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21 " wheels

will i have more flat tires with the low profile tires

JPPTM | May 17, 2013

Yes.

docdac | May 17, 2013

You probably won't have any flats at all.

SonomaDriver | May 17, 2013

Yes you will. Unless you plan to do a lot of high speed cornering. I don't think they are needed.

mjritter | May 17, 2013

You are more likely to have a flat tire with the low profile tires. Let me give you an example that may help, if you run into a curb while parking, the low profile tires are more susceptible to flats than the regular tires. This doesn't mean they always get a flat, just more likely. And remember, all tires can get flats.

DonS | May 17, 2013

Flats are not really the issue. Increased chance of rim damage is the real risk, which may or may not lead to a flat. I am not too worried about destroying my 21" rims driving in California, but I'd be very concerned driving through the numerous springtime potholes in Illinois.

bnwdon | May 17, 2013

Rim rash is the main problem with 21" tires, it drives me crazy. I have a local guy that fixes them but it is still ulcerating when you here the sound of your rims being eaten up by a small curb.

docdac | May 17, 2013

I make a point of not running into a curb when driving a $100,000 car. I drive a less expensive car when I don't feel like paying attention to the road hazards around me. The .35 profile 21" wheel/tires should provide great service for any attentive driver.

richard_lawson | May 17, 2013

I had a flat on a small pot hole. I then ordered and replaced them with the 19s. I don't have time for flat tires.

JoeBadge | May 18, 2013

Had one wheel replaced yesterday. 21" Michelin. $670 for the one tire. $870 for labor and taxes. No joke.

Keith72 | May 18, 2013

+1 bnwdon - with the low profile tires, the rims extend beyond the tire, so brushing up against anything causes rim rash. I've found if I back into a parking space using the tilting mirrors, I have a much better chance of avoiding the curbs (and rim rash) than pulling in forward. Can't see the front right wheel when pulling in forward.

carlk | May 18, 2013

No. The chance of a flat tire is the same. A pucture is a punture regardless of side wall thickness. You can even argue it's harder to get unrepairable sidewall puncure on low profile tires. However there is better chance that you'll get a bent rim if you hit a pot hole hard when there is less sidewall to absorbe the shock.