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March 17, 2016

Looking for a Smoother Ride?

Have you been looking at new cars lately? Notice now that all these vehicles are coming with bigger wheels? 18, 19 even 20" wheels have all become the norm. The bigger wheels make the Buick look better and also improve handling by making the sidewall smaller. The sidewall is the part of the tire from the wheel to the outside of the tire. The larger this sidewall is, the smoother the ride is. The smaller the sidewall, the harsher the ride but the overall handling is improved.

Handling suffers greatly when the sidewall is too tall. This is because there is a higher chance of the tire leaning or rolling to one side or the other. The good thing is that you can find a nice middle ground between comfort and performance. All it comes down to is the size of the wheel. Whether you are looking for performance or you already have a Buick but want to make it more comfortable, we have some tips that should help.

Sport Trim Package

When purchasing a new Buick, it will have various trim levels. Base model vehicles usually have the smallest wheel setup while the top of the line will have the biggest wheel setup. Most often, the sports trim option on a Buick will come with bigger wheels and a stiffer suspension. If you are not an enthusiast, you will probably not enjoy the stiffer ride. In this case, opting for the base trim but upgrading just the wheels would be a better option.

Touring vs. Sport Tires

When choosing tires, there are usually two options. A touring tire is designed for most cars. Cars that will be driven on the highway and roads no faster than 80 mph. These tires are great because they tend to last much longer, ride softer and even help improve fuel economy. Sport tires are designed specifically to increase traction and performance. Softer compounds in sport tires will also reduce tire life and increase road noise.

Up or Down

If you have already purchased your Buick, there are many wheel and tire options that can help improve ride comfort. The general rule when changing out wheels is to go up or down by 1 inch. For example, if you have stock 17 inch wheels, you can lower your wheel size to a 16 to improve ride quality or you can move up to an 18 inch to improve handling.

It is not recommended that you go more than plus or minus one inch. The car's suspension and springs were designed with the stock wheel and tire options in mind. If the change is too drastic, it can lead to handling issues as well as suspension damage. Also keep in mind about brake calipers and rotors. Stock wheels were designed with very little clearance between those components and wheels. Your new wheels must be checked for clearance before installing them.

Stockwheels.com is always here to help you decide on wheel size. With 30,000 sq. ft. of wheels, it is hard for us not to find the right setup for you.

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