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Old 05-08-2024, 07:09 PM   #1
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Who has moved to 17" wheels and tires on an E series?

Who moved to a 17" wheel and tire. Options are much less in the 16" flavor.

Anyone who did have issues with tread wall being too short for your liking? Losing that "suspension" on dirt roads, etc.

Any pics? Offset and backspacing recommendations, etc.

Looking at a wheel that is 17x9, 4.5 backspaces and -6 offset. The offset has me nervous. Will be on 265/70/17 KO2s probably. Maybe some Falken AT/4s

2003 E350, 5.4, 2x4

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Old 05-08-2024, 10:06 PM   #2
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A 265 is gonna be stretched on a 9” rim. Getting the bead to seat on my 315’s on a 17x9 was a pita. Can’t imagine how hard it’s gonna be with a 265. Gonna need a cheeta, lol.

Those wheel dimensions are also gonna poke quite a bit. I have about an inch of poke outside of my flares.



I didn’t notice any ride quality loss, but it’s a 1 ton, sooooo. I went from a 285/75r16 to a 315/70r17.
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Old 05-09-2024, 07:56 AM   #3
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Most of us are running 17” wheels. It’s also required on modern 4x4 conversions.
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Old 05-09-2024, 11:01 AM   #4
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Most of us are running 17 wheels. Its also required on modern 4x4 conversions.
^This! Anything smaller than 17" won't fit over the brake calipers.
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Old 05-10-2024, 11:30 AM   #5
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I have 37s on 17s. No concern over sidewall size lol.
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Old 05-16-2024, 11:06 AM   #6
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I switched to 17 1/2 inch Rickson wheels on Toyo OTR tires. This way I have a 25% plus load margin when loaded to 10k in the Van and hauling a 10K trailer.

End of worries although I carry a spare too. Ride is a bit brittle without the trailer but I can deflate the tires significantly to improve matters.
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Old 05-16-2024, 11:17 AM   #7
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I have 17"/ KO2's total 35" package on my 2006 RB. I'd post pix but I can't figure out the url thingy
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Old 05-16-2024, 12:04 PM   #8
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The 17" is slightly better on available sizes but it seems like 18" cost a bit more. The 18" wheel tire combo, depending on size has a stiffer side wall, wider stance, larger brake capacity, it can have a rougher ride, and cost more. I run 17 because I had wheels that size and have a greater amount of tire selection, such as several levels/styles of AT, & Mud. They also provide multiple side wall ply, 6 ply, 8 ply, 10 ply, 12ply, and in some cases 16 ply.
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Old 05-17-2024, 12:54 PM   #9
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I'd post pix but I can't figure out the url thingy
Easiest way to post pics on this forum is to click on " Go Advanced" in the reply window. That will bring up an extended menu, one of which is a paperclip. Clicking on the paperclip will bring up a new window asking you to choose the file you want to post. Choose your pic, then click on upload. Once the upload is done, put the cursor where you want to put the pic and click on the down arrow next to the paperclip.

Above applies to a Windows computer running Windows 10. If you are using a phone...I have no clue how to post a pic because I've never tried. Also, first downsize the pic you want to post...size doesn't need to be over 500 kilobytes.
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I'm running a 17x9 Method with ten ply 315 75 17' Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T's
The poke is acceptable with no flares and I have no clearance issues riding on fresh Deaver's
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