4 drawbacks to bigger wheels

May 09, 2017 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
Why would people not want larger wheels on their cars?

You might have read our last article on Three advantages of bigger wheels. In order to provide you with comprehensive perspectives in considering to equip your vehicles with huge wheels, today we would like to give your 4 reansons why people would not want bigger wheels for their cars.
 

1. Slower acceleration

What affects do bigger wheels have on acceleration and overall performance? It is clear that a car engine find it more difficult to rotate larger wheels, leading to a decrease in overall acceleration.

How much depends on engine HP and torque. So let’s say you start off with a big engine which develops decent amount of horsepower, decrease in acceleration will be minimal. On the other hand, if your car comes with a 1.8-liter engine and you want to mount 19 inch staggered wheels, you might be disappointed by results. 
 
blue car

A car engine find it more difficult to rotate larger wheels, making for a decrease in overall acceleration
 

2. Less comfort

Bigger wheels have the potential to make your car less safe and comfortable by making it harder to handle as tires have more contact with the road. And, of course there is no cheap solution to this problem. Regular tires have some drawbacks when they comes to concerning and traction, but they do make riding in your car so much better. So, are bigger wheels better? 

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3. Increased fuel consumption

Increasing your tires will decrease the driving force from your wheels which will culminate in a decrease in acceleration. Moreover, fuel economy will inevitably suffer as well due to the engine having to work harder to rotate the wheels. 
 
A car on the street

Fuel economy will inevitably suffer as well due to the engine having to work harder to rotate the wheels
 

4. Cost

Are bigger wheels a waste of money? Sure. If you got the average wheels with decent tires, they will cost you as much as two thousand dollars or more, depending on manufacturer. That is if they are new. If you are willing to pay for second hand wheels with used tires, you will spend half of that. The same rational can be applied to what options a person chooses. 
 


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All in all, having big size wheels can bring both pros and cons to your beloved vehicles. Make sure you have considered all factors carefully before taking the leap.

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