What is the advantage of a 17" wheel over a 16" wheel?
I just noticed that on the 09 Dodge Caravan SXT
there is no option for 17", it comes only with the 16".
The Chrysler T&C Limited still has the option,
as did the 08 Caravan SXT.
Also noted is that the "sport suspension" is no longer
offered on either vehicle.
This is with 4.0 liter, 6 speed automatic transmission, TIA
On Sat, 28 Mar 2009 11:58:34 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I see that lower profile in some of the more extreme dia wheels, such
as the 20" seen on some performance vehicles.
With the Caravan/T&C there doesn't seem to be much difference,
as the two tire sizes are:
225/65R16 16x6.5 rim
P225/65R17 17x6.5 rim
From 1010tires.com website:
Size: 225/65R16 225/65R17
Section Width: 8.85 in 8.85 in
Rim Diameter: 16 in 17 in
Rim Width Range: 6 - 8 in : 6 - 8 in
Overall Diameter: 27.51 in 28.51 in
Sidewall Height: 5.75 in 5.75 in
Radius: 13.75 in 14.25 in
Circumference: 86.42 in 89.56 in
Revs per Mile: 756.0 729.5
Are you SURE????
The overall diameter on the 17 would be an inch higher than the 16.
Are they not 225 60 on the 17? Only 0.10" diameter difference that way
Or 225 70 16 and 225 65 17? Again only 0.10" diameter difference.
That's only 3 revs per mils difference, compared to closer to 17 revs
per mile difference between 225 65 16 and 225 65 17.
On Mon, 04 May 2009 20:27:44 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Verified it off the tires. That's why I was questioning what the
advantage, if any, to the 17" was. Same profile, just an inch taller.
The 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT option packages M & N
came with the 17". For 2009, only the 16" is available.
17 x 6.5 rim 16 x 6.5 rim
Then the only difference is one gives you half an inch more ground
clearance and throws the speedo off one way or the other, depending
which tire the vehicle was delivered with/calibrated for.
16s are definitely cheaper, and if you want the extra hight you can
always put 70 series 16s on - likely still cheaper than the 17, and a
better ride to boot.
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