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Old 10-14-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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pro's and cons of 16" wheels

Well i have had hardly no luck finding some nice 15" wheels that i like and will meet my needs. I want a wheel that looks good, not alot of people have and if i do decide to go off road wont get beat up to bad.. In the 15's i have found the **** Cepek DC1, however everybody has this wheel, not sure i want it.. So my ? is, if i go to a 16, which will cost alittle more money, will i have any troubles, whats the downfall, If any.... thanks in advance


Also with all this in mind, which tires would you prefer?
1. Toyo M/T's
2. Nitto M/T's
3. Pro Comp Extreme M/T's

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The upside of a 16" rim is that it has less sidewall, it will make the tires a little less squirrely on the road.

The downside of a 16" rim is that it has less sidewall, it will give you less sidewall flex off road = less of a contact patch = less traction

A one inch difference will not make much of a difference in either of these areas though, these are just general rules of thumb for tire to rim ratio.

Example: When you start getting into 17"-18"+ rims and 33's, you noticeably lose sidewall flex off road, but noticeably gain stability and handling on road.

On the other side of things if you keep a 15" rims but have 37"-39"+ that gives you too much sidewall and you are compromising sidewall integrity.

Find a good compromise, many people consider 15" rim with a 33" tire the best compromise between the two, if you need a bit more flex, 15" rim with a 35" tire is probly the most sidewall you will need. (unless you get into some pretty hard core wheeling)



And for tire recommendation, I love the KM2's, they are quite and ride awesome on the road, and have crazy aired down traction. They seem to be wearing very evenly as well.
Plus they look awesome

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IMO tires for a 15" rim are a bit cheaper than for a 16" rim.

I like the Cooper STTs. They have the best on road handling (especially in rain) I´ve ever seen with a MT.
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IMO tires for a 15" rim are a bit cheaper than for a 16" rim.
Oh yeah I forgot to mention that
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and most of the 16" tires are in metric sizes. most of the 15" tires in inch sizes.
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I prefer 15x8 rims which I have the Crager Soft 8's in black(i love them), and I want and have herd alot and i mean alot of good things about Dick Cepeck Mud country tires... those will be my next set of tires!!
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I am running dick cepek crushers I love them. get the 15" rim since they are cheaper.
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I agree with the above with rim sizes, the price difference might not be that much when looking at a 32in tire or a 265/75 but if you ever jump up to 35's or bigger it will hit your wallet pretty hard. Out of the three tires you listed i would go with Pro-comp's, i put toyo At's on my truck and have not been happy with the wear on them.

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