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Old 09-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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problems with downsizing tires from performance package

Hi there guys, I have a 2014 with performance package. It's gonna be first winter for my pony. I'm going to downsize from 19in to 17in tires to save $$$ on winter tires. My question is has anybody done this before, and if they were any fitment issues? - I read somewhere while reviewing different brands that 17in won't clear break calipers. Is that so or if its just a myth?

My other question is: which one out of Michelin xi3 or Goodyear ultra grip ice wrt would you recommend? Both have good reviews on several tire sites, just not sure which one to get. I drive 90% highway, so black ice, slush, going uphill in crapy weather with 1-2 inch of snow would be common.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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If the brakes are the same as the base model you'll have no problems at all. Mine are 225/60/17 genera tire and were great in the snow.
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If I was you I would pick up a beater, for the amount your going to pay for tires dude jus saying why put your Stang though all the winter elements .
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If I was you I would pick up a beater, for the amount your going to pay for tires dude jus saying why put your Stang though all the winter elements .
+1 that's what I plan on doing this year! Anyone want to buy some winter tires and rims? Lol
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If I was you I would pick up a beater, for the amount your going to pay for tires dude jus saying why put your Stang though all the winter elements .
Hell yeah dude.
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If I was you I would pick up a beater, for the amount your going to pay for tires dude jus saying why put your Stang though all the winter elements .
Lol bro thanks for the suggestion. I'm already paying close to 380 on payments on my pony. Buying a beater: 2500-3000 bucks easy with taxes in..125ish per month for insurance.. 600 for winter tires which I will need for sure..maintenance costs and what not. It adds up quickly. I did consider buying a beater though, too much $$$.

I was reading on fords website as to how brakes are different in performance package. It says 'unique' front and rear brake calipers. Whatever the hell unique means in terms of sizing lol
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Cavalier bro lol
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I wish if I had the $$$ brah
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Hi there guys, I have a 2014 with performance package. It's gonna be first winter for my pony. I'm going to downsize from 19in to 17in tires to save $$$ on winter tires. My question is has anybody done this before, and if they were any fitment issues? - I read somewhere while reviewing different brands that 17in won't clear break calipers. Is that so or if its just a myth?

My other question is: which one out of Michelin xi3 or Goodyear ultra grip ice wrt would you recommend? Both have good reviews on several tire sites, just not sure which one to get. I drive 90% highway, so black ice, slush, going uphill in crapy weather with 1-2 inch of snow would be common.

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ah any suggestions any one if moving from 19 to 17 causes figment issues with calipers?
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Lol bro thanks for the suggestion. I'm already paying close to 380 on payments on my pony. Buying a beater: 2500-3000 bucks easy with taxes in..125ish per month for insurance.. 600 for winter tires which I will need for sure..maintenance costs and what not. It adds up quickly. I did consider buying a beater though, too much $$$.

I was reading on fords website as to how brakes are different in performance package. It says 'unique' front and rear brake calipers. Whatever the hell unique means in terms of sizing lol
The performance package includes GT front rotor and larger bracket for the caliper. Most 17's won't clear.
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The performance package includes GT front rotor and larger bracket for the caliper. Most 17's won't clear.
Oh crap. How about the 18s'? Would they be okay?
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Just go to tire rack. Use their tire wheel fitment tool. There is a performance package I think. It'll give you the right size. Mine work great.
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Just go to tire rack. Use their tire wheel fitment tool. There is a performance package I think. It'll give you the right size. Mine work great.
Thanks man, I have already tried tire rack..it just suggests you alternate downsizes in 17 and 18 in

Question for ya: did you get your pony with performance package? And if you downsized to a smaller rim?
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I have the performance package. Bought firestone winterforce p215/65r17 98s mounted on 17 inch wheels. No problems clearing brakes and the tires/car works great in the snow
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I have the performance package. Bought firestone winterforce p215/65r17 98s mounted on 17 inch wheels. No problems clearing brakes and the tires/car works great in the snow
Sounds good! And you said you had 19in from factory right?

Just making sure there aint no goof up after I order em lol
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Yup performance pAck 19 inch the tire tool has this option on the site. After you choose type of mustang it has a box for performance pack
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Yup performance pAck 19 inch the tire tool has this option on the site. After you choose type of mustang it has a box for performance pack
Awesome, thanks man! Yeah I'm looking at tire rack now, the 19inch package is freaking super expensive lol and then they are also showing 17 and 18 in alternate recommended packages. Day and light price difference between each!
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Awesome, thanks man! Yeah I'm looking at tire rack now, the 19inch package is freaking super expensive lol and then they are also showing 17 and 18 in alternate recommended packages. Day and light price difference between each!
What did you end up doing? I am currently in a similar situation and have been trying to check out the best route.
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What did you end up doing? I am currently in a similar situation and have been trying to check out the best route.
I went with 17' wheels n 215-60-17 tires. No fitment issues and saves you tons of money
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I went with 17' wheels n 215-60-17 tires. No fitment issues and saves you tons of money
I did something similar...went from 20 to 18 to get a better selection of winter tires...my new rims and tires work great on the Brembo package.
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I did something similar...went from 20 to 18 to get a better selection of winter tires...my new rims and tires work great on the Brembo package.
That looks sick! Yeah 18' is the least one could do if you have brembos. What tires did you end up getting?
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That looks sick! Yeah 18' is the least one could do if you have brembos. What tires did you end up getting?
I went with the Michelin x-ice x3...255/45s and they ride great...much quieter than the summer Coopers.
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I went with the Michelin x-ice x3...255/45s and they ride great...much quieter than the summer Coopers.
Sweet! How do they do on wet roads? I went with blizzak ws70 and they spin if I give em extra gas lol
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Sweet! How do they do on wet roads? I went with blizzak ws70 and they spin if I give em extra gas lol
So far so good...great traction in the rain...haven't tried the snow yet
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So far so good...great traction in the rain...haven't tried the snow yet
Good stuff! I was contemplating buying em but the reviews said they're horrible on wet n dry roads in terms of traction. Oh well, glad youre liking em
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I know this post has been closed for a bit but I had a question myself. I also recently have purchased the 2014 Mustang with the Performance Package and need winter tires as well. When I go on tirerack and put in the car, it only gives me options for 18" and 19". How were you able to see 17?
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I know this post has been closed for a bit but I had a question myself. I also recently have purchased the 2014 Mustang with the Performance Package and need winter tires as well. When I go on tirerack and put in the car, it only gives me options for 18" and 19". How were you able to see 17?
My car came with 17s, but I don't have the performance pack. Maybe the calipers are larger on the pp?
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Yeah the PP comes with 19" wheels and supposedly larger calipers. The OP stated he was able to get 17s but when I go to tirerack it won't let me select anything but 18s or 19s
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I know this post has been closed for a bit but I had a question myself. I also recently have purchased the 2014 Mustang with the Performance Package and need winter tires as well. When I go on tirerack and put in the car, it only gives me options for 18" and 19". How were you able to see 17?
Mhmm don't worry about it, just go search for 225-60-17. I have 2014 PP with 19' tires, I have downsized to 17' for winter and have no fitment issues.
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Awesome. Thanks much. I'll definitely be ordering those soon. Been getting some snow and things are getting squirrelly with those Pirelli summers haha
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Haha yee get a good set of winters man, pirellis are gonna get nasty below 40-45F
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I have a 2013 PP and went with 18's due to Tire Rack's recommendation. Sounds like you can clear 17's, if that's the case, just go that route to save some money. I have Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT and love them so far. I also love my Sparco Assetto Gara's in matte blue. It appears they are sold out of that color. These wheels are so much lighter than the stock 19's.
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The clearance with 17" rims is too minimal to be safe. I have heard of many cases where the wheels will drag or not turn. If they do drag, you are going to be out a lot of money without benefit. I would recommend trying to find a good buy on a set of 18" or 19". Some tire dealers take a lot of rims off stock vehicles and then sell them cheap.
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Tires

This may a dumb question but I am new to Mustang. If you change wheel size do you have to change all four wheels for the snow tires or can you get by with just the back two. And if you have to change all four would it still be cheaper than just changing the rear performance tires to snow tires.
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