Pat’s Perspective – Bigger Wheels = Riding Better / Getting Better Gas Mileage?

Do bigger wheels make a car ride better or get better gas mileage? NO-WAY! However,if all you want is the look, go for it because if done right they do look awsome! But, other than looks, you may hate the results.

Remember,larger wheels and tires usually weigh more than smaller ones which affects various things on your car including the ride. Heavier wheels and tires make a car ride harder and mean more stress on suspension parts and bearings, so their life may also be shorter. Of course, bigger might mean better cornering, but the biggest problem is what’s called plus sizing. As you increase the diameter of your wheels, you have to change the tire’s profile to match the new wheels. Plus-Sizing reduces the amount of tire sidewall, which means less tire between the edge of a pothole and the wheel. And that, means more chance of bending or breaking a wheel on potholes.

The bigger the new wheel, the lower the profile of the tire and the lower the tire’s profile, the more chance of wheel damage. So, really big wheels with really low profile tires can mean multiple damaged wheels every year. If the look is worth that to you, then bigger wheels are for you. But, if your lifestyle and checkbook don’t match the extra cost, you may want to look at other ways to make your car stand out!

As always, drive gently!
Pat Goss

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