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Currently I have a 2006 F150 with 275/65/R18's factory ford rims. I was wondering if I buy 265's will they beable to be put on these rims without issue? I'm sure you've been asked this, I was trying to find an answer.
Thanks,
Joe

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Joe,

First, there are other numbers in the tire size besides 265 (and obviously 18) - and they affect the answer.  In fact, there are so many different answers depending on what the middle number is that I really can't answer your question.

Plus, it is never a good idea to go down in load carrying capacity and that sounds like what you are trying to do.  

You didn't indicate what you are trying to accomplish  - and I've seen people try to use different sized tires only to find out their idea was false.

So post back with the middle number and I'll try to answer your question.  Plus let me know WHY you are thinking about the change.  

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Barry Smith

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I have over 30 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of tires. I have served as the technical advisor to the "800" number. I have authored or co-authored many publications - usually without credit. I can answer almost any technical question, but please don`t ask me to compare brands. I probably have prejudices because of my work experience.

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Member SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Member Tire Society (Tire Technical Organization) SCCA Regional Competiton License holder Authored many training manuals on tires, their care and use.

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SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Tire Society

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You may want to visit my web site: http://www.barrystiretech.com/index.html

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I am a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - BME, 1971 I attended graduate school at the University of Akron - but did not complete my PhD - something I regret.

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