No, it still is not a smart move IMO, but there are ways to mitigate it and from my actual experience I am providing advice to people who choose to do that.
It's an internet forum. You have your opinions. I have mine. People who read the threads can choose who to listen to. There are two kinds of people on internet forums. Those who talk a lot and those with actual experience. I choose to listen more to those in the second category.
There's a 3rd kind. Those, who in spite of actual experience, still make silly statements about 15" wheels with big tires.
Probably of no help, but when I get all my swap stuff done this summer I'll be running 37's on the 17" 5x5.5 Hutch's (or Methods, but leaning towards Hutchs) with wheel spacers on a Waggy 44 and 8.8. That's better brakes out of the gate but I'll still be running high quality pads and rotors.
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