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Hunting 17" wheels for 2nd gen, least offset for snow tires.

Discussion in 'Tires & Wheels' started by CDW6212R, October 25, 2017.

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    1. CDW6212R

      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      What factory wheels are there with the least offset to work on the 95-01 Explorers?

      I've got a 99 work truck that I need to hunt new snow tires for. The 16" size I've been using is 245/70/16, but the new tires I'd like only come in a 245/65/17 tire. That's the closest size usable, and the OEM 17" wheels are basically all offset 1/2" or more inboard. I browsed through wheels on eBay etc, and the closest I found was a 7" wide 3rd gen wheel, but the offset wasn't specified(likely 43mm or so). I won't run a thick spacer, and I;d rather not use 1/4" spacers which I do have available.

      Does anyone have some ideas? I can stick with the 16" size, but the snow tire is the previous best version Nokian Hakkapeliita 8. The new version 9 is about $10 or so more, but should grip better in the worst conditions. Thanks for any help,
       
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      2004 and before Mustang wheels will be your only factory option that are 17 and decent offset.
       
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      Yes, that's my fall back choice. I liked the 17x8 Cobra wheels from 94-97, and I have a set of nice 98ish GT wheels for my Ranchero. I might try to locate those same GT wheels if I want to try that size again. Those 17x8 run about 30mm offset, and I used 1/4" spacers when I used the Cobra wheels on my Mercury. I can do that if needed, for snow tires I rarely use, maybe 10 days a year.
       

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