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Old 07-18-2005
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Ok you guys i just got my truck wesday and this is the first car/truck i have ever owned because i'm turning 16 in 2 weeks. So anyway my dad came over to look at it and test drive it. So after that he said that the tires where too big. The tires are allseason all terrain tires, they are 18" tires and stock i think it's really spose to be like 16". So anyway he keeps telling me that there unstable because there bigger than stock. Is this a conck of Crap or what??? What do you think i should telll him??
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18in rims... yea...

less tire...
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pics?

and i dought it really changes the stability of the truck unless its lifted.
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I dunno but my family blames the bigger tires (31s) I had on my reg cab for my recent accident.
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yea i was thinking about putting a lift suspion on my truck and then crushing his small chevy cavalier into a ball what do you think??? I'll try to post pics later i've taken them but i have not gottin them devloped
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Got cardomain???

Or pics of the truck
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18's won't make your truck any less stable than the stock 16's.

Ty, I have no idea why they would blame the huge 31's for your accident. I had 33's and never ever had stability problems.
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18's would make it more stable if anything, less tire play.
What size are the tires?
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Yeah bigger wheel = less sidewall flex = better handling and stability. If he's used to driving a cavalier, of course a truck is going to have a bit more body roll.
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Tell him to get you a nice sway bar and new suspension and junk to make the handling the best possible.
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lol....yeah my dad was the same way....except instead of tires he was against engines. So thats why most of the vehicles ive owned were way under powered...

But I can really argue cause I was the one who bought my 4 banger so......oh well....lol

And heck yes you need to lift it.....and put some meat on that beast....lol
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Your 93 Ranger did not come stock with 18" tires. It probably came stock with 16" tires.

Actually, bigger tires, especially significantly bigger tires, which are so popular with a lot of people, can cause numerous problems. The following are just the ones that I can think of offhand. One is that tires can be too wide and stick out, thus throwing sand, gravel, etc. onto the side of the truck and damaging the paint. Another is that the tires can rub the fenderwells or the frame, steering arms, or springs. Larger diameter tires will throw the speedomoter and odometer off. The bigger tires weigh more and might overwork the stock shocks. Larger tires means that the tires are heavier and the stock brakes take longer to stop your truck, which can be a real safety hazard. Larger tires also cause a loss in power, so your acceleration goes down. Larger tires also means lower mpg. The larger the tire diameter, the higher the truck sits and so the higher the center of gravity is and the easier it is for the truck to roll over, and trucks with stock tires already have a high center of gravity and are more prone to rolling over than cars. In addition, the higher the center of gravity, the poorer the handling, especially the cornering. Most of these problems can be remedied, but it costs you $.
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To answer the main question, your father's concerns are simply untrue. Obviously he is just worried about you, but I'm sure once you show him actual evidence he will not be concerned about the tires anymore. (Don't worry though, he'll find something else!)
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^^^ How true it is!

And I'm still not sure if we're talking wheels or tires, because I know my truck came with tires that were just under 29" tall, and most of the points jmacmaster made are more applicable to oversize tires than oversize wheels, as most people "plus size" when they upgrade wheels, being for every inch of wheel you add, you subtract 1/2" sidewall so the diameter stays the same. Regardless, your dad is making stuff up and he's just not used to the way a truck handles.
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Thanks you guys, the tires do not stick out though and the tires do not stick out or rub the wheel well so i will try to post pics later though
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