New tires / wheels = handling problems
I've been driving myself nuts trying to pick out a set of rims and tires for my XK. I think I've figured out the backspacing / offset thing and how it will play out as far as looks (sticking out to or past the fender flare) and clearance. I have two main concerns and am wondering if anyone has experience with these. If you can post some advice, this guy would be greatful.
1. I read this excerpt on AEV's website and now it gives me some pause as far as handling goes..... "this is why you see Jeeps with the tires sticking out three inches past the flare. This may be OK in sunny southern California, but guys who live where it snows can be in for all sorts of white knuckle handling, not to mention a huge mess on the side of the car." AND "If you have a positive offset wheel stock, and decide to switch to a negative offset wheel, you’re scrub radius just increased drastically. What happens is one wheel travels in a forward arc, while the other travels in a rearward arc. You just changed your steering geometry to resemble a 150 year old wagon…and your Jeep will drive like it too.
Why would the tires sticking out a little further cause white knuckle handling in the snow? Has anyone had or willing to admit a bad reaction to handling when they changed wheels / tires? I don't want to have any big regrets in handling. I am looking at a -12 offset rim with 4.53" of backspacing.
2. I have read in some posts that putting a 255/70/17 or a 265/70/17 on a 17x9 rim could be unsafe as well as have undesired looks. Can anyone explain why this could be unsafe and how the looks would be affected?
Thanks for the help here - I think others would find this info useful too.
2006 Commander Limited, 5.7L HEMI, Quadra-Drive II, NAV, 2.25" Rocky Road Lift, AEV 17 x 8.5" Pintler Rims with +10mm offset, Goodyear Silent Armor 265/70/17's, 4xGuard Matrix and grill hoop, PIAA 525 dual beam auxiliary lights, K&N Cold Air Intake, Full skid plates, Tinted fronts, Rear hitch shackle, Yakima bike carrier, Thule Atlantis 1800 roof carrier.
Current Wish list: 4xGuard Front Skid Plate, Rear tire carrier?!?!
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