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Wheel Weight

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To all you wheel/tire experts out there,

I am considering a wheel and tire upgrade for my Escape. I have the FWD I4, and my concern is the weight of the wheel/rims I am looking at. I want to keep as much "stock" look as I can (I know, kind of contradictory) but I want something with a little more pizazz than the stock 16" wheel. I am a big fan of the new wheels on the '11 Explorer, however I just looked at them and noticed that the 20" weighs 34 pounds, compared to the 21 pounds of my 16". How much of an effect would this have (mpg, noise etc...) on my Escape? Can the 4 banger handle the added weight without too much of a difference? I know they are pricey but it's just something I am looking into.

Thanks in advance.
Cheers! :beer:

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As long as the outer diameter of the tires are the same, your speedometer and odometer should not be an issue. Now acceleration and mpg, that is what will be affected.

Plus factor in that a bigger wheel = less tire weight. So a difference in wheels that is ~ 13 lbs, some of that is negated by the fact that you will have less tire material - given that you don't go super wide. It won't make up the 13 lbs, but I imagine that it will take up some of that. But if you are not concerned with acceleration and mpg, the better handling wheels may make up for it. On my old VW I lost some acceleration but gained a far better handling vehicle when I upped to dubs. :rockon:
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