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New Truck: 17", 18", or 20" Tires?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by DGODGR, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    I am in the market for a new truck. I have decided on getting another F350 PSD. I am not sure which tires to get. I like the look of the 20" tire/wheels combos but I don't think I will buy a Lariat anyway so they might be out of the picture. Will I find any difference in performance between the 17, 18, and 20 inch tires? Which size is more readily available and is any one more or less expensive?
     
  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 733

    I've had trucks with 17" and 18", and don't really notice a difference in driving.

    Big difference in cost though when you start going up in size when you have to replace them.

    Had trouble finding 18" winter tires just because not all styles that you see in the 17" are available in larger sizes.

    My advice would be to go with the 17".
     
  3. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    make a few phone calls to local tire shops and see what pricing & availability will be. This will give you an idea of what you will be faced with in the future. Also see what size the spare tire is. On the 20" the spare will probably be an 18"
     
  4. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    example :
    17''---------------$200
    18''---------------$245
    19.5''-------------$285
    20''----------------$300
    22''----------------$350
    24''----------------$400
     
  5. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    I checked Tire Rack and the pricing was not too much more for the bigger wheel size. Tire selection is greatly reduced in the 20" size but similar in the 17 & 18 inch. My local tire guy said $1,200 per set, regardless of size. On T/R the prices were less for the 17, 18, and some of the 20s. Right now I'm thimking the 18" wheel is going to be my choice.
     
  6. tugboat609

    tugboat609 Member
    Messages: 55

    Ya gotta get the 20's! They look so sweet and in my opinion make the truck!
     
  7. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    I agree. They definately look the best but from what I am seeing those are not available, from Ford anyway, unless you get the Lariat. I don't want the leather, heated/cooled seats, back up camera, and memorized settings for my foot pedals and mirrors enough to pay an additional $3,000.
     
  8. tugboat609

    tugboat609 Member
    Messages: 55

    I understand that but with wheels and all of that is is definitely worth it! I have a 2008 350 Lariat crew with navi, moonroof and everything and I totally love it!
     
  9. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Don't buy a new one with the 17" rims in my opinion they look like someone put a lift in the truck and didn't put large enought tires under it, my 2011 crew has the 20" lariat rims, and our regular cab has the 18" aluminum ones which I think looked alot better then the 17"
     
  10. My 450 has the 19.5 and it makes the truck.
     
  11. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Have fun paying a arm and a testicle for tires if you get the 20's, or 19's or even 18's lol. I guess if you have the cash why the heck not.
     
  12. Mine are 1100 for all 6.
     
  13. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 733

    My 2011 f350 came with 18" tires. I think that is the minimum on the newer trucks, evidently because of brake size requirements.
     
  14. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    According to the brochure 17" are standard on XL & XLT.
     
  15. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    because it's the cheapest
     
  16. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    really ? so i can get a set of 24'' for the same price as 17'''s from tire rack :confused:
     
  17. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    How do you mean?
     
  18. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Think if look around you should find cheaper price My father bought 18'' for $195 per tire Dean SXT-C 10ply
    Same place has 17'' for $165
    This a local place So far I havent found any place cheaper
     
  19. IDST

    IDST Senior Member
    Messages: 931

    I went to buy an 03 in late 2010 and ended up with 2010 6.4 loaded. I absolutely LOVE the truck but went to get new tires and couldn't believe the cost difference for my 20's. I'm looking for a set of 18's to put some winter tires for snow plowing. Really pissed me off when i checked the spare and found out it's an 18.
     
  20. BlueRam2500

    BlueRam2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    20's all the way. The others look so stupid IMHO.