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Unread 02-22-2020, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hey guys. It's been forever but I can always trust the guys on this board...

I'm still enjoying the LX that took over since my 4runner. I've got oem 20" with duratrac. I'm driving mom around more and more, and always when we go to the cottage. I want to make the ride as least harsh as possible.

Will going down to an 18" rim like from the OEM land cruiser honestly provide a noticeable real world difference?


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Hey guys. It's been forever but I can always trust the guys on this board...

I'm still enjoying the LX that took over since my 4runner. I've got oem 20" with duratrac. I'm driving mom around more and more, and always when we go to the cottage. I want to make the ride as least harsh as possible.

Will going down to an 18" rim like from the OEM land cruiser honestly provide a noticeable real world difference?


Much appreciated. J.
I think it would, but that's just my opinion and not based on riding both.
My LX has factory 18"s. Typically, an 18" wheel will allow for a tire with taller sidewall, which will absorb more road imperfections and ride smoother than a 20" wheel, but you probably already know that.

Equally if not more important is proper maintenance of the AHC system. When its health starts declining, ride quality suffers. The actuators (globes) don't last forever, plus the AHC fluid doesn't recirculate within the system, so you'll want to flush and refill the system every few years. As for handling, when I'm in the twisties or otherwise want to tighten things up I tighten the suspension at the center console knob and find myself amazed at the results.

BTW There is a sh!t ton of good AHC info on MUD.
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I agree it is amazing. I'm thinking that the difference will be minor and for the cost of a set of rims etc I'm maybe going to pass.

To be honest I don't feel much difference between 30psi and 50 on the 20's.

Just did the ahc fluid this year. Great system.


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I agree it is amazing. I'm thinking that the difference will be minor and for the cost of a set of rims etc I'm maybe going to pass.

To be honest I don't feel much difference between 30psi and 50 on the 20's.

Just did the ahc fluid this year. Great system.


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So on my 17" tires I end up going down into the teens, like 12-15psi normally depending on the road. Not sure how 20's would do, but I'd try lower than 30 IMO. I would imagine 30 vs 50 is like hard vs super hard. Whereas in the teens things get squishy, but just be careful due to the shorter sidewall of 20's.
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Do you have LT Duratracs? First step for softer ride would be to ditch the LT tires and get P rated tires. 18" tires will help, not sure how much to be honest.
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