THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!

THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!
Your Ad here
Be sure to sign up for the weekly RV Travel Newsletter, published continuously every Saturday since 2001. Click here.
Huge RV parts & accessories store!
You have never seen so many RV parts and accessories in one place! And, Wow! Check out those low prices! Click to shop or browse!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Do you have "Big Wheels" on your car or tow vehicle? Why?

When people shop for cars/trucks very few pay attention to the tires other than to decide if they "look" good.
 A few years the ago "stylists" decided to start moving to ever larger wheel diameters. Now in a few cases, there was a reason to move from 15" to 16" due to increased brake rotor diameter. This increase does not apply to standard cars or pick-up trucks.
If you look at the clearance between the brakes and wheel sometimes that are many inches. This tells you that the reason for your "Big Wheels" is most likely just a styling gimmick.

The larger wheels are more expensive and the larger wheel diameter required a significant increase in tire mfg equipment in the tire plants to make the 18", 19" 20" and larger tires.
Why do people think big wheels "look" better?  I have no idea other than they might have liked the "Big Wheel" look on their toy cars as a kid?

  My Chevy 3500 and 4500 trucks work just fine with 16" tires so other than styling looks I have no idea why people think they would need anything larger on their 1/2 to 1 ton TV.

There is a definite downside to having a vehicle with larger than 16" diameter wheels. That is a higher cost and fewer choices when it comes to buying replacement rubber.

If you do a little research you will discover the more limited selection. Your tow vehicle has a job to do so it is probably to your advantage to not get the truck because it looks "Hot" as you may end up paying the price for excesses of the "stylists".

Just one man's opinion.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comment. We look at each one before posting to keep away the spammers.