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New Tires (and Wheels) Advice for '22 Limited on 22s

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Howdy All,

First off let me say that I've learned a lot from this forum in the short time that I've known about it. Please assume that I know close to nothing, as this is my first truck, so also please excuse any stupid questions because, well... this is my first truck.

That being said, I have a 2022 F-150 limited and am considering a new set of tires and possibly wheels, if a smaller wheel is a must to achieve what I'm aiming for.

The truck came stock on 275/50/22 General Grabber HTS60 tires (with a Bravo A/T spare). I wouldn't have chosen the 22" wheels performance-wise, but I neither love nor hate the look.

If I'm going to change my tires I want to do so before the weather turns and everyone is thinking of doing the same thing. I had never heard of the General Grabber before and so I assumed that they weren't very good stock tires, which you all can correct me on if I'm wrong and the best advice is to leave em the way they are.

In terms of what my usage pattern is, I drive back and forth from Southern California to western Washington state fairly regularly, including during summer and winter months. So, while most of my driving is on-road, I do cross mountain passes with regularity and so I am really looking for something that won't let me down when I need the traction on snow and ice. But besides that I'm looking for a queit and smooth ride on the highway. I've noticed that the truck is quite "bouncy" on the highway, especially when I'm not hauling any weight in the bed. I don't know how much of this is due to the tires versus just getting used to the truck's ride in general.

I don't plan to do much off-roading for fun since I have a SXS for that, but I do occasionally end up on a dirt or gravel road in rural areas and wouldn't want my tires to be a detriment even if they're not primarily geared toward off-road capabilities. I won't be going mudding or rock crawling or anything, so my thought is that the tires I aim for should mostly be geared toward on-road driving but still fully capable of doing some light off-roading on gravel or dirt roads to tour a property or go camping and such.

I see the Michelin Defender LTX cited as an excellent tire for the F-150 often, which is surprising to me as I have this exact tire on a Land Rover and in my experience it performed so poorly in moderate snow that I went out and bought a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV tires which have been superb during winter. However, for this truck I'm trying to find a single set of tires for my needs since, as I said, I could be crossing a snowy mountain pass one week but then spending the next month in 80-90 degree SoCal conditions and I don't want to fool with swapping back and forth like I do with my Land Rover, which has more of a dedicated and localized use than I intend for this truck.

Should I get smaller wheels? If so how much smaller? From what I understand I'd then need to adjust the speedo with Forscan, which is doable. But I am not so much aiming for a badass look as I am the actual funcationality and dependability of my truck in the varied conditions and locations that I drive in, which like I said is mostly on-road with the fairly occasional light off-road. If most of you guys agree that my stock tires are plenty good for my purposes then I'll leave them as is, but just looking at the tire tread pattern I question whether they're the best for my needs. I did try them in deep snow and they were not great when I purposely pushed them to find their limits, but also didn't let me down in any way during normal driving. Or if there are some A/T or all-weather tires that are not any louder or less comfortable than my stock tires, but would give me better winter traction and added off-road performance, then I'd be grateful for that advice.

Thanks fellas!
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I forgot to mention, it's a Powerboost. Not sure if that changes anything in terms of tire choice.
 

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You will get a bunch of opinions on tires. Personally, I am a fan of the Falken Wildpeak AT3W's. Somewhat louder than the stock tires, but infinitely more capable, especially in the snow. Given your use case, I would definitely look for tires that have the 3 peak-mountain snowflake rating.
 
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Just giving this thread a lil bump in case people have started thinking about winter and tires.

So far my research is leading me in circles. I keep coming back to the BFG K02, Falken WildPeak AT3W and Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S. I start thinking I found my tires and then see a horrible review and get gunshy again.

Another issue is my stock 22s, there are just few options. For example, I read about the Nokian Outpost APT somewhere on the board here and they look great (I have Hakkas on another vehicle and love them) but they don't make them in my stock wheel size, so I'm considering dropping down to 20s or 18s.

Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
 

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I had the Cooper AT3 4S on a GMC Canyon. Bought them in 2019. They were good in snow and appeared like they would have good tread life, but at about 25,000 miles they started to howl bad at 45-55 mph. I got rid of them well before they were wore out because we couldn't stand the noise. Maybe they have improved since then, but my experience not good.
 

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as mentioned, not many options with the 22" wheel to keep it economical. Most are going to be upwards of $400-500/ea.
I personally run Toyo AT3's - however i'm in TX so no snow - purchased purely for aesthetics.
Dropping to a 20" wheel with a 275/60r20 will keep your speedo happy and give you more options for tires.
 
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Thanks. I think 20” wheels are the answer. Now, where to browse options?
 

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simpletire.com gives you majority of available tires.
discounttire.com if you have one in your area, they also price match.
 

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Thanks. I think 20” wheels are the answer. Now, where to browse options?
20" tires/wheels will definitely open up some options for you. Not to mention a smoother, quieter ride. I have some ideas. Sending a DM your way.
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