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Old 01-04-2014, 08:22 AM
mean4g mean4g is offline
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Default 18" wheels, towing and MPG

I will have a 2014 Ram 1500 4x4, QC, Pentastar with the 3.55 rear end delivered here in a few months. Unfortunately my truck comes with ugly 17" steelies. So I am in the market at look at upgrading. Was looking at some 18" wheels and wanted to still come close the OEM size of tires for gearing, towing, and MPG reasons. what I was looking at was…

18x9" wheels weigh approximately 25-28 pounds per wheel
275/65/18 all-terrain E rated tires weight 55-58 pounds
total height is 32" for most tires (just slightly taller than the 31.7" OEM 265/70/17s)

Would my towing be greatly affected over the OEM 17s? MPG difference 1-2 maybe? From what I hear the 20's affect it greatly, however they are ridiculously heavy and 33" tall. thoughts? Should I not even worry about it and go for it even though I am on the Pentastar which has much less power than the hemi? Or should I go for a 17" wheel (2-3 pounds lighter), and go for slightly lighter all terrain 265/70/17 tires (2-3 pounds)? Also the 9" wide wheels I am looking at are 0 offset (18MM's different from the 9" wide OEM ones). So would these 275s stick out or rub on a 0 offset? I just want to make sure they tuck correctly and don't rub on the fenders as well. thanks.

Last edited by mean4g; 01-04-2014 at 08:27 AM.
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