Bigger Tires in Rear on a FWD car

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jc, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. jc

    jc Guest

    Can I expect any negative side effects from having a bigger (taller
    and fatter) tire in the back than in the front of a FWD car? What
    about as much as 1.5 inches taller?

    Will this have any impact on differential or ABS in any way? Something
    tells me that beyond the stance/look and slight MPGs loss there won't
    be a real impact.

    I want to do this because I like that muscle car look.. even if the
    muscle is in the front.

    Any thoughts?

    jc, Jan 26, 2009
  2. Ask your mother, clean your room, do your homework....
    Sharp Dressed Man, Jan 26, 2009
  3. JC JC JC.

    Manufactures spend millions on designing a motor, and by you putting on odd
    size tyres between front and rear will seriously compromise all that Honda
    have tried to achieve. It may look good in your eyes but come to a corner
    at anything over 20MPH will probably send you off the road. ABS would most
    likely to be ok, as would the diff cost that's at the front on a FWD car,
    all you are doing is dragging the rear around. However, if your car has any
    sort of stability ESP system linked to the braking system this would be a
    different story due to the differing aspect ratios of the tyres and larger

    Another thing to bear in mind would be insurance. If you change all the
    rims and rubber to the same spec and tell them, you may or may not get an
    increase in premium. However, if you don't and crash, they won't pay up and
    giggle at your stupidity (no offence meant). Conversely, when the inspector
    who checks out your motor after a crash will surly see odd tyres and would
    be laughing for a week.

    Good luck .

    Chuckie Finzter, Jan 26, 2009
  4. jc

    Jim Yanik Guest

    you also can't rotate the tires front to back for even wear.
    You might even have clearance problems in the wheelwell,particularly
    with a few friends in the car,gouge up some expensive new tires.
    Jim Yanik, Jan 26, 2009
  5. jc

    Dano58 Guest

    Yep, buy a RWD car....

    Dan D
    Central NJ USA
    Dano58, Jan 27, 2009
  6. jc

    CH®IS Guest

    Indeed, this seems like the best answer so far.

    I assume the OP's car is a honda, since we are where we are. If you're
    looking for a little inspiration on what (not) to do to make it a little
    cooler and more like a muscle car... visit

    If you want a muscle car look, start with a muscle car.

    - Chris
    CH®IS, Jan 28, 2009
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