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Old 02-02-2017, 05:21 AM   #1
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Performance 215/65R17?

Hey guys so I'm in need of tires for my 2014 premium mustang. I have the 17x7" rims the one with the painted inserts. Basically I'm looking for a "performance" tire in the 21565r17 size. I've come up with nothing really performance oriented in that size since it's more of a passenger car tire. Does anyone know what a good tire tire is gonna be in that size. Or if I could possibly move up a size to 225 just for a bit wider stance.
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Tire Width for a Wheel/Rim Size Chart

idk if this helps...consider looking for a set of take-offs either 18's or if you can find some 7.5 wide the 17's have very little value.
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Yeah that's what I was trying to do find some takeoffs but it seems whenever I don't need a part there's tons of them on the local Craigslist but when I do need a part they're not available.
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I struggled with this a couple months ago. My car also came with 215/65R17 tires, and I hate the look of not-wide-enough tires on any aggressive-looking car (Mustang, Charger, what have you). I did a little research, and it turns out that the 225/60R17s that come on the manual are actually smaller in diameter than the stock tires by something like half an inch, while 235/60R17s are only about a tenth of an inch larger in diameter; much closer to what was originally on it. The tire manufacturer's website also said that a 7" wide rim was well within the specs for that tire. I ended up going with 235/60R17 and I'm happy with them.





Mine are Cooper Grand Touring CS5s, which work fine for me, though they're not a performance tire. The point is that the size will work, and maybe you can find a more performance-oriented tire in that size.

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You want performance then get a better set of wheels and tires. 215 is like what my beater honda runs lmao.
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I struggled with this a couple months ago. My car also came with 215/65R17 tires, and I hate the look of not-wide-enough tires on any aggressive-looking car (Mustang, Charger, what have you). I did a little research, and it turns out that the 225/60R17s that come on the manual are actually smaller in diameter than the stock tires by something like half an inch, while 235/60R17s are only about a tenth of an inch larger in diameter; much closer to what was originally on it. The tire manufacturer's website also said that a 7" wide rim was well within the specs for that tire. I ended up going with 235/60R17 and I'm happy with them.











Mine are Cooper Grand Touring CS5s, which work fine for me, though they're not a performance tire. The point is that the size will work, and maybe you can find a more performance-oriented tire in that size.



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I've been going back and forth on 235/60/17s for the last couple years trying to decide. Will be getting car out of storage in the next couple months. I finally decided that I would get BF Goodrich Radial T/A Spec in 225/60/17. Could you please provide a few more pictures, like from behind the car, close-up of wheel and tire to show sidewall bulge, etc? Also, how does the car handle? Some people mention that the tire could be too wide for the rim and may roll over on itself in spirited cornering. I was considering the General Altimax RT43 T speed rating.


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Tirerack isnt showing anything for 215/65/17 summer tires.
They have one offering for 225/60/17 but its a janky runflat

Id suggest going to a 235/55/17. A little wide for a 7" wide stock wheel but itll work. This size is really popular/ cheap and has a lot of options. Bonus is its 27.2" tall so it'll help a tiny bit with gearing
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I'm a little surprised you can't find GT takeoffs with tires that still have good tread on them. What I do when I need new tires for my Expy lol. Always dudes around here yanking brand new F150 rims and tires and dumping them for $500.
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You want performance then get a better set of wheels and tires. 215 is like what my beater honda runs lmao.
My spark runs 185s, and is 1,000 pounds lighter. Definitely gonna need a much wider tire for performance on a heavy car like a Mustang.
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I've been going back and forth on 235/60/17s for the last couple years trying to decide. Will be getting car out of storage in the next couple months. I finally decided that I would get BF Goodrich Radial T/A Spec in 225/60/17. Could you please provide a few more pictures, like from behind the car, close-up of wheel and tire to show sidewall bulge, etc? Also, how does the car handle? Some people mention that the tire could be too wide for the rim and may roll over on itself in spirited cornering. I was considering the General Altimax RT43 T speed rating.
Hey, we actually chatted about this via PM a couple months ago, before I got the tires. At the time, I was thinking of staying with the 225s. Anyway, ask and ye shall receive.





Doesn't seem like too much of a bulge to me, but I'm no engineer. If you check BFG's or General's website, I bet you'll find a chart with acceptable width ranges for specific tire sizes and stuff like that. That's what I found on Cooper's website.

I think the car handles great, but I'm no race driver either. When I take the back way to and from work (which is every chance I get ), I am on some fairly twisty and narrow country roads, and I love the way it feels, but I don't attempt to hang the tail out or anything else that would be hazardous to my driving record . Pretty sure this car will never see an autocross, so for my purposes, I'm very happy with what I got.

To those pointing out that you can get take-off 18s fairly easily on Craigslist: it's true, and I was considering that and still am. But we were going into winter, and finding a good set for cheap with good all-season rubber was going to be a challenge. This car is driven daily to work and I couldn't wait around till a good set came up at a price I liked. And I know that the tires I got are a compromise as far as all-season vs. dedicated winter tires, but they are rated pretty well as all-season tires go. The future plan is to get some nice 18s for summer and keep the 17s for Blizzaks or something when the Coopers wear out.

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Hey, we actually chatted about this via PM a couple months ago, before I got the tires. At the time, I was thinking of staying with the 225s. Anyway, ask and ye shall receive.





Doesn't seem like too much of a bulge to me, but I'm no engineer. If you check BFG's or General's website, I bet you'll find a chart with acceptable width ranges for specific tire sizes and stuff like that. That's what I found on Cooper's website.

I think the car handles great, but I'm no race driver either. When I take the back way to and from work (which is every chance I get ), I am on some fairly twisty and narrow country roads, and I love the way it feels, but I don't attempt to hang the tail out or anything else that would be hazardous to my driving record . Pretty sure this car will never see an autocross, so for my purposes, I'm very happy with what I got.

To those pointing out that you can get take-off 18s fairly easily on Craigslist: it's true, and I was considering that and still am. But we were going into winter, and finding a good set for cheap with good all-season rubber was going to be a challenge. This car is driven daily to work and I couldn't wait around till a good set came up at a price I liked. And I know that the tires I got are a compromise as far as all-season vs. dedicated winter tires, but they are rated pretty well as all-season tires go. The future plan is to get some nice 18s for summer and keep the 17s for Blizzaks or something when the Coopers wear out.

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Yes, I remember. The 235s on your car seem to fit the car well. I don't race around or abuse my car either, so I wouldn't be pushing the handling to the limits. Now I'm torn between which size to get again.


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Remember not all tires are created equal as far as width. I had a set of 275s on my old car that were wider than some 295s. You can go on tirerack and look for a specific 235 that runs a little narrow in the width dept, all the specs are there. Sumitumos and Nittos tend to run narrow. BFGs run big. I had a 235/45/18 on a 18x8 from BFG and that thing fit perfect.
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65mm sidewall? God damn. I thought my 45's were massive.
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The solution for a 17" tire and those stock rims?

Get a set of these as take-offs from a current GT:
https://www.driveandreview.com/2016/...boost-mustang/

These look better and handle WORLDS better than your original tires. Look at my avatar - it also makes your car look a lot better as a bonus.
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Finally pulling the trigger on tires. Next Wednesday I am having a set of Continental TrueContact P235/60/17s installed. They have great reviews on Tire Rack. Even though I don't run the car in the winter, I still wanted an all-season the handles well in the dry and rain. I was also looking for a size close in diameter to the stock tires so I don't throw the speedo off. I'll be doing 3.55s and a tune in a couple years.


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I think you'll be happy with the size choice. I'm still very happy with them on my car. I also just picked up a bargain set of 17x8 Bullitt-style factory GT wheels from an '05-'09 car off Fleabay and had the 235/60s switched over to them. Transformed the whole look of the car in my opinion.
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I think you'll be happy with the size choice. I'm still very happy with them on my car. I also just picked up a bargain set of 17x8 Bullitt-style factory GT wheels from an '05-'09 car off Fleabay and had the 235/60s switched over to them. Transformed the whole look of the car in my opinion.
Hope so! Your's look great!


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One thing to note, given that someone else might end up reading this. The stock 18" tires are that the speedo is actually set up to be correct with. The 17" rims are about 1mph off at 70mph. Ford assumes that the performance package/non-base model is the normal setup for the car for 2013 and 2014.
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One thing to note, given that someone else might end up reading this. The stock 18" tires are that the speedo is actually set up to be correct with. The 17" rims are about 1mph off at 70mph. Ford assumes that the performance package/non-base model is the normal setup for the car for 2013 and 2014.
Interesting; I wondered about that. I know the heights of the different factory-available tires aren't all the same, but I didn't know which size was used to calibrate the speedometer from the factory... I assumed they didn't use different speedo calibrations for each tire size, so I figured one would be the "right" one and the others would be "close enough".

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