Every vehicle has a maximum size of tire that can fit in the wheel openings. That is however not the only metric that needs to be considered when choosing rims and tires for your Dodge Ram 1500 truck.
The standard size of rims that fit on a Dodge Ram are 17×9, 18×9, 20×9 22×9 with a +18mm offset. The tire total diameter needs to be under 32” to be able to fit.
You can read further to get more specific details about the tires and wheels that will fit your Ram truck and that important factors to keep in mind when choosing a set for you.
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Factory OEM Rims and Tires That Fit Dodge Ram 1500
If you want your truck to have a factory fit, you will want to get a 20×9 rim with a +18mm offset and a 6×5.5 bolt pattern. Next you will need some tires, you are looking for a 275/60/R20 tire.
This will give you a standard factory looking set of wheels and tires.
|17" or 20" x 9" +18mm 6x5.5
|235/65/R17 - 275/60/R20
|17" or 20" x 9" +18mm 6x5.5
|235/65/R17 - 275/60/R20
|20" x 9" +18mm 6x5.5
|17" x 9" +18mm 6x5.5
|17" x 9" +18mm 6x5.5
Aggressive Rims and Mud Tires That Fit Dodge Ram 1500
For an aggressive look it would be ideal to get 15” wheels and beefy mud tires but unfortunately the 15” wheels will not fit over the brake calipers so you will need to stick with the 17” wheels.
To be more exact, the smallest rim you can squeeze on there is a 17×9 with a +18mm offset. The mud tire you want to pair with that is a 235/70/R17. This setup will give your truck the aggressive mud monster look.
Some people will grind the brake calipers to allow for a smaller wheel but it is not recommended.
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Low Profile Rims and Tires That Fit Dodge Ram 1500
To have that low profile sporty look you will want to get a 22” wheel and a low profile tire. Remember to keep the overall diameter of the tire to be under 32”.
Here is an example setup you can get; start with a 22×9.5 wheel with a +18mm offset and select a 255/40/R22 tire.
From my experience, getting any ol’tire shop to mount this tire on the aftermarket wheels is hard. Most will not want to touch aftermarket wheels in general if you didn’t buy them from the shop but some will just have a hard time stretching the low profile tire onto a 22” wheel. Call around and make sure they can do it before you head out there.
Other Rim and Tire Setups For Dodge Ram 1500
The standard Dodge Ram 1500 truck allows a tire with a maximum size of 32 inches. Trucks with a lift of 3” allow tires with a maximum diameter of 34.5”, and trucks with a 6” lift have a maximum tire diameter of 37”.
In addition, when buying rims, you must consider the bolt pattern. On the Dodge Ram 1500, the bolt pattern is 6×5.5 bolt pattern.
Several rim types are available for the Dodge Ram 1500, and the size depends on the truck lift.
The 17” rims with 275/65 R17 tires and the 20” rims with 305/50 R20 tires are available for the standard (no lift) truck that allows for a maximum tire diameter of 32 inches.
Dodge Ram 1500 with a 3” lift allows a maximum tire diameter of 34.5”. Some available tires and rims combinations are 17” rims with 275/70 R17 tires and 20” rims with 315/60 R20 tires.
Trucks with a 6” lift have a maximum tire diameter of 37”. Some of the available tires and rims sets for the 6” lifted trucks are 17” rims with 285/85 R17 tires and 20 rims with 315/65 R20 tires.
Will 305 Tires Fit On A Dodge Ram 1500?
The 305 in a tire size is referring to 305mm being the width of the tire which translates to 12”. The standard Dodge Ram 1500 truck, without modifications, can accept a wheel that is 9” wide. Having said that, a 12” wide tire is 3” wider than the 9” wheel but this setup can still work. You can play with tire sizes using this tire size calculator.
The 305/50 R20 tire will barely fit on a Dodge Ram 1500 because its maximum allowed tire radius is 32” and this tire is literally 32”. This tire will fit but you will need to be careful picking out a wheel and may need to trim some things to make sure it doesn’t rub when turning.
Other 305 tires will not fair as well. The 17” 305/65 R17 will not fit as it is slightly over the maximum size. The 17” 305/55 R17 will fit, but it is not a standard tire size.
Will dodge charger rims fit on a dodge ram 1500?
When you find a nice set of wheels, it is tempting to get them for your truck but before you do, make sure the bolt pattern is correct and the offset will work. Many a times have I made a mistake of buying them just to find out that they don’t fit!
The Dodge Charger rims will not fit on a Dodge Ram 1500 because the Dodge Charger has a wheel bolt pattern of 5×4.53, while the Dodge Ram 1500 has a 6×5.5 bolt pattern.
However, bolt pattern adapters are available if you need to fit Charger rims on a Ram 1500. They will not only adjust the bold pattern but also the offset.
Dodge charger standard 20×9 wheel has an offset of +25.5mm and the Dodge Ram 20×9 wheels has +18mm offset. Your bolt pattern adapter will need to be ¼” thick to match the offset. Unfortunately the bolt pattern adapters will most likely be at least 1” thick, which will make your wheels stick out. Uf you don’t mind that, you may just be able to make it work.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Dodge Charger wheels are designed for a sedan car and not a truck. You may want to think twice before towing or hauling anything heavy while wearing them.
Will 15-inch rims fit on a 2001 dodge ram 1500?
Unfortunately, 15-inch rims are too small for a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. It will not fit over the brake calipers behind it.
The smallest wheel that this truck will be able to accept is 17”. Some have been able to fit a 16.5” on there by grinding on the brake calipers, which is not recommended.
Will 285 70r17 fit the dodge ram 1500?
No, the 285/70 R17 tire will not fit on the Dodge Ram 1500. The 285/70 R17 has a radius of 32.7”, which is slightly larger than the 32” maximum allowable on this truck.
Even, if you are able to fit it in there, it will rub while turning and any time you go over a bump.
Will jeep wrangler wheels fit a dodge ram 1500?
Unfortunately, the Jeep Wrangler wheels will not fit on a Dodge Ram 1500 without an adapter. The wheel bolt patterns are incompatible. The Ram 1500 has a wheel bolt pattern of 6×5.5, while the Jeep Wrangler has a bolt pattern of 5×5.
The Jeep Wrangler factory wheels have an offset of 0 to -12mm while Dodger Ram has an offset of +18mm. The difference here is a little over an inch. Using a bolt pattern adapter which is usually about 1” thick can be just what you need to be able to make it work.
Will 33’s fit on stock dodge ram 1500?
Unfortunately, the 33” tires will not fit the Dodge Ram 1500 without lifting the truck because the standard height truck allows a maximum radius of 32”.
You can fit the 33” tires on a Dodge Ram 1500 if you do a 3” lift on the truck. This will open up the allowed tire diameter to 34.5”.
How to Choose the Right Size Tires and Rims for Your Dodge Ram 1500
Like any other vehicle, the Dodge Ram 1500 has limited space inside the wheel well, which provides maximum diameter and width for the rim and tire. You can’t just pick any wheel and tire and expect it to work on your truck.
First step is you need to figure out what look you are after or what application you are looking for a wheels and tires set for.
Do you want a factory look, or do you want it to be an aggressive look, or maybe a sporty low profile look? Maybe you already have a set of wheels you have your eye on?
This is where you start. Once you have that information, you can check if the tires and wheels are available in the correct sizes to fit within the Dodge Ram 1500 wheel opening.
The specifications are, the total radius of the tire cannot be more than 32” and the width of the tire should not be more than 12” wide on a wheel that has a +18mm offset.
For a factory standard look, a Dodge Ram 1500 requires a 20×9 rim with a +18mm offset and a 6×5.5 bolt pattern. For a tire you will need a set in this 275/60/R20 size.
For an aggressive look, go with 17×9 rims with a +18mm offset, paired with a 235/70/R17 set of mud tires.
For a sporty look, get 22×9.5 wheels with a +18mm offset with a set of 255/40/R22 low profile tires.
You will need to install a suspension lift if you want to use larger rims and tires. You can choose between a three-inch or six-inch lift to allow for larger tires. It would be best if you also considered upgrading the brake lines, driveshafts, axles, suspension, and fenders to accommodate the larger tires and a step to compensate for the higher ride.
When choosing your rims, you should also consider the number of lugs and the pitch circle diameter (PCD). The PCD is the size or diameter of the imaginary circle that goes through all the lugs. Pre-2018 Dodge Ram 1500 models had five lugs while succeeding trucks had six.
You can buy 5-to-6 lug or 6-to-5 lug adapters, but you would have fewer problems if you bought rims with the correct number of lug holes with the right PCD.
You can find your truck’s PCD in the owner’s manual, or it can also be written somewhere on the truck’s stock rim.
OR you can just go by 6×5.5 which will get you the right pattern.
Top-Rated Tires and Rims for Dodge Ram 1500: Which Brands to Consider
Tires are designed with specific characteristics, price range, and expected use. The tires for the Dodge Ram 1500 are no different. The Ram 1500 is an all-around vehicle, but the uses can vary from on-road or off-road, hauling/towing or touring, wet/dry, and snow conditions.
There are several stock tires on the Ram 1500. The Dodge Ram 1500 with 18-inch wheels is outfitted with the Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT or the Falken Wildpeak A/T3W A. The 20-inch wheeled Ram 1500 uses Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza or the Wildpeak A/T3W A tires. The 22-inch wheeled Ram 1500 comes standard with Goodyear Eagle Touring 285/45R22 114H XL tires.
The following is a list of top-rated replacement tires for the Dodge Ram 1500.
- Bridgestone Alenza AS Ultra is considered the best all-season touring tire.
- Cooper Endeavor Plus is available at a budget-friendly price, with above-average performance for all driving conditions.
- Continental TerrainContact H/T has the best traction on snow. It also has an excellent lateral grip when hauling and towing.
- Michelin Defender LTX M/S is expensive but the best all-season for towing and hauling.
- Firestone Destination LE3 is a durable tire with a 70,000-mile warranty.
- Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 is very good all-terrain and on-road. It is also very quiet on the highway.
- BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 is one of the best all-terrain tires and handles well in wet conditions.
- Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T is one of the best all-terrain tires for the Ram 1500. It is excellent for both off-road and touring driving.
- Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 is the best studless snow tire for the Ram 1500.
- Firestone Winterforce 2 UV is considered the best snow tire for the Dodge Ram 1500. It is a tire that works excellent with snow studs and drives well on snow, even without studs.
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The Pros and Cons of Upgrading Your Dodge Ram 1500 Wheels and Tires
Although the standard wheel size is optimal for the Dodge Ram 1500, some owners want to upgrade to larger wheels and rims. There are pros and cons to having larger wheels; you have to consider these before buying replacement tires.
The most significant advantage of using larger wheels is the visual impact. In most instances, larger wheels make the vehicle look better. It also improves the car’s stance. The larger wheels push out the truck more, creating an aggressive impression. It also enhances traction, drive handling, and braking.
Bigger wheels have more rubber on the road, which improves acceleration, maneuverability, and braking. Using larger tires can improve the truck’s look and driving experience if done correctly.
There are some disadvantages to using larger tires. It is possible to go overboard, and the truck loses handling balance. Larger wheels result in a higher center of gravity, leading to more pronounced sway.
Adding a sway bar to offset the lift from the more prominent tires might be necessary. The upgrade may also impact the fuel economy because larger wheels are heavier than the standard tires.
The speedometer readings will also be off because the larger tires cover more distance with every rotation.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Tires and Rims for Your Dodge Ram 1500
The Dodge Ram 1500 is a multi-purpose truck that can be used for touring, off-road, hauling, and towing. The tires and rims are designed to fit the general use of the car.
If you want to replace the tires and rims to suit your needs, you also have to consider the tire characteristics, handling, and styles.
The following are common mistakes when choosing tires and rims for the Dodge Ram 1500.
- You were choosing the right wheel size. If you’re buying a replacement set, you should know the size of the tires you’re replacing. The Dodge Ram 1500 tires come in three wheel sizes, and you must know beforehand what size wheels fit in your truck.
- Research the available styles. There are plenty of styles to choose from, and it is best to look at a catalog or a gallery before you choose one or two models. If the first choice is out of stock or does not fit the Dodge Ram 1500, you go through your list of options. Also, choosing among styles is easier before checking out the prices.
- You should know the performance characteristics of the tires you want to buy. There are online reviews that describe how well the tires perform, as well as other factors that may affect the driving experience.
- Fit the tire to your driving style. Trucks are used for different purposes, and you might have a specific use for your vehicle. If you usually drive on the highway and seldom go off-road, you should consider this when buying tires. If you use the truck mainly for gravel roads and dirt tracks, choosing tires with good grip and traction on rough roads would be best.
- Buy your rims and tires together. It is best to test the combination together rather than buying them separately and trying their fit.
- The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is standard equipment in the Dodge Ram 1500. TPMS was mandated in a law that requires all vehicles made after 2007 to have tire sensors. Make sure that you comply with TPMS and weight regulations. The batteries for the TPMS typically last from 3 to 5 years, and since most tires last about that long, it is best to buy and install the TPMS along with the new tires.
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