F-250 Wheels: What rims will fit on my Ford Powerstroke?

F-250 Wheels: What rims will fit on my Ford Powerstroke?

The Ford F-250 Powerstroke is known for its exceptional power and durability, making it one of the most popular truck choices for those looking for a heavy-duty, high-output option.  The majority of our guys at the shop drive Powerstrokes.  Though these trucks look great stock,  they look even more impressive lifted with some upgraded wheels and tires.  Determining which wheel and tire combination will fit can be a challenging task especially when you begin adding in factors like lift height, wheel offset, and tire size.  In this article we will cover the compatibility of wheels across the generations, and will dig deeper into crucial factors such as lift height, bolt pattern, offset, and center bore to help give you an approximation of the wheel sizes you can run.


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Considerations before Upgrading Wheel Sizes

Wheel Sizing Chart

Considerations before Upgrading Wheel Sizes

Image of Powerstroke F-250 Wheel on Machine

Before purchasing wheel upgrades, there are a few factors you want to consider:

  1. Fitment: Not all wheel sizes are compatible with every generation. The year, make, and model of your Powerstroke will determine the maximum wheel size it can accommodate without modifications.  With each modification you do add, the tire size will change. 

  2. Legal Compliance: Verify the local regulations regarding wheel size modifications to ensure compliance with safety and legal standards.

  3. Usage: Consider your truck's primary usage. If you frequently tow or haul heavy loads, it's essential to choose wheel sizes and tires that can handle the additional weight.

Understanding Fitment and Offset

Fitment refers to how well the wheels fit onto the truck's hub and within the wheel well. The bolt pattern, center bore, and offset are critical factors when selecting new wheels.

  1. Bolt Pattern: Ensure that the new wheels have a bolt pattern that matches your truck's specification.  Bolt patterns for the F-250 Powerstroke are 8X6.5” for 1994 - 1997 Trucks and 8X6.69” for 1998 onwards.  

  2. Center Bore: The center bore of the wheel should match the hub diameter of your truck to ensure a proper fit.

  3. Offset: Wheel offset determines how far the wheel sits in relation to the suspension. Positive offset pushes the wheel further into the wheel well, while negative offset brings the wheel closer to the fender. It's crucial to choose an offset that provides sufficient clearance between the tire and truck components.

Wheel Size Increase: Finding the Right Balance

When upgrading wheel sizes, it's essential to strike a balance between aesthetics and functionality. While larger wheels enhance the truck's appearance, excessively large wheels can negatively impact performance and ride quality. As a general guideline, consider increasing the wheel diameter by one or two inches over the stock size.


Tire Selection and Load Capacity

With larger wheels, you'll need corresponding tires that match the new wheel size and maintain appropriate load capacity. It's crucial to select tires with the correct load rating to ensure they can handle the weight you'll be towing or hauling. Consult the manufacturer's recommendations and seek expert advice when choosing the right tire size and load capacity for your specific application.

More about Tire Sizing


Suspension Upgrades for Optimal Performance

To maintain the truck's handling and performance after increasing wheel sizes, it may be necessary to consider suspension upgrades. Installing a lift kit or leveling kit can provide the additional clearance needed to accommodate larger wheels and tires while maintaining proper suspension geometry. Upgrading shocks, springs, and other suspension components can also improve ride quality and handling characteristics.


Wheel Sizing Breakdown

I. 9th Gen F-250 7.3L (1994-1997)

 

Powerstroke Rims Guide 9th Gen Ford F250 Lifted on wheels Image

 

Known for their exceptional reliability with motors known to last up to 500K, the 9th gen F-250 was the last of the square body style before Ford shifted to the rounder design.  The bolt pattern for this generation is the same as Chevy trucks of similar years: 8X6.5.  The center bore however is different at 124.9mm, and this center bore stays consistent through all Powerstroke generations.  

When it comes to the interaction between your tires and the truck components, there's a spectrum that spans from no rubbing at all to extreme rubbing. To simplify the evaluation, we've categorized these scenarios into two main groups: No Rubbing and Rubbing.

No Rubbing

Stock Setup

For a stock truck you will want to keep your diameter from 16” to 20” with no or only plastic trimming.  If you opt for metal trimming you can increase the diameter to 22”.  The width should stay between 6” and 13”.  In regards to offset, keep a -32mm to 35mm offset if you don’t intend to do any trimming.  If you are going to trim you can increase your offset to -54mm to 35mm.


Leveling Kit

With a leveling kit, much the same as the stock setup, you will want to keep your diameter from 16” to 20” with no or only plastic trimming.  If you opt for metal trimming you can increase the diameter to 22”.  The width should stay between 6” and 13”.  In regards to offset, keep a -32mm to 35mm offset if you don’t intend to do any trimming or only minor plastic trimming.  If you are going to do some major plastic trimming you can increase your offset to -54mm to 35mm, and with metal trimming you can increase it to -61mm to 35mm.


2.5” lift

A 2.5” lift will operate much the same as a leveling kit with a diameter of 16” to 20” with no or only plastic trimming.  If you opt for metal trimming you can increase the diameter to 22”.  The width should stay between 6” and 13”.  In regards to offset, keep a -32mm to 35mm offset if you don’t intend to do any trimming.  If you are going to do some plastic trimming you can increase your offset to -54mm to 35mm, and with metal trimming you can increase it to -61mm to 35mm.


4” Lift

With a 4” lift you will want to keep your diameter between 16” to 20” if you don’t intend on doing any trimming.  With some trimming you can increase that to 16" to 22".  You will want to keep your width between 6" to 13" with no or only plastic trimming, and you can increase that to 6" to 14" with metal trimming.  Your offset range lies between -54mm to 35mm with no or only plastic trimming, and can be increased to -86mm to 35mm with metal trimming.


6” Lift

With a 6” lift you have more room to play and can start with a diameter of 16" to 22" with no trimming or only plastic trimming.  If you are planning on doing metal trimming you can bump that up to 16" to 24".   With a 6” lift you can keep the width at 6" to 14" and the offset between -86mm to 35mm. 


Setups that Rub


Stock Setup

For a stock truck you can keep your diameter from 16” to 20” with no or only plastic trimming, with some metal trimming you can increase that to 16" to 22".  As far as width goes, we recommend you stick between 6" to 13" unless you are doing some major metal trimming.  With major metal trimming you can bump that up to 14”.  Your offset should stay between -54mm to 35mm unless you intend to do some plastic trimming.  If you do intend to do some plastic trimming you can increase that to -61mm to 35mm.


Leveling Kit

With a leveling kit, much the same as the stock setup, you will want to keep your diameter from 16” to 20” with no or only plastic trimming.  If you opt for metal trimming you can increase the diameter to 22”.  The width should stay between 6” and 13” unless you intend to do some metal trimming, in which case you can increase it to 14”.  In regards to offset, keep a -54mm to 35mm offset if you don’t intend to do any trimming or only minor plastic trimming.  If you are going to do some metal trimming you can increase your offset to -86mm to 35mm.


2.5” lift

A 2.5” lift will operate much the same as a leveling kit with a diameter of 16” to 20” with no or only plastic trimming.  If you opt for metal trimming you can increase the diameter to 22”.  As with the leveling kit, the width should stay between 6” and 13” unless you intend to do some metal trimming, in which case you can increase it to 14”.   In regards to offset, keep a -54mm to 35mm offset if you don’t intend to do any trimming or only minor plastic trimming.  If you are going to do some metal trimming you can increase your offset to -86mm to 35mm.


4” Lift