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Old 01-02-2013, 08:33 PM
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I have a 2003 F-150 that has the 5-spoke 16 inch wheels with straight spokes. One of my wheels needs to be replaced. I found a 2003 5-spoke 16 in wheel with the curved spokes really cheap locally. I was thinking of buying it for an interim wheel until I get a new set of wheels, but I'm worried that the width is different. Would this work?

Also, the wheel that needs to be replaced holds air just fine, and I need new tires anyway, so I was thinking of putting a new tire on my spare and using the bent wheel for a spare until I get new wheels. My tires are 255/70/16. Will this size tire fit on the spare?
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:21 PM
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Should all be 16x7 IIRC, should also be stamped somewhere on the rim.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:49 PM
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Similar situation ...
I bought my low mile 2003, 5.4 L, Lariat, SuperCrew, shortbed used in 2007.

Today she has less than 77,000 or roughly 8555 miles a year. the tires are 275-60-R17's. And, of course, when I recently developed a bulge on a front sidewall and priced a set of replacements I went into sticker shock.
Discount Tire and the Internet confirmed that the rims were stock, and when I bumped into some other short-bed 2003 owners -about 7 here in the Midland/Odessa, Texas area- we all had the same soft radiused 5 spoke with extremely soft 5 bump, center caps. These aren't those flat, hard-edged 5 spoke rims.Any how what I would like to do is get a set of plain old steel rims like I had on my old extended cab, 87', F-150.
There appears to be plenty of room for a taller tire on a 17 inch rim, and I really need a taller tire for when I move back to North Western Pennsylvania (100 miles north of Pittsburgh) and into lake effect snow country.
The plain steel rims will be getting the winter tires & studs mounted on them.
So, anyone back in snow country .... I would appreciate your input on shortbed Fords and my current set of 'fat' tires... traction problem
Down here in the sunburnt flatlands of West Texas this truck spins the tires just making right or left hand turns from a dead stop (non-intentional ) with plenty of tread remaining). And while my old 1/2 ton 87', F-150 had no problems in water, snow or, ice, this short bed is just the opposite.
I'm hoping that going to a taller, perhaps narrower wheel/tire will help my traction issues. But I just don't know... .
Additionally, I'm assuming the Ford engineers' might have a reason for putting the shortbeds on fat tires.
Would I be inviting a rollover by raising my center of gravity, particularly in sideways/sliding brought about by slick/icy pavement conditions?
I've got two older Porsche 928s and a Suzuki 1100 for high speed and curve carving fun but they are, as you might imagine, even worse in the snow/ice...
Everything is payed off and in excellent condition and since I just retired I don't want to get rid of the shorty or buy yet another vehicle just for the winter -unless I have to.
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
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