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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, 22 inch wheels in Cadillac Escalade Forums; I have recently ordered 22" wheels. I'll have them in 4-6 weeks. However, I'm still uncertain about the tire size. ...
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    22 inch wheels

    I have recently ordered 22" wheels. I'll have them in 4-6 weeks. However, I'm still uncertain about the tire size. I wan't to go with 305/45/22. My question is, will these tires rub if I lower the truck 2/3 inches? Or should I go with 40 profile tires if I lower it? I much rather stick with 45 profile to prevent any damage to wheels, unless of course it'll rub too much. Is anyone else running similar setup (45 profile tires & drop kit)? ~ Thanks.

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    Re: 22 inch wheels

    I've got 305/45/22's on my 02 Escalade, and have it lowered 2 inches. You will have to trim the black plactic inside the left front fenderwell in the front right behind the water bottle for your wipers. It still rubs just a little if you turn the wheel almost all the way especially backing up, but it's not too bad. You will also sacrifice a little ride quality compared to the stock wheels, but it looks so much better. 40 series would probably not rub at all, but I think it will be an even rougher ride.

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    Re: 22 inch wheels

    I agree on the 305/45/22 that is what I have and the rub is not that bad

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    That's good. I have more questions. Did you callibrate your speedos? Or was it not necessary? Also, have you had any experience with flat tires? Overall diameter of 45 profile tire is 1.2 inches larger than stock tire. So would using a spare tire be problematic? I wonder if purchasing fifth wheel is a good idea... anyway, I like to do my research and be prepared. Appreciate your comments.

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    Re: 22 inch wheels

    You would need to recalibrate your speedo if you wanted it to be accurate. With the 305/45s your actual speed would be apx 3 mph higher @ 60mph than your speedo reading. 305/40s have the same (theoretical) diameter as stock, but if you're concerned about ride quality (and I would be), you might consider 285/45R22. They are .5 inch larger in diameter than stock, and the narrower width will provide better tracking and steering, as well as having a bit more sidewall. As far as the spare tire size difference issue, the Escalades' AWD Traction Control system is constantly sensing each wheel's speed and applying brake pressure as necessary to opposite wheels, so it could cause a problem. It would be best to ask a knowledgeable service guy at the dealer to find out what the tolerances are that would trigger the traction control system.Hope this helps.

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    Re: 22 inch wheels

    Thanks for your input. I settled on Nitto NT404 285/45R22. These tires wil be a better match for my wheels (22x9). Appreciate your help.

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