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Old December 21st, 2008, 06:26 PM   #1
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I am starting to get together parts and other things I need for the truck I plan on building this summer - 77 F150. Most of my experience has been with cars, so I'm a little new when it comes to truck specific parts. Anyway..

For wheels, I'd like something pretty simple looking, chrome finish, but durable. And I don't want to break the bank. I've been looking at Rock Crawler 83's. Good/bad? Also, 15 or 16 inch rim? I'm thinking 15. I need some help with backspacing, bolt pattern, and correct width though.

Tires - I know I want 35". The truck will have a 3 inch suspension lift, no body. 35"s wont rub, correct? I've been looking at the BF Goodrich Allterain T/A. Most of this trucks time will be spent on the street but I'd like something with decent tread as well. From what I've read this seems to be the tire to go with for this situation.. but any input would be great. Thanks alot.

Edit: One thing I forgot, the wheels need to be steel.

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Old December 21st, 2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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if you want a duarble finish, dont use chrome..it will start to bubble and peel eventually, and then your only choices are to have them stripped before painting them, or replace them...your better off with a painted steel wheel that you can easily repaint when they start looking bad
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Okay.. I would be fine with a black painted wheel I suppose. As far as my other questions, any tips?
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is it a 5 or 6 lug pattern? if its 5 lug you most likely have 5 on 5.5. I'm not so sure what size the size lug pattern is and i don't think an f-150 would have 8 lug. you'll probably want to go with 15x8 wheels to accommodate the wide tires and back spacing would probable be good around 3.5" you'll hear all kinds of opinions but i think those would work well for you. so far as rubbing and clearance i think you would be OK but you never know until you check. i have a buddy who ran 40s on a stock '85 F-250 with the high rider package (2"-3") and minimal trimming. i think you would be OK on 3" lift. you might want to go to 4" though.
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I'd go with a M/T style tire. 35's shouldn't rub as long as you have the body lift.
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I have 315s (35s) Nitto TerraGraplers with just a 2" leveling kit and they don't rub.
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