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Old 10-13-2015, 06:02 PM   #1
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Hey Friends, Someone tell me what to expect if I change the wheels on my 2014 Premium pony from 18" X 8" which is what it came with to 18" X 8.5" ? Also do I need new tires ? Thanks for the response..
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That's a very small change in width and shouldn't effect anything. Should create a slightly wider contact patch from the tires and won't affect their height much at all.

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Thanks, I was kind of thinking that. I have found if you post an idea or project on here, sometimes you get various opinions to think about..


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Thanks, I was kind of thinking that. I have found if you post an idea or project on here, sometimes you get various opinions to think about..


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It'll give you some latitude my friend. I think the widest tires you can put on an 8" rim effectively (you can go bigger but you are pushing limits) is 235s. On our sixers, there really isn't a point of packing 305 etc. Now a 255... on a 8.5" rim you're talkin! But what ever you're running now will work fine on both rims.
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^^ This.
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:15 AM   #7
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Thanks

Yea thanks for the info. I just want to get rid of those Pirelli P Zero tires. I don't think that they are one of Fords better ideas. I recently purchased a set of Ford Chrome Bullitt wheels 18 X 8.5. I'm planning on putting a set of Michelin's on them. I think I will stay with the standard 235/50. Ill just try to sell the factory wheels, tires, nuts as a local pick up here. Looks like its going to be a beautiful week end here in eastern NC. Have a good day.
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This is a good website if you want to compare different size tires/wheels

https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc
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It'll give you some latitude my friend. I think the widest tires you can put on an 8" rim effectively (you can go bigger but you are pushing limits) is 235s. On our sixers, there really isn't a point of packing 305 etc. Now a 255... on a 8.5" rim you're talkin! But what ever you're running now will work fine on both rims.
What if the tire manufacturers specifications for a 255/45/18 indicated the minimum wheel width of 8" and the maximum width of 9.5", would this still be OK with the 18x8 wheels?
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I would think so . You are in the range.


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That's what I think as well. I usually like going with manufacturers specifications as they know what will fit. Besides, the difference in width between the 235 and 255 tires I've been looking at is only a 0.80" increase in width, which is 0.40" on either side of the wheel.
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Even though you're on the low end of the range, the tall sidewall gives you a little breathing room as far as fitting that tire on there, It may just make the handling a little ... floaty? squishy? It will be fine, i'm just saying its something you MAY notice. Personally i'd prefer to run a 255 on a 8.5" rim minimum, but i understand you're working with a budget.
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Papa, I hear ya on the P Zeros. Didn't really ever dislike mine, but I never loved them either. Put on a set of General Gmaxx a few months back and love em'. On the lower range of price, good mileage and grip. I considered going to 255/45-18s tires. Getting back to the original point of your thread, I know if I were going to spring for rims, I'd go 8.5" width with 255/45s on em'. My two cents.
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Even though you're on the low end of the range, the tall sidewall gives you a little breathing room as far as fitting that tire on there, It may just make the handling a little ... floaty? squishy? It will be fine, i'm just saying its something you MAY notice. Personally i'd prefer to run a 255 on a 8.5" rim minimum, but i understand you're working with a budget.
Thanks for the constructive feedback. I'm currently running the stock Pirelli 235/50/18 which has a bit taller side wall which is floaty enough, so stepping down to a 45 side wall should be a wash or maybe a tad bit firmer. I guess I'm splitting hairs, but I just want a wider footprint which the 255s should fit the bill. Dang, anything will be an improvement over the Pirellis
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