Off Road Tires And Rims For F150 – Down Range: The Impact of Off-Road Wheels and Tires on the Ford F-150 Lightning. We found out how changing aftermarket wheels and tires affects the Ford F-150 Lightning.
When someone buys a new truck, one of the most popular upgrades is a set of new wheels and tires. Whether for looks or more aggressive off-road performance, wheels and tires are a great way to upgrade and customize your truck. With all the hype and interest surrounding the new all-electric F-150 Lightning, we’re checking out the site to see how much real-world range it has, how it affects towing range, and even if you can lift one.
Off Road Tires And Rims For F150
We were curious what an aftermarket set of wheels and tires would do to the Lightning’s range, especially for off-roading. Lightning benefits from stock wheels with flat, aerodynamic faces and General Grabber HTS 60 tires designed with low rolling resistance in mind. However, the customization trend is that the aggressive tire tread for the negative-offset wheel looks great and offers improved traction for improved off-road performance.
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Our plan was to remove the factory P275/60R20 General Grabber HTS 60 tires mounted on Ford’s aerodynamic rims, replace them with a more aggressive aftermarket wheel and tire package to eliminate variations in diameter and ensure our odometer was accurate. We built a 177-mile loop in Southern California that would minimize the impact of elevation change and traffic, and allow us to run at night to avoid the need for excessive climate control use.
Our 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is an XLT model with twin motors rated at 580 horsepower, and an optional 131-kWh battery pack extends the advertised range to 320 miles. The base price for our tester was $52,974, and with our options and $1,695 destination charge, the as-tested price was $76,384. It’s worth noting that ’23 Lightnings will see significant price increases across the board. Board.
Since we only had the Lightning for a short time, we were only able to do a basic run and then change the wheels and tires. We did our best to make everything as apples-to-apples as possible, including obeying posted speed limits, slowing down at traffic lights and using adaptive cruise control whenever possible.
Before we hit the road, we had to get an upgraded wheel and tire set installed at Adventure Offroad in Huntington Beach, California. The team at Adventure Offroad worked around their full schedule to fit us in to meet our tight deadline. We couldn’t be happier with the support and incredible service they gave us to make this story possible.
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Responding to our request, Raceline provided a brand new wheel design, the 955M Warp, for our testing. The Raceline brand, known for its high-quality specialty wheels, sent us a set of gloss-black and milled-aluminum 955M Warp wheels. The 955Ms’ design is a head-turner and received many comments from onlookers when installed in our Lightning tester. Warps came to us in the F-150’s standard 6×135 bolt pattern, 20×9-inch size with +18mm offset, and heavy-duty but lightweight (these wheels weigh 33 pounds each), A356 aluminum. Raceline wheels meet or exceed all DOT standards for load rating and Raceline backs these wheels with a lifetime structural warranty.
For tires, we partnered with Mickey Thompson to order a pair of relatively new Baja Boss A/Ts in Lightning’s stock size—a 33×11.0-inch equivalent float—weighing in at 47 pounds. In our tire testing, we found the M/T version of these tires to be more durable with good off-road performance and on-road manners.
The Baja Boss A/T competes in the “Extreme All-Terrain” category, meaning it’s close to dirt-terrain looks and performance, all-terrain handling and ride characteristics, and better on-road grip and durability. In fact, says Mickey Thompson, the Baja Bass is designed with the aforementioned attributes in mind, with the company’s best A/T to date and a long-lasting silica-reinforced tread compound and severe weather rating. The Baja Boss A/T features Mickey Thompson’s extreme sidebeaters for sidewall protection and added traction on the trail. A 60,000-mile treadwear warranty is standard, while LT sizes have a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, making it a good fit for an EV truck with 775 lb-ft of tire-wearing torque.
Also available is an LT-Metric version of the Baja Boss A/T in 275/65R20, which increases the load rating from 2,679 pounds to 3,415 pounds per tire and adds Mickey Thompson’s Powerply XD technology. Powerply XD adds 50-percent-heavier denier cord to the angled third layer, providing better puncture resistance, quicker steering response and greater stability.
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Before starting our test, we weighed two sets of wheels and tires and were surprised to find that our aftermarket wheel and tire set wasn’t as heavy as we expected. Factory wheels and tires came in at 79 pounds on our scale, while Mickey Thompsons mounted on raceline wheels came in at 82 pounds, three more than the factory wheels. Driveability was nearly identical between the two sets of wheels and tires, and the Mickey Thompson tires were surprisingly quiet, adding a slightly different tone to road noise, but no increase in volume, certainly nothing objectionable.
Because of the way lightning charges on a fast charger and the time it takes to go from 90 percent charge to 100 percent charge, in the interest of time we started at 95 percent charge for our baseline. Modified runs. Our testing was done on two different dates with similar weather and road conditions. During our 177-mile loop, we did our best to maintain the posted speed limit, used adaptive cruise control as much as possible, and spent most of our time at 68-70 mph. Climate control is set to maintain the facility at the same temperature as the outside air, while reducing the impact to a limit.
At the end of our test, we completed our loop on stock wheels and tires with an efficiency of 2.1 miles per kilowatt hour (mi/kWh), and an estimated 79 miles remaining with 33 percent of the battery charge remaining. After changing our wheels and tires on the Adventure Offroad and completing our second loop, we finished with 1.9 mpg/kW capacity, 56 miles of range remaining and 25 percent battery life.
These numbers show a 9.6 percent drop in performance, 23 miles in range and an 8 percent drop in remaining battery charge. So, while we can safely say that the more aggressive wheels and tires will have an impact on EV range, it’s not as much as we’d expect. Also, while we do our best to remove any variables from our testing, this testing is not done in a vacuum, so your mileage may vary. As with all wheel and tire packages, tread compound, weight, pattern and wheel aerodynamics can further skew the results.
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At the end of the day, only the end user can decide whether a nearly 10-percent increase in performance is worth the trade-off for a more durable tire with better traction for off-roading and arguably better looks. In our minds it is not lacking at all.
Our 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning came to us in XLT trim with dual motor and extended battery options. The as-tested price is $76,384 and marks Ford’s top-of-the-line model in the Lightning lineup.
Lightning’s stock 275/60R20 General Grabber HTS 60 tires are great for ride comfort, quietness and range, but don’t offer the same protection or off-road durability as an aftermarket all-terrain tire.
We measured the General Grabber HTS 60 factory tread depth at 10/32. The grabber is optimized for long mileage life and on-road touring truck applications.
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The General Grabber’s sidewall is great for an on-road truck, but for those who want to take their truck a little further off the highway, the upgraded tire is highly recommended.
Here’s a closer look at the Lightning’s 275/60R20 direct conversion Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T. The asymmetric tread pattern and sidebiters are designed with traction in mind, and the long-wearing compound is designed to avoid chipping and chipping. Despite its large, open voids and 16/32 tread depth, the Baja Bass is incredibly quiet.
Raceline’s 955M warp wheel is a completely different design than the flat faced factory lightning wheel. This dish aluminum wheel is made of A356 alloy, painted gloss black with machined rims, and measures 20×9 with +18mm offset.
The Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T and RaceLine 955M warp wheel-and-tire package, despite their beefy looks, weigh in at 82 pounds, three pounds more than the standard factory offering.
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Mickey Thompson and the Raceline wheel-and-tire package fit the Lightning perfectly and really elevated the look of our Lightning tester, while improving the ability for AWD.