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What is the point of low profile tires?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (33297points) 1 month ago

Is it just aesthetics (for some people) or do they serve a purpose?
To me they seem out of proportion to the bulk of most cars, especially when they are on older cars (pre-1980)
Are they good in snow or rain? Is the ride bad?

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

They are more for high performance vehicles, they have a lot less side wall flex at extreme cornering.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -So they grip the road better with less “lean”?
Why are they on daily drivers?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Because those people believe they own performance vehicle, what get’s me is when idiots put them on 4X4s like really?

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -I don’t get it.
They do not look good on anything either.
I could also b!tch about the thick back end on the newer Camaros but will save that for another rant. XD

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Well I think they look just fine on true performance vehicles and that’s about it.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 Like what for example?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Like any of the super car class.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -Looked up what is considered a HP vehicle and a
2019 Aston Martin Vantage came up.
It resembles a dog bone with wheels that are too large. Wtf happened to proportion?
When I was in art school, the automotive design students had to submit over 1000 drawings/ideas for car design.
I cannot believe that this is all they can do.
Then again, there’s probably a bunch of fabulous designs that don’t make it due to the questionable tastes of car company bigwigs.
Can’t remember the name of the now-fired guy who f’d up Cadillac but he too did a number on the designs of those cars.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -Can’t get on board with the wheels even though they have a purpose…
The designs of some of the cars reminds me of origami. I do love the paint jobs so there’s that XD

Patty_Melt's avatar

Maybe they are Russian spy tires.

Brian1946's avatar

Some drivers are tired of publicity-seeking tires. ;-)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Brian1946 – Now that makes sense! :)

gondwanalon's avatar

Some people think that they look cool.

kritiper's avatar

Along with light alloy wheels, the LP tires are not as heavy allowing the vehicle to get better MPG and better performance since the car doesn’t have to spin up all that extra weight. And they will grip the road just fine if you get the air pressure correct.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@kritiper -The ride is not good, I have heard.
Can’t the rims on the fatter tires be made of the same metals?Tires are that heavy
My main problem with them though is aesthetic. They just look out of proportion to the body of the car.Like putting weak/spindly bicycle tires on a bus.My brother in law has two older trucks (1940 something and 1950 something) Both are beautiful except one has low profile tiles and it drives me nuts. pun intended
The weak look of the wheels looks like it can’t support the bulk of the truck.
Thanks for tolerating my rant. XD

kritiper's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille The rims are made of the same metal in some cases. I would prefer a larger tire because of the ride factor. (Plus, I like my speedometer and odometer to read correctly.) And, yes, they do look out of proportion. But people are always doing stuff to cars that don’t conform to aesthetics, or even automotive safety factors.
So laugh at the clowns!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@kritiper – I did. Now I just rant. lol

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Is just their appearance on vehicles that bother you @lucillelucillelucille ,or do you have another reason?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Sorry the link I wanted to post didn’t work.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -Appearance, definitely.
They look too “weak” to support even an average sized vehicle of today.
When I see them on cars from the 60’s or 70’s, it just looks bad.I will try to find a photo of my BIL’s truck with them.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

I think they look ridiculous on trucks especially 4×4s but they do work on super cars and other high performance cars.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 – Their purpose on those cars makes sense but I still dislike the look.
Especially on regular cars.Still trying to find a pic…

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Just google what ya want like photo of a Toyota prius with low pro file tires you would be amazed at what comes up.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -Can’t make me do it! Lol
This is the truck I was talking about. It’s not the best picture but I had to crop out the innocent.Lol

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Like I said I am with you about them on normal vehicles, lot’s of people think they are cool on any thing, other than true performance vehicles they look stupid.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 -Even on the ones that go to the track…like that truck!

kritiper's avatar

If a person doesn’t care about speedometer or odometer readings and gets low profile tires to lower the car to the ground, it will lower the center of gravity and increase the cornering ability of the vehicle.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@kritiper -So they can get away fast from people that make fun of them. :D

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@kritiper Any dealership can recalibrate the speedo, I had it done when I went to a larger tire on my last 4×4.
It’s not that expensive either.

kritiper's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 I know that. Back in the 60’s, if you wanted to recalibrate the speedometer and odometer, you could have a small gear box installed at the transmission in the speedometer cable. (This little box would cost about $100.) Nowadays, you just reset the computer parameters.
In my previous post, I was referring to Mr. Average Joe.

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