Need some help on deciding which wheels to keep, and which wheels to sell.
Originally on the rig were some 15x10.5 with some 32x11.5x15 Sport King AT.
Currently I'm running some '08 Tacoma Sport wheels (17x7 or 7.5 with 265/65/17 Bridgestone Dueller HT's them)
I purchased these because I was originally told by the wheel shop that the 15's were too big/wide of a tire and tore up the bushings up front. There was a rubbing issue, which I have since discovered was just an inner fender well flap. I believe the steel wheels are 15x10? Something along that line.
They were too big/heavy it seems, as the 17's I put on made the vehicle much more responsive, as it went from a 32" to about a 30.5" tire, not to mention it's narrower.
My dilemma would be that while I am OK with the 17's...there are pros and cons for sure.
Pros: I can get more tire for the same money. Better selection of tires. More sidewall in a given height.
Cons: Don't know how narrow I can go with these wheels. Current tires are junk, very noisy, haven't measured the tread but I'd rather just replace the tires anyways. I don't like them. Definitely seems a cheap all terrain.
Pros: Narrower, more road friendly, Lug centric (better balancing?)
Cons: Tires are more expensive being 17's. Less selection. Less sidewall.
Now I like the look of both wheels, so cosmetics aren't really an issue (really, they shouldn't be lol) But which seems a better wheel? For this rig, being an auto, anything 32"+ is bad, or so it seems to me.
What range of tires can I run on a 15x10" wheel? How can I make sure it's a 10" wheel? I was thinking of running a strip of tape on each side of the rim and measuring the width that way.
Which would you keep?
I primarily run along groomed/partially groomed fire roads. No rock crawling, just backwoods camping type stuff.
The tires I was looking at for the 17's were either Yokohama Geolander AT/S or General Grabber AT2. I would like to be able to compare tires of that style in a 15x10 size but don't know what I should be looking for.
Either way, one of these sets of wheels will be getting sold.