Modifying cars has been popular for decades. Modification can be purely aesthetic (i.e. tinted windows, new speakers, new paint job, etc.) or practical (i.e. new engine, better transmission, new brakes, etc.). You can modify and accessorize your car as much as you’d like, but as long as you don’t have tires, you aren’t going anywhere. Fortunately, car modification enthusiasts can upsize their tires to increase their vehicle’s functionality and style.
What is tire upsizing?
Tire upsizing is basically what it sounds like: making your tires bigger. Increasing the tire’s height increases its rolling diameter. If the rolling diameter is changed by more than three percent during tire service in Norwalk, OH, you’ll run into some serious disadvantages. However, if our mechanics upsize your tires, you’ll only enjoy the benefits listed below.
Benefits of tire upsizing
- Aesthetic appeal: Many car enthusiasts would agree that tire upsizing makes your ride look cooler—and who doesn’t want a cooler looking vehicle? Additionally, if you have a better looking car, your resale value is only going to rise.
- More control: A wider tire provides better contact with the pavement below it. More contact with the ground provides for better traction, thus increasing your control of the vehicle.
Disadvantages of tire upsizing
The disadvantages of upsizing will be entirely negated if you take your car in to a certified and trusted mechanic. Our professionals will ensure the highest quality tire service in Norwalk, OH. We will ensure none of the following disadvantages of tire upsizing occur, but here’s what can happen if your mechanic doesn’t know what he or she is doing:
- Odometer and speedometer issues: Your odometer and speedometer both work by calculating tire rotation while driving. If your tire’s rolling diameter is changed without the odometer being recalibrated, your car will tally the amount of miles on your car incorrectly. This can be an issue when it’s time for an oil change. If the odometer is incorrect, you might go in for an oil change either too late or too early. Meanwhile, if the speedometer is off and you don’t know your actual speed, you run the risk of getting a speeding ticket.
- Anti-lock brake issues: The anti-lock brake computer in your car shouldn’t be messed with unless you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing. It’s a fidgety system that needs to be perfectly calibrated for each tire to ensure the system functions when it needs to. After expertly changing your tires on all wheels, our certified mechanics will double check that the anti-lock brake system is working as well as it did when the car left the factory.
- Wheel well issues: If your upsized tires are too big to fit your wheel well, you will have major problems turning your car, and possibly even steering at all.
Before you go out and try to upsize your tires by yourself, remember the possible negative effects of upsizing. Contact Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, Ltd. to find out more about tire upsizing and other options for tire service in Norwalk, OH.