I am a relatively new owner of my first UTV. So far we are having a blast! I have enjoyed reading posts on this forum for the last couple of months. Last weekend we went on a long ride in the mountains. Upon returning home, the rear wheel of my Ranger suddenly locked up as I was turning into my driveway. It brought me to a stop and then seemed fine. I pulled it into my shop for a closer look and could hear air leaking from the wheel that had locked up. I pulled off the wheel only to find some deep gouges and a hole on the inside of the wheel. It appears a rock flipped up and got caught between the wheel hub/brake caliper and the inside of the wheel. I was able to patch the wheel with a couple layers of JB Weld. However, now I am nervous to take it out on a long ride again without a spare. I carry a plug kit and a compressor, but plugs won't patch cast aluminum. : ) The dealer wants $350 for a matching wheel and tire! I am thinking instead of upgrading the wheels and tires all the way around and using the stock wheels as spares. My thought process is that going from 12" wheels to 14" wheels will decrease the odds of a rock getting stuck again. I am looking for some advice. Is it common for rocks to punch holes in 12" wheels or was this a one in a million fluke? Is there a disadvantage to 14" wheels? Can I fit 27" tires without rubbing? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance for helping a newbie!