Your Guide to Buy the Right Car Tyres

SUV tyre in Dubai

By: Hassaan Javaid

“So you think you’re fully prepared to shop for new SUV tyres. Do you know exactly what you need to make a worthy purchase? Read on to discover essential things all motorists should be aware of when buying tyres for almost any vehicle.”

The tyre size matters

When shelling out for SUV tyres in Dubai, size really matters which is considered even before you pick the wheels for your vehicle. Come up with a clear idea of the dimensions by knowing the size of current tyres. Such information is imprinted on the tyre’s sidewalls, to the exterior edge in raised letters. Do note that the details are small and difficult to spot so you would need to scour the sidewall to find the relevant information.

It has to be something like ‘225/50 R 17’but the actual alphanumeric details vary per the type of tyre and vehicle. Here, ‘22f’ represents tyre’s width in millimetres whereas ‘50’ summarises the sides (measured as a percentage of width). The alphabet like ‘R’highlight construction feature of the tyre and here it’s for ‘radial construction’ followed by ‘17’ which is the diameter of the wheel rim.

Also note that every other figure is in millimetre except for the rim’s diameter which is highlighted in inches. Come prepared of the size you’re looking for before slipping head over heels over new and shiny tyre models. There’s no room for errors especially when making such a delicate purchase that directly relates to road safety and performance.

Speed rating impacts on the insurance

The next aspect to consider is speed rating which is the legally approved top-most speed of the tyre determined during quality assurance. When buying tyres for your own vehicle, be sure to go for the pair closely matching to the official/approved top speed. It’s however unlikely of you or any sane driver to drive on such a speed, the details are important for insurance purpose as well as to make the right purchase. Fitting low quality tyres can significantly reduce speed rating which further troubles you with the cover policy.

This information is also available on the tyre’s sidewalls, represented by letters on a scale which ranges between ‘A’ and ‘Y’, where each letter denotes particular speed details. Take for instance the alphabet ‘H’ which indicates the tyres meant to handle maximum speed of approximately 130 miles-per-hour. Difference of speed between each letter is nearly 6 miles-per-hour.

Check the labels

On finding the tyres that are just the right size and have a suitable speed rating, always check the labels to ensure they meet the performance requisites. Labels on a typical SUV tyre in Dubai looks similar to those you see commonly on items such as washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners and other sophisticated electronics.

They’re intended to make you understand the difference of tyres in terms of performance, safety, comfort, fuel economy and other such factors. Though understanding these can be confusing first, here’s what you should look for to make it easier:

  • Fuel economy
  • Wet grip and
  • Noise
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How to Plus Size the Tires and Wheels?

car tyre fitting

Naveed Ganatra

When it’s about the performance tires, big often seems better. What we exactly want from the tires that we buy. That these are not only the safest and most appropriate but also they, suit the needs of your specific on and off-road activities. If you’re just casually using your vehicle as a drive from home to work and picking kids from school, that fine that. But if it’s expected to do a little more than that, then you must get along with the wider tires.

These types of car tires fit larger diameter wheels that are quite likely to meet your performance goals. So let’s dive in;

Big is Beautiful

So what does plus sizing the tires mean? It’s mainly about installing tyres on your car that has a larger wheel diameter than standard car tyre fitting. With these tires, you get to retain the same overall rolling radius by merely reducing the tire profile. Sounds confusing a little bit? Earlier, tire plus sizing seemed only the most dedicated and performance-minded car buffs. While visiting the tire shops, you come across plenty of reasons why up Sizing could be a considerable option, and you can get this done by professionals safely.

Thick & Thin of plus Sizing

Plus sizing is also known as stepping up in this industry. So if your previous tire fitment were let’s say 16 inches, so the plus one would be 17 inches and plus two would be 18 inches. Although, it sounds pretty simple that you can increase the diameter of your wheels by just stepping up the size notches. But there’s some attention that needs to be paid on the aspect ratio too.

So what’s the aspect ratio? It’s the percentage that refers to the relationship of the height of the tyre’s sidewall to its width. When the figure is lower, the tyre’s section width would be greater. Keep in mind that the wider tyre does not interfere with vehicle’s body parts.  You get an increased grip and better braking performance with wider tires. On the flip side, it can be dangerous and may even compromise the road safety in case it comes into contact with any mechanical part of the vehicle.

Professional plus Sizing is Important

In case you are not able to tackle this technical jargon of tire plus sizing, don’t worry and let the professionals look after this. All you are supposed to do is consider the diameter of the wheel you are willing to plus size along with results you want to achieve. To determine that how much plus sizing would be required and what sort of performance outcomes should be expected, it all depends upon what exactly you are hoping to gain from your plus sizing experience.

Are you willing to get your car tires plus sized? If you aren’t pretty much familiar with the industry jargon and all the technical stuff, you can ask the professional to look after this for you.


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