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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-27-2011, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Snow Tire Size/Brand

Hello All, this is my first post on the board.

Recently I have purchased a 2011 F-150 STX 4x4. Sometimes I work out of province and have to drive in serious winter conditions unlike what we have in the banana belt down here. Also the truck gets used for fishing quite a bit (bush trails, lousy boat launches, driving on ice, etc).

The truck came with Michelin LTX A/T's, but they are not snow rated. I do not want to install a levelling kit or do anything else that would alter the driveability of the truck on slippery roads.

I'd like to purchase the largest size snow tire that will fit stock, yet still allow room for tire chains. Does anyone have experience with such a setup, what size/brand of tire and how well does it work?
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Look at Goodyear Duratracs and Silent Armors. As ford size, i've seen 33's fit with no lift, but with chains I would stick to something in the 32" variety

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Welcome to ford, congrats on the new STX !!! Post up some pics of your new ride when you have a chance!

Not sure what advantage you're looking to gain by going with a larger snow tire ?

I would think you'd be better off sticking with the factory sizing of 265/75/17....go larger and your traction is going to suffer on slippery roads.

Definitely a good idea to swap to a set of dedicated snow tires though.... I've done that for my last two trucks and it's worth it. (17 inch steel wheels from Ford are cheap too, you recover most of the cost by saving on mounting and balancing twice a year.)

There are several threads here discussing winter tires, so have a look around, there's lots of good info to be found regarding specific brand recommendations.

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Thanks for the replies, folks. I thought there would be a bit of an advantage to having a slightly taller, thinner tire. 275/65/18 is only one inch larger in diameter and is close to the stock size for the 18" wheels. Thinking Cooper Discoverer M&S for tires.

If I use the 17" size I'll get the same rims that come on the spare (black painted steel).

There is definately some good threads about this already, I especially like the one about leaving the spare with the TMPS on the truck to keep the dash light off.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-28-2011, 03:33 PM
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Here is a review by Consumer Reports on winter tires for trucks and SUVs (2011):

If ice is the biggest concern, I like the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1.

For best bang for the buck, I have and like the General Altimax Arctic. Available in LT as well.

APA Canada's recommendations for 2011:


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Well if your gonna run chains on the tire I wouldn't go with a bigger tire than what stock size is cause your not doing a lift. The Good Year Duratrac has a really aggressive tread, I have them on my 2010 F150 4x4 xlt and I love them.

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Blizzak DM-V1 is what I run. This will be my second year.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 12:35 AM
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I would also think that sticking with the stock size is best. You could also go to a 235/80R17 which would give you more sidewall but with a more narrow tire which is better for deep snow.
This season I bought a set of the Yokahama Geolandar G072 winter tires in the stock 265/70R17 and absolutely love them. They stick to anything!
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-01-2012, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Viper238 View Post
Blizzak DM-V1 is what I run. This will be my second year.
+1 I'm going on my second year with my blizzaks and theyre amazing winter tires. Put a bit of weight in the back to balance the handling and you'll be impressed with what you can do.

I'm running blizzaks on my wife's car for 5 years and they are great and as long as you don't run them in hot weather they last.

DavidY thanks for apa link good info. I find the consumers reports are way to influenced by winter tire performance in warm weather :?
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