As the best-selling truck in America for over 40 years, the Ford F-150 has been in production since 1975. With a
major design refresh in 2009, the F-150 has managed to maintain its immense popularity. Whether you’re looking to
add 33-inch tires or even 37-inch tires, a lift kit will be required in order to increase the truck’s height and
maintain proper spacing. While a lift kit can not only make the truck look even more aggressive, it can add
additional ground clearance that enhances off-roading performance. Keep reading for more information on what size
tires require what size lifts for the 2009-2018 Ford F-150!
Tire Sizes Explained
- Minimum lift: front leveling kit
33” tires are a great option for entry-level off-road rigs that will spend most of their time on highways and paved
roads but would like a more aggressive look and minor off-road capabilities. There is not much required to fit 33”
tires on your F-150. A great option would be a Leveling kit, which is both economical and functional, and will allow
you the clearance needed to fit larger than stock tires. These are a great option for the truck owner that wants to
keep a fairly stock ride height while going off-road for hunting or other outdoor activities that take you off of
34” tires are the OE tire size that factory F-150 Raptors come equipped with. They are a good option for those who
are looking to get the Raptor look on their standard F-150 and require only a mild lift. When installing 34” tires
it is important to have enough usable wheel travel, which may require minor trimming to eliminate tire rub.
35” tires are extremely popular for the 2009-2018 F-150’s that have larger lifts of 6” or more. They will increase
ground clearance and are a good option for those who take their trucks off road. When installing 35” tires it is
important to have enough usable wheel travel, which may require minor trimming to eliminate tire rub.
37” tires take your 2009-2018 F-150 to the next level by giving your truck an aggressive lifted stance and offer
great off-road performance. They will give your truck increased ground clearance and one of the most aggressive
looks attainable. Although 37’s will give you more ground clearance, they require a taller lift in order to have
proper suspension and tire travel without rubbing. Trimming in some areas may be required in order to eliminate tire
Ford F-150 Tires
After you’ve figured out what size tire you want for your off-roading vehicle, it comes time to actually pick out the
tire itself. The purpose of your rig is going to be the deciding factor on what type of tires you need. If you are
planning on going off-roading, frequenting the trails every weekend, then perhaps some heavy-duty tires or
mud-terrain tires would work well for you. While mud-terrain tires work great on the trail and over rocky spots,
these tires will not work as well for the highway. Because of the tread patterns on these types of tires, they will
be louder on the highway, receive less traction, and decrease fuel economy. Driving mud-terrain tires on the main
roads will also wear them out faster. What they do excel at is romping through the mud and down the trail due to the
larger channel gaps. This allows mud to escape the grooves in the tires to give you a better off-road driving
experience. Airing down the tire pressure when you go off-road will increase the tire’s contact size with the
terrain, giving you better traction. So while mud-terrain tires are great for off-roading and trailblazing, they
might not be the best tire for strictly highway driving.
If you are using your vehicle to commute to and from work on the daily, then you may want to invest in a nice set of
all-terrain tires. All-terrain tires are great for both the road and light off-roading escapades. While the tread
pattern is not as large as the mud-terrain tires, all-terrain tires do have larger tread blocks than the traditional
stock tires found on most other vehicles. Because the tread gaps are smaller than the mud-terrain tires, the
all-terrain tires will not perform as well in mud or snow. For most people, these will be the perfect tire to have
on your daily driver. Those who enjoy off-roading frequently may want to opt for the mud-terrain tires instead.
There’s also a hybrid-terrain tire if you want the best of both worlds! Do you use your rig to commute every day but
still want to hit the trails? A hybrid tire will let you cruise down the highway and give you some added off-roading
performance. CJ’s offers several different tires to go along with your wheels, so keep reading to decide which is
best for you!
Cooper Discoverer STT Pro
The Cooper Discoverer STT Pro Tire is an aggressive off-roading tire that also performs well on the road. Key
features that make this tire great for the trail are alternating shoulder lugs, anti-stone retention, and
mud-release dimples. These give the tires increased traction and prevent mud, stones, and other debris from sticking
in the treads. Flex Groove Technology not only gives the tire a smoother ride but decreases the impact from
unpredictable terrain. With Armor Tek3 Construction, the tires have increased durability with even more tear
resistance and protection from impact damage than standard 2-ply tires. Not only will these tires make your vehicle
look even more sinister on the trail, it will increase your off-roading performance while still handling fairly well
for a mud-terrain tire. With 3-2 inner tread ribs, this tire is not only great for off-roading but offers a decent
on-road experience as well without too much added noise.
Nitto Mud Grappler
For the serious off-roaders, you can’t go wrong with the Nitto Mud Grappler Tire. Constructed with a 3-ply polyester
sidewall and large side lugs, this mud-terrain tire is difficult to puncture and can withstand even the toughest
terrains. Not only do the side lugs give the tire an aggressive look, they add extra protection against any sharp
materials you may come into contact with on the trail. A high void ratio between the tire’s tread blocks improves
traction by preventing the buildup of dirt and mud. With dual sidewall designs, the Nitto Mud Grappler tire features
a lizard-skin design on one side while the other side is just plain. Not only is this an engineering feat since the
design doesn’t throw off the balance of the tire, but this lets you choose how you want your tire to look. Since
these aren’t built for the main roads, highway driving with these tires will be louder and less comfortable. If
you’re looking for a tough tire to take on the trail, look no further than the Nitto Mud Grappler Tire!
Nitto Trail Grappler
Similar to the Nitto Mud Grappler, the Nitto Trail Grappler combines the ruggedness of the Mud Grappler with the
comfort of the Terra Grappler, an all-terrain tire. With 3D computer simulation, the tread blocks were designed
specifically to reduce tire noise without sacrificing off-road performance. In comparison to the Mud Grappler, the
Trail Grappler is 36% quieter at highway speeds and 34% quieter at street speeds. Equipped with a 3-ply sidewall and
reinforced shoulder grooves, this mud terrain tire is both durable and capable of performing well in every season.
For better traction in wet environments, the tire has central siping that helps reduce hydroplaning. Mud and dirt
can easily escape with a balanced void ratio for better off-roading performance. For someone who loves off-roading
on the weekends but also needs to drive on the streets from time to time, the Nitto Trail Grappler tire can do both!
Hankook Dynapro MT
The Hankook Dynapro MT is a mud-terrain tire that performs well even in the harshest off-roading conditions.
Advertised as an all-season tire, the Dynapro has nylon-reinforced and high-strength belts that increase both
strength as well as steering durability and stability. Zigzag shoulder lugs give the tire increased traction
off-road, while an under-groove protector and side protection blocks protect the tire from sharp objects, soften
external shocks, and prevent impact damage. With anti-puncture capability, multi-directional traction, and a strong
grip, the Hankook Dynapro excels both on and off the road. For a tire that can handle any rocky trail or
pothole-ridden street, the Hankook Dynapro is an excellent choice that will give you the best possible ride for any
General Grabber X3
For the true off-roading enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, the General Grabber X3 tire was created for off-roading
vehicles. These tires are both aggressive in appearance and performance. With a symmetric, high void tread pattern
with traction notches, this tire excels both on the trail and on the road. Evacuation channels and stone bumpers
prevent the buildup of mud, debris, and gravel. Do you live in an area that receives a lot of snow? The General
Grabber X3 has full-depth sipes that make driving in the snow and other wet conditions a breeze. Constructed from
DURAGEN technology, the tire has ultra-high strength steel belts and a 3-ply body casing for increased durability
and performance. Not only does this tire excel off the road, but it also provides a quiet street ride. With
multi-angle grip edges, full-depth sipes, and alternating shoulder scoops, this tire maintains grip and traction in
every driving condition. Whether you want to conquer the trail or the highway, the General Grabber X3 tire will not
let you down!
Mastercraft Courser MXT
Another great off-roading, mud-terrain tire is the Mastercraft Courser MXT. A “side biter” sidewall design, traction
edges, and large shoulder scallops improve traction and abrasion resistance. Wide shoulder grooves help prevent mud
from sticking in the tire so you can get better traction and performance on the trail. Full-depth, variable siping
helps maintain traction when the roads are wet, even when the tire is half worn. Not only great in the mud, deep
tread grooves make the Course MXT perfect for winter weather driving with improved snow traction. This tire also
looks as good as it performs! With a relatively quiet ride on the main roads, this tire is great for those weekend
off-roading trips or a cruise down the highway!
Mudclaw Extreme MT
A mean-looking tire, the Mudclaw Extreme MT is an impressive off-roading tire with a 3-ply sidewall construction.
Equipped with a chip-resistant tread compound and reinforced casing that prevents sharp objects from penetrating the
sidewall, the Mudclaw Extreme can handle even the toughest terrains. Improved traction in the winter and snowy
conditions is due to the tire’s staggered shoulder blocks. Large center lugs increase the tire’s power when driving
on loose dirt or mud. Despite the aggressive exterior of the tire, it is still relatively quiet for highway driving.
So while this tire is mainly for off-roading, it can still perform well on the highway if needed. If you frequently
drive in the snow or on muddy trails, the Mudclaw Extreme MT tire is a great option!
Ironman All Country MT
Constructed with a durable 3-ply sidewall to prevent tears and cuts, the Ironman All Country MT tire was built for
off-roading and taking your rig off the beaten path. With a void ratio and shoulder blocks that easily help mud,
dirt, and sand escape, these tires can conquer even the roughest terrain. A studdable tread allows for extra
traction in winter weather. Featuring a groove design to prevent stone drilling, this tire maintains traction in
almost any off-roading situation. Due to being a mud-terrain tire, these will be louder on the highway and provide a
less comfortable ride. For those off-roading enthusiasts who spend more time on the trail than off, you can’t go
wrong with the Ironman All Country MT tires!
BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3
Both aggressive in appearance and performance, the BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3 tire is an off-roading beast! It
can power through mud and loose soil with its Terrain-Attack tread design. Its Krawl-TEK tire compound provides
traction from every angle while keeping itself clean and grippy with its mud-phobic bars. The T/A MK3 also boasts a
linear flex zone which allows the tires to flex over objects with ease when aired down for off-road use. When
compared to previous MK series tires, the MK3 has made significant improvements, increasing its mud traction by 5%,
it’s rock traction by 8%, and making its sidewalls 27% tougher.
Firestone Destination MT2
Engineered specifically for off-roading, the Firestone Destination MT2 tire is constructed with an even stronger
sidewall than the original Destination MT tire. More biting edges increase traction in inclement weather, while mud
and stone rejectors help keep your tires clean while traversing the trails. With its rugged tread pattern and
sidewall, this tire not only looks tough but is able to conquer even the most difficult terrain. If you’re in the
market for a mud-terrain tire that can handle anything and everything, look no further than the Firestone
Toyo Open Country M/T
The Toyo Open Country M/T is a mud-terrain tire that not only looks menacing, but is a beast when it comes to
off-roading. Unusual hook-shaped tread blocks provide traction when off-roading but also enhance on-road performance
as well. The tire is constructed from durable 3-ply polyester and equipped with scalloped shoulder blocks that help
the tire gain traction in the sand, snow, or mud. Deep sipes enhance traction in slippery, wet conditions. So not
only does this tire perform great on the trail, it also drives well on pavement. For the drivers that frequently run
the trails but still need a tire for highway driving, the Toyo Open Country M/T is a great choice!
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Cooper Discoverer S/T
An all-purpose traction tire that combines all-terrain, high-void, and commercial traction, the Discoverer S/T tire
targets high-torque, high-powered light trucks where increased traction and even wear is important. With a scalloped
shoulder design and deep tread, the tire has better traction on softer surfaces. Beveled tread block edges help the
tire wear evenly and increases self-cleaning capabilities. The Discoverer S/T tire is also pinned for studs to get
better traction in winter. This tire is great for those all-purpose commercial pickups who may encounter some
occasional rough terrain on the job!
Nitto Terra Grappler
The Nitto Terra Grappler is an all-terrain tire made for every season as well as both wet and dry conditions. With
dual sidewall designs, you can choose how you want your tire to look without unwanted vibrations or a weight
imbalance. High-density siping improves traction in wet conditions, with lateral voids and deep sipes channeling
water away while reducing the potential for hydroplaning. Staggered shoulder lugs can improve traction when driving
in loose dirt and sand while off-roading. While these tires aren’t designed specifically for off-roading, they would
make a great tire for the everyday driver who takes the occasional trailblaze. Able to conquer most terrains in any
weather condition, the Terra Grappler is a great all-around tire!
BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2
For an all-terrain tire that is both tough and comfortable, say hello to the BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2. With
CoreGard Technology, the rubber on this tire is both thicker and stronger, preventing splits and bruises. Serrated
shoulder lugs increase the tire’s traction when driving in snow, over rocks, or through mud. Driving through the
snow is even easier with locking 3-D sipes that enhance traction. With an interlocking tread design, this tire not
only has a long wear life but also better stability. An advanced footprint gives the tire even wear by distributing
stress equally. The BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO2 tires are great for both the main roads and the trails, making
them a perfect addition to any rig!
Nitto Exo Grappler AWT
The Nitto Exo Grappler AWT is an all-terrain tire that is built extraordinarily tough in order to sustain all weather
conditions. Built to conquer any terrain in any season, the Exo Grappler is a heavy-duty tire constructed from
high-strength polymers that help prevent chips and cuts. To prevent stone drilling, the tire is equipped with
spiral-shaped stone ejectors. With a dual sidewall design, you can choose just how rugged you want your tire to
look. Sipes and lateral grooves give the tire extra biting edges to enhance traction in winter weather. Great for
dry and wet conditions, the Exo Grappler is a tire capable of handling just about anything! Created from a new
durable compound, this tire is capable of maintaining traction even in freezing temperatures. If that’s not enough
to get you through the winter, the tires are studdable so you can get even more traction in the snow. While this may
not be the best tire for the most extreme off-roading, this tire will be able to conquer most trails and handle the
pavement like a champ. For an extremely versatile tire, you really can’t go wrong with the Nitto Exo Grappler AWT!
Nitto Terra Grappler G2
The sequel to the Nitto Terra Grappler tire, the Grappler G2 is composed of a completely new compound that makes the
tire wear longer while still retaining its versatility. This all-terrain tire is capable of driving in both dry and
wet conditions on the trail as well as on the pavement. Providing a quiet and comfortable ride, the Grappler G2 has
variable pitch tread blocks that help decrease road noise when driving on the highway. With dual sidewall designs,
you can choose just how aggressive you want your tire to look without sacrificing performance. A brand-new option
for the sidewall design involves a “blade” design that includes sidewall lugs that begin at the shoulder block and
continue further down to the sidewall. The other design mimics the original Terra Grappler’s lightning bolt pattern.
Reinforced coupling joints enhance the stiffness of the block edge, which helps ensure that the tire wears evenly.
The Terra Grappler G2 is perfect for those everyday drivers who also enjoy taking their rig off-road from time to
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Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx
Similar to the Cooper Discoverer STT Pro, the Discoverer S/T Maxx is an all-season tire that is tough but still
offers great on-road performance and stability. A hybrid 4-5 rib design gives the tire even wear and low tread
pattern noise. To prevent stone retention, the tire is equipped with dual-draft and non-parallel groove walls as
well as stone ejector ribs. A cut and chip resistant tread compound and Armor Tek3 construction provides more tear
resistance and protection in comparison to standard 2-ply tires. In order to get maximum wet traction, the tire is
formulated with advanced silica compounds. For a smooth ride on the highway and improved flexibility, the Discoverer
S/T Maxx has Flex Groove Technology that also softens the impact of driving on different terrains. With micro gauge
siping, the tire has improved traction in both soft and wet surfaces thus increasing mileage and stability.
Developed for 50% off-road use and 50% on-road use, this makes a great tire for those daily drivers who like
frequent getaways on the trail.
Nitto Ridge Grappler
The next generation of the Nitto Grappler tire product line, the Ridge Grappler truly is the best of both worlds.
Performing equally well both on and off the road, the Ridge Grappler tire features a revolutionary dynamic hybrid
tread pattern that provides both comfort and aggressiveness. Highway riding is smooth and quiet with the tire’s
variable pitch tread pattern that was developed with advanced sound equipment. Like all Nitto Grapplers, the tire
offers a dual sidewall design that allows you to customize the look of your tire. The Ridge Grappler has an all-new,
aggressive-looking block sidewall design that is sure to make your vehicle stand out! Alternating shoulder and
lateral Z grooves enhance traction, while a reinforced block foundation strengthens the tire. You don’t have to
worry about little rocks or pebbles getting stuck in your tires since the tire is equipped with stone ejectors.
Offering a quiet ride that’s great in all seasons both on and off the road, the Ridge Grappler tire is a great
option for those who love spending as much time on the trail as they do cruising on the street!
Toyo Open Country R/T
Not quite a mud-terrain tire or an all-terrain tire, the Toyo Open Country R/T is branded as a rugged-terrain tire.
Built to be a midway point between Toyo’s Open Country M/T and Open Country A/T II, the tire is capable of
performing well both on and off the road. Constructed from 3-ply polyester with an optimized pattern for reducing
road noise, this tire is tough, durable, and quiet. Scalloped shoulder blocks enhance off-roading performance by
increasing traction in sand, mud, or snow. Dual sidewall designs offer two different aggressive looks to choose from
while protecting against impact damage and increasing traction. With stone and mud ejectors, there’s no need to
worry about pesky gravel or mud getting stuck in the tire’s grooves. For those that are looking for a tire that can
handle rugged terrain but still maintain a quiet highway drive, the Toyo Open Country R/T is a tire that can do
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