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16.5x10 or 16.5x12 what to do???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by twoslo4five0, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. twoslo4five0

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    Im running 35x12.50.16.5 bfg right now on 10 inch wheels...i wanna buy new wheels should i buy 12s or another set of 10s....
     
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    no one???
     
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    I'm running 35"x12.50"s on 12"s. Looks good, but then I plan on going with a set of 35"x14.50"s when these tires wear out. If it wasn't for that I would've stuck with the 10"s.
     
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    stick with the 10s
     
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    10s too..

    I have 35x12.50x15 , my rims 15x10 and looks nice. Plus the wider rim you go, for the same size tire, when aired down you have a better chance of falling off the bead. My friend ran 35x12.50s on 14 inch wide and ballooned way the hell out there. Unless your going for a wider tire later on stick with 10s.
     
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    stick with the 10's. with a 16.5 rim you will have a hard time getting the beads to seat on a 12" rim. I run 12" rims with my 44's. I have to use a cheetah tank to seat them. 10's are cheaper and available in more styles then 12's also.

    are you replacing just the wheels? if you are getting tires also I would suggest going with a 16 or 17.
     
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    <~~ Ill personally forever be sticking with 15s unless i ever have a truck that has huge axles or brakes.
    1: Cheaper rims
    2: Cheaper tires
    3: Its cheaper
    4: More tire flex.. absorbs and contours to bumps/rocks at lower pressures.

    Only downside to a smaller rim is brake/axle clearence, and on high performance(or low air pressure) situations where the wheel may spin inside the tire because theres not enough surface contact. I guess if going bigger than 36-37 you could use a bigger rim for less slippage, and not have much of a sidewall difference. All the brothers with the big rims have crappy high air pressure rubberbands that have no suspension effect.. Cant stand it
     
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    Stick with the 10s. it took me a long time to get my36-13.50-16.5 mounted on my 12inch weld typhoons. Even with a cheetah tank.
     
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    for anything shorter than a 44" tire, 10" wide is plenty. Hell, there are some guys on pirate etc who run 8" wide rims with 44s. My own personal choice: tires 31-37 = 8" rim, 37-42 = 10" rim and 44s = 12". I'm going to run Eaton 15x10s with my 44s, but the weld on beadlock kit will add a bit of width. It'll be all good.

    As far as the "more sidewall is better" theory... that is not always the case. It can lead to stability problems on side-hills, for one thing. This is why comp buggies tend not to run 15s.

    j
     
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    10" is the maximum width I would recommend for a 12.50 tire, and for pure function I would think an 8" rim would be the best (though for looks I will admit I like the 10" wide rims).

    For off-road use most of the guys in my club are using rims on the narrow side. I know of at least three guys with 15.5" wide tires (35, 39.5, 42) that are using 8" rims and having really good luck.
     
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    Maybe a skinnier rim would also result in decrease rim damage from wheeling? So the tire takes the beating first?
     

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