Wider Tires Look Great But Those Good Looks Come With A Price – Read To Find Out More

When I was in my teen, I used to think, ‘wider tires are the best thing ever!’ And now when I look at the teenage drivers of today, it seems like things have not changed much. It is a common trend among new car buyers in Pakistan to replace the tires as soon as they get the car. There are few reasons why people do that, first and most important is people believing the stock tires in their cars are of inferior quality. Secondly, if they change those tires well in time, they can sell them at a good price. Tires lose their value with every thousand kilometers they are driven on the roads. Used 15” General tires off your Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic sell for PKR 18000 for a set of four. The price is provided you take your car to a tire shop as soon as you can after the delivery. Also, the third point is to replace those heavy steel rims base models usually come with. So people prefer to change the rims along with the new expensive tires in one go.

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The point of a tire is to make sure you are stuck to the road with as much grip as possible. Those few square inches are your lifeline. How your car will go, stop and corner, all depends on that tiny contact patch the rubber has with the tarmac. And wider tires help you improve all that. But there is a lot more to it than just slamming in larger tires.

You need to find a sweet spot when you are looking to increase the tire size. Tire size can be increased in width or length. Longer tires will increase the ground clearance of your car. Whereas increasing the width of your car tires will give you better-stopping power and cornering.

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But the most important thing you need to keep in mind is that how wide and how long you should go when replacing your OEM tires. The secret is to strike a balance. Because yes, wider tires will look great on your car, but the upsizing comes with a cost. And the cost of tires is the major part of that cost and the first one in the list. Locally made tires are far cheaper than your Bridgestones and Yoko’s and Continentals. So you need to keep the cost of new rubber in mind before upgrading.

Secondly, it takes more effort to rotate larger/wider tires than stock size tire. So you will see an increase in the fuel consumption of your car. And increase will be far more especially if you drive within a city in start-stop traffic.

The third thing is that suspension of your car is made to withstand a certain beating with the stock tires. Increasing the size will also increase the impact of beating on your suspension parts (bushings etc.) and in return shortening their actual life.

The fourth thing is that if you are increasing the length of your tires, it will increase the road clearance of your car. That in return can cause slight instability at high speeds (on motorways etc.). Your car won’t feel planted.

So yeah, these are few of the things you should keep in mind if you are looking to upgrade to a bigger tire size. If you have more points to add, please feel free to add in the comments section below.

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  • Hamxa Xahid Awan

    Can anyone recommend me the best possible tyres available for Honda city 2014 ?

  • asad

    get continental or michelin nothing else preferd size 205/65/15 on stock rims or if you intend to change rims go for 16 inch 215/45/16

  • City tyres

    Best possible tyres are stock size.

    Only with Suzuki, because they put a downsized engine compared to the rest of the world, then they have to put thinner tyres. Otherwise with Honda, who give you the same specs as the rest of the world, you need not increase the tyre size.

  • Guest

    1. Image shows not only wider tyres, but the Hellaflush stance. Hellaflush is just a name for negative canber of rear tyres. Now local cars have no way to do this.

    2. “increasing the length of your tires”. Maybe the writer wanted to write about the outer diameter of the tyres. One of the reasons the ride becomes bumpy after installing the tyres of greater outer diameter is increase in unsprung weight.

    3. Steel rims weigh lighter than alloy rims. Only the superlight alloy rim category (which is prohibitively expensive), may be lighter than factory fitted steel rims. This is because alloys are brittle and much denser, and to overcome that, more material is needed to avoid cracking.

    4. Another disadvantage of wider tyres: extra load on power steering. If no power steering, then extra load on muscles.

    5. “a tire is to make sure you are stuck to the road with as much grip as possible”. Not really. A tyre must be able to provide slip. Slip has a certain engineering definition, but simply put if the tyre was literally “stuck” like epoxy to the road, the car could not move at all. Wider tyres increase the resistance to move, reduce the fluidity of motion, reduce the glidability, and thus hurt the cornering ability.

    6. Wider tyres are worse in the rain as they cannot cut through the water to reach the surface. They float above the water and can cause hydroplaning. Just think a toast vs. knife. What will cut through water easily.

    7. With wider tyres, sometimes the sidewall is not as taut, unless you get wider rims too. This flex in the sidewall hurts cornering ability and it becomes difficult to maintain the car inside the lane markings and requires quite a few times steering correction and braking, which increases driver fatigue.

    8. The real problem is, as noted by someone below, that car manufacturers put undersized engine and then they are forced to put narrower tyres. Another problem is, local tyre manufacturers’ rubber is not so grippy. To increase the grip, do not increase the size, just change the material, get the same size by better brand and you will feel the difference.

  • usman niazi

    it is better to get the same sized tires and rims as stock but getting better quality rubber… also getting lightweight rims rather than the heavy chinese ones would be better for fuel economy… our cars normally have a lot of space in their wheel arch for us to increase the wheel size, so if we go for bigger tires then i would go for light weight rims so that the fuel economy is not effected…

  • blueazure

    stick with the stock size, but get better quality yokos or NEXENs , spend money on quality rims and dont ever forgot to rotate after 10000km