Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern California
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The three items I'd be watching are outside diameter, load handling capability, and weight of each tire/wheel combination. Increasing the outside diameter of the tire will be like putting lower gears in your truck, which will adversely impact towing ability. So, try to stay close to stock diameter overall (not the wheel, but the wheel plus the tire). Load handling capability is the maximum load that each tire can handle; personally, I wouldn't go any lower than the OEM tires, and try to go higher if possible. And tire weight has already been discussed by Pops, so you have the expert opinion on that. However, my experience has always been that the larger wheels with low profile tires are typically much heavier than the smaller wheels with higher profile tires. Pops, I think your experience has been with more off-road tires, rather than the size the OP is considering, which is a very low profile tire; this could turn out to be much heavier than stock, which would have an adverse impact on towing, as well as having other impacts on overall driveability, even without towing.
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