Skinny Tires Are Just Better

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

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.

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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio