Car Tire Shops Loudon TN

In theory, an improvement in handling comes with an upsized wheel and tire package. Decreasing the tire aspect ratio, or the percentage of tire width to tire height, also decreases side-to-side tire flex. While crisper handling is possible with a shorter tire, the pneumatic cushion between the road and car is less effective.

Paul's Tire & Furniture, Inc.
(865) 458-9109
1604 E Lee Hwy
Loudon, TN
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00AM-12:00PM, Saturday: 8:00AM-12:00PM,

Wal-Mart
(865) 986-9002
911 Highway 321 N
Lenoir City, TN
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-6:00PM,

Matlock Tire Service
(865) 986-6533
318 Highway 70 W
Lenoir City, TN
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

68 Car Care
(423) 337-9752
2805 New Highway 68
Sweetwater, TN
Specialty
Air Conditioning Repair, Brakes, Electrical Service, Emission Testing, Engine Repair, Exhaust Repair, Front End Repair, General Automotive Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Lubrication Service, Machine Shop Service, Maintenance, Radiator Repair, Tires/Wheels, Wheel Alignment
Hours
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:(Closed)
Sun:(Closed)
Payment
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Wal-Mart
(423) 442-5237
4525 Highway 411
Madisonville, TN
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday: 9:00AM-6:00PM,

Paul'S Tire & Retread Inc
(865) 458-9109
1604 E Lee Hwy # 11
Loudon, TN
 
Midas Lenoir City
(865) 986-8090
720 Highway 321 North
Lenoir City, TN
Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 6:00PM, Saturday 8:00AM - 3:00PM, Sunday - Closed

Matlock Tire Service Inc
(865) 986-6533
1301 Highway 321 N
Lenoir City, TN
Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM-5:30PM, Saturday: 7:00AM-1:30PM,

Sweetwater Tire
(423) 337-7337
1571 Sweetwater Vonore Rd
Sweetwater, TN
 
Wal-Mart Supercenter
(423) 442-9944
4525 Highway 411
Madisonville, TN
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Tire Size Considerations

Big Wheels Can Present Big Problems By Mike Bumbeck, DriverSide Contributor

Upsized Downs
A sentence or two uttered during the Lincoln MKS presentation outlining the extensive suspension development required to support use of the optional 20-inch wheels served as a valuable reminder to those thinking of throwing a set of 26-inch dubs onto their Caprice Classic. Big wheels and low profile tires may look cooler but do not necessarily improve handling. A larger wheel and tire package can actually decrease maneuverability and increase braking distances. Trend-based thinking is that, by dropping the sidewall height of the tire and increasing the diameter of a wheel, an improvement in steering response and lateral handling can be found. While this is true to a certain extent, there is a point of diminishing returns.

Low Profile
In theory, an improvement in handling comes with an upsized wheel and tire package.  Decreasing the tire aspect ratio, or the percentage of tire width to tire height, also decreases side-to-side tire flex. While crisper handling is possible with a shorter tire, the pneumatic cushion between the road and car is less effective. The difference can be as dramatic as dozing off on an overstuffed mattress or trying to get cozy with a 1/2-inch thick foam camping pad.

Unsprung Weight
Increased mass of larger wheels causes other problems. The body of the vehicle sitting atop the suspension is sprung weight. The wheels and tires are bolted to the ends of the suspension are unsprung weight. Anyone who remembers playing with a gyroscope as a kid can recall how difficult the toys were to tilt or move around once they got spinning. Unsprung weight like 26-inch spinners can overwhelm the ability of a suspension to maintain vehicle control. Forged racing wheels are light. Diamond encrusted dubs are not.

Rotating Mass
Big wheels want to keep on turning. Added rotating mass of bigger wheels can overwhelm brakes designed for smaller diameter and usually lighter wheels. Consider a brake and suspension upgrade if rolling into the donk or dub zone is the plan. As did the team behind the Lincoln MKS, engineers submit a vehicle to long hours of development and testing to determine the best wheel and tire combination. Suspension and brake system are designed for the wheels and tires the factory bolts on. Anything else is style-based guesswork.

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