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Should I swap my wheels and tires?

I currently have some 15x10 AR Baja wheels and some 32x11.5 BFG A/T's on my truck. There is a guy who wants to swap wheels and tires. He has 33x12.5 BFG A/T's on 15x10 Pro Comp steelies.

I really don't want steel wheels, but I do want 33's lol. What would you do? He won't swap just the tires.

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do it ! black wheels look sweet on white trucks
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Yea they do lol, I've been wanting to paint my wheels black for a while. But the steelies weight is what is kind of holding me back. I prolly shouldn't worry tho.
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meh youll have more traction from the increased weight haha. and the tires are wider youll have a bigger contact patch
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meh youll have more traction from the increased weight haha. and the tires are wider youll have a bigger contact patch
weight pushing down on a foot print (the difference rims will make) is un noticable, half a tank of gas will make a bigger difference... HOWEVER, 10 lbs of rotational weight (rims/tires) is equal to 10 hp, when accellerating under full throttle, and will give you a significant amount off momentum to keep the tires spinning (not necissairly truck moving forward) braking will be reduced, for every lb into the tire, it will feel like 10 in the bed acceleration or braking, cruising shouldn't be too much different
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Do it! If the weight of the steelies kills you in gas after a while sell them and pick up some aluminum rims.
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DO IT!!!
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You'll be adding a significant amount of unsprung rotational weight...steel wheel plus bigger tire. You'll notice it in your foot, but not much in your pocket book.

I vote yes if the tires have better tread than you've got now. I vote no if your current tires are better tread.
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I'm gonna go against the grain and say no.

Everyone and there brother is running those black steelies, I vote painting the rims you have now black.
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do it ! black wheels look sweet on white trucks
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personally, i've never been a fan of black steelies, unless your a cop car :D in which case they are so sexy....
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You'll be adding a significant amount of unsprung rotational weight...steel wheel plus bigger tire. You'll notice it in your foot, but not much in your pocket book.

I vote yes if the tires have better tread than you've got now. I vote no if your current tires are better tread.
^^makes the most sense
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id say no, keep your current ones and paint them black!
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Wait? Let me get this straight. You want to go from 31" aluminums to 33" steels? And you're worried about the extra weight.
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I ended up backing down. I could not justify having cheap steelies in place of my wheels. I will probably end up painting my wheels black in the future. My 32's have the same or more thread too. Figured it wasn't worth it in my book, now if they were 35's...I'd be all over that lol.

And yea the weight did factor in, but not as much as losing value in the trade (Took me a while to realize that). My wheels are worth way more than those steelies. I'll just wait till I can find a nice set of 35's and add some 4.56's! 3.73's suck.

Thanks for your input guys! I really appreciate it.
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go to your local all in one store (in canada, canadian tire) they sell steelies for like $20 each
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do it, i love steel wheels
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I'm voting no. I personally like the look of chrome on white. Black looks good too, so long as you carry that theme throughout the truck. If you want black wheels, I'd say powdercoat yours. As for the tires, it sucks he won't swap those, but there are always other deals to be had.

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Yea, I'm just going to stick with my tires for now, until I can regear to 4.56's. I'd be better off that way. Hopefully, I can find a good deal on that.
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weight pushing down on a foot print (the difference rims will make) is un noticable, half a tank of gas will make a bigger difference... HOWEVER, 10 lbs of rotational weight (rims/tires) is equal to 10 hp, when accellerating under full throttle, and will give you a significant amount off momentum to keep the tires spinning (not necissairly truck moving forward) braking will be reduced, for every lb into the tire, it will feel like 10 in the bed acceleration or braking, cruising shouldn't be too much different
lol

backyard garage physics.
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backyard garage physics.
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just swap the tires....
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have anymore pictures of your truck!?
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have anymore pictures of your truck!?
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...s-my-lift.html

Only pics I have so far.
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