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Old 05-17-2013, 03:30 AM
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Question on 17" ford wheels

I have a n 03 f250 4x4 with the 16" wheels. I acquired a slightly used set of 285/75/17lt tires. I have going back and forth on what type of rims I should get. There is a guy local that has a set of 17" ford wheels off of and 05 or 06 truck. My question is, will I need spacers for 17's and 285's?
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:48 AM
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Yes, you will need spacers for the 17" factory wheels!

The fronts won't even go on all the way because they will hit the tie rod ends, I have my stock 17" wheels and tried them myself on a pre-05 Superduty and found that out.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:05 PM
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yep i ran into the same issue. i knew i needed spacers beforehand but i put them on to see and they are way sucked in. can turn about 6 inches before it rubs on the tie rod ends lol
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1999-2004 models use a 4.25"~4.5" backspace where 2005 and up use about a 6.25"~6.5" backspace. I would drop the money on some aftermarket 17X10s for proper fit, a set of GOOD spacers are going to cost almost as much as NEW wheels. Yes 17x10, when I ran 285s on a 10" wheel I was able to run a higher psi with a better tread contact patch than on 8" wheels without ballooning the sidewalls out.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:05 PM
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Thanks for the info. Do you have any idea of the offset needed for the aftermarket wheels? I have about 45,000 miles on my current tires. By the end of the Summer I'm gonna be replacing ball joints, shocks, etc. I think I'm going to put a rough country 2.5 leveling kit on the front and a extra leaf on the back. Wheels and tires will be following that. I want to replace the ball joints before I put new tires on. Like I mentioned before I have a set of lt285/75/17's that will last me a good year of so. Hopefully I can start gathering the parts in the next couple months and when my current tires are done I can do it all at once. By then I'll have close to 60,000 miles on my nitto terra grapplers. Not bad for a slightly used $400 set of tires off of craigslist.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:31 PM
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I run -25 offset/4.5 backspace 10s on my 2003
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Could I trouble you for a picture? If not, how far do they stick out?
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:50 PM
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Look in my profile, I have head on shots of my 315s on 10s. 285s will be " closer to the sheetmetal. It's been a few years since I ran 285s.

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