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Narrower tires on wheel ? 255’s replace 265’s ?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Mike Eskimo, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. ozcal

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    just went from a 225 65/17 to a 215 70/16 for winter wheels / tires on our outback... she rails
     
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    I had snow tires installed that were narrower than standard on my old '95 Acura Integra thinking it would help in the snow. I almost went off the road in the first snow and was lucky the tire place took them back and installed the proper size. Apparently teams of highly trained Japanese engineers know more about this stuff than me. Who knew?
     
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    I went bigger on my Wrangler - 31x10.5x15. Better traction & braking. Also, IF you have to pressure down there’s less chance of breaking a bead
     
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    If only everyone was honest . People will swap windshields just to have a valid inspection and emissions sticker .
     
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    Wow, been a long time since I lived in PA, having to get mechanical inspection and emissions test... we have no such thing here in TN... and it often shows ;) Our cars would pass, am quite sure (a 2010 Kia and a 2015 Honda) but there some scary old POS on the road here....When I lived in PA, I went from 165s (maybe 165/80?) To 185/70s on an old Toyota Celica, no problem...speedo was close enough for gov’t work... this was early ‘80’s
     
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    The value of your truck is in it’s originality. If you’re gonna change tires, you might as well just route it for humbuckers and refinish it in poly.

    If it were mine, I’d try to level/crown/polish the tires as is before doing a full replacement.

    When was the last time it was re-capped?
     
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    As you have read in this thread, there are lots of issues to consider. These comments are correct, so there needs to be a good reason to justify the change. The price difference is not a big deal over the lifetime of the tires if that is an issue.

    BTW, those PA rules scare the snot out of me. I'd be moving if that sort of inspection crap was happening. Just sayin'
     
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    Ended up going with original original size and tires : 265 70 17 Goodyear Wrangler AT/S.

    Exactly what was on this truck when new.

    Noisy, chattery, howl-y, bad gas mileage.

    (this truck loves a solid shoulder highway tire - and these ain’t that)

    But - $100 a tire and this is now and forever a local-trip-only vehicle .

    Plus these definitely fall under the general GEFWIF rule (good enough for who it’s for)

    thanks for all the info fellas !
     
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    that s strange... lots of folks do a narrower snow tire they apparently have better grip... it s also popular to do a minus sizing on the wheel as well (if the clearance is there for brake calipers etc).... our new snow tire / wheel set up is insane... i was trying it out in the deserted parking lot at the local ski resort the other day... couldn t get it to let go in the corners...

    https://blog.tirerack.com/blog/hunters-ramblings/why-are-narrower-tires-better-for-winter
     
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    I'd check with your insurance. Here in the UK they would use 'the non spec tyres' as an excuse not to pay in the event of a claim
     
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    good point diy
     
  12. Ed Storer

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    Boris is not alone here. If you ever watched World Rally Championship programs, you would see that the cars run much narrower/higher aspect tires on snow (at unbelievable speeds) that are used on non-icy roads - pavement, gravel, etc.

    A narrower tire won't "ski" on snow or hydroplane on water as easily as a wide profile tire.

    The last time I rallied in snow, my driver had Studded Hakkapeliitta tires fitted on his Impreza. We managed to stay on the roads.
     
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    A narrower tire places more weight per square inch on the tread . This simple fact helps in displacing water/snow . This and tread pattern/depth are the factors for siping H2O in its liquid and frozen states . A narrow slick fares no better than a wide one when surfaces are wet/frozen .
     
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