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The Disadvantages Of Upsizing Your Tires

Many people are into the trend of accessorizing their cars. It doesn’t stop at interior touch-ups, it also stretches to upsized wheels to get that immediate visual flamboyance added to the car’s exterior.

Plus-sizing means increasing the diameter of your tires while also reducing the profile of your tires to keep the rolling diameter the same.

While this boosts your car’s style quotient, it also has its performance drawbacks, so you might have to consider several factors before deciding to upsize your tires.


Your tires sidewalls offer more than just aesthetics

As a tire manufacturer, we suggest that you stick to your car manufacturer’s original equipment tire size. But if you still choose to upsize your tires, your new overall wheel diameter should never be more than 103% of your original wheel diameter.

Visit for relatively accurate calculations if you’re unsure how to calculate your tire’s diameter.


Each car has a specific limit for wheel sizes

We understand that you are going for a fiercer look with wider wheels, but you should also know the specific limit for tire sizes of your car due to factors like original tire size and positioning of suspension components.

Do this to avoid premature wear caused by rubbing on your tire’s arches when going over humps or making U-turns.

Upsizing your wheels might also result in inaccurate speedometer reading because of the dissimilar overall diameter.


Reducing the thickness of your tire sidewall will result in an uncomfortable ride

Reinforcements are required to maintain your tire strength, reducing the thickness of the sidewall will result in a bumpier and harsher ride. It also wears your car’s suspension components.

Bigger wheels mean more weight, and more weight means that your engine has to work harder to achieve the same speeds—resulting in poor acceleration and higher fuel consumption.


Lower profile tires cost more

That right, lower-profile tires cost more even if they may appear like they have less rubber. This is because low-profile tires require additional sidewall reinforcements.

Regardless of whether you plan to upsize your tire or not, Bridgestone recommends that you find a suitable tire for your car at