• Nov 4, 2007
Where 20-inch rims seemed gigantic just a couple of years ago, the massive surge in 22s, 24s, 26s and the like mean 30s are becoming commonplace. No self-respecting donk would be caught rollin' on anything less than 30s these days, and last week at SEMA we even saw 32s, 34s and a pair of 42s (!) floating around the show floor, as well. We also spotted a few creative solutions to dealing with these new monster rims, like cutting out a car's fenderwells completely and a whole new tire mounting apparatus to handle these behemoths. You've already seen a couple of these megarims in some of our previous SEMA posts, but below is a gallery of some of the most egregious examples we could find. And lest you think size is all that matters, we've also included some colorful and fanciful offerings, as well as random shots of collections, sport rims, retro rollers and even a couple of monster truck tires we spotted that might portend the zenith of the tall tire trend. Enjoy.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      You're not supposed to go over 18!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tires are becoming an inconvenience standing in the way of rim growth. Someone needs to invent a new tire concept…like a continuous 1/8” layer of rubber perforated like toilet paper sheets and spooled inside the rim like a giant tape dispenser. A slit in the rim would allow a fresh layer to be pulled out. Every 100 miles or so, when the layer wears down, pull over and…

      1. Tear off worn tire layer.
      2. Pull out fresh tire layer and wrap around the rim.
      3. Discard worn tire layer wherever you please. Not your problem.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looking at these wheels seriously reinforces my decision to upgrade to 16" forged rims (11.5 lbs each) for my car in the spring, I have to say.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Moment of inertia and unsprung weight must mean nothing to this crowd.

      With the politicians just looting the fuel tax fund (why no lockbox? dammit), the roads (and bridges) are in a state of disrepair.
      So better handling comes from compliance (sidewall) and better tracking (low unsprung weight)
      15" wheels are plenty big for a Honda Fit.
      The largest brake rotors today are those 16.5" that the front of the bentley continental GT speed & Audi RS6, so 20" for those brakes (unless a low or negative offset 19" wheel is made to clear the brake/calipers)
      • 7 Years Ago
      i understand the idea. i owned a box (90 caprice) but i didn't put huge rims on it. i totally get that it's for crusing and showing. really the limiting factor is a DOT approved tire for these sizes. i have to say that the brakes are really going to be stressed beyond what they are designed for. an emergency stop from 50 km/h would be horrendous even with upgraded brakes. simply put after you cross a line (26" maybe 28", i'm not totally sure) the vehicle becomes unsafe to operate on public roads. know what i mean? it's like springs that have been torched to lower a car. yeah, you can do it but it doesn't mean you should.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I equate these 30-40" wheels with the same mentality of 40" waistline pants on a kid with a 28" waist.

      Defies logic.
      Jim Pierce
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you want 22 or 24 inch wheels then buy a Peterbilt and get good looking polished Alcoas!
      • 7 Years Ago
      EXTRA! EXTRA! The up and coming trend in rims...50's with no tires at all! Fred Flinstone would be proud!
      • 7 Years Ago
      SEMA = stupid equipment money apparatus
      • 7 Years Ago
      All these cars look beyond ugly. Damn you mainstream rap media!
      • 7 Years Ago
      30" Wheels? jeez, this'll make your SUV look lke a Conestoga Wagon! Add a canvas top and hang a water barrel on the tailgate of yur Suburban an you got the look!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My god all this crap is hideous.
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