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Old 10-21-2011, 09:39 PM
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^ I wasn't even thinking that, I just think it would look better with an "even" amount of wheel well on the sides and top of the tire...all opinion though. But if it's easier also that's even better... I don't always think lower or taller is better, I think when it looks proportionate is best, and I think you have the rear end about perfect, but the front is too low for my taste.
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lots of good info ..Thanks guys !
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I agree, thats exactly what i did, i went from the stock 20"s to 17" mickey thompson side biters, and went with 37" Nitto Trail Grapplers. The ride is really smooth, for 37"s




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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
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I just went from 17s to 20s. The ride on the 17 was, not surprisingly, softer and less precise. I wanted crisper steering and a more firm ride.

I could have achieved that with a D or E rated LT 17" tire, but prefer the look of the big wheel.

Anyone want to buy a set of Gen 4 17" wheels in perfect condtion?? Lol.
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I just went from 17s to 20s. The ride on the 17 was, not surprisingly, softer and less precise. I wanted crisper steering and a more firm ride.

I could have achieved that with a D or E rated LT 17" tire, but prefer the look of the big wheel.

Anyone want to buy a set of Gen 4 17" wheels in perfect condtion?? Lol.
You might try posting them in the sale section of the forum. You never know who might be looking.

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Im currently running 285/70R17 BFG All Terrain. I had the dealership reprogram my speedometer to match tires. 17 inch rims were one of the things I wanted when I purchased my Ram, Cheaper tires plus Rim protection from SUDBURY Pot holes. lol
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My $.02 is I prefer the "more tire" look over the "more wheel" look for a truck.
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My 2005 Ram 1500 ST had 17" rims and I just upgraded to a 2011 SLT Ram 1500 with 17" rims. I passed on the 20" wheels and hemi for this SLT. I like the 4.7 and replacement cost on the 17' tires is alot less, not to mention the ride is car like.
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17's ride smoother, and for snow country a narrower tire is better in the snow, it cuts, instead of floating on top. I wanted 17's as well, cause of more off road tire options.
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Saw this link on another post here. http://www.1010tires.com/tiresizecal...?action=submit

The difference in sidewall between my stock (2500) 275/70/17 @ 7.57" and 285/65/20 7.29" is slightly more than a quarter of an inch. Yes it is a 2" taller tire. Not much difference in cushioning or curb clearance really. Sure they weigh more increasing unsprung weight, but does it really make for that much of a difference in ride? It seems to me the weight and potential added width (more contact patch) would contribute to this much more than diameter alone. I'm having a hard time deciding this same question, 18's or 20's??? To my eye the 20 is the correct proportion for the wheel opening especially when it's leveled or lifted. I have seen some exceptions. When I look at my truck with the 17's the wheels and tires look woefully small. In reality they aren't at all, just for the opening they are, imho. I'm old school and generally hate when Foose or someone puts 22's with what looks like an inch of rubber on a classic muscle car. But I love the look on an exotic car. I think Ram stylists designed the openings for 20's for the 1500. Having a bad back I'm sweating this decision. I can get a good deal on 18's and get them this week with the tires I want. The 20's I want are on b/o for 6-8 weeks. The 20" tires are very limited especially when you are looking for E rated ones and not noisy off road knobbies. This is what I would like my truck to look like.
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