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    22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    Well, I just had my 22 inch wheels replaced by the chrome stock 17 inch wheels and I'm very happy about it. The ride is MUCH smoother and softer. Now it feels like a Cadillac and not a Chevy pickup truck. I can respect WHY people want huge wheels - they look great - but I need the soft ride. I liked the ride in my Fleetwood Brougham and this is now closer to that...
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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    I went from 17 to 20 and was expecting a harsher ride than what I already had with the Eibach springs, but I couldn't tell the difference. <shrugs>

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    I guess the difference is more noticeable with the Escalade, then. Up here, it is "de rigeur" to swap out the stock rims wth gi-normous chromed behemoths as soon as the ink is dry on the paperwork for getting the Caddy Truck.

    You're the first I've heard that went BACk to stockers, tho - for a very sound reason, too!!! I would dare to suggest that more would follow your lead if their ego and self esteem didn't keep geting in the way!

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    Sal living in Florida like you do I was suprised the 22's gave you that bad of a ride, in the northeast I could understand that. You must be getting old. What size tires did you have?

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    Haha. I'm not sure what size tires are on there now. I'll check the next time I get outside. I've been having a VERY busy day today. All I know is, the old tires were VERY low profile. And, I plan on driving the truck up to New York this Christmas - so.. Pothole city.. I'd have bent those rims all over the place...
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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    If you use 22's then 45 series will give you the best ride, the 35 & 40 series tires have less air in them and will give you a harsh ride.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    I don't know for sure which they were.. Maybe you could tell from my pictures? Otherwise, if I go to 20s - which series would be best there? For a soft as possible ride...
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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    Way to go, SAL!!!

    I like a soft ride too, and I believe that stock is good!

    I've owned a car with 18" rims and very low-profile tires, and it was not a pleasant experience. If the car's suspension was originally designed for that, it seems to work out okay though.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    There are so many disadvantages to over sizing wheels I just don't see the point.

    It completely changes the ride and handling characteristics of the vehicle. It usually goes against the way the vehicle was engineered safety wise and performance wise. It just doesn't make sense. Most of the time it makes the vehicle look stupid like a hot-wheels car or something. Going up one size increases the hydroplane factor by 10. Why would you knowingly do this.

    Not to mention the pain in the ass to get the speedo correct. It's unsafe and a waste of money.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    Mind you, I replaced the stock 14inchers on the 1988 Deville witht the stock 16 inchers off the '97 Deville and it looks "aces".

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

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    Mind you, I replaced the stock 14inchers on the 1988 Deville witht the stock 16 inchers off the '97 Deville and it looks "aces".

    That's just about right for that car.

    The goal for most of these people is to make their car look like an old buckboard wagon from a shoot-em-up western movie.

    There's an '84 Cutlass 4-door around here with 22" rims on it. I have no idea how they did it, but I'm sure the car can't turn very sharply because I've seen him try.

    I would think there is some kind of inspection the car would have to pass to be road-worthy. If you can't turn within a certain radius it should fail.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    I replaced the 17" stock alloys with 18" aftermarket shiny chrome to match all the chrome on the car... Can't tell the difference in the ride at all.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    Quote Originally Posted by codewize View Post
    There are so many disadvantages to over sizing wheels I just don't see the point.

    It completely changes the ride and handling characteristics of the vehicle. It usually goes against the way the vehicle was engineered safety wise and performance wise. It just doesn't make sense. Most of the time it makes the vehicle look stupid like a hot-wheels car or something. Going up one size increases the hydroplane factor by 10. Why would you knowingly do this.

    Not to mention the pain in the ass to get the speedo correct. It's unsafe and a waste of money.

    Just get some nice looking wheels in the correct size, you'll be happier and so will your car.

    If you keep the same diameter as the stock tires there is no speedo correction needed. Also many aftermarket wheels are much stronger than the stock wheels, and aftermarket offers much better finishes, after all the stock wheels are made by the lowest bidder, that is how car manufacturers do it. You can get the 07' and up Escalade's from the factory with 18" wheels or 22" wheels. I do agree that some people make their cars and trucks look stupid by some of their choices.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    yes your ride will improve with smaller wheels but is it not funny turning a 4x4 suv into a car that you gotta be afraid of potholes in? I wanna see some mud on these beasts.

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    Re: 22 inch rims to 17 inch wheel - world of a difference in ride quality

    i roll with 17's in the winter down here and it pushes me to drive hella faster than my usual 20-30km/h on 22's lol

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