Can I Put Bigger Tires on My Car?

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Fitting a vehicle with larger tires is a common practice. Larger tires can increase the handling and safety of a vehicle and also enhance its appearance. But there are few things that should be considered before installing larger tires.

Wider Tires

  • A larger tire is generally wider than the one it is replacing. If you have a 205/50-15 tire, a wider tire might be a 225/45-15 tire. You cannot drastically change the width of the tire without also installing a wider wheel.

Larger Diameter Tire

  • A larger tire can also be a tire that has a larger diameter, which means that the outer dimensions of it are larger. If you have a 15-inch wheel and tire, a larger tire would be 16 or 17 inches. You must install larger diameter wheels if you are installing a larger diameter tire.

Better Handling

  • One of the potential benefits of installing a larger tire on a car is additional grip and handling because of the larger contact patch (the part of the tire that grips the road).

Heavier Steering

  • A potential downside of larger tires is that the steering may become heavier since there is more rubber to turn.

Interference

  • Larger tires may also cause interference with the bodywork or brakes and suspension if they are too large.

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