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Razorbass 08-06-2011 06:53 PM

17" vs. 20" wheels
 
I have the 20" stock wheels and love the look. But as I begin to consider some new wheels for the Ram, I could not help but notice the difference in price between the 17" and the 20". My understanding is the ride is smoother with the smaller wheel. I am not a wheel expert by any means so I would love to hear opinions/advice of other forum members.

shostopper17 08-06-2011 07:03 PM

It all depends on what your gonna run for tires. I have a 2011 ram 1500 Express 2 door and I am running 20 inch rims but I am gonna stick with the 20s and get some better rims for the summer. But if your doing some daily driving and off roading go with the 17inch and get a aggressive trail tire. I recommend some XD rims and tires heres the link I use to order

http://www.tirepackage.com/Wheels/XD...10&t_pt=100106

Razorbass 08-06-2011 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by shostopper17 (Post 584873)
It all depends on what your gonna run for tires. I have a 2011 ram 1500 Express 2 door and I am running 20 inch rims but I am gonna stick with the 20s and get some better rims for the summer. But if your doing some daily driving and off roading go with the 17inch and get a aggressive trail tire. I recommend some XD rims and tires heres the link I use to order

http://www.tirepackage.com/Wheels/XD...10&t_pt=100106

Thanks for the link. I will check it out. 99% of my driving is on the street. While I have a 4x4, I do not off-road so I probably won't go with a very aggressive tire. On my last truck, I had BFG All Terrains and loved them but when it came time to switch I put on some Michelins that were more street than meat. Wow, that improved the smoothness of the ride significantly but of course, I lost the tougher look.

shostopper17 08-06-2011 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Razorbass (Post 584874)
Thanks for the link. I will check it out. 99% of my driving is on the street. While I have a 4x4, I do not off-road so I probably won't go with a very aggressive tire. On my last truck, I had BFG All Terrains and loved them but when it came time to switch I put on some Michelins that were more street than meat. Wow, that improved the smoothness of the ride significantly but of course, I lost the tougher look.


OK than i would stick with the 20's and get a sick ass-rim, I always go black gloss with some chrome but all black looks sick on any Dodge lol

glcarter 08-06-2011 11:49 PM

I would go with the 17" more side wall to protect the rim. Even though you see little non-highway use, potholes are still a killer. Myself I don't see the point of anything bigger than 17" wheels on anything but a semi, or a straight truck.

The Codes 08-07-2011 12:03 AM

I was wondering the same thing, idk if I should bother upgrading my 16" stock wheels to 17''s or 18''s..but I really do like some of the kmc wheels so I just might..

Rough 01 08-07-2011 11:38 AM

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I've owned both 20" and 17" rims on my current truck. I prefer the 17" rims for comfort and daily driving. I live in Colorado so I went with a good AT tire. The Firestone Destination AT is a great tire. The compound does amazing on ice, handles all types of snow/rain and is quieter than the stock tire (which don't do well in ice). The price is right as well. I currently have V-Tech Raptor 17" rims and here's a pic to show you what they look like.

Hope this helps.

PS. My truck has been debadged, shorty antenna added, and N-Fab step bars added since these pics were taken.

The Codes 08-07-2011 11:42 AM

which rim size will be easier to find tires for? a 17 or 18 inch? Iv narrowed my decision down to those two lol

LeroyJaxson 08-07-2011 12:05 PM

I have found in the past that the 17" rims got way better gas milage on my last truck (2003 GMC Sierra 4.8l V8. This is my first dodge and I will never go back). The 17" rims did better for ride quality. Some of the milage and ride are gained by the reduction in rotating mass (rim/tire) and the reduced unsprung weight (any component not supported by the suspension(wheels axles brakes and suspension). The Ride will also get better with a larger more flexable side wall on the 17" tires. I say go for the lightest tire/rim combo you can find. Anything lighter than your stock 20's would be a good choice no matter what size.

The Codes 08-07-2011 01:58 PM

what about my case were stock was a 16"?


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