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19/20" wjeels

Post by John hall » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:50 pm

Previously owned a freelander 2 with 19" wheels. My disco sport has 18" wheels..... I do a bit of off riding... Shooting/fishing.... Wondering is worth buying the larger wheels... Was well happy with my freelander off road capability.... Sensible feedback appreciated

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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by 41jules1967 » Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:45 pm

Wheel size won’t have any impact on off road ability. If anything, smaller wheels are better as the tyres have more flex. Plus the ride will be better with smaller wheels.

Larger wheels look better and lower profile tyres handle better on tarmac but that’s about it. I’d leave it as it is. We have “20s” on ours. I find the ride a touch harsh if I’m honest, certainly compared to our previous 18 Shod Freelander.
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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by s14tra » Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:56 pm

i have 19s on mine but have a spare set of 18s which i use for the winter.i find the 18s are a better ride 8-) hth

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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by Chris b » Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:10 pm

Stick with your 18s as you have taller sidewalls (softer ride as comments by others) and less chance of kissing the ground or rut edges with the alloys when off road (and kerbs when on-road parking!). Also give you more scope to lower the pressures off-road if necessary.
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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by DiscoSportDave » Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:25 pm

You have a much larger choice of tyres with the smaller sizes too - at 20" you are pretty much looking at sport biased road tyres or sport biased all weather tyres, or just a few expensive winter variants. With 18" you have a much wider range of all rounder tyres to choose from.
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Re: 19/20" wheels... Cheers people taken on board

Post by John hall » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:20 pm

John hall wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:50 pm
Previously owned a freelander 2 with 19" wheels. My disco sport has 18" wheels..... I do a bit of off riding... Shooting/fishing.... Wondering is worth buying the larger wheels... Was well happy with my freelander off road capability.... Sensible feedback appreciated

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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by jjjj7676 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:46 am

I have no knowledge of off roading or other non road based activities.. all I can say is that my 20 inch wheels look great and they fill the arches a little more than I have seen others do which I am a fan of.. I haven't noticed the ride being overly harsh but then again have no comparison

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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by Bulldogfour » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:16 pm

Like one or two others on here I find the ride with 20” wheels harsh over road imperfections. I love all other aspects of the car, especially on good roads, but the ride on poor surfaces is not good and my wife and daughter are raising hell with me. If I made a financial commitment to source 18” wheels and fit a higher profile tyre, would this actually resolve the problem. Logic says yes but I really want to now to what extent, so can anyone confirm that this would work and just how much better is the ride.

And before anyone says it; yes I loved the ride on test but clearly I didn’t take it on poor roads 😢
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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by SarahStreet » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:25 pm

Subjective opinion.

The ride dynamics on 20"s have been specifically tailored to deliver a ride (on a 3rd World Road simulation) without compromise. The ride is far from harsh, a lot of it is the placebo effect.

If you want to experience a boneshaker, take a defender on 18's out on a corrugated road. Then tell me that your 20's are harsh.

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Re: 19/20" wjeels

Post by Bulldogfour » Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:21 pm

SarahStreet wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:25 pm
Subjective opinion.

The ride dynamics on 20"s have been specifically tailored to deliver a ride (on a 3rd World Road simulation) without compromise. The ride is far from harsh, a lot of it is the placebo effect.

If you want to experience a boneshaker, take a defender on 18's out on a corrugated road. Then tell me that your 20's are harsh.
SarahStreet, I appreciate the Disco’s suspension is good and pretty flexible which is one of the aspects that attracted me in the first place and on smooth tarmac it is wonderful. It’s the 20” low profile tyres I have a problem with, or at least it’s what my passengers object to on poor UK roads. On a corrugated road you can hit a speed and the tyres fly over the corrugations, or off road you go slow, but imperfections like drain covers, poor road repairs etc at speed are too random and sharp to to be absorbed and that’s when the harshness gets to me.
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