Posted by Video-calibrator on May 14, 2018

Larger, wider wheels (rims for ya old schoolerz!) are great for two purposes: Looks, and racing. Beyond that, they are more prone to road damage, and to being pulled to one side or the other by road imperfections (potholes, dimples, etc). Wider tires have a contact patch *perpendicular* to the direction the vehicle is traveling. Narrower tires have a patch *parallel* to the direction of travel - more ideal! Wider tires/wheels require stronger centering forces (caster, SAI) for straight-ahead stability. Narrower combos impose more weight per sq. inch in a narrower patch, and tend to want to straighten from turns naturally. Moral of the story? Unless a vehicle comes with low profile wide wheels and tires engineered that way from the manufacturer, stick with the OEM wheel and tire sizes, you won't regret it!

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  • Posted by Jb on August 08, 2018

    It's all about 'straight' grip (think rear tires of dragster) and lateral grip (think circle track racers "sliding" or drifting in turns).

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