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Hello all. I'm curious as I'm awaiting my Enclave arrival if any of you have outfitted your ride with 22-inch aftermarket rims? If so, what kind of rim and tire? Why? In addition, do any of you all have any recommendations as to what type of rims are really nice but won't break the bank? Also, if any of you have any pics with the Enclave with 22-inch rims, please post some pics!

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I'm happy with my 19 inch rims. Those extra-large rims are too "ghetto" for my taste. My wife likes the oversize rims, but I told her she'd better start earning money on her back if she wants to drive around in that kind of car.

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Big Larry said:
My wife likes the oversize rims, but I told her she'd better start earning money on her back if she wants to drive around in that kind of car.

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Wow. >:D
 

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Big Larry has a strong Pimp Hand it seems. :-*:whip:
 

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Big Larry said:
I'm happy with my 19 inch rims. Those extra-large rims are too "ghetto" for my taste. My wife likes the oversize rims, but I told her she'd better start earning money on her back if she wants to drive around in that kind of car.

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Do you need some sort of special equipment to get into a vehicle with 22" rims? I haven't seen any pictures, but wouldn't it make the car look like it was on stilts? I'm still getting used to 19's over the 17's of my last car and I have the integrated step assists. It is funny how a couple of inches can make that much of a difference.π
 

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Do you need some sort of special equipment to get into a vehicle with 22" rims? I haven't seen any pictures, but wouldn't it make the car look like it was on stilts? I'm still getting used to 19's over the 17's of my last car and I have the integrated step assists. It is funny how a couple of inches can make that much of a difference.?
No, no. With the right type of tire you can simply fill in the tire area with more tire...without having the car jack up in height to much.
 

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Big Larry said:
I'm happy with my 19 inch rims. Those extra-large rims are too "ghetto" for my taste. My wife likes the oversize rims, but I told her she'd better start earning money on her back if she wants to drive around in that kind of car.

Big Larry
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I'm happy most of you are happy with your 19s. I think with the right type of rim--ya know NOT pimpin the spinners or something--it can make the vehicle look quite nice...even more so than what the factory rims provide. I was wanting the 20s originally, but Buick is wanting way to much for them. I was told that they were over $2,000. Not for factory rims no thanks.
 

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I think there's a law someplace that says white people can't have rims larger than 19".

JUST KIDDING. ;D Now don't get all preachy on me, it's a joke.

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Big Larry said:
I think there's a law someplace that says white people can't have rims larger than 19".

JUST KIDDING. ;D Now don't get all preachy on me, it's a joke.

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LOL. No preachy necessary. ;D

For those of you with your Enclave, how does the current 19 or 20 inch rims fit into your wheel base? Does it take up most of the space? Or is there a lot of room?
 

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Big Larry said:
I think there's a law someplace that says white people can't have rims larger than 19".

JUST KIDDING. ;D Now don't get all preachy on me, it's a joke.

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Does that mean I have to take them off my house?
 

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jks said:
Does that mean I have to take them off my house?
I would suggest that you don't. That way you can get out of the way of Tornados faster and look cool doing it.
 

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I bought the GM splash guards for ours and installed them. We have the standard 18" wheels. I had to attach the inner side of the splash guard to the inner fender well to keep the tire from rubbing it when the tires are turned. If you're interested in having splash guards you may run into problems with the bigger tires. They do make a difference in keeping the road tar and such off the roker panels
 

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Big Larry said:
I think there's a law someplace that says white people can't have rims larger than 19".

JUST KIDDING. ;D Now don't get all preachy on me, it's a joke.

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No one's getting Preachy...... but I think your Corny Jokes says a lot about you.
 

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When increasing wheel size the usual practice is to compensate by mounting lower profile tires so that the outside diameter remains the same. For example, the standard Enclave tires are 255/65 18s which are 255 mm or about 10 inches in width. The 65 aspect ratio means the sidewall height is 65% of the width, or about 6.5 inches. Adding the rim diameter of 18" and 2 sidewalls at 6.5" yields an outside diameter of 31". The optional Enclave tires are 255/60 19s which have the same 10" width but sidewalls of only 6" each. Ad the 19" rim and 2 - 6" sidewalls and, voila, the same 31" total diameter. Extending this logic to 22" wheels would require 255/45 tires with 4.5" sidewalls. Aspect ratios as low as 30 or 35 are used on some high performance cars but the reduced sidewall height makes them more prone to rim damage when hitting potholes - not an ideal setup for a vehicle like the Enclave.
 

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When increasing wheel size the usual practice is to compensate by mounting lower profile tires so that the outside diameter remains the same. For example, the standard Enclave tires are 255/65 18s which are 255 mm or about 10 inches in width. The 65 aspect ratio means the sidewall height is 65% of the width, or about 6.5 inches. Adding the rim diameter of 18" and 2 sidewalls at 6.5" yields an outside diameter of 31". The optional Enclave tires are 255/60 19s which have the same 10" width but sidewalls of only 6" each. Ad the 19" rim and 2 - 6" sidewalls and, voila, the same 31" total diameter. Extending this logic to 22" wheels would require 255/45 tires with 4.5" sidewalls. Aspect ratios as low as 30 or 35 are used on some high performance cars but the reduced sidewall height makes them more prone to rim damage when hitting potholes - not an ideal setup for a vehicle like the Enclave.
Sweet, good to know. Thanks. Do you have a preference of rim? Anyone know of a good website to visit for good quality and good prices?
 

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When increasing wheel size the usual practice is to compensate by mounting lower profile tires so that the outside diameter remains the same. For example, the standard Enclave tires are 255/65 18s which are 255 mm or about 10 inches in width. The 65 aspect ratio means the sidewall height is 65% of the width, or about 6.5 inches. Adding the rim diameter of 18" and 2 sidewalls at 6.5" yields an outside diameter of 31". The optional Enclave tires are 255/60 19s which have the same 10" width but sidewalls of only 6" each. Ad the 19" rim and 2 - 6" sidewalls and, voila, the same 31" total diameter. Extending this logic to 22" wheels would require 255/45 tires with 4.5" sidewalls. Aspect ratios as low as 30 or 35 are used on some high performance cars but the reduced sidewall height makes them more prone to rim damage when hitting potholes - not an ideal setup for a vehicle like the Enclave.
Very true, however, some like an even larger tire i.e., one that fills up a larger percentage of the Wheel Well, rather than keeping the same height as the 18" or 19" wheel and tire would present. I believe marzetta7 questioned that earlier. I don't know how that would look or perform on an Enclave but some Show Cars look pretty good with a setup like that. 8)
 

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Looks are a matter of individual taste, but there are other issues that anyone contemplating increased tire diameter should consider. Let's say you could obtain a 255/65 22 tire (although none are listed on Tire Rack) which would have the same 6.5" sidewall as the original 18s. Obviously the overall diameter would increase from 31" to 35", filling the wheel wells and raising the vehicle height (and ground clearance) by 2" - not necessarily a bad thing. However, increasing the diameter of the wheels by about 13% will effectively change the final drive ratio and introduce a speedometer error that will result in the an indication of 62 mph when the vehicle is really doing 70. I don't know what else might happen with electronic engine/transmission controls or how easy it is to compensate for any of this. Just something else to worry about....
 
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