QOTD: Big Wheels, Small Sidewall – Yes or No?

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The debate rages on, whether 22-inch, 24-inch, even 26-inch or larger wheels, and tires without a lot of sidewall to them, are okay or not.

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Is this appealing in certain parts of the country, such as Arizona, California, Texas, and throughout the South all the way down through Florida? Are the weather conditions such that few, if any, lifted trucks and SUVs in the rust belt are inclined to run these big wheel and tire combinations?

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We each have our preferences, the types of vehicles we like, the year, make, and model, and sometimes this discussion can get fairly heated. But nothing seems to set off enthusiasts from one camp or the other as much as wheels and tires, especially in combination with big lifts, and very detailed undercarriages.

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Some call them brodozers and mall crawlers, descriptions less than kind and oftentimes meant to provoke a reaction from the owner or fan of these lifted trucks. Surprisingly, there seems to be less commotion caused by lowered trucks that have big rims and tires sometimes described as rubber bands, perhaps because they aren’t expected to do something else, such as go off-road, or pull a trailer, or carry a load.

What’s your take on this controversy, and do you see any difference between lifted and lowered trucks that run big wheels, and tires that aren’t in proportion to them?

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