So you’re planning on buying new tires for your off-roader.
But which are best… 35” tires or 37” tires?
If you own a pickup or a Jeep, at one point or another you will have to make this choice.
Just make sure you know all the facts before making a commitment.
IS BIGGER BETTER?
Bigger is better.
But not always.
It really depends on what you’re going to be using the tires for.
Don’t make the mistake of springing for 37” tires without understanding how much they could cost you in the long run.
The truth is that installing bigger tires could have a domino effect on the rest of your setup. You might end up having to upgrade key systems like your suspension, steering, brakes, and even your engine!
Bigger tires are heavier tires. And their weight will place a lot of additional strain on your vehicle. It’s more than likely that you’ll notice their adverse effect on components like the axles and drive shafts.
It’s likely that they’ll break. So be ready for some serious wear and tear.
But there are major benefits.
37” tires will deliver amazing handling characteristics.
And you’ll enjoy massive improvements in traction and clearance.
IS SMALLER BETTER?
Be honest with yourself.
Are you only interested in 37” tires to look cool? Or are you actually planning to go off-roading?
..because if you need the tires for hard wheeling and rock crawling… they won’t disappoint.
But if you’re not a hardcore offroader, consider your budget before making a costly mistake for just 1 inch of additional ground clearance.
35” tires are easier on the pocket.
They won’t consume as much power, and you won’t have to stop at the fuel pump as often as you would with 37-inchers.
You’ll also accelerate quicker, and you’re braking distance won’t really be altered.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It really doesn’t matter what size tires you equip your ride with.
Because once you start, you’ll always want to go higher.
Most enthusiast start with 32” tires, and then go up to 35” tires, and 37” tires.
But tire sizes will always be debated.
And ultimately, you’re the only one who knows what’s best for your vehicle.