Low-profile tyres may improve the handling of a vehicle. The shorter sidewalls on low profile tyres are less flexible than the higher sidewalls on high profile tyres, resulting in less rolling and bouncing of the vehicle. This improves grip and the suspension’s ability to keep the vehicle stable in turns.
This may have a positive influence on a vehicle’s performance since more grip allows for quicker cornering, but the trade-off is a harder ride over potholes. If there are fewer sidewalls and a shorter air cushion to absorb disturbances, these shocks will propagate through the wheels and chassis to the cabin, resulting in an uncomfortably unpleasant ride for riders. Some automakers have built their vehicles to be more suitable on large-diameter wheels as usual in recent years, but this is doubtful to be the situation when installing custom wheels and tyres.
The issue is whether you can tolerate this additional stiffness in exchange for the improved traction and road-holding that the tyres will bring. If you increase the size of your tyres by an inch, it may not have a significant impact on how well they absorb bumps, but if you increase the size by two or three inches, you will likely feel the difference. A low-profile tyre does not have the same capacity to absorb pressure as a conventional tyre, thus there is a larger chance that the tyre or wheel may damage if the disturbances are severe, particularly while driving over potholes.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LOW PROFILE TYRES AND STANDARD TYRES
On the sidewall of every tyre is a barcode that identifies the tyre viewing angle. This is the proportion of the tyre width to its height. Tyres with a low profile have a smaller aspect ratio and a narrower sidewall. In contrast, standard tyres feature a greater aspect ratio and a higher sidewall.
If you examine the sidewall of your tyres, you can see numerals such as P215/65 R15. The “R” number denotes your rim size, the “P” denotes that the vehicle is a compact car, and the value that follows it is the tyre section width. The number after the slash, in this example 65, indicates that the tyre height is 65% of its width. Tyres with an aspect ratio of 50 or less are often low-profile. The smaller sidewall and bigger wheel combine to provide a sportier appearance to the tyres.
DRAWBACKS OF LOW-PROFILE TYRES
The disadvantages are:
Low-profile tyres reduce the distance between the automobile and the road, leaving the car’s suspension system to handle the shock. However, you may tune your shock absorber for low-profile tyres to prevent roughness, sound, and possible damage.
Low-profile tyres provide much less cushioning between the wheels and alloys and the asphalt. Low-profile tyres may cause major damage, from bent rims to puncture tyres, when they collide with potholes. Regular tyres might cause discomfort, but low-profile tyres can cause massive destruction, from bent rims to damaged tyres.
LOW PROFILE TYRES AESTHETICS
The tendency for “more rims, less rubber” has flourished for many decades. Initially, fitting bigger wheels and low-profile tyres was an avid tuner’s enthusiasm. Nevertheless, even drivers of mid-range vehicles increasingly strive for lower aspect ratios. The automobiles begin to take on a sporty appearance, which is typically synonymous with “cool” among drivers.
Most automobile manufacturers put low-profile tyres on their Original Equipment (OE) lists to meet consumer demand. Specifications for variations should be present in the owner’s handbook. The knowledge will allow any motorist to customise their vehicle’s appearance without incompatibility issues.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR
Some warning indicators to watch for:
If you collide with an object at a high rate of speed, the wheel may damage since there is less sidewall to counterbalance. In addition, low-profiles often have aluminium wheels that are easier to bend.
If you do not modify your vehicle’s structure for new wheels and tyres, it will sustain the majority of the damage. As stated earlier, low-profile tyres are poor at reducing road shock, therefore suspension overburden may become a worry.
CAN ONE CHANGE FROM STANDARD TYRES TO LOW-PROFILE TYRES?
Changing to normal tyres may result in a more comfortable ride. Nonetheless, low-profile tyres are often on wheel rims with a wider diameter. Consequently, it may be difficult to get regular tyres that suit your present wheels.
Consequently, to upgrade to regular tyres, all axles, brake discs, and TPMS valve indicators must go through replacement. It would be an extremely costly modification, so if your wheels can only accommodate low-profile tyres, we suggest