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2014 F250 Lift and Tires Inquiry

Greetings,
I have recently purchased a new 2014 F250 and I would like some input about finding a suitable wheels and lift kit for my new truck. The main purpose of the lift is strictly for aesthetic value. I will primarily be driving my truck on the highways and see very little off road action. Having said that, I have some questions about the rims and tires first and the appropriate lift kit for the combination of wheels chosen.

I am looking at a 20x10 Combat SS8 American Force wheel with a -25ET Offset/4.5" Backspacing. I'd like to run either some Interco SS M16 35X12.50R20 tires or some Interco SS M16 37X13.50R20 tires. Given the Backspacing of the Rim, If I were to opt for the 35s, would I encounter any issues of rubbing or wear with the stock setup of the truck? (I will definitely put a Carli Commuter 2.0 Leveling Kit if this setup is chosen.)

If I chose the 37s, would a 4.5 inch lift (Carli Back Country 2.0 Lift System) provide me with enough clearance to eliminate any possible rubbing or wear to the truck without having to "modify" the fender wells, bumper spacing, radius arms, etc?

I'd like to stay around the 4.5 inch lift range because I plan to be accessing the back of the truck on a regular basis. Also going to work out a deal with the local Ford Dealership to have them install the lift kit so as to not void the factory warranty on the vehicle.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. (If anyone is running a similar setup with their F250 pictures would be greatly appreciated so I can get a visual reference to help with my decision.)
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Greetings,
I have recently purchased a new 2014 F250 and I would like some input about finding a suitable wheels and lift kit for my new truck. The main purpose of the lift is strictly for aesthetic value. I will primarily be driving my truck on the highways and see very little off road action. Having said that, I have some questions about the rims and tires first and the appropriate lift kit for the combination of wheels chosen.

I am looking at a 20x10 Combat SS8 American Force wheel with a -25ET Offset/4.5" Backspacing. I'd like to run either some Interco SS M16 35X12.50R20 tires or some Interco SS M16 37X13.50R20 tires. Given the Backspacing of the Rim, If I were to opt for the 35s, would I encounter any issues of rubbing or wear with the stock setup of the truck? (I will definitely put a Carli Commuter 2.0 Leveling Kit if this setup is chosen.)

If I chose the 37s, would a 4.5 inch lift (Carli Back Country 2.0 Lift System) provide me with enough clearance to eliminate any possible rubbing or wear to the truck without having to "modify" the fender wells, bumper spacing, radius arms, etc?

I'd like to stay around the 4.5 inch lift range because I plan to be accessing the back of the truck on a regular basis. Also going to work out a deal with the local Ford Dealership to have them install the lift kit so as to not void the factory warranty on the vehicle.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. (If anyone is running a similar setup with their F250 pictures would be greatly appreciated so I can get a visual reference to help with my decision.)
That combo should clear the radius arms for the 4.5" lift but will likely require you to trim the front bumper bracket and fender liner, maybe even some fender/bumper as they're pretty offset. Most people stick to 9" wide wheels with 5"-5.5" of backspacing with our lifts as that is what we recommend for optimal tire fitment.

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Greetings,
I have recently purchased a new 2014 F250 and I would like some input about finding a suitable wheels and lift kit for my new truck. The main purpose of the lift is strictly for aesthetic value. I will primarily be driving my truck on the highways and see very little off road action. Having said that, I have some questions about the rims and tires first and the appropriate lift kit for the combination of wheels chosen.

I am looking at a 20x10 Combat SS8 American Force wheel with a -25ET Offset/4.5" Backspacing. I'd like to run either some Interco SS M16 35X12.50R20 tires or some Interco SS M16 37X13.50R20 tires. Given the Backspacing of the Rim, If I were to opt for the 35s, would I encounter any issues of rubbing or wear with the stock setup of the truck? (I will definitely put a Carli Commuter 2.0 Leveling Kit if this setup is chosen.)

If I chose the 37s, would a 4.5 inch lift (Carli Back Country 2.0 Lift System) provide me with enough clearance to eliminate any possible rubbing or wear to the truck without having to "modify" the fender wells, bumper spacing, radius arms, etc?

I'd like to stay around the 4.5 inch lift range because I plan to be accessing the back of the truck on a regular basis. Also going to work out a deal with the local Ford Dealership to have them install the lift kit so as to not void the factory warranty on the vehicle.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. (If anyone is running a similar setup with their F250 pictures would be greatly appreciated so I can get a visual reference to help with my decision.)
Like Dan said above,
To clear 35's on a 2.5" system and 37's on a 4.5" system you will want to stick with 9" wide wheels with a backspace closer to 5.5". 10" wheels with 4.5" backspace will stick out quite a bit causing clearance issues at the fenders.



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Ok Thanks. Just so I am understanding your response correctly, If I opt for 37's on a 4.5" lift with 9" wheels I won't have to trim the fender liner/bumper bracket in order to ensure that there is no tire fit issue? provided that the wheels have 5"-5.5" backspacing.

If I was to go with 20x9" Wheels with 0ET Offset/4.5" Backspacing, would I encounter any fitment issues running 37's on a 4.5 inch lift system? Would I still need to do some trimming to the fenders or bumpers?
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Ok Thanks. Just so I am understanding your response correctly, If I opt for 37's on a 4.5" lift with 9" wheels I won't have to trim the fender liner/bumper bracket in order to ensure that there is no tire fit issue? provided that the wheels have 5"-5.5" backspacing.

If I was to go with 20x9" Wheels with 0ET Offset/4.5" Backspacing, would I encounter any fitment issues running 37's on a 4.5 inch lift system? Would I still need to do some trimming to the fenders or bumpers?
With most 37's and a 9" wheel with a 5.5" backspace the tire will run a little on the radius arms at full locks. The same setup with 5" of backspace will most likely require some clearancing on the bumper brackets and plastic inner fender liners. Going to a 4.5" backspace will just make those contact points worse and you may rub on the actual metal part of the fender.



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Alright. That's definitely good to know. Here's another question for ya'll. What are some wheel manufacturers that offer a 20x9" wheel with the 5.5" backspacing and proper offset that will allow me to run 37's, a 4.5 inch Carli Back Country 2.0 Lift System and NOT have any fitment or clearance issues?

I'd like a unique brand. Price is not much of a factor (I'd like to keep it under $3000 for the wheels). It seems like Rockstar, Fuel, and XD are real popular back home and I wanted some sharp looking/high quality wheels that no one really sees that much. I was originally going with BMF Wheels or American Force Wheels, but I am not sure if I can get these wheels I with the proper spacing and offsets that will allow for 37's and the 4.5" Lift.

Also, thanks for the information up to this point. It has been really helpful.
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Alright. That's definitely good to know. Here's another question for ya'll. What are some wheel manufacturers that offer a 20x9" wheel with the 5.5" backspacing and proper offset that will allow me to run 37's, a 4.5 inch Carli Back Country 2.0 Lift System and NOT have any fitment or clearance issues?

I'd like a unique brand. Price is not much of a factor (I'd like to keep it under $3000 for the wheels). It seems like Rockstar, Fuel, and XD are real popular back home and I wanted some sharp looking/high quality wheels that no one really sees that much. I was originally going with BMF Wheels or American Force Wheels, but I am not sure if I can get these wheels I with the proper spacing and offsets that will allow for 37's and the 4.5" Lift.

Also, thanks for the information up to this point. It has been really helpful.
BMF'S 20x9 is a 5inch backspace. I have there 18x9 Novakanes and they barely rub the radius arm at full lock with 37s.Trail ready wheels you can have made to whatever backspace you want in the 20x9.

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You will not find a combo that requires NO trimming at all but 9" wide and 5" BS is as close as it gets and will not require extensive trimming. Many manufactures make wheels with that are 9" wide with +1 or 0 offset which is 5" of BS, just need to look around and find out what you like!
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Alright. That's definitely good to know. Here's another question for ya'll. What are some wheel manufacturers that offer a 20x9" wheel with the 5.5" backspacing and proper offset that will allow me to run 37's, a 4.5 inch Carli Back Country 2.0 Lift System and NOT have any fitment or clearance issues?

I'd like a unique brand. Price is not much of a factor (I'd like to keep it under $3000 for the wheels). It seems like Rockstar, Fuel, and XD are real popular back home and I wanted some sharp looking/high quality wheels that no one really sees that much. I was originally going with BMF Wheels or American Force Wheels, but I am not sure if I can get these wheels I with the proper spacing and offsets that will allow for 37's and the 4.5" Lift.

Also, thanks for the information up to this point. It has been really helpful.
Like Ryan said,
All of the 9" wide BMF wheels have a 5" backspace so that is about as good as it gets with an off the shelf wheel. Fuel also builds many of their 9" wide wheels in a 5" backspace. That goes for both 18" and 20" wheels. 18's are obviously going to be less expensive and ride far better.

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I really like the American Force Custom SS8 20x9 Forged Aluminum Wheel 0ET Offset/4.5" Backspacing. I was wondering if there was any way I could run those wheels without having too much interference with the Radius Arms, bumpers, and fenders. Is there a way I can increase the backspacing on the wheel to help limit the amount of "modifications" required for a nice fitment? If not, will going up to a 6" Lift alleviate those issues with the wheel, or will they still be there?
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