What Are the Best Tires to Stretch?
April 30, 2021
Let’s talk a little bit about stretched tires.
Before we get too in-depth, we must tell you that any form of tire-stretching is unsafe.
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Tire stretching first started as a concept that made its way throughout the car world. As some people began to desire lower cars and lower suspension options, tire stretching came to obtain an even lower look. While the history of this concept was mostly German, it has made its way around the world as an interesting customization option. Now, this is where trucks come into play… why would you ever want to stretch your tires on a truck?
To be 100% and upfront with you, there is not a single good reason that we can come up with why people decided to do it on trucks. The trend started around 5 or 6 years ago at truck shows and it took tire companies by complete surprise. Some companies played along with the trend and even started offering 16” wide wheels which are more on the extreme end of the trend. Whether you have a 35x12 on a 14 ½” or a 16”, that stretched tire is very unsafe, and here’s why:
When you stretch a tire beyond its intended specifications, you create excess stress on the sidewalls. This excess stress will not only reduce the strength and integrity of the tire but will also generate excess heat while driving which could cause a tire blowout. It goes without mentioning, I think we know just how dangerous a blowout can escalate to be.
So, with that in mind, why do people continue to stretch out their tires?! Simply put, it’s mostly an aesthetic thing.
Alright, the section that you have been waiting for, finally. Here are the best tires to stretch.
We offer tire/wheel build with free mounting, bouncing, and shipping to the lower 48 states and we will stretch them for you.
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