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Old 06-17-2006, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

I just put the 2" leveling kit on, the Bilstein shocks and with my little stock 265's I measure 40.5" from the ground to the leading edge of the wheel well opening. Now I am looking at either BFG MT 35" or 37's on my stock F250 17" rims. I have F350 blocks in back and it measures 42.5" to the top on the wheel well opening. I think I have enough clearance but want to know what size tires you guys have on your stock 17" rims.

Those shocks really are nice. I just didn't believe what I read until I did it for my self.

Let me hear about your combo as close to this as you can.
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

35's will fit, but 37 i doubt. The BFG's do run a little small compared to some of the other tires. The last leveling kit i did cleared Toyo 35 with a slight rub but i believe the cause was the customers choice of rim ofset. 37 Toyo took 6" to clear without any rubbing.
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

You do realize I have an 05. I heard 35's will fit stock and since I raised the front 2 inches I figured 37's will fit as long as I don't flex the suspension to EXTREMES.

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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

Hey man,

I am thinking the same as you on the tires. I had a 05 with a 6" lift and 37x13.50x20 toyo mt i ended up selling the lift to lower my truck some(long story) I put a leveling kit with my same 20" wheels and 35x12.50x20 nitto mud grapplers. side by side the 37 vs 35 there was little difference. If i would have known that i would have put the 37s on my truck with leveling kit and could have told you if they would fit. The 35" nittos cleared with absolutely no problem.

I now have a 06 with the same leveling kit and 35x13.50x20 pro comp x-terrains on the factory 20" wheels. Absolutly no clearing problems.

I think i would try the 37s if you are talking about the AT tires they measure around 36" anyway.
Check my pics out, you can see my truck with leveling kit and 35" bfg MT on factory wheels

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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

the 37's might clear on the factory wheels, but no way with aftermarket wheels. IMHO, little or no lift with huge tires looks funny to me.
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

I hope you guys like reduced fuel economy and reduced performance because that is going to happen with big meats. There is always a price for good looks......unfortunately.

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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

I have the Snow plow package, which raises the front 1"-2" So 37's will probably work for you. Check out my low quality pics to see if you like the way it fills out the wheel well. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

Go to www.rockymountsusp.com/gallery_ford.htm there is a guy on there with a red 05 sc xlt 4x4 with 2 in spacers and bfg 37x12.5r17 at ko on stock rims.
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

1st off FITTING and WORKING are 2 different things. I bet the first time you go into a parking lot at an angle on a street with a high crown and the ramp of the lot is steep you are going to realize the difference between the two. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
Ever seen a truck on an articulation ramp?
2nd the BFG a/t is only 36.3 verses most other 37 being 36.9 so a BFG might fit for a street driven truck.
3rd the rim is way undersized in width which is going to make the tire taller than spec but also narrower.I bet tread life is going to suffer dramatically.
I recently lifted a dually for a customer with 315/75/16. With only 10k on the truck the tires have worn 10/32 in the center already. It is what he wanted and he was willing to pay the price for poor tire mileage.
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I bet the first time you go into a parking lot at an angle on a street with a high crown and the ramp of the lot is steep you are going to realize the difference between the two.

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Not sure if that was directed at me, but I have had them on for 10-15K and haven't had any problems. I won't be going onto any articulation ramps anytime soon, too (I don't have a Jeep here) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. I do off roading, but if it was anthing real heavy, I would be getting a lift.

PS. Tread wear seems to be pretty even across the tire. Haven't lost much in this 15K. Although I have rotated an balanced 6 times already. Ask if you want pics [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img].
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

37's won't fit.
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

I'm leaning towards the 35's. I think I'll also go with an A/T tire instead of a M/T too.

Any ideas as to what brand might be better than others...

should I internet order and try to find someone local to mount or find a best price out the door deal locally???

What have your experiences been?
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

PM me and i will talk to my tire guy. Let me know what tire and wheel and i can get you some prices.
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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

When you say F350 blocks, I'll take it you mean the taller blocks. Perhaps that is something that changed in the new 05/06 SD.
That is a big misconception on this site that F350 blocks are taller(3.5") and the F250 blocks are shorter(2"). Up until about 03, you could choose what blocks your truck came with as an option. They were referred to as flat landers or haulers(2") and standards(3.5"). This intel is straight from the dealer I used in Co. I've known/used them since 1996.
As for tires, factory rims will fit taller/wider tires than aftermarket. Mostly due to wheel offset, but wheel width is also a consideration. Keep in mind, too narrow of a wheel will hurt your wear/mileage life and can even be dangerous due to improper bead/footprint.
I'm running 35 Toyo A/T's which are wider than normal(13.50). It is fine for traction since the truck is heavy, but I'd go back to standard 12.50 width given the choice. I'm running a 18" x 9.5" chrome aluminum A/R mohave wheel.

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Re: Just put Bilsteins on with 2" leveling kit and WOW... now 35" or 37"s on my 05 F250

Trav,

Yes, I mean the taller 3.5" blocks. I have an '05 so there was no choice when getting a F250. With the leveling kit it sits ever so slightly raked, about 1" inch front to back. I am leaning towards 35's either MT's or AT's. Fuel mileage is no issue right now.
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