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Hi, I'm new to the board and planning on picking up a '04 escalade.
I would like to upgrade the wheels to 22's or 20's. For you members with wheels this size, did it change the ride quailty alot? I know that increasing the size of the wheels will change the ride but I was wondering if it was a big noticable difference and if you have any regrets with going the size you did? Happy motoring :burn:
 

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Hi, I'm new to the board and planning on picking up a '04 escalade.
I would like to upgrade the wheels to 22's or 20's. For you members with wheels this size, did it change the ride quailty alot? I know that increasing the size of the wheels will change the ride but I was wondering if it was a big noticable difference and if you have any regrets with going the size you did? Happy motoring :burn:
When I drove an escalade with 24's on stock suspension, I couldn't tell the difference at all. I'm waiting for my set of 24's to come in although I am gonna apply a 2/3 drop to it (cant stand wheel gaps). You probably wont feel much difference with 20's or 22's unless you're gonna drop it like how I'm about to. I just felt that 22's looked kinda small on the new escalades (just my opinion). Good luck!
 

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I do think 20's look somewhat small on the escalade, depending on the rim. 24's look great but small profile. Living in NY with all the potholes I figured 22's would be good. I talked to a friend with a pathfinder w/20's and he said the truck rode hard as compared to the stock 17's. Anyway, what kind of 24's are you installing? What is a good compay to look at for rims?
 

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I have several customers with 22's & 24's on their Escalades, the ride is harsh compared to stock, but this too depends on how good or bad the roads are you drive on.
 

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I do think 20's look somewhat small on the escalade, depending on the rim. 24's look great but small profile. Living in NY with all the potholes I figured 22's would be good. I talked to a friend with a pathfinder w/20's and he said the truck rode hard as compared to the stock 17's. Anyway, what kind of 24's are you installing? What is a good compay to look at for rims?
I'm getting Symbolic Wheels. Look for 3 piece wheels instead of cast-aluminum ones (lighter in weight and stronger). Check out SUPERBUYTIRES.COM . They'll show you a wide variety to choose from.
 

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Re: Question about ride quailty w/ 20

I have been driving on 23's for a long time and there is no difference than the stock. Actually i feel as if i can control the car better with the bigger rims because of the performance tires that come along with them. If you want really cheap rims go to

http://www.wheelmax.com/index_g.html
 

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I just threw on 22's today and there only about a 5-10% difference. Anyone who tells you theres not, is wrong. But its only noticeable on bumps. You'll be disappointed with 20's trust me because i wish I'd gone with 23's.
 

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do they make 21's lol,

in terms of ride quality i bet it depends more on suspension changes, probably with stock suspension the ride is aight, but with a drop its gonna make a mess,
lemme ask u...... whats a good shock spring set for a drop and also does this eliminate the autoair ride suspension that we pay all ths money for on our caddys ????????
 

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I bought a suspension kit from Ground Force. It is a 2" in the front and 3" drop in the rear. The auto air ride suspension is not affected because the drop is done, in the front by an adjustment in the front torsion bars and in the rear by a new set of springs. The air ride shocks stay the same. I think Belltech also makes a kit, but I spoke with the tech guys at Ground Force and they seem to really know what they were talking about and what works best on the Escalade.
 

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Re: Question about ride quality w/ 20

I have a set of 20's on mine right now. The ride quality really depends on who we want to please as far as the ride.

My personal opinion is that GM should put a wider rim on these vehicles. I have 20x10's on my truck and the overall handling is superior that to the truck with stock wheels. I Have driven with 22's and 23's and the ride is a different ride. To a typical Caddy owner it would be considered harder than with the stock wheels.

To someone that is looking for handling it would be considered much more fun to drive. you can definitely "get into the truck" more because with the wider rim you have more on the road to hold on to.

The bad thing about NY is the pothole situation. the larger you go the less sidewall you have and potholes can be a real pain in the butt.

I stuck with 20's on mine because of the towing capacity. IF it wasn't for that I would probably have atleast 22's.
 
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