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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Pros and cons between 12" and 14" wheel and tire

I will be purchasing wheels and tires soon. I have made the decision to go with the Pitbull rockers and have a couple wheels that I am debating. So, now I am wondering what the difference is between a 12" and 14" set up. Obviously the wheel is larger on the 14" and the sidewall is shorter, but what else. The 14"s probably look better, more wheel less rubber. Not a huge difference in cost to go to the 14"s either. Hmmm..... Help please!
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14s will steer nicer, 12s will ride smoother.

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I would think if you ride in really rocky terrain the 14's would get beat up more
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 07:06 AM
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From personal experience I would stick with 12" wheels. If I could put 12's on my XP, I would do it. The 14's don't give you as much sidewall flex and you need to run higher tire pressures to help protect the wheels and tire sidewalls. Lower pressure gives you a better ride in the rough stuff, bigger footprint and better tire flex in the rocks. The only reason I could see to switch to 14's would be if you were into high speed riding and wanted a lower profile tire. That being said, I never had any problems with the sidewall rolling on my 800. An increase of a couple of psi with the 12's would take care of that if it was a problem. With the thickness of the sidewalls in the Rockers I don't think you would have that problem anyway.

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No high speed riding here. Softer ride and more wheel protection and grip on rocks is better for me. So, I will stay with the 12"inchers.
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You staying with the same size (i.e. 26, 27, 28) tires? I think the 1" (this is the actual sidewall distance we are talking about) is negligible in the wheel size as far as ride or performance goes. If it is important to you, get a larger tire.

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Keep in mind the PitBull tires run 1/2 inch larger than the size indicates.

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I'll prefer to the 12s wheel. because in 12s wheel you can ride smooth which is always required to me. But hose all 12s should be perfect in occurrence.
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I'll prefer to the 12s wheel. because in 12s wheel you can ride smooth which is always required to me. But hose all 12s should be perfect in occurrence.
Exactly, I would "hose all 12s"... Well maybe not "hose" all of them because... I really have no idea how much time/effort that would take...

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