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Why Not to Buy Low Profile Tires for Your Car

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Car tires explained and why not to buy low profile tires for your car, DIY with Scotty Kilmer. High profile tire versus low profile tire, which is better? How regular and low profile tires work, the pros and cons of having them in your car or truck. There are benefits to having low profile tires, but also a lot of downsides. Tire buying guide and tips. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years. ⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools: 1. Bluetooth Scan Tool: http://amzn.to/2nfvmaD 2. Cheap Scan Tool: https://amzn.to/2D8Tvae 3. Professional Socket Set: http://amzn.to/2Bzmccg 4. Wrench Set: http://amzn.to/2kmBaOU 5. No Charging Required Car Jump Starter: https://amzn.to/2CthnUU 6. Battery Pack Car Jump Starter: http://amzn.to/2nrc6qR ⬇️Things used in this video: 1. Common Sense 2. 4k Camera: http://amzn.to/2C2uTMU 3. Mini Microphone: http://amzn.to/2newgV9 4. My computer for editing / uploading: http://amzn.to/2i2sKYz 5. Video editing software: http://amzn.to/2jv5Fhf 6. Thumbnail software: http://amzn.to/2k7tz6C 🛠Check out my Garage to see what I use every day and highly recommend: https://www.amazon.com/shop/scottykilmer Consider subscribing and press the bell 🛎 icon to be notified of all new videos. 👉Follow me on Instagram for the latest news, funnies, and exclusive info / pics: https://goo.gl/ohy2cA ❗️Check out the Scotty store: https://goo.gl/RwhRGU And remember, every day (7 days a week), I upload a new video on the Scotty Kilmer Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/scottykilmer Also, if you like my car help, be sure to watch my live car talk show, every Thursday afternoon at 1 CST and Saturday morning at 10 AM CST on YouTube. I answer your car questions LIVE there. Just check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQtdBelbqdg Scotty Kilmer is a participant in the Amazon Influencer Program. #scottycarrepair
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Scotty Kilmer (5 months ago)
⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools: 1. Bluetooth Scan Tool: http://amzn.to/2nfvmaD 2. Cheap Scan Tool: https://amzn.to/2D8Tvae 3. Professional Socket Set: http://amzn.to/2Bzmccg 4. Wrench Set: http://amzn.to/2kmBaOU 5. No Charging Required Car Jump Starter: https://amzn.to/2CthnUU 6. Battery Pack Car Jump Starter: http://amzn.to/2nrc6qR 🛠Check out my Garage to see what I use every day and highly recommend: https://www.amazon.com/shop/scottykilmer Consider subscribing and press the bell 🛎 icon to be notified of all new videos. 👉Follow me on Instagram for the latest news, funnies, and exclusive info / pics: https://goo.gl/ohy2cA
Big Worm (2 months ago)
Michael Delibero its time whenever you drive a 1997 honda you peasant
SBLproductions (6 months ago)
What if you purchased a mini cooper than comes factory with low profile tires?
Michael Delibero (1 year ago)
Scotty Kilmer when is it time to stop putting money into a car. (My car is a Honda Accord 1997 4door 4cyl nonvtec {stock} automatic./girlfriend drives 2002 Nissan Xterra automatic 6cyl not supercharged
Francois Franceschini (1 year ago)
Scotty Kilmer you do realize that most new cars come with low profile tires. Mclarens ride amazing with low profile tires, so do corvettes with Magnetic ride control and even the new GMC Sierras with the 20/22 inch wheels. Modern suspension and new tire production techniques and technologies make it so that most if not all of you’re points are *invalid*. What you’re saying would be true, if we were still in 2002. Get with the times my man.
Ezzo (1 year ago)
Jim Finigan usually people increase rim size when they go to low profile tires. There are lots of tire/rim size calculators online.
fuqui035 (2 days ago)
low profile in new jersey with all the t. potholes
Eric Huerta (3 days ago)
Posting here one more time. I just cannot help, but feel compelled to let Scotty know that he's advice is always down to earth and so wise. If you have the money go for the most exotic car money can buy and never ever regret it. If it fails you can always go and get a new one. For the rest of us plain street guys and girls with more sensitiveness on expenditures take Scotty's advice always. We may not like Scotty's car preferences but the advice gives the right perspective when time comes to get a car's replacement, either new or used. Unless you are fighting your own wallet, then go and sacrifice it to your aspirational feeling, which is what the automakers are pointing at, in the first place.
firstname lastname (11 days ago)
PENNSYLVANIA and low profile tires DO NOT MIX !!!! PENNSYLVANIA is the most DISGUSTING state for driving!
ImpossibleCrazy RC (15 days ago)
Those ABT DH rims are boss!
Sandro Fortini (15 days ago)
If your into car racing you should have race rims and tires specifically for track use only yes the roads can be terrible for ride comfort and it makes me worry about ball bearings, it’s true I got 205 40 17 and the ride can be unforgiving on more than 75 percent of roads I drive on plus it’s hard to find a decent price on a good tire for these reasons it looks like a 205 60 15 might be the thing to seriously consider, new rims and tires cost less or equal to finding a good set of 205 40 17, go figure
Lennoxjbx Jackson (16 days ago)
The fact. That your explaining who not to when you should be explaining more pros and cons. Theres different people that has different. Styles
Neville Thomas (16 days ago)
IMGONNA TAKE THE 225 /45/17....GET THE 215
Neville Thomas (16 days ago)
Neville Thomas (16 days ago)
SCOTTY MAKES SO MUCH SENSE ..i look forward to hearing his assessment on vehicle problems
eddie rosa (17 days ago)
I stay with my 45' 18 tires 🤔
Bang Arang (18 days ago)
How do tyres last 60000 miles?
Gyan Chaturvedi (18 days ago)
Very negative person ...🤔
Ghyath Wahoud (21 days ago)
every thing u said about low profile tires is true , trust me
Apollyon Rev911 (21 days ago)
Profire tire😄.
Devaune Yapp (1 month ago)
Out of all you said you didn't mention the premature failure of suspension parts
SunzOffski (1 month ago)
Best thing you can do it buy low profile run flats.
Pierluc Richer (1 month ago)
My Kia Rondo came with 17 inch 45 profile tire, is switching to 16 inch 55 profile worth it ? Can you modify the spedometer if i get more rubber and the wheel ends to be 106% of the original wheel size ? Even the winter tire set is 17/45 wich is pretty bad here in Quebec.
THE NIHILANTH (1 month ago)
I drive a train... Choo chooo motherfu*****
tyler unrau (1 month ago)
You literally ruin everything
John Harbour (1 month ago)
Can I put regular rims on my car that came standard with high profile? Ford Fusion 2013 Energi Titanium
Swedish Caliber (1 month ago)
Low profile tires get better mileage due to low sidewall flex.
Laurentti AR (2 months ago)
Hi Scotty, what can you say about a 1987 Mitsubishi Lancer boxtype, subcompact car with 17 inch wheels? its standard was 13. Everything you said is right. Would it be okay if I'd rather replace it with 16s or 15s. Or should I stick with 13s with thick tires?
Fred Appleyard (2 months ago)
Scotty, love your videos. I am learning a lot about cars here. I just bought a very nice low mileage 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T here in Florida. 5.7 Hemi engine, Certified pre-owned with a good factory warranty, and so far I am very happy with it. My mechanic checked it and didn't find any problems. These Challengers all come with those 20 in wheels from the factory. Should I consider getting standard 18in rims and tires for it, when it's time to get new tires? The original 1970-72 Challenger had standard 18in wheels.
jandy sanchez (2 months ago)
What is the rule for low profile tires? What I heard is anything below 50 is low profile regardless of sizes. Anybody is this correct?
Brent Reid (3 months ago)
Just mKe yr car look ugly and stop having fun with yr car!
Kristian Matinko (3 months ago)
Going from 205/55/16 To 225/45/17 You guys think it will be alright? Need peoples opinion!!! Please
Josip Radić (8 days ago)
Just go...ppl are scarying you for nothing...i drive on my bimmer 225 45 18 and they are great and ride is pleasant...ppl comment thing they never tried...it s like speaking with those stupid guys from forum
José Sigala (3 months ago)
Alot of people at my school do this crap.
Jack Random (3 months ago)
This is why I won't but the Accord in a snowy area.
JDR 235 (3 months ago)
Just cut the hair off already we get it
Kenneth Grutter (3 months ago)
Once had a Scion TC, with those low profile tires. You are absolutely correct, it will knock the fillings out of your teeth. I went with the highest sidewall I could fit on that car, without modifying it, after that. It did make a difference. Car is long gone though!
Joseph Davis (3 months ago)
I couldn't agree with you more, low profile tires might be great for the tire company's who now will charge you more for the tires and on top of that you'll have to replace them more often IMO they remind me of the way cars use to look like 80 or 90 years ago that you see in the old movies where you have a tall tire on your car.
milehigh abovetherest (3 months ago)
good point,
Noel Lopez (3 months ago)
Alot of new sedan cars come with low pro tires depending on the trim level of car you buy.
Jim Godsey (3 months ago)
Scotty you are full of great information. Quit being a tightwad. Sometimes it's okay to splurge.
Armando Sturzenegger (3 months ago)
Amen Scotty 🙌
Jackson K (3 months ago)
I hate low profile tires.. I got alot of $$$$ flats and you feel more bupms on te road while driving
Devanand Ramsamooj (4 months ago)
But my mercedes come with it for factory?
Deon Miller (4 months ago)
you wont catch me riding around on doughnuts and bagels..those r for eating..not driving.. ill need a chiroprator and back traction before i put some muffin tires on my BMWs.. which is likely another thing bagel riders hate.. with my 20 way adjustable seats.. i cant even feel those bumps anyway.. bagel fans wouldnt know anything about that. lol and another thing.. i like this channel but Camry drivers and minivan drivers are the worst.. when i see them i avoid them by default because i know eventually they will do something not so smart.. i'd put money that a majority of the pastry tire gang drives one or the other.. lol bye felicia
Lord Joch (3 months ago)
Deon Miller (3 months ago)
+Lord Joch and dont confuse vernacular, culture or dialect for lack of intellect. i know its hard for the lower of humanity to absorb concepts outside of their bubble, but these things are mutually exclusive. To a simple minded person, its hard to understand that American english isnt the only way to express oneself, and mastery over it is far from being a gauge of critical thinking ability or measure of comprehension. the lack of awareness is of fools.. the world laughs at the proud fool who struts and puffs his chest in ignorance. A laughing stock unlearned even of those in his own house...but we see you crystal clear. Weve mastered the art of the chameleon... and you are like a lamb amongst lions.. .. judging by your bleating standard..but when the lions rip the unwary lambs and their ignorant counterparts from their stations.. and sound the deafening roars of just victory.. it will be too late.
Deon Miller (3 months ago)
+Lord Joch exactly, thats what i was thinking.. Lord Joch... makes me think of the self induced mires created by the european filth in the dark ages.. good thing the Moors civilized the savages..otherwise the plague would have rid the earth of thier memory.. some mistakes, tou just wish you could recant. The swine of that age had the gall to call themselves royalty when brought up to decency.. its laughable.. your warlocks havent looked back since.. and all of humanity suffers.. jewels of gold in swines snouts, or casting pearls before pigs..are the images i see when Europeans garner jewels, luxuries and the finer things not akin to their savage nature..Lord Joch take a respite from engaging someone above your station in every manner. You wont fare well, matching wits or knowledge against me. I know you inside and out, but u dont know who i am.. retire yourself, so that you arent afforded an education beyond your appitude to digest.
Lord Joch (3 months ago)
stunnasam21 (4 months ago)
Scotty, I'm on some Korean 295/30/24's
Simple Frankie (4 months ago)
Does my car is consider race car its 2016 accord and come with stock low profile tires 19in
Clarence Swope (4 months ago)
You're right Scotty but you forgot to mention one other item 1 you cannot get traction snow or rain and that's why I enjoyed the pizza cutter tires they were common size you go into any tire store and get you tires never has to worry are they going to have my size on a Jetta I had it came from Factory with lovely low profile tires I hated them damn things
epa316 (4 months ago)
They kill your fuel economy too. I know a guy who loved his Fusion Hybrid, wanted to go from 17s to 22s. Dude. You bought that car for good fuel economy and the smooth ride. What the hell are you thinking?? I told him, at least keep your stock wheels, so when you realize what a huge mistake you made, it'll be easy for you to switch back!
Jack LaBloom (4 months ago)
Thanks, Scotty. I'm keeping my old 16 inch wheels and high profile tires.
Sanel Šabanovič (4 months ago)
So runing my Techart Magnum on 315/25/R23 is no good?
Sonikbytes (4 months ago)
lot of cars come with low profile tires. people dont care they will be trading in their vehicles for new models in a couple of years anyways
Zachary Pollack (4 months ago)
There is no steel belt in front tubeless motorcycle tires. Low profile...
Alexander Coburg (4 months ago)
wider the tire, the more friction, the faster they wear out, somebody fact check this guy... B.S
Hmongkhang (4 months ago)
Hello I just go my tires replace I was told it was little low pro for replacement of my stock high pros and notice a jet sound driving 40-60+mph is it suppose to do that? I did not notice this before my tires was changed. Thank you
Ancestral Sage (4 months ago)
Low profiles are for dum dums.
Aye Bee (4 months ago)
I fixed flats on 100's of cars. The worst thing I ever saw was water inside the tire. Many tire complaints of "Thumping and shaking" are from the coin operated air stations near the gas pump. There is no water capture device on these. Do you think 4 ounces of water will cause imbalances above 40mph? Duh. So repeated use is adding water vapor into your "slow leak" tire. I have a DIY water accumulation capture system on my air compressor. And it worked so well that I used it for three stage auto paint. Sourced from a junked car A/C Condenser. BTW they are rated @300psi. Plenty for my 140psi pump. Keep the H20 out of your airtools and tires.
Jalar Smith (5 months ago)
I have low profile tires and big rim's and Rides perfect you have to know what you doing
Matt Lumpkins (5 months ago)
thanks for raining on my parade..
Lei Wu (5 months ago)
what he said is exactly truth.
Tanner Grab (5 months ago)
Man, we aren't in the 80s anymore... Stop telling people to not like things just because it's new and different...
Jack Mehoff (5 months ago)
That hairline tho...
Jonathan Pontel (5 months ago)
Rev up your low profiles!!!!
New Rider (5 months ago)
Low profile and expensiver than a normal tire god dammiiiiiit!!!
c a (5 months ago)
Scotty next video: "why not to buy any car except a Toyota celica"
Mariusz Gonczewski (5 months ago)
and what is more safe? bumpy free ride or better cornering of the 18" rims? yeah if u drive slow have a lot of speed bumps, potholes 15/16" for a comfy ride, but if u want to be safe driving fast? the more modern cars than a toyota celica doing easy pz 155mph they need low profile tyres ma friend otherwise u may hug a tree when overtaking
FlatusOhlfahrt (2 months ago)
go to the effin racetrack if you want to go fast... Public roads don't need or want you fools blowing by at 155mph. assholes!
Gamer Studio (5 months ago)
Whatever you say i will still buy low profile tires for my car
bmxer123ist (5 months ago)
Now if you live in a big city like Philadelphia or New York City or even a place where there’s no money to fix the roads (New Jersey), potholes are death to low profile tires
Moto Drang (5 months ago)
Why couldn’t this guy have been my chemistry teacher?
Mark K (6 months ago)
I agree. I had some low pros and my bad alignment chewed one tire up quick.
BOBA FETT (6 months ago)
Does he always hate on every mod made for a car next thing I know his next video will be y Noy to buy a car
Bob Dempsey (6 months ago)
Knock the fillings out of your teeth lol
I 7 (6 months ago)
Just buy a Celica
Reynard Baillou (6 months ago)
That's why we need to move to mesh tires
Fu Sensei (6 months ago)
That BBS on Scotty's Celica though
Cordell Naugle (6 months ago)
I found this video so I can send it to a friend who wants to get low profile tires LOL
Love Life (6 months ago)
Axa insurance company disallows mods. I just wanted a lower ride. But nope. So am going to get low profile tyres. After my no claims builds up axa can kiss my arse haha. But to be fair theyre cheap
Obed Evert (6 months ago)
Excellent presentation. Thanks
Rvlyssup (6 months ago)
Our daily beater is a 2009 Accord sedan, 204k on the clock running stock sized tires and wheels. If I want to go on a little spirited sprint and corner like I'm on rails, I drive our Shelby GT350.
FEGTTTSDH (6 months ago)
Yeah a improve is put a Michelin Primacy or Yokohama Advan V552 for lower noise level, confort and a bit of save fuel... for example
Stumple Dorf (6 months ago)
To the people of Arizona, how in the hell are you guys so bad at driving, you have a grid system.
Pipi Wang (6 months ago)
I got lots of friends driving masaratti Ferrari Bentley Benzamg bmw m. I’m telling you a truth. Those thin tires are nightmare! Extremely! You don’t want to imagine how many times they change their cars’ tires a year! A hole on road means broken tires!!! It is like that bad! That’s why I stay away from these tires.
Rusty Shackleford (6 months ago)
Wider they are the faster they wear out?! Are you retarded? Seriously. You spout so much bullshit in your videos... time to retire, Scotty. They wear out faster because they are softer rubber. Soft is sticky and wears fast, hard is slippery but lasts longer. my truck has 315’s on it, they should wear out super fast with that logic, but I’m sure I’ll get 45-60k on them. Wide is good! More surface area to distribute the weight of the vehicle means each square inch has less to deal with. Quite the opposite of what you describe. Here’s a crazy idea... maybe some people value driving feedback and performance over feeling like you’re sitting on a trampoline and sliding out of your seat around turns because your car is leaning so much. You’re moving down a road, if you want to sit down and not feel any bumps get a bath. I’ve had 18” tires with a 35 profile. Never ruined a tired because of a small sidewall.
Tim Ellis (7 months ago)
i have had 3 tires crack on my sidewalls and had to replce them. I've had them 2 years and less than 10k on them idk y this keeps happening???they have still have 80% tread
Fifthcell (7 months ago)
Guys with chrome 24s on their Tahoes should watch this
Happy Merchant (7 months ago)
Man, you look so cool. You remind me to Rutger Hauer.
Antonio Perez (7 months ago)
Low profire lol
Jon Nelson (7 months ago)
Im only 21, but have been into cars since forever. Am I missing something here or does it not really matter. That curb rash is actually driver error not tires. And yeah it may make it bumpy but send it, cause racecar. And car companys come out with these as oem deals soooooooo whats the bad? Personal preference?
SkyCop (7 months ago)
i totally agree with you Scotty! Now the idiotic car companies are selling their top end models with 20 inch rims or larger with those stupid low profile tires. Sheeple, I mean people buy them because they "look cool". All the while they ride and transmit road noise similar to that of a stage coach. My dad says he feels like he is dragging his rear end around when riding in one of these so equipped vehicles.
SuperBob (7 months ago)
Beautiful but useless!! I am having issue with flat spotting overnight. Paying so much just to get troubles. I am getting rid of them.
tafari campbell (7 months ago)
Thank you Scotty you saved the day
Michael Chong (7 months ago)
Hi Mr Scotty, kindly advice if i want to get a 19 inch wheels for my new Mazda 6 2018/19, what tire profile should i choose?
Juan Pinon (7 months ago)
Cole Joslin (7 months ago)
I’m a race car driver
axeman3d (7 months ago)
What is this channel? Your grandad explains why all new tech sucks? Why ‘the kids’ are idiots?
sizziling bacon (7 months ago)
this is true, i had low profile on 18in rims and i wasn’t paying attention then pop went the tire and the rim bent a good 2 inches long
Abdulaziz duh (8 months ago)
definitely right
Patrick Joseph (8 months ago)
Plus, they look like sh** and ride like that too.
ratnick (8 months ago)
8 out of 10 losers in the comments have low profile tires on their car right now! Where you losers at?
cori hill (8 months ago)
Hey Scotty, should everyone just buy a champagne Camry, and leave it entirely stock? You're literally the stereotypical old man who resists change....
420HOLIDAY holiday (8 months ago)
Awesome videos man
El_CHATANUGA (8 months ago)
scotty..s on the corner with crystal meth😎😂
Iron Sights (8 months ago)
How the hell does this guy even get You Tube time. You are fucking stupid! You seem like a bitter old man and a hater! Are you mad because you drive a Chevette and not a Corvette?
carnage6ar (8 months ago)
Pot holes that's why
Raymond perez (8 months ago)
"Totally Agree " Scotty my friend has a new mustang and loves to drive fast he's always complaining about the rough ride ,but has gone through low profile tires like a fat guy goes through cheeseburgers!!
Arvind Krishnan (8 months ago)
Super Scotty. Thanks for the very useful information.
Rock&Roll (8 months ago)
Basically ride a stock car.

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