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I'm about to purchase a set of new rims and tires. I have a 6" PC lift and am interested in something like the Nitto Mud Grapplers. I'm debating though on going with an 18 or 20 inch wheel. The tires would then be a a 35/1250R18 or a 325/60R20 or something else close in size. I can only imagine there will be some improvement in the quality of the ride moving to a larger rim, but is it enough to justify the additional $350? Also, how about style? It seems like there would be a significant difference in look.

I'd like to hear your opinions. :smokingco
 

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I'm about to purchase a set of new rims and tires. I have a 6" PC lift and am interested in something like the Nitto Mud Grapplers. I'm debating though on going with an 18 or 20 inch wheel. The tires would then be a a 35/1250R18 or a 325/60R20 or something else close in size. I can only imagine there will be some improvement in the quality of the ride moving to a larger rim, but is it enough to justify the additional $350? Also, how about style? It seems like there would be a significant difference in look.

I'd like to hear your opinions. :smokingco
It really comes down to what you want to do. with 35" tire ride quality won't be significantly different between the 20's and the 18's. The 18" may be slightly better with their taller sidewalls. Offroad, the 18's will be a little more protected than the 20's will so if you take your truck offroad you will have less chance of damaging your wheels with the 18's. As for the look, that's entirely up to you. It's your truck, do it up the way you want. :)
 

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It really comes down to what you want to do. with 35" tire ride quality won't be significantly different between the 20's and the 18's. The 18" may be slightly better with their taller sidewalls. Offroad, the 18's will be a little more protected than the 20's will so if you take your truck offroad you will have less chance of damaging your wheels with the 18's. As for the look, that's entirely up to you. It's your truck, do it up the way you want. :)
Thanks for your comments. I'm surprised though that you suggest the 18's will provide a better ride. I would have expected more bounce in the ride and therefore lessening the quality. Why would someone typically choose 20's over 18's? Is it simply due to the style/look?
 

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Like we noted, part of it is function and part of it is style.

As far as ride quality goes, you have more sidewall cushion on the road with 18" wheels which helps absorb road imperfections and noise. This softens the side and makes it more comfortable.

If you are looking to whip around corners on the street, a 20" wheel with a lower profile tire will help increase the vehicle response but it will also give you a slightly harsher ride.
 

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Like we noted, part of it is function and part of it is style.

As far as ride quality goes, you have more sidewall cushion on the road with 18" wheels which helps absorb road imperfections and noise.
don't mean to jack this thread but i'm facing the same dilemna. now that i read this i think i'm leaning more toward the 20's since there will be no off roading. i'm looking at a 20x9 xd series with 0 offset and 5" backspace and more likely to go with toyo open country AT or the terra grappler. my only question is how far will the tires stick out from the fender. would really appreciate your input in this...
 

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Thanks for your comments. I'm surprised though that you suggest the 18's will provide a better ride. I would have expected more bounce in the ride and therefore lessening the quality. Why would someone typically choose 20's over 18's? Is it simply due to the style/look?
It all falls down onto personal opinion and performance. The 18's are going to perform better off road and at the track (should you take it to the track that is). The 20's look better, and depending on which rim you choose, will handle well off road as well. People generally go with 20's for looks and 18's for performance. Then there's always the price difference in tires. You're going to pay a bit more for tires that fit on 20" rims as compared to the 18's, something to think about when it comes to replacing a blow out or purchasing new tires 50K miles from now. Hope this helped a bit.
 

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don't mean to jack this thread but i'm facing the same dilemna. now that i read this i think i'm leaning more toward the 20's since there will be no off roading. i'm looking at a 20x9 xd series with 0 offset and 5" backspace and more likely to go with toyo open country AT or the terra grappler. my only question is how far will the tires stick out from the fender. would really appreciate your input in this...
A 9" wide wheel with a 0mm offser/ 5" backspace should sit flush with the fender. (not counting the tire)
 
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