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Wider tires in the rear of a torque-rich vehicle.. (archive)

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Posted by JAMES. on April 17, 2002 at 07:41:11:

In Reply to: What are Pros and Cons of Staggering Wheels? posted by Bennett on April 16, 2002 at 08:59:16:

..typically will reduce the tendency of oversteer (or "loose" condition). On a rear wheel drive vehicle with enough torque (and weight), wider tread in the rear can increase lateral grip under "spririted" or track conditions.

In some cars, this may reduce the "progressive" feel where the limit of adhesion is no longer apparent. I've seen (and driven) cars with newly fitted larger tires/wheels and spinning it in the turns.


Are there any adverse effects? Ride,comfort,stability. You guys who participate in this forum are very knowledgable and I would like to hear your advice on this question before I invest in a set of 18 in. composite-bolted wheels for my 95 740iL.



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