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Old 09-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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Ideal tire height?

My stock tires on my 09 gt are small and to be honest, they kinda suck. They are 235/50/18. So, I'm looking to get some new tires. What would be the most ideal tire height? Taller tires in rear? Same size height all the way around? Are the smaller height tires better in general? Just looking for a little insight.
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Yeah, you could go taller and a bit wider too. 235 is the width of the tire and 50 is the aspect ratio. Which 50 meaning 50% of the width.

So if you went with a slightly wider tire like a 255/50 it'd be wider and taller. If that's what you'd want to run all the way around.

I'm not sure how wide you can go up front but you could easily fit a 275 on your stock wheels.
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So does a smaller height or taller height have any advantages or disadvantages? I see tires with 40/18, 45/18 and 50/18. Is it really that big of a difference?
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275/35-18 in front

285/35-18 in back

IMO a 50 height will look ugly, my 245/45s had a too tall tire.
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275/35-18 in front

285/35-18 in back

IMO a 50 height will look ugly, my 245/45s had a too tall tire.
Those look tight! I like the tread pattern, looks aggressive.

I think my stock 18's came with 245/50's they looked ok but one slightly thinner would have looked better.
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So does a smaller height or taller height have any advantages or disadvantages? I see tires with 40/18, 45/18 and 50/18. Is it really that big of a difference?
Between a 50 & 40 depending on the tire width, lets say you've got a 245/50 vs a 245/40, the 50 would have a 4.8 inch sidewall and the 40 would have a 3.9 inch sidewall.

Now lets say you have a 275/50 vs a 275/40, the 50 would have a 5.4 inch sidewall and a 40 would have a 4.3 inch sidewall.

As far as performance, the taller the sidewall, the more tire roll you'll have when you enter a corner at high speed. Personally, I think 50's would be too big.
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