Wheels and Tires 22.5" Vs. 24.5"

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Blackducati750, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Blackducati750

    Blackducati750 Light Load Member

    Mar 11, 2009
    I was curious. What are the benefits of having 24.5" wheels/tires over 22.5"?

    I assume replacement 22.5" size wheels would be cheaper than 24.5" (less aluminum)

    I also assume 22.5" tires are cheaper than 24.5"...

    Is there a differnce in ride and/or handling?


    Or, is it just a "bragging rights" like the kids who put 22" chrome wheels on their Honda Civics?:biggrin_25518:
  2. Pablo-UA

    Pablo-UA Road Train Member

    Oct 11, 2010
    Borispol, Ukraine
    here we use 22.5". Truck is lower, less problems with overhight.
  3. power freak

    power freak Light Load Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    All depends on what your doing with your truck. If you hual a van trl you you would probably be best suited with 22.5 low pro's or 11r22.5. If you go off road 24.5 will give you more ground also IIRC they also have a higher weight rating for over weight loads. As always it all depends on application
  4. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    the road less travelled
    Low pros of either height have lower rolling resistance, 11Rs can carry more weight in either height. 24.5s in low pro are about the same height as 11R 22.5. Low pro 22.5s would ride about an inch lower than low pro 24.5s to the center of the axle.

    22.5s low pros are what is specced for best mielage, but I don't think it makes that much diifference, as long as either size is low profile
  5. sixpackbill

    sixpackbill Light Load Member

    Oct 6, 2010
    hamilton on.
    22.5 gives lower rplling resistance,means better fuel mileage
  6. Les2

    Les2 Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    kicked back in my lazyboy...
    If you drive accordingly. If you're a hammer head tires size isn't gonna help.

    Keep in mind....

    The taller the tire the longer it will last, more it will weigh, and more it will cost.

    I've always run tall 24.5's. The ride is also better on the tall versus low pro.

    The 22.5's are good for pickups and kids toys, IMO....:biggrin_2559:
  7. CMTrucking

    CMTrucking Light Load Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Kamloops, BC
    Tall 24.5's aren't that practical for a highway truck. Low profile 24.5's are the same size as 11R22.5's but they ride a LOT rougher. Every truck I've owned ended up having low profile 24.5's on them and if there's one thing I've learned, my next one will have 11r22.5's.
    areelius Thanks this.
  8. rjones56

    rjones56 Heavy Load Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    staunton va
    Taller tires = less revolutions=better fuel mileage.Thats how it works for me anyway.
  9. 'olhand

    'olhand Cantankerous Crusty

    Jan 18, 2011
    Well said--among other things!
  10. superhauler

    superhauler Super Crusty

    Jan 30, 2010
    i have run 22.5 for ever last as long as 24.5s grossing 118000 and up 22.5 useally has a higher load rating than a 24.5 its what you prefer 22.5s cost less to buy than a 24.5 to.
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