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#1 Old 12-11-2010, 04:48 PM
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Ride Quality: OEM 18 vs. 20

Hi All,

Just put my winter tires/rims on for the first time. I find that the 18" tires give a much more supple ride and absorb the bumps that are usually jarring with the 20's. Some of this is due to the tire (18 Blizzak vs. 20 Toyo), but a large deal is probably due to taller sidewall. The handling is not nearly as good, but for long trips on the highway to go skiing I don't think I'll mind!

Another observation, the Toyos seem to have pretty poor traction. Maybe this is because of the low rolling resistance, but the grip at take-off with the winter tires is better (probably a stickier and softer rubber compound). After 7k, the Toyos seem to have worn fairly quickly. I anticipate replacing at 20k (whether I have to or not!).

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The Toyo's look like they will wear out sooner, but it takes a while to actually get down to those tread bar indicators. I got 37,000 miles on mine with 3/32 left before November rolled around. Wasn't planning on purchasing winter tires, so decided to buy new tires before I could get the last 32th out of them. Probably would have made 42K. In the end, I did purchase winter tires and with the weather how it has been, I'm glad I did. Take care!

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Wheel/tire weight also is a factor. Larger diameter wheels tend to weigh more and therefore increasing unsprung weight will add to a harsher ride. What kinda 20s are you runnin, aftermarket?

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Wheel/tire weight also is a factor. Larger diameter wheels tend to weigh more and therefore increasing unsprung weight will add to a harsher ride. What kinda 20s are you runnin, aftermarket?
Just the stock LE rims and Toyos...

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