November 26, 2015

Stuff I like: Wide Tires

Posted on July 20, 2010 by in In the Garage

Wide Tires

I love wide, sticky tires.

Now that they’re finally becoming economically priced, I don’t see a reason not to add a wider contact patch to your car.  While most people are into skinny tires on wide wheels, I’m into filling the wheelwells with traction.  Wider tires decrease wheelspin during acceleration, prevent wheel lockup when braking, and increase cornering traction.  It’s a simple concept at heart, but so many car builds seem to miss out on my core principles.

In my book, traction is at the top of my priority list, and since tires are the only part of my car that are designed to touch the ground, I’ll take as much as I can get.

They’re finally starting to come into popularity, with 315/35-17 sizes becoming commonplace so I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to have to order some wheels to mount them up on my next fun daily.

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5 Responses to “Stuff I like: Wide Tires”

  1. Jesse 23 August 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more, but for me being able to utilize a wide, sticky set of tires is the best goal for any car.

  2. Karmann 23 August 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    Rolling resistance, noise, bad fuel economy, more rotational weight, diminished steering feel, possible rubbing and fitment complications and makes smaller lighter weaker cars much slower, in some cases even bog down. Everything in moderation.

  3. Gollum 26 August 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Slight correction there though. Rolling resistance is a common misconception. Because weight gets dispersed across a greater contact patch, friction at a static forward speed doesn’t change.

    The common increase in “rolling resistance” associated with wide tires is more due to the stickier rubber, and the added weight as mentioned.

    Just saying that some of the people over at the gassippers forum have proven that one. As long as the compound is nice and hard, going wider won’t kill MPG at all, but going TALLER does! Big difference.

    But yes, everything in moderation. I just like to moderate really wide…..

  4. Brad 13 August 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    What are those fender flares made from ? How can you make a cheap DIY fender flares like this ?

    • Jesse 20 August 2015 at 11:19 am #

      Those were just garden edging, bent and molded around the fenders. There are better solutions out there, but these certainly work.

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