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I'm going to have a 6" fabtec susp. installed on my 1996 Tacoma. I was advised by fabtec that a 16x8 or a 15x8 wheel would work on the 1996. I plan on going with BFG Mud Terrains in 35 x 12.50 or equivelant tire size. Is there any advantage or drawback between going with a 15" or 16" inch wheel? Is one better than the other as far as tires retaining balance etc etc. Gettin to orderin some wheels and and tryin to make a informed decision.

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petrolv said:
I'm going to have a 6" fabtec susp. installed on my 1996 Tacoma. I was advised by fabtec that a 16x8 or a 15x8 wheel would work on the 1996. I plan on going with BFG Mud Terrains in 35 x 12.50 or equivelant tire size. Is there any advantage or drawback between going with a 15" or 16" inch wheel? Is one better than the other as far as tires retaining balance etc etc. Gettin to orderin some wheels and and tryin to make a informed decision.

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  • In most places 15" tires are cheaper (although not all),
  • a 15" has more sidewall to allow for more tire flex (great offroad),
  • a 16" will ride better on the road (handling wise) compared to an equivalent size of 15",
  • with a 15" tire you have more rubber to balance compared to more wheel to balance with a 16". Wheels aren't perfectly balanced from the factory either.
 

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16's will roll a bead more easily than a 15" when aired down
 

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I was going to agree with the statement that tires for a 15" rim are usually much cheaper than a tire of the same size for a 16" rim. The lower the profile, the more the price seems to be. In a lot of tires, there also seems to be more choices for size with a 16" rim than a 15" as well.
 

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I have always been fond of a 15x8 rim. I have and will always a 15x8 or 15x10 depending on what kind of application I want at the time. I just ordered a set of 15x8 rims for my truck the other day. I like the idea of having more " tire ". It just seems safer in some way to me.
 

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petrolv said:
I was advised by fabtec that a 16x8 or a 15x8 wheel would work on the 1996. I plan on going with BFG Mud Terrains in 35 x 12.50 or equivelant tire size. Is there any advantage or drawback between going with a 15" or 16" inch wheel? Is one better than the other as far as tires retaining balance etc etc.
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Go w/ a 15" rim period, cause there's a wider selection of tires available. I'd say go w/ a 15x10 on a 35x12.50, otherwise it'll look kinda skinny. No, it'll look really skinny. But, if you're gonna go w/ a new wheel, get a 15" wheel. Peace, Wes
 
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