2000 3dr accent

What is the highest profile tire I can put on the stock wheels?I DO NOT WANT TO PUT ON LARGER WHEELS! Just taller tires.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

Why would you want taller tires? All that will do is screw up your speedometer and odometer.
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Brian Nystrom wrote:

Well, one reason is better performance in deep snow.
Tall and narrow tires are much better than short, wide tires.
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Matt,EXACTLY! Nice tosee someone else understands these things.Most people think you want wider tires.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

Well, it all depends on what you want your tires to be good at! :-)
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Matt Whiting wrote:

I always use narrower snow tires (and often narrower wheels) in the winter, but I've never found the need to use taller tires. How much snow do you guys drive in? I've never had problems driving in a foot or so with the normal ground clearance of any of the cars I've owned. Realistically, how much ground clearance are you going to gain with taller tires, perhaps 1/2" (or less)? That seems unlikely to make much of a difference.
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wrote:

Can you explain a bit?
Logic would dictate that wider would be a better grip but narrower on the front, at least, would be less resistance. Is that the concept?
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

No, narrower tires, with their longer, narrower contact patches, are superior at cutting through the snow and slop to reach the pavement underneath. Wider tires, with shorter, wider contact patches are more prone to float on top of snow and hydroplane in slush.
That's why off-road rally racers use narrow tires in snowy, slushy, muddy conditions.
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

No, in snow you want the tires to sink down and grip something firm, not float on top and slip around. In sand, you want floatation, but in snow you don't. Yes, there is less resistance also with narrower tires, but I think that is a second order effect.
Matt
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Brian Nystrom wrote:

I've driven in well over 2'. The ground clearance isn't a big deal in fresh snow, but with packed snow in the center of a rutted road, even 1/2" can be the difference between making it and not. And with my pickup, I can easily gain well over 1" in ground clearance with a tire change. I agree that 1/2" is probably the max you can achieve with a small car.
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One problem with all these posts,NO ANSWER!
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

That's probably because no one here has done it. You may have to figure it out for yourself.
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