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Old 06-29-2011, 02:58 AM
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I am looking to see what you guys can add to my list. Just FYI: my situation does not involve much off roading because I have 2WD, so 90% highway/city 10% 'backroad'

Switching to 20" wheels:
PRO:
  • Better Handling in corners, less sidewall flex
  • Adjust the final drive ratio just a bit (outside diameter is about 1.5" larger on the 20's)
  • Looks great, no more balloon tires
  • Easier to clean

CON:
  • Expensive wheels have to worry about offroading, curbs and theives
  • More expensive tires
  • Adjust the final drive ratio just a bit (in both because it could go either way)
  • Harsher ride?
  • Pot holes damaging tires more easily?

Please chime in with your thoughts. I'm trying to figure out if this is still a smart switch!
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Well crud. I just realized that the spare will be differently sized as well. It appears dodge did in fact put a 20" steel wheel on the spares of trucks that had 20" wheels to make the truck not become angry with different sized tires.

So chalk one more up to the con column: purchase new spare wheel and tire.
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I couldn't see 20's being much more of a harsher ride, because you still do have a good amount of sidewall to take the beating. It's when you get in to 22's and up that it gets a little bone jarring. My friends Chevy has 22's and it's like riding with no shocks at all, I can't take it. Any vehicle I've ridden with 20's felt just fine.

Although I only have 17's, I prefer 20's much more. I only went the cheap route because I'm not a millionaire haha. 20's are just big enough without looking ridiculous and you can still get a good all terrain tire that's plenty capable of handling snow or mud if you need it to. I'd definitely make the switch to 20's if I had the cash.
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I don't see 20's bringing you a harsher ride. You have enough room for a decently sized sidewall.

20 inch tires are a bit more expensive.

I think 20's look better on a truck with all that wheelwell space. 17's look kinda lost!

Regardless of the wheel type or size, thieves will try to steal anything. Someone even tried to take the wheels off the wife's 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor last year. Get some wheel locks. And if you go off-roading, any wheel can get damaged. I know it's hard to see the curbs from inside the cab of these big trucks. You could get some of them old skool curb feelers but I suggest you not cut corners and just swing a bit wide...

You will have some speedo error and the final drive ratio changes a bit but neither are a huge difference.
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I don't see 20's bringing you a harsher ride. You have enough room for a decently sized sidewall.

20 inch tires are a bit more expensive.

I think 20's look better on a truck with all that wheelwell space. 17's look kinda lost!

Regardless of the wheel type or size, thieves will try to steal anything. Someone even tried to take the wheels off the wife's 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor last year. Get some wheel locks. And if you go off-roading, any wheel can get damaged. I know it's hard to see the curbs from inside the cab of these big trucks. You could get some of them old skool curb feelers but I suggest you not cut corners and just swing a bit wide...

You will have some speedo error and the final drive ratio changes a bit but neither are a huge difference.
Well, I have only clipped a curb once that I did not intend to clip (yay for trucks getting you out of traffic situations). I am pretty used to driving trailers around a decent amount so accidental curb clips dont happen much.

And the speedo error can be taken care of at the dealer or with my Superchips programmer. The wheel locks/keys are annoying but i guess thats what you have to do.

And I agree, they look much better. OK this is making me feel a little better
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For me, the biggest con is $$$$$. For the wheels themselves and for tires.
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I made the switch from the oem 17s to the oem 20s....love it! Very slight decrease in mpgs, but the truck just looks SO much better. It will cost me more when i need new tires, but well worth the price. I still have the old 17" spare...I was going to swap it out to a 20" steel spare, but its been a year now and I think im just going to let it ride.

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The 20's will be a little heavier as well, why you might see an MPG drop...more unsprung weight.
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The tire size is what will give you a rougher ride. The stock tire on the 20 is nice and smooth and as mentioned before looks good. I used to have 16's on my 4 door sedan, so looking at a 17 on a truck makes it seem like you bought the wrong rims.

Tires are a bit more expensive, but they look so sweet. Larger wheels plus tires also cause more rolling resistance. So basically a decrease in MPG.
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Bought truck with 22's. then bought 17's for winter tires and now bought 20's with 275/65r20's and didn't need to lift at all ) havent done any offroading yet so will find out soon enough
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