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wheels pro and cons?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by hardwoodcd, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    I have an 06 Dodge Ram 2500 QC/SB Cummins with a Boss 8'2" VXT on the front. It has stock 17" wheels. I like the look of a slightly larger wheel and would like to go to a 20" wheel. Please chime in as to what you think. Any reason why I shouldn't go to a 20" wheel from a plowing stand point?
  2. GripTruk

    GripTruk Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    definitely not a good idea. unless you have a set you keep for plowing and a set for the street. 20" tires don't tend to be load rated the same, i'm sure they're out there but I bet they cost a pretty penny. Plus you're bound to hit a curb or 2 plowing and that can hurt on an expensive set of wheels.

  3. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Thanks for the input Jer. Much appreciated.
  4. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    Let me know if you want to sell the factory 17" wheels.
  5. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    not a good idea at all, the bigger the tire the harder on the trans, plus these truck go through tires like underwear. id run stock wheels and tire size. jmo
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    more wear and tear with the bigger wheels
    stick with stock for winter
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Bigger wheels means shorter tire sidewalls, presuming you stay with the same outside diameter. I have a couple places I do where driving up on the curb is common practice. A taller sidewall would most likely be more resilient to that.

    I would stay with the 17s for plowing.
  8. turboplow3

    turboplow3 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    by adding larger tires you are also changing the gearing ratio slightly. So it takes more power for first gear to move a bigger tire (unless you change your gear ratio). might not be most helpful with a ft of snow and trying to use the full potential of the straight blade.

    also a narrower tire provides the most traction in the snow. it is better to have the tire cut down to the hard pack than to float it on the top snow.
  9. hardwoodcd

    hardwoodcd Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    My truck comes stock with 265 70 17, Im not sure if this makes a difference or not so ill ask. What if I upgraded to 20 in wheels but stayed with a 265 tire?
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    It's possible to keep the same outside diameter while changing to larger rims. Just need to adjust the width and/or aspect ratio of the tire.
  11. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,063

    Keep the 17"er's, the larger diameter wheel you run the most expensive the tire is.
    My 08 came with 18" wheels from the factory, my 97 has 16' wheels. The cost difference between the two sizes of tires is about $30-$40 per tire (275/70/18 vs 285/75/16).
  12. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,229

    Go for it I Love mine!!!!
  13. The PuSher MaN

    The PuSher MaN Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    You wont find a 265 20in tire with the right load rating. I would advise you to stay stock until spring.