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Rim size= more torque/power?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by MapleMoose, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Jun 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    Thinking about downgrading from 16's to 15's. Just wondering if anyones know if a smaller wheel will give you better torque/power. It would make sense seeing as it would take less work to move a smaller wheel.

    It might not even be noticeable, but im just wondering if anyone has felt a difference.
     
  2. Jun 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    It would but then you lose some top end.
     
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    overall wheel diameter affects torque/power, not rim size.
     
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    Do you mean a smaller rim and have a larger tire to keep the same overall diameter? If so, gains would be minimal unless the new rim/tire combo is significantly lighter. If you go to a smaller overall diameter, you'll get more power on the bottom end but you'll be pulling higher RPM's at highway speed so you could hurt your highway MPG's.
     
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    Yeah that makes sense, didnt think about the high end power.
     
  6. Jun 23, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    I thought 15" won't clear the brake calipers.
     
  7. Jun 23, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    1st Gen buddy, 15" is stock
     
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