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Lets talk tires

Im going to be getting new tires in a few days and want to know what I should get. They are for 17" x 8" wheels......(mustang bullets). I dont know much about the low profile tires. I want to keep the factory tire height of about 26". Original tire size is 225/70/15. I dont want to spend anymore than about $100 a tire if possible. Im also wanting a good looking tire.......so with all that said, what tires should I get? Also I need 5/16" spacers for the front wheels..........what brand should I get and would autozone have them, and how much will they cost?
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spacers really there is no specific brand auto zone should carry some there like $8 each..

on tires any tire for 17" a good tires is well over $100 a tire to get $100 a tire you would have to buy like Sumocumo's <spelling wrong but ya. stay away from Nanoking there a cheap tire also but god are they horrible...
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Stock diameter is 27.4
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tire calculator
http://therangerstation.com/tech_lib...nch_Tires.html
17" factory replacement would be around a 255/50/17 for an 8" wheel.

check out tire rack for inexpensive tires. i like kumhos. they are cheap and good quality. these look cool:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....e1=yes&place=3
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$100 is gonna screw you in the long run, don't cheap out on the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road.

if you can't afford the good tires you want, WAIT!
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$100 is gonna screw you in the long run, don't cheap out on the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road.

if you can't afford the good tires you want, WAIT!


i ran KUMHO ECSTA 711 in a 245/45/17 on my lowered truck for about 2 years, they are a GREAT tire, perform wonderful in on dry payment, and yes they are a High Performance Summer Tire, so i swapped to stock rims/tires in the winter. They are now listed at 67apiece at tirerack (close out sale)... I dont think thats something to pass up. Hell, i got stock replace tires for 75 each, so 100 per tire is not a bad deal. There ARE good brands out there for under 100, you just have to look...


Oh, i also ran some Goodyear Eagles which i got for around 100each too
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I dunno how I feel about the sound of a closeout tire, but that IS a heck of a price for an obviously great tire.

Being in GA though he's bound to see some ice/ snow within the next month, are those tires worth it enough to buy em and have 'em sit in the Garage for a while?
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GA snow? you have to be kidding me
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What is snow? Seriously though, we hardly ever get snow anymore, if we do, we only get like an inch, and melts when it hits the road.........ice is a different story, but im not going to be out driving when the road has ice on it.
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I got my kumho ecsta STX 255/55/R18's for $105/e, mounted and everything.
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GA snow? you have to be kidding me
It's all about location.

The northern parts get it sometimes, but here in the southern part I haven't seen snow here in 18 years...

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you remember seeing snow when you were 1?
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Try these prices are pretty good still, I had them on my cobra r's lasted a long timeeven with f''ed up camber.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....=g-Force+Sport
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Get the best tire you can afford, whatever the brand.

Key things, when getting them installed you might want to really consider wheel weights on the INSIDE of the wheel to keep your "look" nice and clean. You'll sacrifice a LITTLE ride/balance quality but its worth it and besides for that "small" of a tire balancing probably won't be THAT big of a deal.
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I was reading the description on the BFG g-force tires, and saw this.

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Like all summer tires, the g-Force Sport is not intended to be driven in near freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.
So, what happens if you do drive them when its near freezing temperature?
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They explode
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buwhahahahaa @ rocky

the compund they use isnt designed to offer the best grip when cold. they would probly be a lil greasy feelin on cold pavement. its a CYA clause.
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the compund they use isnt designed to offer the best grip when cold. they would probly be a lil greasy feelin on cold pavement. its a CYA clause.
So I probably shouldn't get a "Summer performance tire" unless it has a traction rating on snow and ice?
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So I probably shouldn't get a "Summer performance tire" unless it has a traction rating on snow and ice?


a summer tire will not have ratings in snow or ice


cause its a summer tire, meaning summer only

so look for an allseason/all weather
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What is snow? Seriously though, we hardly ever get snow anymore, if we do, we only get like an inch, and melts when it hits the road.........ice is a different story, but im not going to be out driving when the road has ice on it.
I run/used to run ( undecided at this point ) Goodyeat eagle RS-A tires. they are EXPENSIVE ( about 200+ each ) 255/55/17. 28 inches tall. I'm going with a smaller tire this spring ( Cooper Xeon Z2's ).

Scotty G had a set of 235/50(?)/17's on a set of 17inch wheels. They fit well on his lowered truck.

Teh most common 17inch tire will be 245/45/17 ( Mustang factory ) and EVERYONE makes a tire that size.. the problem is, its ' smaller ' then what your looking for.

The taller the tire, generally, they skinnier they make it. Sidewall bias on wider tires is tough to support and liabilities on such tires cost millions ( lawyers from tires giving out/accidents ).

Im moving down to a 26.5 inch tire. I understand you want to keep the original ride height, but its going to be tough endless your looking for ' cheepies ' tires.

" don't cheap out on the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road. " <-- Andy speaks some VERY wise words, they are worth listening to.

Those RS-A's are lamb-basted by most on websites but.. honestly...

.. I go through snow without ANY issues. Those RS-A's were bettwe tires in the snow then BilZZak's, certified snow tires!

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