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      04-08-2012, 09:05 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by 3er View Post
Out of curiosity, why get such wide wheels when running such narrow tires? Seems to defeat the purpose of running wider wheels and just adds unnecessary weight (wider wheels = ability to correctly run wider tires). If the cars can't run a wide tire (285+), then I'd imagine that you'd want to run a narrower wheel (9.5").

E.g.,
19x10.5, 245/35/19 - a 285+/30/19 tire would fit this wheel much better
19x9.5, 225/35/19 - a 265+/30/19 tire would fit this wheel much better
It is the trend. There is no advantage or reason, just popular. I think it has a name... but I forget. But yeah, people want to stretch the skinniest tire they can fit on a wide rim so it kinda tucks under the wheel well flare yet the wheel itself kinda sticks out of the side of the car.

A more "square" setup or even a slight "bulge" is actually better for performance. Most people don't race their car, it is a show.

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