Yep, in winter, i like having lots of sidewall and a narrower sole.
Since the roads are very bad here, i'm adding compliance. More of a Overland/Summit kind of ride. Normally, I always choose a tire that's slightly taller on the sidewall (larger overall diameter). This marginally raises the vehicle and adds plushness in the first stage of the suspension, which is the tire itself. Completely the opposite of a skinny, stretched tire.
The advantage of a narrower wheel up front is drivability (less surface tracking), reduced rotating mass (more power transferred to the tarmac) and better lock-to-lock clearance. The front wheels are meant to steer the vehicle, more than drive it. I would much prefer if our AWD were rear-biased and only transferred power to the front to help, when needed. But alas, I chose this truck above all for the way it looks so I'm entirely lucid about not having every aspect the way I would prefer.
I ordered the full suspension upgrade kit from BWoody so I'll start there and work my way through the rest.
The wheels suit my taste perfectly and i'm looking forward to seeing them in my garage, for a few months, before putting them on.