You may have seen muscle cars or performance vehicles zipping down the road with larger tires at the back and smaller ones in front and been in awe at the power and performance they exhibit. And while these high-performance cars can do a lot more than ordinary vehicles regardless of tire formation, the staggered wheels and rims may have a little something to do with it, as well.
Common in rear-wheel drive vehicles such as Ford Mustangs, staggered wheel formations involves putting wheels with more width at the back of the vehicle, allowing for a lot more pavement grip. This, in return, allows the already powerful vehicle to gain even more acceleration and power - not to mention it makes the vehicle look a lot better, too.
Some staggered wheel formations are done by having different diameters in the back, giving the car a more aggressive look, while enhancing its performance and making its braking more responsive, and it's handling even easier.
A pleasing aesthetic and a boost to your car’s performance are hardly the only benefits when it comes to staggering wheels and rims. Here are a few of the other benefits.
Better Weight Support: There are plenty of models that have a lot of their weight planted over one axle. In situations like this - when the rear axle is taking the brunt of the load - it just makes sense to have larger tires in the back. This helps vastly with the weight support and will help you get the most out of your vehicle. However, if you have a vehicle that has the majority of its weight on the front axle, staggered wheels would not be an option, as wheels should always be staggered at the back, rather than the front.
More Stability: While having larger, wider tires at the rear of your vehicle can help with a lot of performance areas, enhancing your vehicle’s stability may be one of the greatest benefits staggered wheels can provide. If you are driving a performance vehicle, stability is key to make sure you do not start to veer when you begin pushing the limits. Better stability can also be beneficial to the vehicle’s ability to brake more efficiently, as well as take corners with more grace and poise.
In order to make the best decision on staggered wheels and rims, there are some downsides that need to be thought about, as well.
Tire Rotations: A general rule of thumb suggests that rotating your tires every 6,000 miles is a great way to help maintain strong vehicle health. However, when it comes down to having two different sizes of tires, you are unable to do a simple rotation like you normally would (front to back) in order to make sure the tread wears evenly. Instead, you will either need to constantly rotate your tires laterally, or constantly be swapping out tires with new sets.
In-Store Convenience And Price: Because you will be purchasing two different sizes of tires, it can be inconvenient when working with dealerships, garages, or elsewhere in order to get the perfect sizes you need.
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