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Are skinnier snow tires OK?

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I have been looking for some used wheels for my 2021 PB SCREW that I ou,d use with winter tires.. I came across a set of wheels off of a 2019 F-150 with Hankook I-Pike winters on them. The wheels have a few blemishes but they do come with TPMS sensors. The tires are 255/70R18 compared to the stock size of 275/65R18. Specs show that these tires are the same diameter.

My question is simple - are there any downsides of using a skinnier tire? Thanks.
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You should be fine... Your only talking about 3/4 of an inch difference in width. If the price is right.... I would go for it. I run 265 winters and 275 summers
 

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Agreed, skinnier is better on snow. Wider floats on top, skinny gets to pavement. I learned this driving two otherwise similar Pontiac Trans Ams through winters. Keeping the same diameter as stock is wise also... doesn't mess up gear ratio, speedo, and everything else.
 

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Narrower tires perform better in the snow - factual. More weight on a smaller contact patch.
 

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All of the above 100%
 

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You should be fine... Your only talking about 3/4 of an inch difference in width. If the price is right.... I would go for it. I run 265 winters and 275 summers
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Tire compound and tread design trumps tire width. All else equal, tire width will matter.
 

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I have been looking for some used wheels for my 2021 PB SCREW that I ou,d use with winter tires.. I came across a set of wheels off of a 2019 F-150 with Hankook I-Pike winters on them. The wheels have a few blemishes but they do come with TPMS sensors. The tires are 255/70R18 compared to the stock size of 275/65R18. Specs show that these tires are the same diameter.

My question is simple - are there any downsides of using a skinnier tire? Thanks.
Ok? You want skinnier tires for snow.

Wide tires are the worst possible snow tire
 

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There is some very cool stuff out there that shows good comparisons. I love this video:


Its shows the difference between fat tires vs. pizza cutters. Tese days, giant wide tires are all the rage, but pizza cutters have been used across the globe in a ton of different non-pavement scenarios. There's a reason...
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