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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 9:44:45 PM

A larger-diameter wheel-and-tire package is another way of making a vehicle look distinctive, and it has great appeal among consumers

When you choose this option, in most cases it also results in a lower-profile tire – meaning the height of the sidewall is reduced

In general, lower-profile tires deliver a harsher ride over road imperfections, such as expansion joints and potholes, and don’t provide as much insulation from road noise. The decreased sidewall also means it’s easier to damage the rims on curbs and road defects

Your decision to up-size may, however, also result in better handling characteristics

There is less sidewall roll, so the car handles a little better in cornering

A larger-diameter wheel also provides space for a larger brake disc, and that means more brake-pad cont
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 1:12:24 PM

Whether you think the low-profile look is better is, I guess, subjective and generational. In the '70's it was jacking up the back end with both larger wheels and tires to give the look of speed and muscle. In the '90's it was smaller rims and tires so you could use the space underneath the car as a bass resonator. Now it's big wheels and low profile for a certain wheel-intensive look. All of these are not what the car was originally designed for as far as suspension, weight distribution, traction, handling, and ride go. I'd rather get through that next puddle, patch of snow, tight curve, or speed bump than waste my money following dangerous fads.
52MPG
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:24:01 PM

I will stick with the tire recommended by the manufacturer.
kboykool
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 11:09:37 PM

Typically the shallower the sidewall, the higher the cost from what I've seen.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 4:57:04 PM

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to tires.
Tekkersmom57
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 3:36:44 PM

I think I will use the tire that is recommended by the manufacturer. They should know best!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 11:59:04 AM

to previous poster, more rubber on snow is not better. Having the right tread pattern so that tires can cut through and then throw/remove snow from the tires is more important.
TravellinTom
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 10:23:18 AM

So, what you are saying, is bigger is better!
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 9:54:50 AM

The article says that
"Most of the folks going to a low-profile are doing so for cosmetic reasons

which means price doesn't matter

On the other hand, two different combinations of rim and rubber may be offered by the manufacturer exactly for cosmetic reasons. If you drive on good roads that may be OK
wrunner
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 7:44:05 AM

The right tire for the right vehicle.

Larger diameter wheel and tire setup is setup for slow driving in city traffic better than in highways at high speeds.

Size up to an up-size if the size fits but size right to the right size, if or when the size fits right.

Size does matter but it matters what size matters to size up or right size.
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 7:29:18 AM

Traction needed!
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 3:32:10 AM

I don't think tire size is as important as having the right type of tires for your normal road conditions.
Rich1430
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 2:24:56 AM

The idea of larger rims and tires on cars is dangerous in more ways than one and a very stupid idea. 1). Less tire rubber contact to the road. Imagine that this winter when driving on wet, snow and/or ice covered roads and less rubber making contact with the wet, snow and/or ice covered road than with 14 inch, 15 inch or 16 inch rims and tires. 2). The larger the rims and tires the higher the back end of a car is compared to 14 inch, 15 inch or 16 inch rims and tires. Can you see the 24 inch to 30 inch tall steel posts cemented in the ground behind you when you turn your head to look out the back window when backing up? mor than likely not. 3). The larger the tires the more you will pay the dealer when buying the car. Same with buying new tires when the old ones go bald and wear through to steel belts. The last time I bought 16 inch tires brand new they were between $110 to $150 per tire. Not Cheap. Someone was not thinking about safety when they thought about, then went ahead with designing and making the cars. Nor did they consider other factors. Larger is not better, safer or reasonaly priced.

[Edited by: Rich1430 at 9/29/2013 2:28:20 AM EST]
squintz13
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 2:14:48 AM

Hmmm, I like it, but tires should fit the car.
alterman156
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:40:21 AM

Bigger tires are necessarily a good thing.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:17:19 AM


     application dependent
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:14:48 AM

A properly designed suspension will benefit from those larger tires and provide a superior ride. BMW knows how to do it!
I don't think the Asians have figured it out yet (Toyota etc.). Ford & GM suspensions have always been sloppy & inadequate.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:09:13 AM

get a good servicing tire dealer.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:08:51 AM

use the manufacturer's recommendation
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:08:27 AM

DO NOT PUT THE WRONG SIZE TIRES ON YOUR CAR!!!!
comprof
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:07:10 AM

Informative!
WeiberBlitz
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 1:01:24 AM

Interesting information to know about the performance differences among high profile and low profile tires. For me, the importance difference is the function of the tires on longevity (how many miles per dollar am I going to get), its performance related to gas mileage, and safety (stopping performance).
dongo50
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:39:30 AM

bigger is not always better, it depend on the application and the intended usage....
MN1
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:36:04 AM

All about looks.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:32:46 AM

Balance
Winatgas
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:26:00 AM

Something I never thought about - have always replaced my tires with the same size.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:15:48 AM

if you're twenty something......
Wanda127
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:13:48 AM

Not crazy about low profile feel but they do make my car look better.
LostInNY
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:11:18 AM

Ya need the car to go with the low profile rims/tires....
Blue_Cruzer
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2013 12:09:26 AM

Enjoyed reading this article.
nurdco
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:50:53 PM

Bigger rims give you a rougher ride on unpaved roads
gta_guy
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:49:32 PM

Interesting article
andy1024
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:39:50 PM

Just follow manufacturer's recommendations and don't go overboard with fancy tires.
gaswatchON
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:28:18 PM

These Tires Are A Joke and cost a lot more
skempton
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:21:46 PM

Only for appearances.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 11:19:56 PM

There is some information which in not included in this story which buyers should be aware of. One of then involves the price of tire(s). The other can involve the availability/selection of tires that fit. I had a car which used tires with 16 in wheels. The Firestone Firehawk was the only tire which could fit it. After going through the web, the Firehawk and one other tire can fit the vehicle. Both of them are about over $100 a piece.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 10:50:11 PM

Proportion is the key.
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 10:48:18 PM

The point is that the manufacturer may recommend different sizes
humblepie
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 10:22:35 PM

I tend to stick with the size the automaker recommends
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 9:45:56 PM

It's time soon to think about that, winter's coming
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