When it comes to car and truck content, YouTube is rife with useful how-tos, thorough DIY tutorials, and miscellaneous review-based material for the average gearhead and auto enthusiast. Practical stuff, if you will. But, every now and then, you'll stumble upon those experimental videos that serve no other purpose than just being outside-of-the-box and pretty cool to watch. This lifted truck experiment from YouTuber Bug Bmx is one of those types of videos.
The truck aficionado replaced his lifted truck's big wheels for some tiny wheels just to see what would happen. Now, obviously, this is quite the dangerous undertaking, which Bug BMX doesn't seem to mind all that much. Judging from a few of his other videos, he's not all that worried about safety precautions or any of that other boring stuff.
As Jalopnik breaks down for us, this is where the test could have gone terribly wrong.
The wheels in question appear to be what we in the car world would call 12 inch steelies, but the truck world recognizes them for their full 21 inch diameter, tire included. It's just enough to keep the rear differential pumpkin off the ground.
The problem is that the trailer wheels and tires are for a five-lug vehicle, and to get them to fit, Bug has to cut them for four-lug. In a spirit of not-giving-a-shit, he gets the job done with a plasma cutter, which quickly leads to the wheels making some very distressing popping noises as it drives around, the several thousand pounds of tall boy pickup pressing down on them.
Bug BMX finds a way to make his little experiment work without so much as a hitch, and the end result is actually pretty cool. While the burnout he pulls off isn't the most epic of all time, it does make for a pretty hilarious scene.
But, as cool as the video looks, whatever you do, just don't try this at home. It probably wouldn't have the same ending.
This post was originally published on August 1, 2019.