What is the difference in tires?

I currently have an F-150 with 17" rims. I would like to get a bigger tire to increase off-road performance. The stock tire that I have on it slips and slides on mud and snow and mudsnow combo. What tire could you recommend. I spend a lot of time off-road hunting in 4×4 areas (yes the truck is 4×4). If it helps the truck is a V8 2006 crew cab. I heard mudders are the way to go, but do I need larger rims? I know the truck can go up to a 20" rim, bit that is WAY out of my price range…. I don't want to put in a lift, just a better performing tire…………Any ideas?

Thanks,

Jason

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9 Responses to What is the difference in tires?

  1. rc June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    stick with you 17 wheels tires will be cheaper for that size wheel go to tirerack.com they have all the prices,size, width,weight and just about all you will need to know.They have a plus size chart to see what sizes are available to your aplication I have 03 150 supercrew and the tires i have been running are the bridgestone a/t revo in the stock size the are a great all around tire and they stay balanced. I have 58000 on the current set they are good off road just remember its technique not balls out that makes a good driver. there are some michelins that are pretty aggressive and dick cpeck has some good a/t tires if you go with a mudder it ill drive you crazy with the noise and balance issues and the will wear fast on the street

  2. noskwik June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Personally I'd ditch the ford and buy a real truck like a chevy or dodge. Fords too gay to be in mud.

  3. Breanna B June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    i could not recomend any other tires but what i can tell u is that every tire is a little bit different

  4. John G June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    This is a case where bigger isnt always better. Skinner tires actually go thru mud better because they dont have to move as much out of the way. Stick with your original size just find a good mud tire like Goodyear Wrangler MTR.

  5. bodymod_666 June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    yeah mudders are away to go they work fine for me and my friends yeas and u will need a bigger rim well that kinda depends on you

  6. Terry G June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    You very well could go with Mudders, however they are soft and make alot of road noise when not OffRoad. Your best shot, get another set of rims and tires to be used offroad only. They will last twice as long, and you will not have the road noise when not hunting etc.

  7. Shale S June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Sounds like you have "All Season" tires on your rig now…….they are useless as an off road tire. The best thing for you to do would be to go to a reputable tire dealer, tell them the type of driving you want to do and see what they recommend. You can definitely get a good 17" mud/snow tire, there's no need to go to a larger rim.

  8. spyder king June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    no u don't have to change rims, all u need is to get a set of mickey Thompson's off road tires or b/f good year. any thing after a 33" and up for your rims u already own

  9. pygmybilly June 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Jason, you've had a number of suggestions up to now, and a lot of them are good. I'll try to explain a couple of things in detail to help you figure out what you really need. First of all, the stock tires that came on your '06 are either an all season or a highway tread designed for ride and comfort only. While it may be a 4WD, most people that get them are concerned with ride over the performing capabilities of the tires. So let's talk about "mudders". These are tires that have an aggressive tread design to get around better in snow and mud. They are a softer compound tread and with the "tread squirm" involved as well as the design of the tread is what causes the howling noise as the truck is toting down the highway. Now about the size of the tire. You DO NOT have to get different rims. Just stick with your stock rims and get some to fit your rims. As far as height of the tire is concerned, the same size mudder is taller than it's highway tread counterpart. For example, a 31 X 10.50 X 15 mudder is taller by an inch or so than a 31 X 10.50 X 15 all season tread. And I realize that you have 17'' tires. I just used the 15'' as an example. You say you want bigger. Taller is what you want if you go bigger. Not wider. Wider can cause more of a "flotation" situation. While it is a good idea to have a second set of rims and tires, your pocketbook may not allow it at this time. Both Goodyear and BFGoodrich make a decent mudder. I've installed more than I care to remember while I was at Sears. If you want a ballpark figure of what they will cost, go to sears.com and click on the automotive links to see what is available. Also the next time you are in WallyWorld, look and see what they have available. Also check with your local tire shop. If you live around a smaller town, there is surely a tire shop where the good ol' boys go to get their tires for the ol' 4 by. In other words, shop around. And enjoy a big ol' hunk of deer meat for me the next time you go hunting!