Consumer Reports Jan '06 Issue Proves My Point on Tire Profiles.
Amazingly some of these utility type vehicles are being fitted with -55 and
-50 tire profiles. For you out there who don't know what this
specification means, I am referring to the new low profile tires, usually
fitted to oversized wheels.
When you see a car or truck that looks like its riding on its rims, it has
those abdominal low profile tires installed. Its a pure gimmick on the
part of the auto makers.
A neat side effect is instead of $35 tires, your replacement is going to
cost about $150 or more.
How does C.R. prove my point? Easy. Every one of these cars rode "noisy".
That's because the stiff sidewalls of low profile tires telegraph all the
noise into the cabin. Also, because there's little air cushion, the rides
Not to mention its impossible to wear a wide imprint tire evenly. Its also
impossible to maintain alignment and avoid cupping, that's why cars which
are perfectly aligned start pulling hard to the right after the tires wear
into a pattern, then bounce like crazy. This NEVER happened when tires
were -90, -80 or -75. When tires were -70 or less, that's when all Hell
broke loose and cars no longer where the comfortable conveyences we had
grown to love. They're all bastards now, one and all and its due 100% to
low profile tires.
Here's another proof and its an unrefutable foolproof proof. All airplane
tires, from the littleist Piper Cubby to the great big Airbus Double Decker
all have -90 to -100 tires. If low profile tires were so good, they'd put
them on airplanes (and it would save them precious space in the wheel
well). They don't, so that proves it, once and for all.
Do not throw your money away by buying cars with those stupid tires.
Boycott all makers until they get the point and start putting real rubber
back on our cars.