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Old 12-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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low profile tires on toad

any buddy towing a toad with low profile tires our toad will have 205 40 17
towing 4 down any cons to this size tires thanks
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:59 PM   #2
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I look at those 'thin' tires and worry about bumps or road debris pinching the tire against the rim. You might think about adding tire pressure monitors to the toad.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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We lost a 225-50-R17 on our Ford Fusion Hybrid to a LARGE pothole on the Mass turnpike. The tire was ruined and the wheel was badly bent. I believe the low profile did not take the hole real well. I know for sure I would never travel w/o a spare with these tires, luckily we have the small spare. The Mass DOT are the only repair outfits allowed on the Turnpike and they would not have a spare. I ended up buying a new steel wheel and cheap tire to make the trip home.
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Both of my Miata towds have had 225/45-R17XLs on them. Over the past 7 years, I have towed them over a combined 50,000 miles without an issue.

What might make you think that towing a car with low profile tires would be any different then driving a car with those same tires? There are hundreds of thousands of them out there driving every day. Some have problems, some don't.

Problems or issues are usually more of a driver issue than a tire issue.

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Old 12-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #5
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What might make you think that towing a car with low profile tires would be any different then driving a car with those same tires? There are hundreds of thousands of them out there driving every day. Some have problems, some don't.

Problems or issues are usually more of a driver issue than a tire issue.

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The sidewalls don't have as much 'give' to absorb impact with pothole or debris, as I said before. Driving the vehicle with those tires is one thing, towing behind a large RV is another. A little hard to zig zag around a pothole with a Class A. I had a tire damaged by being towed over something that cut the sidewall this fall in South Dakota, and it's not a 'low profile tire.' Low Profile tires are a vanity thing, they are for appearance and performance when pushing auto suspension to it's limits, I see little benefit in a grocery getter or typical uses a toad is used for.

Tire or Wheel Problems – Low-profile Tires
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I think blaming issues on the driver is not really moving this discussion forward. JMHO.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #6
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I have 235-40-18 tires on my car, but dolly tow it with no issues. Any low profile tire/wheel can be easily damaged if it hits a deep enough pothole whether being towed or not.

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195 50 16 on a 2012 Hyundai Accent SE. No worries.
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No worries for me either until I hit the big pothole from he$$....
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:00 PM   #9
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thanks all of my cars have low profile 50s tires and never had a isuse
this is my first with 40s so just stay out of potholes .
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