If you’ve seen Ford Expedition 33 inch tires than you definitely know how good do they look in comparison with narrow factory wheels. They not only provide a better grip on unpaved roads but also improve the driving comfort on concrete roads and make the vehicle more stable. So if you really want to outfit your Expedition with 33” or 35 inch wheels, we want to assure you that this change will not be as complicated as you may think. We’ll show what exactly is required to perform to fit bigger tires safely and which lift kit to choose.
List of factory tire sizes of Ford Expedition and their equivalent in inches
Below is the list of MAKE MODEL factory equipped wheel sizes and their equivalents in common off-road tire sizes. The information is based on OEM fitment lists and size converter.
|Generation||Years of Production||Factory Tire Size Metric||Factory Tire Size Equivalent in Inches|
|1st gen UN93||1996-2002||275/65R17||31"|
|2nd gen U222||2003-2006||265/70R17||32"|
|3rd gen U324||2007-2017||265/70R17||32"|
|4th gen U553||2018-2019||275/65R18||32"|
As you see the factory tires are just a little smaller, so fitting 33s and 35s would only require a 2-3″ lift.
Common 33 inch and 35 inch tires for Ford Expedition
- 33 x 11.5 x R20
- 33 x 12.5 x R17/R18/R20
- 35 x 11.5 R17/R18/R20
- 35 x 12.5 R17/R18/R20
Common 33 inch size metric equivalents
- 17 inch rim – 265/75R17, 275/75R17, 285/70R17
- 18 inch rim – 265/70R18, 275/70R18, 285/65R18 295/65R18
Common 34 inch size metric equivalents
- 17 inch rim 315/70R17
Common 35 inch size metric equivalents
- 18 inch rim – 315/70R18, 325/65R18
How To Fit Big Tires On Ford Expedition
Fitting a Ford Expedition with big wheels is just a question of time for many fans of the outdoor activities, off-roading and those who often drive on country roads. The majority of modern pickups and SUV are able to accommodate 33 inch tires without serious modifications. 35 inch tires will require a little more lift to properly clear in your truck. A simple set of spacers of about 1-4″ thick will provide a proper amount of clearance to fit larger tires on your truck.
Needless to say that aside of the obvious benefits in the off-road capabilities you’re also improving the visual appeal of your truck. Taller and wider stance along with beefy tires create an image of a tough truck, ready to handle any challenge you can throw at it.
The driving characteristics of a Ford Expedition on 33 inch tires will not be changed dramatically so you will still be able to maintain normal ride quality. A slight drop in the gas mileage may be noticed and it should not exceed 1-2MPG. The suspension geometry will remain the same unless you decide to go with extremely low offset, which will widen the track a lot.
Lift Kits Recommended For Ford Expedition With 33″, 34″ or 35″ Tires
- Designed for 1997-2002 Ford Expedition 4WD models
- Lift height: 1″ to 3″
- Available tire sizes: 33″, 35″ (Depending on the rim and tire width and offset configuration may require trimming)
- Designed for 2003-2017 Ford Expedition 2WD and 4WD models
- Lift height: 3″ front and 2″ rear
- Will Not work with factory air suspension
- Available tire sizes: 33″, 35″ (Depending on the rim and tire width and offset configuration may require trimming or interfere with electronic drop side steps)