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    Posted: 13 Nov 18 at 03:34
What's the offroad opinion on the following statement from syncro.org?

"Secondly, in most situations, narrow tires will provide better traction and surer footing than wider tires.  Big, fat tires may look cool, but a syncro with narrower tires (e.g., 195mm) will nearly always out-perform one with wider tires (e.g., 225mm), not only in terms of traction and sure-footedness, but also in suspension performance and acceleration.  For these reasons, the stock tire width specs should not be carelessly discarded.  There will be a trade off in performance proportional to the extent one wanders from those specs."

Should I "carelessly discard" in favor (sorry, favour) of cool? 

Got a 16" with the stock tyres and rims.
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How much coolness do you want and how much off-road capability do you need? Cool
Is coolest unless you’re stuck in the mud with the wrong tyres.

What size are you thinking of going ?
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There is also some anecdotal evidence to suggest that you can fit a larger diameter tyre if it's narrower than if it's wide, i.e. some 14" vans are running 205 R16 (equivalent to 205/82 R16) without issue whereas the normally accepted practical maximum is 215/70 R16.
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