If you plan on using your new Ford Bronco for 4×4 or off-road purposes, hopefully, you’re prepared to make some adjustments and swap the right components to optimize your Ford SUV for the right conditions. Whether you’re planning on going all in and completely modifying your Bronco for strictly off-road terrain or just want something more efficient in bad weather, the Bronco tire size is one of the most critical specs to consider when modding your SUV.
What Ford Bronco Tire Sizes are Available from the Factory?
Before you get into tread pattern, terrain, mileage, and other detailed features, you’ll need to decide if you’re maintaining stock sizes or upgrading. The 2021 and 2022 models come in multiple trim packages, meaning you have several options for your Ford Bronco wheel size – even if you’re sticking to factory configurations. Ford Bronco tires come in the following sizes off the assembly line:
- Base Model: 255/70R16
- Big Bend: 255/75R17
- Outer Banks: 255/70R18
- Black Diamond: 265/70R17
- Badlands: 285/70R17
- Sasquatch/First Edition: 315/70R17
These 2021 Ford Bronco tire sizes range from the base trim to the Sasquatch package. Depending on the trim, you’re looking at anywhere between a 30″ and 35″ tire. The largest fits the Sasquatch trim model. And of course, for those who want to channel the true Bronco off-road spirit, there are more substantial Bronco tire size options if you’re willing to invest in upgrades.
What Size Tires Can You Put on a Ford Bronco?
If you’re not looking to upgrade to larger, performance tires, you will find a Ford Bronco size that stays within the factory limits but still helps you combat treacherous conditions.
The 2021 and 2022 Ford Bronco Sport tire size caps out at 31″ without any modifications. You can fit a 35″ tire on the Sasquatch trim – only because that particular model has some body and suspension modifications included as part of the package.
Even more important is the style and type of treads available for standard Bronco models. The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 is an excellent option for most any conditions, off-road or on the pavement. Toyo Open Country M/T has an excellent grip during off-road driving but is fashioned to handle daily driving for an extended period.
The Falken Wildpeak A/T3W tire is probably the best suited for long-distance driving – extended highway miles, road trips, and other lengthy journeys. However, these are still efficient enough to keep you out of a jam in most off-road situations.
Finally, if you’re looking for a tire that takes a beating and is solely for the most intense off-road use, the BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM3 is excellent. These tires are known for their toughness and efficiency in various off-road terrains and hazardous weather conditions.
What Aftermarket Tire Upgrades Can You Do with a Ford Bronco?
For the diehard off-road enthusiasts, there are plenty of options for modifying these SUVs and installing larger tire sizes. Here are your options:
If you’re starting with an upgraded trim like the Sasquatch, you’ll already be geared to handle 35″ tire sizes. However, if you’ve got the standard edition, you’ll have trouble fitting anything bigger than 31″. With each step up in trim level, the Bronco comes stock with larger tire sizes, meaning there’s no need for additional modification.
So what happens when you hit the 35″ cap? You actually have multiple options – and depending on how far you’re willing to go, it’s possible to install up to 40″ tire sizes.
If you’re looking for something prime for off-road adventure, the best place to start is with wheels with lower offsets like the 6×139.7mm Bolt Pattern Black Rhino 17×8.5″ Stadium Matte Black 0mm Offset. These wheels leave more room for upgrades like coil-over packages, UCAs, lift kits, and shocks – all of which prepare you for a larger tire.
If you’re looking to max out at the 40″ Ford Bronco tire size, the Rough Country 7-Inch Lift Kit comes with steel knuckles, aluminum control arms, drop cross members, and differential brackets to get the level lift and clearance you need. It’s worth noting you will need an aftermarket bumper, and this kit doesn’t work with the Sasquatch or First Edition trim since they’ve been modified substantially by the manufacturer.
The Ford Bronco: Still an Off-Road Force
Many older Bronco enthusiasts complain the newer models don’t live up to the original models’ off-road capability and rugged performance. However, it doesn’t take much to take the latest version of the Bronco back to its roots with the right Ford Bronco tire size! With about six hours of work, you can have your 2021 or 2022 Ford Bronco primed for the most intense off-road terrain, giving you that excitement you’ve been looking for.