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Larger Tires on OEM & Aftermarket Wheels

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by HoldHard, August 4, 2013.

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      I just put Michelin Premier LTX's on my 2016 Sport on Saturday. Went 265/50/20 and I am super happy with the look and ride so far.
       
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      Can you post a picture of your vehicle with 265/50?

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      Hello can anyone either tell me or refer me to a specific thread that talks about how large of tires I can put on a 2018 platinum without causing a bunch of problems, rub, and without a lift? I’d like to use stock rims if possible, but am open to after-market if stock is limiting due to offset etc. I also don’t want tires sticking outside the wheel-wells. Thanks!!
       
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      Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
      The Forum has a handy 'Search' feature (upper right) that can be used to find all kinds of info that already has been posted. Your thread was merged with this one. I believe there may be others as well. The generally accepted rule is that you should not exceed the OEM diameter by more than 3%. Here is an example of a site that can be very helpful.
      265/50-R20 vs 285/40-R22 Tire Comparison - Tire Size Calculator | Tacoma World

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      This thread has a lot of info on what size wheels/tires that others have fit to their explorers (model doesn't really matter) - Aftermarket wheels

      The below link will show you how a different size wheel/tire will compare to your factory wheel/tire - you can change either wheel or tire sizes, or both. UK based, so
      Will They Fit - Online Wheel and Tyre Fitment Calculator

      Additional info on the 3% rule: "Years ago, several tire manufacturers recommended that plus-size fitments remain within 3% of the diameter of the OE tire specified on the placard. Since then, very few, if any, have continued to publish that guideline, but it still exists in the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Program and will remain there because it has been used in a number of legal cases. There have also been a number of tests in the past that showed exceeding the 3% guideline can have a negative effect on vehicle stability, electronic stability control, and other ride or braking systems."

      "Even though TIA recognizes the 3% rule, calling it a standard is not so cut and dried. It isn’t published in most of the current tire company data books or fitment guides, and the RMA doesn’t mention it at all when talking about plus-sizing. However, it existed in the past and exists to some degree in the present, so the best practice is to follow it when selecting a plus-size tire."

      above quotes from this 2016 article that tries to portray the 3% rule as a standard, but it isn't really a standard, and not all manufactures or industry associations recognize it as such, but you should follow it anyway for fear of a lawsuit... - Avoid the Lawsuit Blues: 5 Ways to Protect Yourself When Installing Custom Tires and Wheels - Retail - Modern Tire Dealer
       

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