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Old 09-01-2013, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rim size, how big of difference?

I'm getting ready to buy a new set of tires and I started to wonder if I want to go bigger on the rim size.
I'm getting 36" swampers and right now I have 15" rims.
Would going to 16" or even 17" rims be better? I mainly do mud runs but I also do trails rides, I don't do rocks.
Is there a benefit going to a bigger rim?
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Get some 22s. All the high school chicks will think you are way cool bro.
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Get some 22s. All the high school chicks will think you are way cool bro.
Well, that would end badly. I would end up being in jail, plus being almost 3 times their age would give me a heart attack.
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Go with the 17s

They are "the new" 15s.

Anything bigger than 35 inch tire and you should ditch the 15 inch rims. But that's just my opinion.
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I'm getting ready to buy a new set of tires and I started to wonder if I want to go bigger on the rim size.
I'm getting 36" swampers and right now I have 15" rims.
Would going to 16" or even 17" rims be better? I mainly do mud runs but I also do trails rides, I don't do rocks.
Is there a benefit going to a bigger rim?
In your case, no. Save the money.
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Go with the 17s

They are "the new" 15s.

Anything bigger than 35 inch tire and you should ditch the 15 inch rims. But that's just my opinion.
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In your case, no. Save the money.
This is what I found when I searched for an answer. Some say yes go bigger others say no.
It's not for looks, just functionality.
Does the shorter sidewall help or hinder for my type of off roading? And why does it so?
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This is what I found when I searched for an answer. Some say yes go bigger others say no.
It's not for looks, just functionality.
Does the shorter sidewall help or hinder for my type of off roading? And why does it so?
Shorter sidewalls are always "better" for handling and sidewall deflection. But in your case, you are running smallish tires and mudding. There is no way you would be able to tell a difference. If you had 17's I would say stay with them. Since you have 15's, stay with them. Besides, and this is purely IMO, I would not run a 17 on a 36in tire. If you hit something at speed it will go right through your tire to your rim. I never recommend less than 10in of rubber under the wheel.
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This is what I found when I searched for an answer. Some say yes , others say no.
It's called internet.
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Im betting if you go with the 17s, especially if you air down you wont go back to 15s.
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Im betting if you go with the 17s, especially if you air down you wont go back to 15s.
Why?
Wouldn't I get better flex and flotation from a taller sidewall?
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The taller side walls also deflect and cause body roll when off camber. 35's and below 15's 37's and up 17's. If your never going bigger then stay with 15's if you might step up at some point of your life 17's.
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I just double checked the tires and they only come in 15,16 and 16.5.
So it comes down to 15 or 16 rims
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In this case I'd stay with 15s.

Kinda no point to switch wheels for that...
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Yeah I was surprised they didn't have 17".
I would have to jump up to a 39.5" tire and go bias ply to take advantage of the 17" rim.
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15's then.
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