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Old 03-20-2014, 11:54 AM
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Re: What are these 20" wheels good for...Absolutely Nothing

I love the way the design of 20s looks like on my Jeep, so much better than the stock 18s. I am planning to take it light offroading, so hopefully the wheels/tires hold up
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:24 PM
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Re: What are these 20" wheels good for...Absolutely Nothing

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I love the way the design of 20s looks like on my Jeep, so much better than the stock 18s. I am planning to take it light offroading, so hopefully the wheels/tires hold up
I've had the 20's on for 34,XXX miles and done plenty of "light" off-roading without any damage to the wheels. Even through CT's pot-holed roads I've never come close to rashing a rim although I wouldn't bomb through pot holes or off-road even if I wasn't worried about damaging anything.
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Old 03-20-2014, 04:04 PM
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Having the 18" wheels are not really a good preventive measure to stop from rock rash or prevent damaging a wheel. I very easily got some rock rash damage on the outer end of one if the spokes on my 18" TrailHawk's front wheel on a rather small rock. I'd venture to say the that if you were to ding a 20" wheel on a trail, the odds of doing the same damage to an 18" wheel are pretty high on that same obstacle.
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Re: What are these 20" wheels good for...Absolutely Nothing

I agree, highoctane. There is effectively only 1" of additional rubber between the ground and the edge of the wheel...(half the diameter difference)
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Re: What are these 20" wheels good for...Absolutely Nothing

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I love the way the design of 20s looks like on my Jeep, so much better than the stock 18s. I am planning to take it light offroading, so hopefully the wheels/tires hold up

Totally agree, and the 20" wheels/tires definately handle better on the road at speed opposed to the 18" wheels/tires.
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I've had the 20's now for a year driving in and out of NYC. I encounter some of the worst roads and potholes I've seen. Rough winter and lots of traffic. Not getting fixed anytime soon. The 20" wheels have no problems at all. You obviously haven't driven a car in a long time if you think that the jeep with 20" wheels has a low tire sidewall. Try an 18" with a 235/40 that's what I had on a previous car. My last one before the jeep was a 225/45-17. The jeeps sidewall is extra meaty compared to those. He'll, I've even tackled a few curbs to get around traffic. The 20's didn't skip a beat.
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Re: What are these 20" wheels good for...Absolutely Nothing

Definitely prefer the look of the 20s but they bend too easy and sensitive as hell to get them to balance properly even with road force. Also expensive, hit a pot hole the other day and not that hard and sure enough bent rim at $491 each for new. I have hit pot holes on 18 inch rims and lower profile tires on my car a lot harder before and never bent anything. A jeep should have taken more than that
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Definitely prefer the look of the 20s but they bend too easy and sensitive as hell to get them to balance properly even with road force. Also expensive, hit a pot hole the other day and not that hard and sure enough bent rim at $491 each for new. I have hit pot holes on 18 inch rims and lower profile tires on my car a lot harder before and never bent anything. A jeep should have taken more than that
Make the town/city pay for it. I've never had a bent rim, but many friends and relatives have gotten the town/city to pay for wheel damage.

Your/our tax dollars pay for roads and road maintenance.

I think you may need a new tire shop that knows how to balance. And more often than not, its the tire that causes balancing issues, not the rim...especially with $120 forteras.
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Make the town/city pay for it. I've never had a bent rim, but many friends and relatives have gotten the town/city to pay for wheel damage.

Your/our tax dollars pay for roads and road maintenance.

I think you may need a new tire shop that knows how to balance. And more often than not, its the tire that causes balancing issues, not the rim...especially with $120 forteras.
Agree crappy tires cause the balancing issue but the larger the rim with less side wall magnifies the issue. these are not the forteras I had enough sense to dump those, these are the $280 bridgestones with road force numbers all under 13 and with the hunter calibrated last month.
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I've had the 20's now for a year driving in and out of NYC. I encounter some of the worst roads and potholes I've seen. Rough winter and lots of traffic. Not getting fixed anytime soon. The 20" wheels have no problems at all. You obviously haven't driven a car in a long time if you think that the jeep with 20" wheels has a low tire sidewall. Try an 18" with a 235/40 that's what I had on a previous car. My last one before the jeep was a 225/45-17. The jeeps sidewall is extra meaty compared to those. He'll, I've even tackled a few curbs to get around traffic. The 20's didn't skip a beat.
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Definitely prefer the look of the 20s but they bend too easy and sensitive as hell to get them to balance properly even with road force. Also expensive, hit a pot hole the other day and not that hard and sure enough bent rim at $491 each for new. I have hit pot holes on 18 inch rims and lower profile tires on my car a lot harder before and never bent anything. A jeep should have taken more than that
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Re: What are these 20" wheels good for...Absolutely Nothing

Glad I posted this thread, it appears that most agree the 20" look good (which I said in my OP). But it also appears that you could have pretty much the same experience with on-road and off-road hazards whether your riding on 18" or 20" since there is only an effective 1" difference of rubber between the edge of the rim and the ground. Actually it would only be 2" if I decide to go the other way and get 22". Now I'm ready to tackle the off-road world and throw caution to the wind.
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Has anyone experienced an MPG difference between the 20" and 18"?
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