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Old 04-29-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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Steel wheels vs alloy.

I'm guessing that the main reason regearing is required (or strongly suggested) when moving to 35 inch tires is because of the additional rotational weight. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Which made me wonder if switching to a lighter alloy wheel when making the move to 35 inch tires would help the situation or if regearing would still be as necessary.

What do you guys think?

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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Just throwing my opinion out there, I don't think lighter wheels will make that much of a difference. I know that it does make the 35's a whole heck of a lot easier to pick up but thats about it. My 33" spare is a steel rim and my regular wheels are something lighter

(and while I've had to use the spare I haven't noticed any difference while driving)

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I thought it also had to do with the larger diameter of the tire being more surface to rotate. Like riding a bike with tiny wheels in first is easy, with giant wheels you gotta work harder to turn them.. Idk, but in my mind it makes perfect sense...
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The main concern being the diameter,your 35" tire will cover more ground(go farther) in 1 revolution of the axle vs anything smaller,so the larger tire has the same effect as running taller gears.So you gear lower to make things equal again.As an added bonus,gearing lower will help turning all that weight too.....
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The main concern being the diameter,your 35" tire will cover more ground(go farther) in 1 revolution of the axle vs anything smaller,so the larger tire has the same effect as running taller gears.So you gear lower to make things equal again.As an added bonus,gearing lower will help turning all that weight too.....
Yeah, that's what I meant
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^^ bingo! taller tires change your gear ratio so you have to compensate by changing differential gears. Tire weight isn't the main factor.
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Ahhhh, good info! Thanks you guys.

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