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Putting my ducks in a row for next December.

My Tacoma will not cut it, plus I am getting a great trade-in value.

I could upgrade to a Tundra and be tight with the payload or spend a little more for an F-250 gas and have double payload.

I am choosing the F-250 4x4 7.3l gas instead of a diesel because of cost (initial and ongoing maintenance), plus 445 lbs of torque is plenty don’t need 1,050...

I am pretty set on the options I want, but not sure about tire size for my towing vehicle. What difference does the tire wall height make? 

Standard tires are:   

LT275/65Rx18E  BSW A/S

option   LT275/70Rx18E.  OWL. A/T Tires

I understand de option are All Terrain tires, they come with the FX4 package and have 10,000 less warranty  miles. I would like to have this option, how will they tow compared to the standard tires? Also I am afraid my truck may not fit my garage opening of 83.5 vs the truck height of 81.5 without options.

Any F-250 owners? What is your opinion?

Thanks

Fred

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First - I do not own an F-250 but do have the F-150.  Certainly not the same duck by any means.

However, a fair amount of the answer to your question(s) has to do with how you mainly want to use your truck.  If you are going to do some mild off-roading then you will probably be happier with the slightly wider but more aggressive A/T tires.  And, I'm sure that there are those that will advise you to get even more aggressive.  If you are going to do mainly paved road and the occasional dirt road or forest road then probably the standard tires will be OK.  If you are really into how the tires "look" then the A/T's might give you that "bad", "mean", "big boy" look that some prefer.

Good luck with your decision.

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Thanks,

 Not really looking for any look in particular, just trying to be practical. I would like to be able to get into more remote locations, thus the 4x4 option.

I called Tire Rack and they suggested the 70 over the 65 wall height as it would provide a less harsher ride. The increase in wheel diameter is minimal.

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If you can provide the make and model of the tires, it would be helpful, then we can look up reviews on Tire Rack and elsewhere.

Since you do want to get “remote”, IMHO get the larger diameter all terrain tires. Bigger sidewalls are better when it gets bumpy, especially if you are inclined to air down (reduce pressure to say 30 psi) for very slow travel. People swap OEM road tires for All Terrains all the time, rarely do they go back in the other direction. It is a TRUCK, after all.😬 In any case, any OEM tire is going to have decent road manners and tire wear, it is usually only when you get into more specialized types, like mud tires, that things get wonky. The All Terrains will provide better traction and rock cut resistance when venturing off pavement, so you will not worry quite so much at the “Pavement Ends” sign. And if your Ollie gets bogged in a soft spot, you will be more likely be able to drag it free.

John Davies

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I went thorough this when I purchased my f-250 Superduty.  Tire size and axle ratios are pretty well narrowed down by the options you select.  My suggestion is to go to the Ford site and build your truck online.  Start by selecting the option you want and your choices will be narrowed down, if not eliminated.  Tire size is mostly determined by suspension, springs, wheel, cab and bed length.  There was an option on my truck to select the weight rating as well.  Selecting your known or most desired options will narrow down your tire size and axle ratios pretty fast.

 

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That is exactly what I did, I built the truck with the options that I wanted and I still got those 2 sizes of tires to choose from. 

I am discarding the FX4 package because it come with a 4.3 axle ratio and I want the 3.55 for fuel economy. It will still be 4x4 .

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I would think either is fine , Ford specked them- chose what you like, the more aggressive tread perhaps - but from the choices shown on the build pics  I couldn't tell. Tire rack should know??? 

 

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18 hours ago, fredmin said:

I am discarding the FX4 package because it come with a 4.3 axle ratio and I want the 3.55 for fuel economy. It will still be 4x4 .

If you plan to ever pull a big trailer, or care about resale value, get the 4.3 axles!  These SD trucks with their commercial grade engines are built specifically for heavy loads and heavy towing, and the higher ratio you want will greatly reduce the torque at the wheels, by about 20%. That much power loss will be sorely missed when you get high up and face your first 12% grade. These engines lose power at high altitude, your 440 engine ft lbs, at sea level, becomes just 260 ft lbs at 10,000 feet elevation! If you really want better fuel economy buy the turbo diesel.

I really like that 7.3 gas engine, but I think getting the 3.55 axles would be a big mistake, that you would regret making every time the towing conditions got extreme.

IMHO of course.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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With the 10 speed transmissions, axle ratios become less important (lower first gear).

Also look at getting an F350 SRW.  Drives the same, but can carry more stuff (= more resale).

If it were me, I would have a hard time passing up a 2021 F150 eco boost with HDPP if gas made me content.  I don't want to listen to a V8 on mountain passes and since we live next to one, that would be frequent. 

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