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I have a 2012 dodge ram 2wd outdoorsman crew cab. I know the stock wheels are 17"............I was wondering if 16" or 16.5" wheels would fit? I wanted to put the pro comp rock crawler white wheels and I wanted it in a width of 12" but they only had it in 16" and 16.5" wheels. Can someone help me. Thanks
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I have a 2012 dodge ram 2wd outdoorsman crew cab. I know the stock wheels are 17"............I was wondering if 16" or 16.5" wheels would fit? I wanted to put the pro comp rock crawler white wheels and I wanted it in a width of 12" but they only had it in 16" and 16.5" wheels. Can someone help me. Thanks
Yes you can go smaller, try and stay with integers though. For some reason when you get wheels that say have a diameter of 16.5 you can run into tire issues and most wheels diameters are integers, being 16 and 17 inches. But you can get smaller wheels, the only issue with tires that are a larger sidewall is they generally put a little more strain on the drivetrain but it's not like the vehicle cannot handle it. Big tires means larger inertia which means it takes longer to speed up and to slow down, they are also speed limited. But I don't see you doing 100+ MPH so no worries. Drag slicks are a different story, they have no thread and are very uniform. But anyways if you want big tires go for it.
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Yes you can go smaller, try and stay with integers though. For some reason when you get wheels that say have a diameter of 16.5 you can run into tire issues and most wheels diameters are integers, being 16 and 17 inches. But you can get smaller wheels, the only issue with tires that are a larger sidewall is they generally put a little more strain on the drivetrain but it's not like the vehicle cannot handle it. Big tires means larger inertia which means it takes longer to speed up and to slow down, they are also speed limited. But I don't see you doing 100+ MPH so no worries. Drag slicks are a different story, they have no thread and are very uniform. But anyways if you want big tires go for it.
Thanks for your help. So 16" or 16.5" wheels will fit over the brakes with no problem? That's true about the tire issues u said btw
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Thanks for your help. So 16" or 16.5" wheels will fit over the brakes with no problem? That's true about the tire issues u said btw
Actually you can't go smaller than a 17" wheel unless you want to do some surgery on your brakes (not recommended).
I believe the older 2nd gen's and earlier can run a 16" wheel, but everything from 3rd gen up to current will need a minimum of 17" diameter to clear the calipers.
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on my aftermaket 17's i cant get my fingers between the caliper and rim
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Yes you can go smaller, try and stay with integers though. For some reason when you get wheels that say have a diameter of 16.5 you can run into tire issues and most wheels diameters are integers, being 16 and 17 inches. But you can get smaller wheels, the only issue with tires that are a larger sidewall is they generally put a little more strain on the drivetrain but it's not like the vehicle cannot handle it. Big tires means larger inertia which means it takes longer to speed up and to slow down, they are also speed limited. But I don't see you doing 100+ MPH so no worries. Drag slicks are a different story, they have no thread and are very uniform. But anyways if you want big tires go for it.
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17 is the absolute smallest you can go without murdering your break system, however as a basic rule of thumb you should try to run at least 18's if at all possible this allows for just a tad more clearance, i know on my 2012 ram i can't even get a 17 on there, there simply is not enough room. It honestly kind of makes me mad because i like the look of less wheel more tire much more than i do more wheel less tire if that makes any since lol.
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Thanks for your help. So 16" or 16.5" wheels will fit over the brakes with no problem? That's true about the tire issues u said btw
You can go smaller but you will have to find a wheel that has a very deep wheel well. My ram van has 15's but the well is very deep. Other than wheels with a deep well, you could do what others have suggested and that is to grind down the caliper OR you could probably contact wilwood (my fav) and I'm sure they have a nice set of dual or even tripple piston calipers that can replace the stock ones that will also allow a smaller wheel. Personally, in terms of force I like smaller wheels because they put more force to the ground however in racing you have to be careful about your driveshaft critical speed, axle shaft critical speed, etc... Anyways, you could just use the 17's and still get larger tires, it's difficult finding them bulky tires for 17's that are cost friendly but anything is possible.

On my van when I put the new engine in, I am probably going to go with anything from 15-17 in diameter and 9" width for slicks. I have a low driveshaft critical speed (6200 RPM) so I have to get some very large tires in the rear so I don't throw the shaft. But I'm doing drag racing, you're going off road but eitherway it's still physics

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