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Old 07-17-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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20x10 vs. 10.5 vs. 11

Can any of you experts on here help me out?

I'm going to run a 315 tire, can anyone explain the benefits of using a 10,10.5, or 11" wheel? I know weight will be one but does it make a difference having the tire squeezed on to a skinnier wheel or stretched on a wider wheel? I've tried searching for this but could not find a good answer so I apologize if this has already been addressed.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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Handling is improved on a wider wheel. When its pinched onto a narrower wheel you get a smaller contact patch and more sidewall flex during turns.
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Thanks for the info, it'll be mostly straight line driving down the strip. So does that change anything?
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:09 PM   #4
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Plenty of people run it on a narrower wheel but the contact patch is greater when you buy a wheel properly sized for the tire. Never heard a drag guy complain about too much traction. And if you're buying a new wheel anyways why not buy it sized right for the tire you're running.
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there can be slight benefits to a slight stretch and slight decrease in benefits when squeezed or pinched on. getting a properly matched tire and wheel size can be a safety issue as well
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Thinking about this, too. I've read that 10.5" is the minimum recommended size for a 315.
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Run the 11 on the rear with the 315. The tire will sit nice and square and give the best grip. But you should also run the 10 on the front with at least a 275 on the front so you dont over power the front with too much tire ratio front to back.
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Run the 11 on the rear with the 315. The tire will sit nice and square and give the best grip. But you should also run the 10 on the front with at least a 275 on the front so you dont over power the front with too much tire ratio front to back.

If i'm mostly going to be using it for drag racing purposes wouldn't I want a skinnier front wheel/tire combination?
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I'm running 315 on a 10" wheel. They fit just fine.

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