Changing 18" oem to a 17" setup

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So I want more sidewall and I don't want to add a lift. I want to stay as close to stock as possible and am thinking of going to a 17" wheel with 265/65r17 duratracs. I currently have the hangook 265/60r18s. I'd like to not affect wheel bearings and what not so I'd want to keep offsets the same. As far as I understand things. And I don't want spacers. I see that the OEM wheels are 55mm offset? I can only find 35mm online so far. What are my options? Caveats? Is there a larger tire for 18s that would give me more sidewall without any other mods?
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I'll make you a sweet deal on my factory sport 17's. Come with the Hankooks already...😎
 

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Just get some factory wheels from one of the members and you will be set. Also if you dont want a lift(or leveling kit you could just put 265/65-18 tires on there!! It will fit with no lift or level.
 
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Just get some factory wheels from one of the members and you will be set. Also if you dont want a lift(or leveling kit you could just put 265/65-18 tires on there!! It will fit with no lift or level.
so i see that those run about qnother inch bigger in diameter and a tad more circumference. i don't want ford saying the tires caused a failure and i don't want the tires causing a failure in wheel bearings/drive train. anyone running these here?
 

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so i see that those run about qnother inch bigger in diameter and a tad more circumference. i don't want ford saying the tires caused a failure and i don't want the tires causing a failure in wheel bearings/drive train. anyone running these here?
I used to run 265 70 17 on my truck and it did just fine and currently I run 285 70 17 which is bigger than the 265 65 18. I have over 45,000 miles on my truck and have yet to have a major issue and mind you I still run on the stock wheels.

I should add that I do have a lift kit on my truck so if you want to run 33s you have to do a lift or leveling kit.
 
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