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I'm running stock 16 aluminum SV rims on my 2016 CCLWB with a Camper, tires are BFG KO2. Why does it seam like everyone is running out and buying rims?
Does a larger rim save weight? Enhance or compromise ride. Any thoughts or articles are appreciated.
 

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The main reason is for looks. If you do go to a bigger sized (wider) tire you should go to a wider wheel. Our wheels at 7 inches wide are technically maxed out running the stock 265. Though I would think these charts are for street cars.

 

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I think some(most) people buy rims so they'll be able to fit wider tires. I'm sure there are other reasons aside from asthetics.

Question for you... How do you like your tires? I'm planning my purchase well in advance and am looking for feedback from frontier owners. I loved how they felt and sounded on my buddy's F-150 but that's a larger truck with slightly beefier suspension. Also, what size and load range are they?

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I'm running 265/75 16 E rated. I put a 2 inch lift and get no rubbing. I have about 25k on them with at least half of those miles loaded with the camper. They are stiff! But I expected that, its a truck and I use it as one. Traction seams great, we do some off road stuff here on the east coast, but I'm not very aggressive, we have some miles on the beach as well. I've taken them down to about 18 psi with out problems. This summer we did some trails in Co (lots of small cobbles) with no problems. We also drove about 500 miles off road in Montana, no issues at all.
They are a little noisy, sound almost sticky. With 25k I still have plenty of tread left.
The picture below is in CO this summer.



I think some(most) people buy rims so they'll be able to fit wider tires. I'm sure there are other reasons aside from aesthetics.

Question for you... How do you like your tires? I'm planning my purchase well in advance and am looking for feedback from frontier owners. I loved how they felt and sounded on my buddy's F-150 but that's a larger truck with slightly beefier suspension. Also, what size and load range are they?

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Stock alloy rims are fine for normal use.
I see no advantage unless you are into extreme off roading.
True beadlock race wheels cost close to a grand apiece.
 

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Stock rims yeah some say boring but I like them and best yet I'll never have to worry about a spare if something happens say like a big enough pothole a year or 2 down the road you wind up having to replace the whole set on some of them cause your flavor wasn't as popular and they discontinued them.
I just pu'd a brand new set of the same oem 5spoke 16" not too long ago from another member here to replace mine when I change out tires n tpms before old man winter comes a callin
 

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Anyone know the weight of the steel spare rim vs the 2016 aluminum rims. Might be nice to save some weight, the camper and gear add up fast.
 

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I looked into putting steelies on my rig a year or so ago but changed my mind when I saw the extra weight it added. At the time I was looking at bigger tires too and in the end I decided against both because I didn't want to regear. I wanna say the wheel and tire combo was gonna add 45-50 at each corner.
 

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I will say this though. I have 5" of lift and have Firestone Destination MT size 265/75 16" and they fill the tire well very nicely and I wouldn't want anything bigger.
 

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99% for looks, not that looks is an invalid reason to do something to your truck.... I like my factory wheels and the only thing I might eventually do is add some wheel spacers to set them out a bit.
 

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Stock alloy rims are fine for normal use.
I see no advantage unless you are into extreme off roading.
True beadlock race wheels cost close to a grand apiece.
Don't you run stock alloys still. If so I would say that stockers are good for more than just normal use. Your trucks see quite a bit of heavy duty action.

Real bead locks are also not DOT compliant. Most of the bead locks you see on street driven trucks are fake; just a cosmetic ring of bolts.
 

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Yes,I run stock wheels. My truck has seen hard use but not like what I meant as extreme. If I tried to push it to that level it would self destruct.
 

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Most folk (across all platforms) buy rims for looks. Some will argue that if you go wider you need rims, but if you're only going to 33" it'll be ok. Yes, the tire will 'balloon' a little bit but not so much you can't tune it with tire pressure. For a 35" you should, however, go wider.
A benefit with a narrow rim is the tire will be less likely to lose a bead when aired down (I'm talking if you go down to 10-12psi) If you stay above 15/18psi its usually not a concern.
Big brake kits is not a compelling reason for the Frontier has space between the wheel & caliper to go larger. Also the stock brakes do pretty well. Add some aggressive pads & rotors and that should satisfy 80-90% out there.
For strength, unless you're going to Rally, Race or Beadlock rims the stock alloys are plenty good. Steelies weigh more and the argument that you can repair a steel rim on the trail is a stretch... yes, if you know what you're doing, have proper tools... it can be done. But few have the tools & know-how. And if you're going hard enough that you can/will bend a steelie or crack an alloy, you're going pretty hard and should probably be carrying 2 or more spares...

I'm running stock 16 aluminum SV rims on my 2016 CCLWB with a Camper, tires are BFG KO2. Why does it seam like everyone is running out and buying rims?
Does a larger rim save weight? Enhance or compromise ride. Any thoughts or articles are appreciated.

 

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I'm running stock 16 aluminum SV rims on my 2016 CCLWB with a Camper, tires are BFG KO2. Why does it seam like everyone is running out and buying rims?
Does a larger rim save weight? Enhance or compromise ride. Any thoughts or articles are appreciated.
It could save weight (depending on materials), it might enhance traction (with the right tire), it can compromise ride (if you go with a larger wheel diameter but lower profile tire)... but for the most part, wheels are just part of customizing to get that individual look you want for your truck. If bone stock is fine with you, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that (maybe aside from that it will just look like everyone else's bone stock truck.)
 

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99% for looks, not that looks is an invalid reason to do something to your truck.... I like my factory wheels and the only thing I might eventually do is add some wheel spacers to set them out a bit.
I would advise against spacers. I know folks use them without problems but there are some horror stories about them too. Just my opinion and take it for what it's worth but if I hurt someone or my family because of it I wouldn't be able to live with myself. If I were to use them and not on a DD, I'd still press in some ARP lugs and put in some beefed up hubs...if they are even made.
 

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I would advise against spacers. I know folks use them without problems but there are some horror stories about them too. Just my opinion and take it for what it's worth but if I hurt someone or my family because of it I wouldn't be able to live with myself. If I were to use them and not on a DD, I'd still press in some ARP lugs and put in some beefed up hubs...if they are even made.
That's the whole spacers vs adapters debate. I've got hub and lug centric spacers on mine. So the factory lugs aren't centering the wheel, the hub ring on the spacer is. Makes it much more safe. Standard spacers, no, I would not recommend by a long shot. I've got Spidertrax on mine. Great product. Check the torque each tire rotation and call it a day.

Again, plain spacers, I agree. Run. Run far far away.
 

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You only need spacers if you bought the wrong wheel offset ::wink::
 

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I needed a bit more clearance for my bump stops.
I don't think there is a problem with spacers as long as they are good quality( mine are made by "Bora").
 

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I needed a bit more clearance for my bump stops.
I don't think there is a problem with spacers as long as they are good quality( mine are made by "Bora").
Agreed, there's nothing wrong with using spacers if they are high quality. I've ran spacers on a few cars before (daily and track) and they were all from H&R, which I'm sure you know is a well known brand. Hub or lug-centric is a must, I wouldn't let a cheap, no-name slip-on spacer touch my vehicles ever ::smile::
 
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