Grappler is a great choice.

They have over 80k on there showcase truck (F350 dually) and the tread is at about 50%

These are what I'm getting after I save the money up, before fall

PS and that Discount tire truck is ALWAYS hooked to a trailer
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I also heard great things about those Dura Grapplers. The only reason I didn't try a set is they don't offer it in the 305/70R17 size I like.
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Great!!! Thanks Scott for the pictures, they look perfect for me also. I see you do have a leveling kit on the front, but do you know if there would be clearance issues without the kit? Thanks again

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