Tyre fitting is the process of changing the tyres on a given vehicle to alternate ones that are more suited for a specific purpose. An example of tyre-fitting would be using all-terrain tyres instead of road tyres when driving off-road. Why do people do this? Well, there are many reasons which could include:
· To Save Money
If you want to go mudding or rock crawling but have no intention of ever going on the tarmac again, having some AT fitted can save you serious cash in the long run compared to buying some dedicated off-road tyres. Well-known Goodyear Tyres Mansfield 4×4 tyre manufacturers such as Toyo offer an unconditional five-year warranty against punctures and tears on select models, so there needn’t be a financial burden.
· To Improve Safety
If you’re going to be driving a vehicle that will never see a road, then having some AT tyres fitted is the only way to legally drive it on public roads. Aside from this, however, it’s worthwhile considering if your vehicle is more suited to being off-road than it is on the tarmac. For example, most 4×4 vehicles have little trouble with loose gravel and dirt but struggle when confronted with fast corners or slippery surfaces, leaving them vulnerable in such conditions.
· To Enjoy the Benefits of Both Worlds.
If you have a sports car, it will typically be built to handle incredibly well on the tarmac. This means that road tyres on your vehicle would enhance grip and reduce roll considerably, leaving the vehicle feeling very planted in corners. However, this also means you lose out on the ability to go off-road. Why not change your road tyres for something more appropriate? You can keep enjoying excellent handling but have greater freedom of use beyond the confines of an asphalt surface if needed.
What Does Fitment Mean?
Fitment is the term used when discussing tyre sizes and their compatibility with a given vehicle. This means that, for example, if you want to fit some tyres into your car, then it’s important to make sure they have an appropriate rim size and profile (height and width) to achieve the correct fitment. If you intend to fit larger or smaller tyres than stock, this can affect ride height, which may require modifications such as suspension changes such as lowering springs or complete lift kits depending on how extreme they are.
Surprisingly, tyre manufacturers have a lot in common with wheel fitment because they deal with a specific rim size. For example, it’s common for tyres to come in ’18 inch fitments’, which means that when fitted to an 18-inch wheel, it will result in appropriate sidewall height, and tread width and correct speedometer accuracy. In this case, the wheel is just a carrier, though, whereas tyres are supposed to be active parts of the vehicle providing its grip and handling characteristics.
It would make no sense if we had wheels without tyres, so there is something special about each element working together. There isn’t any rule of thumb when it comes to fitment, and we should always aim to use the best combination of tyres and wheels, depending on what we intend to use the vehicle for.
Why Do People Fit Larger Rims and Tyres?
There are a few reasons why people fit larger rims or bigger tyres, but, ultimately, it’s usually done to improve either performance (traction, handling etc.) or looks (wheels look better with bigger tyres). While there is no strict rule, there is an overall trend towards fitting ‘plus sizing’ – that is – using 22 inch+ rim sizes and big rubber – particularly amongst younger drivers who place particular importance on the image. But this doesn’t mean that young drivers can only use these combinations, and fitment works both ways, so it’s easy to go down the other route by using smaller wheels and tyres.
Do Fitting Bigger Rims and Tyres Damage a Car?
In short, no! It may come as a surprise, but all modern cars have been designed to cope with larger diameter wheels without any problems whatsoever. Most manufacturers recommend going up in rim size when trying to achieve ride height adjustability since reducing the diameter of alloy wheels hurts suspension geometry which can cause wear issues.
If we take an example from Nissan, its range of Tyres Mansfield Patrol 4x4s is designed to handle up to 30-inch alloy wheel fitments, so this is an area where the Japanese manufacturer has invested heavily.
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