Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Willis, TX
Drives 2001 BMW 325iT
Drives 1998 BMW M Roadster
Drives 2019 Tucson Ultimate (soon)
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I'm a little late to the party, but the old idea that lower profile tires means a harsher ride is outdated. The harshness of the ride has far more to do with the tires design/construction that the size of the sidewall these days. I've got up in wheel size (shorter sidewall) a number of times in the last 20 years and never encountered a harsher ride. My wife, who is decidedly NOT an enthusiast (wouldn't trade ride for looks or performance) noted a couple of times that the ride actually improved.
I have two sets of wheels and tires for my current daily driver (BMW 325i wagon). The 17" wheel/tire package rides NOTICEABLY worse than the 18" wheel/tire package. It's in the tire design. You cannot just make the simple assumption that larger sidewall will mean a better ride.
Best bet is to read the on-line reviews of tires with ratings from actual users. I've never been disappointed doing that.
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