If you are looking for a new car, you might have seen the number of models with larger tyres and wheel packages. Bigger wheels and tyres not only look cool, they reduce the tyres’ sidewall height. A sidewall is the tyre part between the outside and inside diameter; the more that’s there, the more insulation there is between the road and you. Many cars with 18″ rims and larger have narrow sidewalls—it can improve handling, but it can also diminish ride quality.
Conversely, a car’s handling decreases when it’s fitted with tyres that have tall sidewalls, due to increased roll and lean. Fortunately, Simmons wheels can help you strike a balance between performance and ride comfort. When you’re looking for a softer setup, consider the tips given below.
Choose Packages That Don’t Increase Overall Wheel Size
Most new cars come in multiple trim levels. A base model typically has the smallest tyres and wheel packages, while the top trim often comes with larger wheels. In many cases, a sport option offers increased suspension stiffness and tyre size. Those who don’t value performance will probably be better served with a stock setup, but if the trim you want comes with bigger wheels and you don’t want them, you can ask the dealer for different wheels.
Touring or Sport Tyres?
They may all look alike, but tyres aren’t all created the same. A performance tyre is usually made from softer rubber compounds for increased traction, but it can come at the expense of greater road noise and reduced tyre lifespan. Touring tyres are designed for everyday driving on open roads at slower speeds. These tyres ride softer, last longer and can increase fuel economy on many vehicles.
Minus or Plus One
If you already have a car, you can buy Simmons wheels that can increase ride comfort. When upgrading tyres and wheel packages, the rule is that you can easily go down or up by an inch. It’s not advisable to go more than an inch one way or the other, as a car’s suspension components were designed to work with an OEM tyre and wheel setup. In a similar way, many rotors and brake calipers are designed with almost no clearance between wheels and parts. Trying to go from a larger wheel to a smaller one could be problematic, as the wheels won’t fit over the brake setup.
Changing the size of your car’s wheels can be difficult, but there are many resources that may help. By finding a vendor that offers fitment assistance for wheels, you’ll find out what fits your car—and you may even be able to see how they’ll look before you buy.