Buying winter tires and rims for my car
I'm going to buy winter tires and rims soon. My car currently has 16 inch
This may sound like a stupid question but would I have anything to gain performance wise from buying 15 or 14 inch rims?
You'll get less rotational inertia per wheel which should give you better
However, you will also get decreased ride height (assuming you stay with the same thickness of tire) which will not help you in the deep snow (another assumption).
I would go for increased performance in your summer tires and increased traction / height in your winter tires.
When "plus sizing" wheels, tire diameter remains approximately the same
while diameter of wheel increases. This means sidewall height is reduced,
producing arguably better cornering performance at the cost of ride
comfort. Current fashion seems to prefer maximum wheel diameter, minimum
sidewall height. Taken to its logical end, we'll soon have wheels that
look like those on railroad luggage dollies.
I don't live in snow country, but if I did, I think I would prefer maximum traction over cornering performance when choosing winter wheels. And a fashionable look counts for little when sliding into a ditch.
But, I'm an old guy who won't take his Miata out in snow.
You'll also throw your speedometer off by changing wheel sizes.
How is that?
With smaller rims I’d just get bigger sidewalls.