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New wheels

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mike lane lawn care, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    Hey guys, I was looking for some new summer rims on my truck, I was thinking of going with 17" maybe 18" instead of the 16". would 18" be too big on the truck with no lift or leveling kit? I was looking at the following:


    any thoughts? also if you guys have custom wheels on your trucks, share some pics, thanks guys.
  2. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    here is my new rims i got from my brothers rim shop. 24" dale jr black chrome tanks, ride is good with or with out the trailer



    my ride page on cardomain..
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    its not the wheel size! its the backspacing and tire size you have to worry about
  4. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    so this is probably something I should go to a tire shop to see what size i can go with?
  5. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    call my brother steve he can let you know what is good or not for your needs, plus he may be able to get you a better deal. (877)580-RIMS

  6. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    Like Kajun said, you need to be more concerned with backspacing. When you see trucks or cars with wheels that stick way out, they went with too little backspacing. Or you will start rubbing stuff if you get the wrong backspacing. Your truck will be pretty easy to find out the stock backspacing on and just stay as close as possible to stock. A little less backspacing does give the truck a more agressive stance but just dont go too little. I'd find a forum for your kinda truck and look on there. There will be a sticky for what wheels will fit your truck and thats the easiest way to get some more options.
  7. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Any decent tire place will set you up with the right wheel offset for your truck. Like others said wheel diam. doesnt rly matter. They are putting 30" wheels under your truck these days with little or no mods.
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The bigger the rim less rubber equals stiiff ride.

    Personally I would stick with 16 inch rubber it is easy to find and cheaper.

    The reason why manufactures went with 17-18-19 wheels is to fit bigger brakes on these trucks.

    You can't fit big brakes into a 16 inch wheel.

    Now if you get into 17.5 and 19.5 tires that is for load carrying capacity. A 17.5 tire will carry more weight it is a light commercial tire.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Good point GR. The tires on my F550 are load range G, and are a 19.5 inch wheel. They ride stiff as steel and no sidwall squat even when the truck's overloaded.
  10. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Maybe you should get those rims with the back-spacing that makes the wheels stick out real far, like all the lowrider trucks have, LOL!!! And why not go with the 28" wheels and tires?!!! They are only around $30,000 for a set! Just kidding, Before you decide on huge rims, think about when you have a flat and have to buy a new tire, Once you get over 18", the tires get pretty pricey,as I found out this past fall on my Dodge with 20" wheels and tires!! One new tire cost about $180.!! I would go with a 16 or 17" common wheel and tire combo, unless you are wanting to go big?

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