: Upgrading Wheels



smythcounty
05-08-08, 10:23 AM
I'm going to upgrade my stock 17" wheels on my '03. I'm looking at 22's. Will changing wheels have any affect on the vehicle as far as wear and tear? Will it make for a rougher ride, etc? Any other probs? This will be my first time in uprgading any wheels and just looking for some guidance. Thanks

hcvone
05-08-08, 11:09 AM
I'm going to upgrade my stock 17" wheels on my '03. I'm looking at 22's. Will changing wheels have any affect on the vehicle as far as wear and tear? Will it make for a rougher ride, etc? Any other probs? This will be my first time in uprgading any wheels and just looking for some guidance. Thanks

Yes your truck will ride rougher, yes it will put more strain on your front end, brakes, trans and front and rear diff. Having said that it depends on where you live and drive to how bad the ride will be, I had/have 26's, 24's, 22's and 18's for two trucks, sold the 26's and one of the two sets of 24's, just could not take the poor ride, wish I lived and drove where the roads are nice. If you get 22's look at a tire like the 285/45/22's, the 45 series will give you a little softer ride. Also forged wheels while costing much more are a better choice because they are lighter and stronger than cast wheels

smythcounty
05-08-08, 11:18 AM
So what I'm getting is that if I want it to "ride like a Cadillac" I should leave the wheels alone? If I want looks more than the ride go with the wheels. But the problem is I want both..LOL

hcvone
05-08-08, 03:07 PM
Where do you live and drive? How are the roads?

smythcounty
05-08-08, 09:30 PM
I live in the mountains of Virginia. The roads are actually really good. Most of my travel is interstate, unless I want to get off the beaten path.

JD001249
05-08-08, 09:50 PM
The ride is a bit rougher but not by much. I have 22's on mine with 305/40/22 and the ride is not bad at all. I actually like it. This is my second big suv with 22's and if I didn't like the ride, I wouldn't change the wheels. :)

hcvone
05-09-08, 07:13 AM
I live in the mountains of Virginia. The roads are actually really good. Most of my travel is interstate, unless I want to get off the beaten path.

If your roads are good you will be alright, depending on your wheels weight and type of wheels you may need to upgrade your brakes when in the mountains.

Povich
05-09-08, 11:31 AM
I have 22s with 305/45s on it and ride isnt that bad! I live in Pa. and roads are bad (imo) and the ride isnt 2 bad! a bit different from stocks but that is expected! Looks are worth the diff to me! Just have to do a lil pothole swervin!LOL

hcvone
05-09-08, 01:54 PM
You can live with 22's with 45 series tires in pa, I do that, but when the winter tires go on around Thanksgiving it feels like you are floating with 18's on. 1000 times smoother ;)

smythcounty
05-09-08, 10:08 PM
Do you have any suggestions on where to get wheels? Would it be better from a local shop or somewhere online?

hcvone
05-10-08, 05:49 AM
See what kind of deal you can get online and then take those prices and shop local, you can usually get better service locally, but better prices on the internet. I try to buy local because if these is a problem it's an easier fix

smythcounty
05-10-08, 08:50 AM
Thanks to everyone..Once I decide I will show some pics....

smythcounty
05-13-08, 10:56 PM
Ok I have decided on 20's with 295/50/20 Hankook tires.....What do you think about my decision....Any thoughts before I order?

hcvone
05-14-08, 07:25 AM
You will get a good ride with 20" wheels and tires. :)