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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-22-2017, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

Purchased 2013 LE which recently installed Blizzak WS80, 235/60, on stock 17" rims. Plan to purchase "used" OEM rims this spring or sooner and put on all-season tires. Live in Minneapolis, Minnesota so would rather not go with "true" summer tires.


Is it worth it to upgrade to 18" wheels? My basic research shows weight increase and tire cost increase while better handling.


Appreciate groups insights and experience.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-22-2017, 11:16 PM
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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

It all depends on what your budget is. You can find lightweight 18-19" wheels but they are pricey, and the bigger the wheel, the more expensive the rubber is. We have an SE and it has the stock Michelin tires on them. They're ok, but definitely not a great performance tire like my Nitto 555's
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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

Larger wheels look nice with their lower profile tires, but it gets expensive quickly and the ride quality degrades as you drop into 55 & 50 series rubber.

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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

I'm with Fibber25. Larger wheels equal more unsprung weight, costlier wheels, and more expensive tires. All for what? A chance at quicker steering input? Not worth it, IMO.
Bigger wheels work for race cars because they allow them to install larger brake rotors. Unless that's your goal, I wouldn't bother.
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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

I've been quite happy running the 17" rims on my 2011 AWD Sienna (once I ditched the worthless run flat tires). We have a lot of dirt roads in my area, and even the paved ones have their share of pot holes. You don't want to run with narrow sidewalls if you are cruising those types of roads: the ride is worse, and more chance of damaging your rims when you hit that mega-pot hole that was hidden by slush in the middle of winter.

Plus, I really don't give damn about the "look" of the big wheels. I just want a reliable, AWD vehicle that gets, and my passengers/cargo to where I need to be.

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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

Actually 20" tires arent even as expensive as you might think. I get a full set of Falken ze950 all seasons for $550. It just boils down to purpose, your climate limitations, and comfort preferences. The tire cost and difference in the weight of the wheels seems pretty minimal.
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The tire cost and difference in the weight of the wheels seems pretty minimal.
That's an interesting thought. If they are aluminum alloy rims, the additional weight of the larger rim might even be lighter than the rubber it replaces?
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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

i think with more cars with 20" wheels from the factory, the price of tires have come down a lot.

i'm sure many remember early-mid '90's with running a 205/40/16 on your tuner car was considered 'baller', and 'oh snap, he just went 17's" hahaha

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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

i'd like to get a set of 17s to replace my stock 18s. ride quality to me and my family is far more important than handling.
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Re: Wheel Size Increase Pro's/Con's

You might find some of my post on 18" vs 17" of use to you. I'm very happy with these aftermarket copies.
Geezer built a similar package using refinished OEM wheels. Either approach gets you to 17" at a very reasonable price. In fact, almost 'free' when you consider the difference in price of 18" vs 17" tires, that you can resell the 18" wheels, reuse the center caps and TPMS sensors, etc.

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