2004 Dakota RT wheels

Acquired a 2004 RT dakota few months back. My Son-in-law has a nice 2004 Dakota 4-door.
The RT has wider'n hell 17inch wheels. Tires are gonna cost me $250 each and they seem to wear really fast.
The two trucks were sitting side-by-side other day and I noticed that the RT wheels with the bigassed tires added very little to the appearance of the vehice, compared to the other Dakota.
I'm an old fart and I don't really need the extra traction of the wide tires. Would rather be able to "smoke the tires", anyway :)
Can I put 15" wheels on the RT or am I going to get into trouble with brake clearance, drivability (caster, camber etc)?
Anybody on here done this, already.
Thanks in advance.
"Leroy"
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Leroy wrote:

I think 2004 Dakotas had 16" wheels from the factory. Look for the safety certification sticker (probably on the driver's door jamb). It will show the stock wheel and tire size.
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Ken



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There's no such thing as a factory '04 Dakota R/T. '03 was the last year.
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You are so right. Man .. I MUST BE getting old. Substitute 2002 for 2004 in all instances.
Sorry bout that.

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No biggie - just wondering if someone slapped some R/T decals on a 4.7 or something..
At any rate, all R/Ts came with 17" rims, fender flares, and they're lowered by about 1" or so. You might try "borrowing" your son's tires for a bit just to see if they'll fit ok and to see how you like them. Personally, I'd keep the 17s, as they're perfect for that truck.
I replaced the baloney skin OEMs on my '03 R/T at around 35k miles with Kumhos, and they're wearing pretty well so far. I expect (hope) to get at least 40k from them. Got the Kumhos at Sears for around $100/tire including mounting and balancing, but that was a couple years ago.


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