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Discussion in 'Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility PIU' started by Archi830, November 5, 2017.

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    1. Archi830

      Archi830 New Member

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      I haven't located a thread on this yet but what would be the largest tire size on the stock 18 inch rim I could install without the fear of rubbing
       
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      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      Have you checked out this thread? Can I run a 255/65R18 on my XLT?
      As mentioned in that thread, you should not exceed 3% of the OEM tire size. You can use the following site to check that. 245/60-R18 vs 255/60-R18 Tire Comparison - Tire Size Calculator | Tacoma World Just plug in your own numbers and check the diameter difference.

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      I have found some good info in these threads about the 3% rule on tire diameter, but does any one know what the 18" Steel rims and PIU can handle for a width? I am looking at expanding my tire options for the 245/55/R18 steel rims and could use some opinions on best alternative sizes.
       
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      Well I went ahead and ordered a tire one inch larger in diameter which according to the chart is less than 3%and hopefully there's no issues will let you know how they do...
       
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      Running 265/60/18 on my PIU, BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A's. Look and handle great. Quiet too!
       
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      Similar subject: My PIU came with a spare wheel but no wheel. I know for convenience I should get the same size, Do I need to get the PIU standard or can I just get a cheaper tire, since it will probably be sitting in the car and never used?
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      I'm a little confused by your opening sentence, "came with a spare wheel but no wheel.":dunno: Did you mean it came with a wheel but no tire? In any case if the PIU comes with a full sized spare, unlike the regular Explorer, it should definitely be the same size and preferably the same type. Does your Owner's Manual address this?

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