If you are planning a big tire upgrade on your Ford Maverick but are not sure which option is best suited for your stock truck, then this article can help you. We will discuss the biggest size tire you can fit to your Maverick with and without a lift.
The biggest tire you can fit to a stock Ford Maverick without a lift kit is 255/65/17. In metric values, this equates to a 30.1-inch tire which is roughly a +5.6% increase in diameter from the stock 17” tire. 255/65/17 gets about as close as you can get to the wheel inner felt liner without rubbing while 245/70 and 265/65 have very slight rubbing on the front wheel-well felt liner.
Before fitting bigger tires, It is important to remember that larger tires may require modifications to your truck’s suspension, fender flares, and potentially the gearing of the vehicle to accommodate the larger tires rolling mass and diameter.
Secondly, larger tires can also have a negative effect on the overall performance and handling of the vehicle, including acceleration, braking, and fuel efficiency, so keep that in mind when doing a tire upgrade. Read more about that here
Let’s now look into the upgrade options in more detail.
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Biggest Tire on A Stock Ford Maverick Without A Lift
Below are the 3 main size categories related to big tire upgrades on the Maverick. First, we look at what is the biggest tire on a stock suspension then we break down the tire options when combined with a lift kit as well.
Let’s get into it!
AT Tire Recommendations on A Stock Ford Maverick
When we look at upgrading the stock tires on a Ford Maverick, we are referring to the 225/65R17 and 235/65R17 sizes.
You can safely upgrade to any of the below AT tires for a more aggressive look and improved traction off-road.
- Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus (FX4) 28.5″ x 9″
- Continental Pro Contact 28.5″ x 9″
- Falken Wildpeak AT Trail 29.2″ x 9.4″
Largest Tires on A 17-Inch Wheel
If you want a larger tire size without having to fit a lift kit on your stock suspension, then the biggest tire you can fit is a 255/65R17. This is NOT the biggest tire you can fit, however, if you don’t want to do any ADDITIONAL modifications and want to avoid rubbing completely then this IS the biggest upgrade you can do.
If you are prepared to do some minor trimming and wheel arch mods, then you can opt for the 245/70R17 tire size. 245/70 and 265/65 have very slight rubbing on the front wheel well-felt liner. The 255/65s just miss the liner.
|255/65/17||30.1” (+5.6%)||10” (+12.4%)||6.5” (+12.1%)||94.4% (+5.6%)||671(-37)|
|265/65/17||30.6” (+7.4%)||10.4” (+16.9%)||6.8” (17.2%)||96” (7.4%)||660(-48)|
Largest Tires on an 18-Inch Wheel
255/60 R18 is almost identical to the 255/65R17 size and the biggest tire you can fit without rubbing. This size is almost identical to the largest 17-inch tire upgrade (255/65R17). The 18-inch is only +0.3% larger in diameter and +0.3% larger in circumference so it’s as close as you going to get without any hassles.
Maverick owners have reported that you will experience some rubbing when running 265/60 R18 or 265/65R18 You can expect very slight rubbing against the wheel arch felt at full lock. If you are dead set on fitting 265/60R18 then you might consider a small spacer or lift kit to resolve the rubbing issue.
|255/60/18||30” (+5.3%)||10” (+12.4%)||6” (+3.4%)||94.3” (+5.3%)||672(-36)|
Largest Tires with A Lift Kit
According to my findings, size 255/75/17 is reported to be the largest tire you can fit the Ford Maverick with a 2-inch lift kit. Those wheel arches are filled out to the max with these massive tires stuffed in there. Some Maverick owners don’t agree with the look of the bigger tires on such a small truck, however, I think it looks sick!
How does it affect your fuel consumption? Yip, you guessed it, negatively and by as much as 3-4mpg. Braking and acceleration from a standstill will also be affected. On the plus side, you gain some increase in ground clearance with the taller tires and improved off-road capability with that. The Fx4 package is the better model for off-road work with all its off-road drive modes and Independent multi-link trailing arm suspension setup with all the off-road bells and whistles. With that being said, these bigger 255/75/17 tires give this truck a really tough look and aggressive stance.
User Experience and Feedback
Let’s look at a few real-world user experiences and feedback directly from Maverick owners who have successfully fitted bigger tires.
User Experience #1
255/65 gets about as close as you can get to the felt liner without rubbing. Some however are going with 265/65 or 245/70 with some slight rubbing on the felt liner without much issue. So it really depends on the look your going for and what you are willing to accept.https://www.mavericktruckclub.com/forum/threads/area-51-maverick-on-bronco-sport-wheels-255-65r17-falken-wildpeak-a-t3w.4760/page-2
User Experience #2
Not saying you can’t go bigger. I am saying you can’t go bigger without ANY rubbing. 245/70 and 265/65 have very slight rubbing on the front wheel well felt liner. The 255/65s just miss the liner.https://www.mavericktruckclub.com/forum/threads/area-51-maverick-on-bronco-sport-wheels-255-65r17-falken-wildpeak-a-t3w.4760/
User Experience #3
A good way to ruin drivability, acceleration, braking, etc. is to put too big of a wheel and tire combo on the Maverick. Be reasonable and you’ll have an enjoyable ride instead of the noisy and dangerous combos we see on the road today that just ruin a vehicle.https://www.maverickchat.com/threads/bigger-wheels-tires.266/
User Experience #4
The 245/65’s were on for about 1700 miles and I averaged just a shade over 27 hand-calculated mpg. These are an inch taller and one pound heavier so I’m expecting 26ish.
Biggest Tires To Fit On Stock Ford Raptor (W/Without A Lift Kit)
This article discusses the biggest tire size you can fit on a Ford Ranger Raptor Gen 1, Gen2, and F150 Raptor. These are outstanding machines and real engineering marvels with few competitors in their class. Needless to say, these trucks have the go to match their styling presence. Fitting bigger tires will, however, improve their ascetics and make them even more capable on and off-road.
The Biggest tire you can fit on a stock Gen 1 and Gen 2 Ford Ranger Raptor without a lift is 34 inches or a 295/70/17. If you fit an aftermarket rim with a +20 offset it allows you enough clearance to fit a 35” tire without a lift.
It is important to remember that before fitting larger tires on your vehicle, there are several factors to consider. First, larger tires may require modifications to the suspension, fender flares, and potentially the gearing of the vehicle to accommodate the increased size. Second, larger tires can affect the overall performance and handling of the vehicle, including acceleration, braking, and fuel efficiency.
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For those looking for additional clearance always remember the following: When upgrading from a 28.5″ to a 30.5″ tire, you only gain about 1″ of ground clearance. So weigh it up if you intend to do serious offroad work.