Ford Excursion 35 Inch Tires vs 33″ – What Lift To Choose?

Lifted Ford Excursion 35 inch tires and 6 inch lift

We continue our series of articles on off-road wheels and today we are going to show you what does it take to install Ford Excursion 35 inch tires or smaller 33″ wheels. First of all, we want to go over a couple of benefits of getting larger tires. Number one is the improved ground clearance, which allows you to explore the new challenging paths on the way of your next 4×4 adventures. Second is the improved overall diameter of the 35″ wheels, which makes the truck more stable both on the highway and off the pavement. View the full list of easy to install spacer lift solutions for Ford Excursion:

2″ Lift On 33s

Ford Excursion 33 inch tires and 2 inch lift kit

The majority of modern pickups and SUV are able to accommodate 33 inch tires without serious modifications. To install them it would be enough to get a 2″-4″ lift kit.

4″ Lift on 34s

FORD Excursion lifted on 33s
Lifted Ford Excursion 33 inch tires and grille guard
2001 Ford Excursion SUV with 33s

Ford Excursion 6 inch lift on 35 tires

Ford Excursion 6 inch lift on 35 tires

Getting 35 inch tires for Ford Excursion is just a question of time for many fans of the outdoor activities, off-roading and those who often drive on country roads. They will require a little more lift to properly clear in your truck. A simple set of spacers of about 5-6″ thick will provide a proper amount of clearance to fit larger tires on your truck.

Black lifted ford excursion with offroad mods

ford excursion 6 inch lift on 35 tires

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Ford Excrsion on 35s with 6 inch lift

Common 33 inch and 35 inch tires for Ford Excursion

Common 33 inch and 35 inch tires for Ford Excursion

  • 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

  • 16 inch rim – 255/85R16 265/80R16 275/80R16 285/75R16 295/75R16 305/70R16 315/70R16
  • 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

Needless to say that aside from 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.

*Since the suspension modifications and the installation of the oversized tires require advanced measurements and depend on many parameters, such as the vehicle sub-model, trim level, state of the suspension components, aftermarket upgrades, etc., we highly recommend to confirm fitment parameters for your particular vehicle with the sales representative of your lift and tire supplier before making a purchase. The recommendations in this article are presented for general informational purposes only, so we are not responsible for any problems with the wheel and tire fitment or any other damage that may occur to your vehicle.

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  • What size are the rims and tires on the black excursion shown in the article. Also, what offset are the wheels to create the lip?

    • Unfortunately, it wasn’t specified, but the rims look like Fuel D517 Krank In black with milled accents. I’d show this picture at the tire shop where you are going to order wheels and have the sales rep check on fitment for you to avoid any problems with firmer. Experienced tire guys can easily identify it for you.

  • Thanks Jade. I imagine this is what it was like to use the services of the pony express way back in the day. I didn’t realize that you responded to my inquiry two weeks ago lol.

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on my own since I posted this question and as far as I can tell, those rims are 20 x 12 with a -.44 offset. The tires are likely 35 x 12.50 or 13.50 as well.

    I think I’m going to go with 20 x 12 rims and 36 x 15.50 tires but I need to make sure that they’ll fit with just a six inch lift. I don’t really want a really big lift because I still want to be able to get to my destination without constantly being stopped by the police. The cops here in the DMV are thirsty for pulling motorists over for any petty infraction. (DMV = D.C., MD and VA) I once got pulled over for my tag light being out and I was given a vehicle repair order. Here’s what kinda chapped my hide: when I got pulled over, I was turning into Pep Boys and the purpose of the trip was to get replacement bulbs for all of the lights on the back of the truck. When I informed the officer that my whole purpose for being on the road in the first place was to get bulbs for the back of the vehicle, he didn’t care and he turned my one errand into at least, two errands.

    Anyway, I’ve seen a few Ex’s online running 36 x 15.50s but they all had 8 inch lifts. As soon as I’m able to determine whether going up that high is mandatory for fitting those rims and tires, I’m gonna pull the trigger on the purchase. If you have any knowledge on the subject, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks

    • Sounds awesome! Keep in mind that you need to leave some clearance between the body of your truck and the wheel itself to allow proper suspension damping when you’re offroading. Send us the pictures with the new wheels on!

      • Well, it took a while to get the truck through inspection. It sat in my neighbor’s yard for a few years before he sold it to me.

        I finally have it on the road. The lift is done and the wheels and tires are on.

        It turns heads for sure as there aren’t too many lifted trucks in the area where I live.

        I decided to go with an eight inch BDS lift with Fox shocks all around and dual Fox steering stabilizers. I went with 37×13.50 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 20×12 RBP rims. It’s super loud rolling on the pavement and I absolutely LOVE it.

        Not sure how to send you pictures through this comment section.

        By the way, the paint is really rough in some areas so, I’m going to deal with that in the spring.

        I’ll also be redoing all of the sound system when the weather breaks.

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