There is a tendency among the vehicle owners to ignore the need to upgrade tires of their car with time. They often pay less heed to the importance of tires in improving the overall ride quality and even the aesthetics of outfit. However, the truth is far from what is believed. Tires being the only module of a vehicle being in contact with the surface determines the final output of a ride. Poor tires will deteriorate the performance of the car, no matter if there is a flagship mill powering your vehicle or there are tons of comfort offering elements.
Manufacturers also don’t affix premium tires in cars they produce in order to keep the costs less and boost demand. This makes it important to replace the factory-fitted tires from another unit of the same size. With better tires, you will experience improved ride handling and comfort even on bad roads. Moreover, they will generate less noise, last longer than your previous tires, thus being cost-effective.
You can go for a set of low profile tires, which have lower sidewalls and are usually wider. This helps you to get better braking efficiency. Also, having the same with alloy wheels instead of steel will hook up the looks of the side profiles. Having said this, low profile tires also have a tradeoff and that is degraded ride quality. This makes it a bad choice broken or rough roads, which usually fills the Indian street scene.
Upsizing tires also brings hefty benefits. Upsizing means fitting tires of a larger size. A larger tyre will have more area in contact with the roads, meaning a better grip over the surface. A wider tyre also comes with better cornering and braking performance as well. Furthermore, it is important to note that upsizing tyres must complement with low profile tyres, which if not done, there would be a high chance of tyres scratching against the wheels arch and resulting in serious trouble.
There are a number of cautions that are needed to be kept in mind before upsizing tyres. The first and foremost being a decreased mileage because wider tyres have more rolling resistance compared to the thinner ones. Thereafter, they also make the steering feel heavier or to say you will have to struggle a bit while taking turns or such. Lastly, they are also expensive, hence, not meant for the folks using their four-wheelers only for city driving.
Changing tires, be it upsizing or downsizing, requires a fair bit of recalibration. Apart from the driver’s adjustment to it, the speedometer also needs to recalibrated as tires of different diameters cover different distances in one rotation. An appreciable range is around 2-3 percent of your current tyre size. Moreover, changes should come with proper advise and consultation from experts.