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This is a discussion on Bigger tires within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; Hey all, I was wondering why all the cars around here have more low-profile tires..seems to me there's not much ...

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    Hey all, I was wondering why all the cars around here have more low-profile tires..seems to me there's not much point in them, and I prefer the look of the bigger tires (as in 70's muscle cars)..would it be possible to use a 16 inch rim and a more "normal" tire on these cars?

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    Sure, but it would be ugly as hell...

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    To each their own I guess? I honestly can't picture it on a newer trans am so well, as I've only seen them with the lower profile ones..but I've always preferred normal tires, and they're more useful as far as driving. Suppose it won't hurt me to try it

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    with taller wheels comes low-pro tires, it's science

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    Which is why I'd go for smaller wheels? It wouldn't take much to fit them in, and you get the same overall diameter and more benefits (unless there's something to low-profile tires I don't see). Aside from the little fad of bigger rims, I don't see much point in keeping them

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    stock z28 has 16x8 wheels.
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    the lower profile is a lot stiffer tire with less sidewall flex (better for hard accurate cornering, but less ride quality)
    higher profile allows for more sidewall flex ( better ride quality and strait line hook)
    bigger wheels alow you to fit bigger brakes on the car.
    one thing to make sure of if you go with a smaller wheel is your rim to caliper clearance.
    I can't wait to get my 69 chevelle done and put the 19"s under it.... but I have a friend that has a 98 Ta with big old wrinkle wall slicks on 15" rims that looks mean as hell... especially when he bottems out on the wheelie bar off the line with yhe front wheels more than a foot off the ground

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    the lower profile tires do give a bit better performance in cornering, and allow for bigger brakes. which is a plus. but i really do hate mounting low profile tires.
    so, if you want bigger tires your mechanic will love you, much easier to mount something that has some sidewall flex to it.

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    With 16" you have less tire choices. People do make 15" wheels fit with some caliper grinding.

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    i take it that these are not your street tires? i find that track tires look amazing, if only i could run them on street.

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    i take it that these are not your street tires?
    Nope.
    See avatar for street set-up.

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