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Old 07-18-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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Sitting here and thinking about tires and wheels for my 08. Particularly wheels. I have been lurking around this topic, for some time, trying to clue in to wheel size if I didn't want to go 20s on the truck when it comes to semi-serious trailing. The 20s I would use traveling or winters in CO. I have noticed, time and time again, that Ram owners who really don't want smaller sidewall that 20s offer seem to go with 17s. Mostly because of rotor size (I get it.). The question I pose is this; Can 16s work or will there be some problems with fit?

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Sitting here and thinking about tires and wheels for my 08. Particularly wheels. I have been lurking around this topic, for some time, trying to clue in to wheel size if I didn't want to go 20s on the truck when it comes to semi-serious trailing. The 20s I would use traveling or winters in CO. I have noticed, time and time again, that Ram owners who really don't want smaller sidewall that 20s offer seem to go with 17s. Mostly because of rotor size (I get it.). The question I pose is this; Can 16s work or will there be some problems with fit?
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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In order to fit 16" wheels on our trucks you must grind down the calipers a little bit. Several on here have done that with no problems.

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Old 07-18-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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That close to fitting? Tiny mod? No problem!

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:12 AM   #5
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I really like when I put the 17's on for winter. Truck rides better and responds better. 20's look better though!

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Old 07-22-2012, 10:02 AM   #6
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16 inch won't fit the front, I run drop spindles and 17's and they only fit after grinding the lower ball joint nut and the the clearance is still close. I've trapped debris twice which isn't pretty. As much as I like 17's, for nasty conditions I'd recommend using Durango 18 inch rims. Now with that said, many of the guys using more aggressive tire packages use rims with a 4.5 BS and I don't think there is any problems using those.
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Thanks for the updated replies. Seems the front is going to be the deciding end if anything rubs. A few different size wheels on craigs, where the sellers might let me try them on of fit. If it doesn't involve too much of a modification I'll run with it. I have really given this a lot of thought and don't care for the idea of smacking my good 20" rims all in the name of some moderate four-wheeling. Now about tires...
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Tires= cooper discoverer st maxx.
Have them on my daily z71 burb... Excellent tire. Stick with 17" wheels. I found there are as many, If not more options with tires/wheels. And usually cheaper (all OEM base wheels are 17" on trucks now, hardly any 16s).
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