Why do People Stretch Tires?! | The Build Sheet

Why do People Stretch Tires?! | The Build Sheet

What is up everyone, Charles from Fitment Industries and before we get into today’s video, I just wanted to give a quick thank you to everyone who picked up this t-shirt and was entered in the BC
Racing giveaway for August. It was our biggest give away so far, and we were able to donate over $7,000 to the World Wide Fund For Nature. And we couldn’t have done it
without all of your support. So we love giving away car parts and we love helping out
great causes such as the WWF. And if you didn’t catch
the giveaway for August, we have an announcement of our giveaway for September
coming out tomorrow. So make sure you watch tomorrow’s video, you’re definitely not
gonna wanna miss out. (clears throat) All right, September. What a time of the year. The daily temperatures are cooling off, the leaves are beginning to change colors, boost season is nearly upon us, even though I have a
naturally aspirated engine, and I can finally wear my flannels again. The only thing is that
it means that winter is like right around the corner, and we have to put all of our cars away because winter, Wisconsin,
salt, rust, you get the point. But, in the meantime we are
back with another episode of “The Build Sheet” where
today we’re gonna be going over and talking about another
one of those topics that people just get a little,
little bit heated about. But that’s okay, because it’s the internet and people can totally handle
themselves in public comments. Right. Today we’re gonna be talking about why people stretch their tires. (dramatic music) Don’t forget wheels, tires, suspension, FitmentIndustries.com And if you haven’t added
your car to the largest growing online fitment gallery yet, I don’t even know what
to say at this point. Anyway, stretched tires are nothing new when it comes today’s trends
and automotive styling, although it’s still argued
when it actually started or where it originally came from. The most common conclusion is that it came from the
Euro in Volkswagen community over in Germany when the law stated that the tires of the vehicles can not exceed the
fenders of said vehicle. This meant for anyone who wanted to run a wider wheel on their car with some after market
wheels would have to risk either a hefty fine if
they were pulled over and had the tires extended
past their vehicle or they had a second option, which was to stretch their tires. Since then and especially within the last five to 10 years even, we’ve seen stretched
tires are almost the norm when it comes to automotive styling. With cars running stretched tires growing in popularity the question
always comes about as well, why? Why do people run stretched tires or prefer to run a
stretched tire on their car? If you were to ask a
good majority of people, you may run across things
such as better for performance and makes the side wall stiffer, it helps with cornering and all of that. And believe it or not, those are not all the main
reasons, now hear me out. Drift community, they have their benefits, but for most part, it’s for fitment. Hey, imagine that, Fitment Industries talking
about wheel and tire fitment. Amazing! What it all comes down to is that it is a styistic choice for people who wanna run a wider
wheel with a lower offset at a lower ride height. When that happens, when you go lower or
when you lower the car, throw some wider wheels on, get that flush fitment or fender to lip lift fitment, you’re not gonna be able to run the recommended tire size for that wheel. Simply because you would have the tire bashing into your fender
causing a whole lot of mess. When going for this type of fitment there are things that need
to be done to achieve it. Some of those things
include fender rolling and fender pulling, removing
or modifying fender liners. But the cheapest right
off the bat alternative to all of that especially when
initially ordering the wheels would be to switch to a stretched tire. By doing this and pulling
back the side wall, you give yourself enough
room that is needed to clear the inside of your fenders and it’s the easiest
most cost effective way to achieve the fitment that
everyone is trying to go for. Aesthetic, aesthetic, aesthetic. (yelling) (gun shot) It’s basically all it is. This is a key point people are going for with stretched tires, it’s really not for any
other particular reason. It allows the fitment they desire especially when looking at the Euro scene with people running fender to lip cars, or that are on air suspension
that want that like, you know, the aero, you get that beautiful just like the pssssssk. Just right between, the lip and tire. So why do people get so heated about cars with stretched tires or
stretched tires in general? Well, there always comes a concern of is it safe or is it legal? And the truth is, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little bit of tire stretch, to achieve the look that you want. And the risk of anything like debeading or blowing a tire is very minimal. However, if it ended there
with a little bit of stretch, just what you need, got a little bit of aggressive
fitment, that would be it. We wouldn’t be having this conversation, but that’s not the case is it bud? No! Because there are people out there that are running an
absolutely massive stretch to the point of having like inches, literally (beep) inches
of the barrel or lip of their wheels exposed. And that is where we start
to see the comment section start to blow up and get
just a little bit messy. However, here is the
consensus of all that. The truth is, today’s
tires are a lot more rugged than they used to be. They’re stronger, they’re
designed to take a beating and be pushed to their limits a little more than tires back in the day. Tires like Nankang, Falken and Dunlop are some of the go-to choices when it comes to stretching
because they can take it, they are flexible but
they are able to support that much stretch. And of course, if you’re in the market for those tires, we have them available. www.FitmentIndustries.com There’s the plug. So with a minimal stretch, the possibility of something
happening is almost none. However, when we start seeing tire stretch that would be considered
excessive to some people for lack of a better term, is when we start to
hear the horror stories of tires debeading and cars
going flying into curbs and smashing up the lips
and grinding down the lips and all that kind of stuff, that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. And honestly, that’s just the risk that you’re gonna have to take if you want to stretch your tire that far. Probably something most of us
would never do to their car. However, this is precisely the reason why those people that do
that, actually do that. Love it or hate it, you’ll
always take a second glance at the car that is running
some pretty extreme stretch. And with the possibility of things like debeading or damaging
parts of your wheel or having the old guy at the car show yell at you to get the right tire size, you gotta admit it takes
some courage to do that. But like I said, what it all comes down to is tire stretching is an aesthetic– Aesthetic! Modification for both look and getting the desired wheel fitment and we don’t see it
going away any time soon. So go ahead and let us
know down in the comments what your thoughts are on stretched tires or maybe the craziest stretch you’ve seen at a car show or online or anything like that. We’d love to hear it, we know there’s some pretty
wild setups out there. But I’m Charles from Fitment Industries, don’t forget to subscribe. Wheels, tires, suspension,
that whole thing, FitmentIndustries.com We will see you later. Peace!

100 Replies to “Why do People Stretch Tires?! | The Build Sheet”

  1. Is a little tire stretch ok? What's your thoughts? Also, make sure to add your car to the largest online fitment gallery! www.fitmentindustries.com/add

  2. I'm having real trouble finding the right(legal size wheel, 15''x 6J ET36 and tires 185/55/15) for my car(renault clio 2 2002).
    so my question is if I go with a 15''x 6.5J ET35 and with a tire 185/65/15 will this be considered a safe(minimal) strech?

  3. 3:58 When I think of what someone looks like who stretches their tires and goes with that god awful extreme negative camber look… That guy is the type of guy that I picture in my head.

  4. I find it pathetic to have a normal car and try to make it into… I don't even know what those are anymore. You either buy a better car, you buy the sport version, you buy a better car with a sport pack on it, or buy a car and make it a racer… like real racer, not this stretch tyres bullshit.

  5. Some stretch can look pretty sick. But its a personal preference. I respect the crazy stretch builds, its insane what they can do

  6. DFW Texas… boost season….no snow…cars stay out… 300+ days a year. 🙂 I don’t even care about safe or legal…. how about practicality…

  7. I'm about to get some stretch on my car when I can afford some new wheels lol

    I'll still be running a wider tire so i don't see the issue

  8. Ok, so in the 70's and 80's it became popular to have smallish wire wheels and hydraulics. The smaller wheels allowed more travel for the suspension so the car could bounce higher. This became a competition and was overdone to the extreme thus the trend died. In the 90's and 00's someone decided that bigger wheels looked good. People started getting taller and taller wheels until it became a competition and the wheels became stupidly big, thus the trend died. Now we see people choosing wider and wider wheels. It seems like a kind of competition….Too wide is UGLY. Way to kill a trend people..

  9. 5:47 damn that was an intense and satisfying plug!!

    Oh yah and that s2k is kinda ridiculous…showing the barrel is a thing? Yuck

  10. What a waste of a s2000. That car hates it's shoes. Sad… just sad. Next we'll see lowered monster trucks, because we can. We shouldn't, but we'll figure it out

  11. I will never understand the extreme camber or stretch, to me its like sagging. Just enough for a more flush fit fine but like the s2000 in the video…..NEVER, but to each their own.

  12. You poor things, having to put your cars away for the winter!
    I live in Cali, meaning the weather is boring all year round (and I have strict govt. restrictions on my perfectly legal mods). If I want to tear around in the snow in my modded Impreza WRX, I'd have to drive to where the snow is…. If it weren't for the salt on the roads, I'd be jealous of you guys.

    Actually, aren't there under coatings that protect against salt?

  13. stretched tire fitment is the ultimate way to go to make your ride pop, its the last and ultimate bling factor one can do to show off their ride. Of course you want to do it right so that it looks as if its riding on wheels and not rubber, although that s2k was doing too much. and its not for every particular car such as you definitely won't see it on a car used for the track. And I doubt it serves a function for drifting otherwise we would've been seeing it on formula drift cars (unless that extra sidewall stiffness is not allowed). 
    In short, a little bit of tire stretch on oversized wheels looks good on a lowered car modified with the purpose of form over function.

  14. I personally wouldn't have stretched tires on a car, but at the same time if your going for that bagged look, it can suit your car!

  15. I say do whatever you want it’s your car car I’ve done both functional track setups and stretched fender to lip both is fun

  16. I'm of the opinion that tire stretching isn't bad, if it's a little. Best of both worlds. Functionality and proper fitment. It's a balance between these two. But damn that yellow s2000 almost made me hurl 🤢🤢

  17. But why do truck boys do it? To get air fitment? Like I understand if the car community does it but when the truck community does it it makes literally no sense. Seems most of the hate comes from them as well but they go right ahead and do the same shit. I don’t understand.

  18. I stretched 235 35 19 on a 10" and used as a daily for 1.5 years until they wore out.. Its safe, just need to check tyre pressures.

  19. I run a little bit of stretch on my Audi a4 b5… 8.5 wide wheels I think and a 225 wide tyres and 5mm spacer just to get a little more clearance from my upper control arms and have the right and have a tiny bit of poke with out being overly aggressive. Not a fan of super stretched tyres thou I hope they de-beed and then fk their rims

  20. There is a such thing as a tasteful stretch. But most stance guys run a disgusting amount of stretch. It looks absolutely ridiculous lol kind of cool to see but I would never

  21. bought a prelude to restore. then hit some rough patches. i need new wheels and tires so bad XD maybe one day i can afford them lol

  22. Alittle streching is normal but dont exceed what manufactures recommendation. Every tire maker has a max width a tire can be mounted. Dont be a fool this video is talking about looks alone and not safety.

  23. if you cant afford good tires dont stretch your tires like you can afford to replace them. ive literally given people quotes on tires or wheels to replace cracked wheels or rim cut tires then they think about selling the car.

  24. Mild stretch is good, but if you have to trailer the car to the show because its stretched so far it cant be driven over a rough patch in the road for risk of de-beading then, no. I am waiting on my first set of stretch tires on 3sdms that I got from FI but I am balancing performance and aesthetics. While the wheel is about 1.5" wider than stock at 8.5" I'm still running the stock width tire at 225, this way my contact patch is not decreased and my already existing struggle to grip at launch is not impacted.
    You need to perform, but look good doing it, thats how I roll.

    And about the origin, I'll agree it was the Euro scene, if you look at a Eurotuner or Performance VW mag from the late 90 or 2000s, they are all over the pages, though now its much more extreme variants.

  25. Why do they stretch? Cause they have no brain cells left, a small taper is ok but if you can see the inside of a lip you are doing it wrong. That doesn't look good at all.

  26. The stretchers usually get fed up of changing tires, so they convince one of their bros to buy their car. Then the cycle continues. I have seen these cars get towed by police . It is a style that you can show all the high school kids that you made it, one year after graduation.

  27. Not hating on the wheel stretch but dayum 😅 it just does not look good to me personally..gotta respect the brave ones though 👍

  28. I'm thinking of getting a dodge derango 2014 or newer, would it be a good idea to stretch on the derango? Is there anyone out there that has a derango modded to the teeth?

  29. What u people think about a set up like 8.5 18 inch with 205/40 and 9.5 18 with 225/40 need to fit my wheel for a e46 330ci front qheels et 10 rear ones et30

  30. Stretch looks good on some cars to a point. Excessive stretch usually looks stupid,but stretching the tires for a reason (to a certain degree) is okay and can make the fitment look more flush.

  31. Craziest i've seen online was a frickin 205/35R18 on a 12J. They've glued the tire to the inner barrel so it wouldn't debead. Craziest i've seen at car show was 225/35R19 on a 11,5J and thats a huge stretch also.

  32. Lowriders have been stretching tires over 14 and 15” Wires since the seventies. I’m not a modern fan though. So Millennials, you didn’t do it first. Lol …… Stance is a whole ‘nother can o worms.

  33. I’ve got a one inch stretch that puts my wheels nice and flush and a lowered car. Subtle but noticeable is the way to go. 👀

  34. Extreme stretching, the exposed barrel kind, is the dumbest shit I've ever seen on cars. When people look at it and think it's a miatake because they don't know what stretching is, take that as a clue that what you're doing is dumb AF.

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