Forced to replace factory rims. Ideas?
I know you guys always have some good advice so I'm counting on some input that will help me out. I'm going to do some searches to get up to speed on new wheels and tires but I want some first-hand advice, too. My wheels are stock on my 2000 XLT 2wd Ranger and one of them seems to be warped or something. The ride is different every single time I get behind the wheel. It came from CarMax with some tire called a Sigma on it and those things, however cheap and crappy, were the best riding tire I ever had on it. I've since gone through a set of Firestone and a set of Bridgestone tires (the Bridgestones were because they support my local hockey team, heh) and the ride has been awful with both. So it might not be the tires or the wheels but I want to change both since the tires are bald and I want a bigger wheel on the truck (for more clearance).
Now since the truck is a 2wd and I don't see a lot of snow or ice in Nashville, TN, I'm wondering what type of wheel should I go with. I've checked on TireRack and the wheels in a 5 lug pattern for my Ranger all look kinda crappy but it's hard to tell without the tire mounted and without it being on the truck (yes, I've viewed them on the Ranger on TireRack but it doesn't show it on my extended cab). I want the clearance because I take the truck camping throughout the year and I change my own oil so a little lift would be ideal.
1) How much would a 17" wheel throw off my speedometer?
2) Any idea what type of wheel would look and work good for regular interstate travel?
I appreciate any advice you can offer.