Thursday, August 21, 2008

Large Diameter Car Wheels

I fail to understand the advantage of the large diameter car wheels that are the current fashion.

The wheels require very low-profile tyres that give the car a poor ride quality and poor handling (unless the car has race car suspension geometry). Their excessive weight and rotational inertia have a negative effect on acceleration, braking, and steering. The large wheels also make the stock brakes look puny, suggesting the owner can't afford the matching large diameter brake rotors.

Even when it's done correctly it looks tacky.


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