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18" to 20 " conversion ride quality

On my 2014 Grand Cherokee, I'm thinking about taking off the 265 60 18 rims with pretty aggressive tires that I've run this winter. They are great and I was really happy with them given the weather in the N East this year. They would go back on in November. I'd be looking at a set of 265 50 20 highway type tires on rims for the summer driving season. Can anyone who has done this comment on the change(or lack of) ride quality with the lower profile tires? I'm not an aggressive driver, and MPG really isn't an issue, so I'd probably keep the tire pressure right at the factory settings. I have to admit that changing the look of the vehicle like all business in Winter and crusin' in Summer appeals to me, I just don't want to let that spoil the ride. Thanks

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Re: 18" to 20 " conversion ride quality

no comments? There must be someone out there who has done this
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Re: 18" to 20 " conversion ride quality

Yes, there are folks who have made that swap...but it's not "common". That said, you're more likely to get a response in this forum since forums attract folks who make changes.

As to the ride of the 20s...superb, IMHO. Tire choice still remains important because different tires have a different feel.
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Re: 18" to 20 " conversion ride quality

Thanks for the info. I think that you're right about the tires themselves being a factor. I put on a set of Goodyear Adventures 265 60 18" in the fall and they are terrific. They are however a lot of tire and seem to have a very robust sidewall leading me to think that there probably wouldn't be much change going to a 50 series highway tire. I'd like to save them just for winter. There are some great deals online for 20" wheel and tire packages(with Forteras) and in the past I've found that after an initial investment, with 2 sets of tires they go for years looking like new. I bought the GY Adventures at Town Fair, so changeover is free for as long as I want. I was just looking for some other opinions. I used to own a big auto salvage yard and this was never an issue because with access to all the wheels and tires I wanted, as well as storage, a garage to work in and employees to help, having different tires for different looks and different seasons was a no brainer. I'm retired now and I miss that stuff sometimes.
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Re: 18" to 20 " conversion ride quality

While I had no issues with my Forteras that came with the Jeep and were still at 6/32" at 40K miles when I switched them out, (I do primarily highway driving due to work) I wouldn't have bought them again as there are better tires available in 265/50/20...plenty of threads about that here.
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Re: 18" to 20 " conversion ride quality

re the forteras. I know that there are mixed feelings about them out there, but they are mostly all that are offered with the mounted, balanced , tpms included set ups that would make this easier for me. Like I said, I am not an aggressive driver and I don't put on a lot of miles per year. If they are comfortable and quiet I'd be happy. How were they in those categories? Maybe I should ask where you found them lacking. I really appreciate you taking time to respond, thanks
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re the forteras. I know that there are mixed feelings about them out there, but they are mostly all that are offered with the mounted, balanced , tpms included set ups that would make this easier for me. Like I said, I am not an aggressive driver and I don't put on a lot of miles per year. If they are comfortable and quiet I'd be happy. How were they in those categories? Maybe I should ask where you found them lacking. I really appreciate you taking time to respond, thanks
You might want to consider one of the more premium tires such as a Continental Conti, Pirelli, etc. on 20 inch wheels. Does the place you are buying the wheels at have recommendations for the GC that other buyers have found to provide better handling, low noise, good traction? There are vendors here that have been very helpful...
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I did speak with US wheel. I have done business with them before and was treated well. They suggested the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza which looks great. Problem is, I was thinking about doing this because a package deal with black chrome rims was $1795 with the forteras. The Bridgestones bring it up to $2100. I don't really need to do this, but for under 2 grand I might have indulged myself, over that I don't know.
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I did speak with US wheel. I have done business with them before and was treated well. They suggested the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza which looks great. Problem is, I was thinking about doing this because a package deal with black chrome rims was $1795 with the forteras. The Bridgestones bring it up to $2100. I don't really need to do this, but for under 2 grand I might have indulged myself, over that I don't know.
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I'm reading reviews for the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza and they are all over the map. Anyone using them?
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