Skinny Tires Are Just Better

Photo via Favcars
Photo via Favcars
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!

Nowadays, everyone seems to think trucks and Jeeps should all have big fat meats on them, but I disagree. Narrow tires are just better.

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I mean, look at that Series I Land Rover above. Does it have enormous 35x12.5 Super Swampers? No. Those things are probably no more than seven inches wide. Same thing with the NDTs on this CJ-2A:

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Jalopnik reader James’s Willys CJ-3B also looks fantastic on those little trailer rims. But it’s not just off-road SUVs that look great with skinny tires, even enormous pickups look awesome. Check out this F100:

And don’t think it’s all about looks either, there are a number of studies suggesting that narrow tires are actually better for the majority of off-road conditions.

So quit it with all the big fat knobby mud-terrains, and please grace this world with some six inch wide pizza cutters like the off-road gods intended.

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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DISCUSSION

shocontinental
shocontinental

David Tracy today:

So quit it with all the big fat knobby mud-terrains, and please grace this world with some six inch wide pizza cutters like the off-road gods intended.

David Tracy last Friday:

Will my oversized tires rub over every bump? There are so many questions that will be answered this weekend!

David Tracy last Tuesday:

My issue right now is that my wheels are only 4.5-inches wide, and I plan on running 31 x 10.50 tires.

Yep sounds about right.