It’s time for you to upgrade your wheels and tires, you may be trying to figure out the best size of OEM wheels or tires that could be used on your vehicle. Upsizing has become a popular choice amongst many truck enthusiasts and offroaders. Upsizing your wheels however, is not always the best option. Adding upsized wheels may not be the best option depending on what you drive, where you are driving and the performance that you would like out of your vehicle.
A wider wheel will always require a wider tire and they lead to some performance improvements for your vehicle while coming with a few drawbacks. Upsizing your wheels and tires can be possible for many vehicles but a wider wheel ultimately leads to a smaller sidewall, a shorter tire and a wider tire width as a result. A shorter sidewall will make the tread more stable and rigid which can give you better performance in dry conditions, tires of this type can be less than ideal when you are trying for performance on wet roads however. Wider wheels are better if the pavement is dry but if you regularly drive in inclement weather or on the highway in wet conditions, you may want to consider a narrower tire with a different tread pattern to resist hydroplaning.
Breaking and acceleration will always be improved with a wider tire. If you’re interested in improving braking or traction you should consider using a wide wheel. A smaller wheel will have a faster acceleration but their small mass makes it harder to reach higher max speeds. A large, wide wheel will give you better sustained acceleration which helps more with higher speeds and also affects brake speed. With antilock braking systems, it’s tough to improve your vehicle’s ability to stop. Widening the tires is really one of the best ways that you can improve the friction coefficient with the road and increase stopping power without upgrading your brakes. Upgrading your tires can make a massive impact on your ability to stop.
Choosing to upgrade your wheels for off-roading can make a powerful difference. It is not recommended going over 3 inches when upsizing as you could raise the height of your vehicle’s headlights beyond the legal limit. This would make your vehicle illegal to drive on the roads and it would have to be exclusively an off-road vehicle.
Wider wheels will help you see improvements with braking and acceleration but they may not necessarily help you save on gas. A wider wheel will always be heavier and with the added mass of the larger rim and weight of the tire, you will lose significant mileage. Switching over to a wider wheel may mean a large decrease in your fuel economy over time.
Wider wheels and wider tires will also lower your steering friction coefficient. This ensures that you can keep a firmer grip on the road when at higher speeds. A wider wheel will mean sharper turns, slowing down less in corners and more grip and control as you steer.
If you’re considering wider wheels, keep some of these advantages and disadvantages of mind before you officially upgrade your vehicle. Contact us today for a huge assortment of different rim and tire options!