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post #1 of 10 Old 10-18-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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any benefits to bigger rims.....?

I currently have the factory 16" rims on my 2004 F-350 with 295/75R16 tires on it. I am wanting to either paint my rims black or buy black rims. If I buy rims is there any benefits or advantages to getting bigger rims like 20" rims. I dont really want to get tires that are much bigger then what I got, but it seems like most of the black rims I can find are 20" rims, I have found a few other sizes, but I wasnt sure if there is any benefits or advantages to bigger rims. If you could let me know I would appreciate it. Thanks,

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No benefits, just looks. The reason wheels have been getting bigger over the years on our trucks, is to accommodate bigger brake rotors.

Eventually 18" tires wheel be the cheapest tires to buy IMO, as they are more popular then the 16's and 17's these days. Heck maybe in 50 years 20" tires will be the cheapest.

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There are a lot of black wheels in 18s and 17s. Its personal taste i think. i like the 18-20 inch wheel range.
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I have had a lot of different sized rims from 15-24. What I have found is the less side wall you have the less side roll you get going through turns. It's a leverage game, the shorter the side wall the harder it is to bend.
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Less sidewall also means a harsher ride and a rim that is more easily damaged by something like potholes.


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You can also upgrade to the 05-07 style rotors and calipers which are bigger and need an 18" or larger wheel.

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You can also upgrade to the 05-07 style rotors and calipers which are bigger and need an 18" or larger wheel.
05-14 needs a 17" wheel or bigger.

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You can also upgrade to the 05-07 style rotors and calipers which are bigger and need an 18" or larger wheel.
Actually the 05-07 truck brakes fit inside 17 inch wheels. They came standard with 17's and thats whats on mine. However I agree a slightly larger wheel looks better,especially on large trucks like ours. Thinking about upgrading to 18's when I need new tires.

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While I will say that the 20's do look nice I feel an 18" wheel looks very at home on the 99-07. The 08-up seem like they need a 20" wheel to really look right.
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One advantage to bigger rims would be resale if you wanted something else later on.

Rims that fit all year trucks would have more potential buyers.

I'm selling some 16's off my 99 and it's a bit harder since they only fit up to 04.

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