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Old 10-28-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default Narrow - So I got this thing stuck in my head - Narrow

Well, I keep thinking about narrow tires. I don't know why, I just am. For off-road, snow, or most deformable surfaces it's generally a good thing.

We've got 3000 lb cars with 15", 16", 17" rims, and there really isn't any truely narrow tire out there, let alone ones that support our load ratings. Then I found commercial tires(for vans and such).

Yeah, I know this is goofy, but follow along anyways.

So i start looking at van tires...for my car. Well, it turns out there's a lot of options out there and in a wide range of sizes. There are standard road tires and even a wide selection of snow and general off-road capable tires. You can get sizes that will fit 15", 16" rims down into the 195, 185 kind of sizes and in diameters that range above and below our 25" to 27" usable range(25" sedans, 26" Foresters, +27" will fit too). So you're looking at tires like 195/70/R16, 185/75/R16, and they have load ratings of +100. I would also assume handling response isn't even that bad considering they're built for commercial vehicles that way at least 2-3 tons and probably a bit more loaded. Now on dry road I wouldn't expect greatness, but once you hit things like snow and mud, I would assume a pretty capable tire. I'm curious, if nothing else.

A couple sites showing available tires:
http://www.euroshina.com.ua/tyres.ph...ebrands&lng=en
(even has reviews)
http://www.gumija.lv/veikals/index.p...7cd4697643d382

Don't mind this post too much. Take it light-heartedly, just me thinking out loud.
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Old 10-28-2007, 06:01 PM   #2
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Yes, you will get better traction in wet weather, snow and ice. But once you get into those kind of tires, make sure they dont have really high load ratings.. stay away from Load range D and higher. Once you get into these load ranges you have to run alot higher PSI. Which would give you a horrible ride.
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:12 PM   #3
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What does Roc Town stand for?

True wet, forgot that. Ice, not though. Part of the ice issue is trying not to melt the ice with friction, and higher pressures = more friction. The only way it works is if it's studded and you manage to dig in harder/deeper with the studs.

Well, all the ones I've seen are above 100 load ratings, generally categorized as commercial vehicle tires, i.e. vans, small trucks. I would figure a ride comfort issue simply because of them being geared for higher weight vehicles, but I think it would also very much depend on the tire(brand/model) and what psi you might end up running. I would expect a stiffer carcass to handle the higher loads.

I'll keep an eye on the laod ranges and stay away from the D and higher. So far, most all of them are more like 106S or something standard like that.
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