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Re: Why is it bad to have 17" or higher rims on during the winter?? (GoGTIGo)

People also put on smaller rims so they can go with narrower tires -- a narrower tire as a general rule provides more traction in the snow than a wider tire.
Snow tires work by compacting the snow and then using the heavy lugs of the tread to grip the snow to move the car forward. A narrow tire cuts through the snow more easily therefore compacting it better than wide tires, which will tend to "float" in the snow more.
 
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