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bringing tire width to FLUSH with the fenders (even if the fenders are not as perfectly vertical as the tire)

I've got a 2018 2.7l v6

I'm trying to do the math to get myself on 33s without lift or level kit. I'm told by the innerwebs that my stock rims can fit up to 275/70r18 without rubbing. But I still would have some overhang of the fender which just isnt entirely aesthetic.

So I'm trying to figger.... adapters for extra width? Or would the adapters extend past the fender?
OR do I need a new wheel entirely, in which case I would need to know the sweet spot for backspacing so that I'm not coming inward into the wheel well?

What is the simplest method to make that slight aesthetic adjustment?
 

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The simplest way would be spacers. You'd get a lot of flack, but truth be told many people run spacers with no problem...IF they follow the correct install procedures and any recommendations to retorque at certain intervals. I think you have to go with a minimum 1.25" spacer to avoid having to trim the OEM wheel studs. If you're fine with that you can run as small of a spacer as you need to accomplish the width you desire.

The best way would be new wheels that got you what you need.

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I was forced to shim both the oem King Ranch 20's and the Limited 22's. (I don't know why I'm an OEM F150 wheel guy. Some of them are just beautiful to me. Right @AllWhiteEco?)

Anyways, the Brembo calipers had clearance issues. Only needed about 16 mm. Jerry at Tifosi had some hub-centric spacers made for me. I think 20mm, just enough clearance for comfort.

You'd have to know to look for it, I think. And I have 25,000+ miles with them. I torque the lugs at 150 and they've never given me a problem. Although I do have to tap them out of the wheels lightly when swapping.

Matching spacers front/rear for symmetry


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Wider tire is one way. I achieved the better fill by getting a square shouldered tire. The sidewall is very vertical and tread is wider. Several manufacturers have them including Toyo.
You need to be sure they don’t contact the fender well when turned.
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I'm using 265-17 tires on 8-17, 0 off-set wheels.
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It looks leveled in those photos?

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my eye isnt keen enough to spot those things at this point in time, tis my first truck experience
I was referring to buttheads blue truck above, just to be clear.

With as much rake as modern ½tons come with these days, it's EASY to see if the wheelwells are close to symmetric front/rear. That truck definitely has less than factory rake. So I suspected that it had been leveled.

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Here's a typical truck currently on the lot. You can see the much higher rear VS front.

On Fords it is really easy to spot once you train your eyes for it.


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Custom offsets is the best for pictures. Its tricky when trying to do it yourself....wheel spacers is the easiest way to go. I went aftermarket rim's and rubber. Think I have -18mm offset 20×9 fuel couplers. Put on some cheap Chinese 33 x12.5 tires on them but didn't like them so I bought some duratracs that are 275 wide. The duratracs rubbed a bit and not the 33's when i switched them out. Just added a 2" front level on it a couple weeks ago and no rubbing. Now I'm looking to go to 325/60/20 next or 305. With a 325 width tire it will stick out over at least an inch out over the fender. I have the sport so it has the little extra eyelashe on the fender.

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Thats a really good look...... pardon the noob questions, but I'm assuming since you responded to my nitpicky details outlined in OP that there's no lift/level involved, no rub, and those are 33s?
An Icon Stage 1 is installed liting the front 1 3/4 (adjusted to min lift on a 2WD). Tires are 265-70-17 and 31.5 tall measured on the truck. Tire size was chosen to minimize/prevent rub keeping the fullest suspension travel I can get, for driving forest service roads and trails. My front is now at the same measured height as my son's 2019 XLT 4WD. KM
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An Icon Stage 1 is installed liting the front 1 3/4 (adjusted to min lift on a 2WD). Tires are 265-70-17 and 31.5 tall measured on the truck. Tire size was chosen to minimize/prevent rub keeping the fullest suspension travel I can get, for driving forest service roads and trails. My front is now at the same measured height as my son's 2019 XLT 4WD. KM
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I see several comments as to leveling these trucks. Are they not level from the factory? If not that explains why my incline display is off by almost 2*.
 

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Late model F150 have quite the rake from to factory. I figure it's to offer a long travel to accommodate loads in the bed or as tongue weight while providing an acceptable ride. It's pretty obvious viewed from the side. KM
 
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