What’s the Biggest Tires for a Stock F150

So you want to know what the biggest tires size you can fit on a Ford F150. Well, then this article is just for you. We’ll cover what fits and what doesn’t with the stock F150 suspension running stock wheels. We also cover a complete list of the biggest and widest tire sizes you can fit on a 17”, 18 “,and 20” rim as well as what you need in terms of leveling kits, rim sizes and the impact of removing the front crash bar.

So what’s the biggest tires you can fit on a stock F150? The largest tires you can fit on a stock F150 without removing the crash bars are 33”- 34” without severe rubbing. Alternatively you can fit 32” if your rims are 10” wide.

If you deice to go the biggest tire you can squeeze inside the wheel arch, keep in mind you will experience a drop in MPG, but nothing too significant unless you go 37” or bigger. If you opt for a more aggressive AT or MT tire, you will experience increased road noise inside the cabin. In most cases, the more aggressive, the noisier.

Then there is the issue about the crash bars on all modern Fords. We’ll look at what that’s all about, and if you should remove them when trying to fit over-sized tires?

Let’s start with safety first!

Ford F150 Crash Bars

So there are many people saying you can remove the front crash bars and swap them out with the passenger’s side crash bar. The reasoning behind this, is the slight curvature on the crash bar will be just enough to allow the wheels to turn at full lock without touching.

So what’s the purpose of those crash bars anyway? They are only found on the F150 crew cabs but not on the DC Raptors.

The bottom line, Ford added the tubular bars in the front to increase the safety rating and earn them the Top Safety Pick. This is a bit of a contentious issue, since not all the models received them and buyers specifically opted to buy these trucks due to their high safety aspect. The problem is, not everyone was getting the same safety package, when in fact the protective steel bars were only installed on certain models and left out on others. Sneaky-sneaky !!!

These steel bars actually make quite an impact in terms of your safety. Turns out the crew cabs who had them fitted aced the safety crash tests, while the ones exempt from them only received a dismal rating of “marginal” safety. Eek!

So, armed with this information, make sure you understand what it implies in terms of your safety, in the event of a crash.

Have a look at this video and decide for yourself:

Right, moving along swiftly!

What is the Biggest Tires for a Stock F150

Back on topic, what are the biggest tires we can fit on the F150, without removing the crash bars and a small leveling kit?

Assuming everything else is stock, including rims and suspension, just a leveling kit.

  1. 32”x10”
  2. 33″x11″
  3. 34”x12”

Remember rim diameter doesn’t really matter since that only affects the sidewall profile. However, If you intend to go off-road at some point, the higher the sidewall, the better your traction once its deflated. A taller side-wall allows you a larger, longer footprint, which helps a ton, especially when driving on the sand.

The bigger diameter rims like 20” will allow you to fit a fancier rim indeed, but limits you drastically off-road, since low profile tires can’t be deflated much off-road.

More important than the diameter, if we are looking purely from a fitment point of view, is the offset of the wheel and the backspacing. They are pretty much the same thing just the measurement taken from either the front or the back. The more negative the offset, the more the wheel will stick out. The more positive the offset, the closer it will sit to the inside.  A more negative offset rim might look awesome, however, there is more risk of rubbing at the arches during full articulation.

Biggest Tire on Stock F150 17 Rim

SuspensionSizeInchWheelRubbingTrimming
Stock265/70/1732.10.43Stock 17NoNo
Stock285/70/1733×11.22Raptor 17NoNo
Stock315/70/1734×12.4Raptor 17NoNo
Stock318/72/1735×12.52AftermarketSlightPossibility

So there you have it. If you want a complete list of all potential tire and wheel sizes ranging from wheel sizes 17-22 with tire width combinations then click here: Biggest wheel you can fit on stock a F150 Fitment Guide

Biggest Tires on Stock F150 18 Inch Rims

Below is the list of tires you can fit mostly on a stock F150 with 18” rims:

SuspensionSizeInchWheelRubbingTrimming
Stock275/65/1832×10.83StockNoNo
Stock265/70/1833×10.43StockNoNo
Stock285/65/1833×11.22StockNoNo
3” Lift305/60/1832×12.01AftermarketNoNo
Adjustable318/68/1835×12.52StockNoMinor
6”318/68/1835×12.52AftermarketNoNo

If you want a complete list of all potential tire and wheel sizes ranging from wheel sizes 17-22 with tire width combinations then click here: Biggest wheel you can fit on stock a F150 Fitment Guide

If you are prepared to fit a leveling kit, you can squeeze a 35″x12.5″, 18”x9” AT tire on. It might require minor plastic trimming around the wheel well area, however, there is no rubbing or scrubbing with this combo.

Bigger

If you want to go bigger i.e. 35×12.5 on 18×10 -44 wheels you will require a leveling kit as well as minor plastic trimming. There will be slight contact at full turn.

Biggest Tires on Stock 2018 F150 20 Inch

Now, let’s look at the 20” tire and rim combos. Can this be done? Yes, we know it can done and is rather popular, but let’s see what is possible with the stock F150 suspension

SuspensionSizeInchWheelRubbingTrimming
Stock front305/50/2032×12.01AftermarketNoNo
Stock285/50/2031×11.22AftermarketNoSlight
Stock275/60/2033×10.83StockNoNo
Stock285/60/2033×11.22StockNoSlight
Stock305/55/2033×12.01StockNoNo

As you can see once you go 34” and bigger you’ll need a leveling or complete lift kit. 6” Kits are quite popular and allows you a wide range of options.

If you want a complete list of all potential tire and wheel sizes ranging from wheel sizes 17-22 with tire width combinations then click here: Biggest wheel you can fit on stock an F150 Fitment Guide

Bigger

If you want to go bigger on a 20” rim like say a 35”x11.5” on a 20×10 and -25 offset there will be some minor plastic modification/readjustment needed. There is no need to trim, however you need to pull back and secure the inner plastic fender liner to the brace which is located directly behind the inner fender. You will need a leveling kit and some height adjustable struts set to 2.8”+

F150 2.5” Leveling Kit 35” Tires

The safe bet here would a minimum 6” lift kit or levelling kit. You want to go 10 wide and -24 offset. That equates to 35×12.5. It’s quite an aggressive look and there definitely will be some trimming required to make them fit perfectly.

If you have a 4” lift then the better choice would be a 33×12.5” on a negative -24 offset.

Resources

Check out https://www.customwheeloffset.com/gallery for a comprehensive collection of rim, tire and suspension setups with feedback from owners. You’ll see what the popular options are and what work is required in more detail.  Big-ups to these guys for creating this resource!

2” F150 Front Leveling Kit

2.5”F150 Leveling Kit

2” F150 suspension upgrade

Warn Fender Flare Set For 15-17 F150, Satin Black, Set Of 4 | 2015-2017 Ford F150, W102020

Rough Country 4″ Suspension Lift Kit With Premium N3 Series Rear Shocks, 11-14 Ford F150,

Superlift 6″ Suspension Lift Kit With Rear Bilstein Shocks, Suspension Parts | 2008 Ford F150,

Rough Country 6″ Suspension Lift Kit, Suspension Parts | 2009-2010 Ford F150, RC-598.24

Mickey Thompson Baja Mtzp3 Radial 37″ Tire, 37X13.50R20Lt | 37×13.50R20LT, MT-90000024280

Conclusion

The Ford F150 is a fantastic truck to modify and allows you a whole range of options even in standard/stock form. Fortunately, the wheel arches on the F150 is still of the round design, which allows you to fit bigger tire combinations with more ease.

If you opt for anything bigger than a 33”, I would strongly suggest a full lift kit or a leveling kit. Not only will it eliminate most of the hassle of having to trim away plastic, but it also enhances the appearance of your truck.

Jade C.

4-Wheel drives and off-road driving techniques has been my passion for over 20 years. Here we strive to provide the most accurate, up-to-date, information about the functionality, common faults and latest technology built into most 4 Wheel Drives.

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