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Old 08-14-2013, 03:51 AM
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why are 20" tires so much more expensive than 17's, same outside diameter the only differance is the hole in the middle. my 17's were $60 cheaper per tire than what a friend paid for the same tire in 20.
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I think it's a "supply and demand" type of thing.

Many of the OEM and aftermarket wheels are going towards 20s, as a result the tire manufacturers are able to charge a premium for them.

Having said that, the price of 20 inch tires has come down significantly in the past few years as they've become more main stream.

If a little shopping around you can usually find a decent (sometimes even a good) price for a set of tires.

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Yeah, it's kind of counter-intuitive at first if you don't look at supply/demand. It seems like there is actually less material in a 20" tire than a 17" wouldn't you say? Less sidewall. But it must chalk up to supply/demand.

Fortunately for me when I got a new wheel/tire combo, I wanted to drop from 20" to 17", I like "more tire less rim". Plus it saved me ~$800 by switching
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+1 on the supply and demand. A LOT of manufacturers are going to stock or optional 20'' on a lot of their vehicles. They can literally, within reason, charge whatever they want.
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