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I've been stubborn as a mule for almost two years now, insisting on sticking with the factory wheels (Lariat 20" PVD) and tires even though I hated them. I just couldn't justify shelling out the cash for a new wheel and tire combo. I was planning to run the Hankook's until they died and then switch to Falken Wildpeaks, while keeping the factory rims. Last Monday I decided to pick a fight with a curb, and the truck lost. Two tires destroyed and the rims gouged deep enough they would not hold pressure. When faced with buying two new/used OEM rims and 4 tires (the stock one's were at almost 50K, no reason to keep the remaining two of them around), I decided to bite the bullet and get something I would like a lot better anyways.

I wanted rims that matched my old school paint job, so I wound up with Mammoth 8's in 17x9 with a -6mm offset. I was a bit concerned that the 17" wouldn't fit with a PowerBoost, but tech support at American Trucks was confident that with a -6mm offset they would clear. I paired the new wheels with Falken Wilpeak A/T3W in 285/70R17 and wow what a difference. The extra sidewall of the 17" tire helps dampen the ride so much. On the 20s I could feel every concrete road expansive joint in my spine, now I don't even know they are there. I'm sure I gave up the ability to take a clover leaf at 95 mph, but in a 4x4 I'll take the ride quality over the handling any day.

Overall the brand new tire/rim combo is 6 lbs heavier (each) than the stock rim/tire (with 50K miles in weight worn off).

Also gotta say the American Trucks sales and tech support crew were awesome, so if you have a need to buy some trucks stuff online, be sure to check them out.

Ford F-150 I have a different truck after swapping 20" for 17" wheels and OEM Hankook 275/60R20s for Falken Wildpeak 285/70R17 tires IMG_8849.JPG


Ford F-150 I have a different truck after swapping 20" for 17" wheels and OEM Hankook 275/60R20s for Falken Wildpeak 285/70R17 tires IMG_8850.JPG


Ford F-150 I have a different truck after swapping 20" for 17" wheels and OEM Hankook 275/60R20s for Falken Wildpeak 285/70R17 tires IMG_8851.JPG
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Curious what is the change in mpg? I'm contemplating something similar, but I do a ton of driving, so fuel economy does still matter to me
 
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I won't know for several weeks, but I suspect it will be minimal given I only picked up 6 pounds and a few inches of contact patch per tire. I was looking closely at weights of rims and tires as I put together my package to try and reduce the impact on MPGs.
 

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I won't know for several weeks, but I suspect it will be minimal given I only picked up 6 pounds and a few inches of contact patch per tire. I was looking closely at weights of rims and tires as I put together my package to try and reduce the impact on MPGs.
Truck looks fantastic. Once you have some mpg data please let us know as I’m going to be doing a tire/wheel swap.
 

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I swapped my stock tires for Falken Wildpeak AT3s right after getting the truck this past Summer (within 500 miles). As a result I can't give a comparison on MPG but I was averaging 24 prior to the onset of winter. i can say these tires have done great in the Wyoming Winter, especially on my country roads. Very pleased. In the cold temps with lots of 4A driving I'm averaging 20 mpg. I stuck with the stock tire size on my stock 20 inch rims.
 

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Looks great! i have seen a truck like this a few months back at a home depot off of 99. Super cool looking!
 

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Looks great! i have seen a truck like this a few months back at a home depot off of 99. Super cool looking!
Might have been mine, I frequent the Home Depot at 99 and S Fry.
 

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This is one my my fav trucks on here. Reminds of the '80s trucks that my grandpa drove. Now if you get a chrome roll bar with KC lights, it would be perfect, lol.

I definitely want to go to at least 18s with a taller tire when these wear out and probably just some tremor rims. 20's with taller tires just look a bit off/and heavy.
 
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This is one my my fav trucks on here. Reminds of the '80s trucks that my grandpa drove. Now if you get a chrome roll bar with KC lights, it would be perfect, lol.
I tell everyone I finally have the truck I wanted when I was 16 and my dad wouldn't buy me. I would love to find a chrome brush guard that had a 90s look and would work with adaptive cruise and front camera, I keep striking out on finding one. Roll bars with KC Lights and nerf bards don't work with a bedcover, and to be honest I think they look odd on the crew cab truck. I saw a crew cab F150 this weekend with roll bar and KC lights and it just looked funky.
 

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lol, yea roll bars would probably only look good on a single cab like on “The fall guy”…
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