whats best 16 or 17 inch rim and tire for rg colorado...

Submitted: Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 18:52
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hi, i been looking at tires but along the way trying to find a tuff looking 16 inch rim, most i like in 16 inch wont work the offset is not correct, collie offset is plus 33, i'm starting to give up on finding a good 16 inch alloy so now think maybe go to 17 inch, i think its accepted that 16 is better more rubber less rim , but just wondering what others use is 17 common or better i stay 16, there are a few like the AR898 17 x 8....or the dick cepek gun metal 7 , 17 x 8.5 both these are pretty neat looking rims and will fit but it means going to 17 inch, the tire that works is a 265/70/17 its 31.6 inch tall thats about as big as i can go i think without being silly...so what do you guys think can i get out there on 17 inch rims running 265/70/17 tires and get to most places , or should i stay 16 inch and have more rubber , still same height but more tire, less rim, any thoughts ?
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Reply By: Ross M - Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 19:36

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 19:36
It all depends on priorities.
You want a "tuff" look. If that is important then it will limit your choices of rims and "tyres".

While driving you don't see the rims and tyres and only the lizards on the tracks are going to be impressed as you drive by.

265 will fit on a 7" rim so 8.5" may be unnecessary unless you are going to fit wider rubber and then they begin to touch and rub, especially if you also change the offset to less positive than std.ie more negative.
If offset is different the bigger tyre has it's edge thrust further forward and rearward as you are on lock and the combined offset difference and the tyre size will compound the problem.
Re offset.
Perhaps there are suitable 16"rims with a 20mm or 25mm positive offset and they would give a wider stance and still be legal, although 20MM+ is pushing the limit.
If you sit down and work out what will happen with tyre sizes and offsets then you will know what limit you have to work with.

Most people don't do that, they just ask everyone else "what did you do?" as a shortcut, this is not always a solution.
If used off road, more tyre and less rim gives more options especially if you have to replace one or two out in the red centre.
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 19:55

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 19:55
the time has come where 17" is becoming more available. Once you only got a good range in 15", then 16"s came along and now we are moving more to 17's.

I thought about this when I bought a new vehicle and decided there were plenty of tyres available around Australia in 17".

As for looking tough, I don't care as long as the wheel and tyre combo do the job.
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Follow Up By: fiesta62 - Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 20:01

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 20:01
there are better choices for me in 17 but my concern is that 16 gives more rubber less rim so must be better on the trails or beach when letting air down.....i know 16 is better but wonder how much difference really does the 17 make i am tempted to go 17 but am thinking, am i loosing traction on the beach and trail...i'm not a hardcore 4wdriver so i am thinking 17 is probably ok...and yes i do want it to look good we all do dont we ?....the truck is 1 week old and i am setting it up now may as well getting it looking right too...
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 20:43

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 20:43
I don't have any problems with my 17's in sand or mud or rock.

You can get bigger tyres on the 17's if you wish but why. New 4wd's come with the right size for their gear ratios so why stuff with it.

You can fit taller and bigger tyres in 17 if you want, which then changes those gear ratios that the manufacturer has matched to the tyre size.

That or you can read all the stuff in a certain magazine, then spend a fortune.

I had larger tyres on my last vehicle as it had a different engine with torque that was developed down around your boot straps.

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Follow Up By: fiesta62 - Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 22:10

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 22:10
my truck standard has 16 inch and 245/70/16 which is 29.5 tall...now this is factory but 29.5 looks too small...especially now my truck is lifted......i can go 265/75/16 which is 31.6 tall this is 2 inch bigger this gives 1 inch lift too....so thats the height i am going for....but 17 using a 265/70/17 is the same 31.6 tall....so i can go 16 or 17 and get the same height but 16 has more rubber of course....but as said is it really a big enough difference going from 16 to 17 to worry about....probably makes little difference, but early in my search i had a 4wd outlet tell me to go to 15 thats the standard lots of rubber small rim, so my point is that 17 may be way off the norm for 4wdriving....i'm new at this, but do my research, i know the sums, done the offsets and back space and tire heights....just asking what the usual standard overall is for wheel size...
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (WA) - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 14:53

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 14:53
There are a good selection of tyres available for both 16" and 17",but you will pay $50-$100 per tyre more for 17". I very much doubt there would be any perceivable difference in 4wd performance difference 16" and 17" with tyres giving the same overall diameter, it is purely aesthetic.
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Follow Up By: fiesta62 - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 15:28

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 15:28
yes same diameter, but i was thinking in a beach situation letting tires down the 16 inch rim would have more tire to let down being a higher profile than the 17, so its more than just looks, like imagine a 20 inch rim the profile of tire would be really low so bugger all to let down, but i guess the difference between 16 to 17 is no big deal, just asking...
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Reply By: Albany Nomads - Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 16:37

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 16:37
My rodeo has 16 inch rims and just replaced the tyres the other day
I had maxis 245/70r/16 in the bravo 551 radials and had got 75k out of them in mileage
I've replaced them with a complete new set of maxis 265/70r/16 ( little bigger) in the 771 AT style bravos ( slightly more aggressive tread) price wa $210 each fitted. I will be happy if I get my 70k plus mileage out of them again, cheers
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