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What are low profile tyres?

Low profile tyres have a shorter sidewall height in relation to the width of the tyre.

Typically, low profile tyres have an aspect ratio of 50 or lower. This means that the height of the tyre's sidewall is only half or less than the width of the tyre.

Are lower profile tyres better?

Better is a relative term. Lower profile tyres do have some advantages over regular tyres. They are considered to deliver a better handling experience – as well as improved cornering ability.

The shorter sidewall means that there is less flex in the tyre - which can lead to more precise steering.

Aesthetically speaking - low profile tyres tend to have sporty and stylish appearance that some drivers enjoy.

Low profile tyres vs Normal tyres

The main difference between low profile tyres and normal tyres is the size of the sidewall.

Low profile tyres have a shorter sidewall height, which can offer a greater performance in terms of handling and cornering.

They also are normally made from a harder compound, so this can lead to a harsher ride.

Standard profile tyres have a taller sidewall, which can lead to a more comfortable ride due to them being able to absorb more shock from the bumps in the road.

Can I replace low profile tyres with normal ones?

It is possible to replace low profile tyres with normal ones, but it is important to ensure that the replacement tyres are the correct size and specifications for the vehicle.

How long should low profile tyres last?

The lifespan of low profile tyres depends on several factors, such as the quality of the tyres, the driving conditions and the a person’s driving style.

Generally speaking, low profile tyres have a shorter lifespan than normal tyres because they have less rubber to absorb shocks and wear.

On average, low profile tyres can last anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 miles, but it is important to regularly check the tyres for signs of wear.

Why are low profile tyres more expensive?

Low profile tyres tend to be more expensive than standard profile tyres. They require more advanced manufacturing techniques and higher-quality materials to produce.