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Old 02-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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Staggered wheel questions

So I'm looking to get some 17x10.5 Bullitt wheels for the rear on my 96 stang and run 315/35/17's on them but I was curious what the pros and cons are of running staggered rims and tires that big? It's a daily driver also.
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So I'm looking to get some 17x10.5 Bullitt wheels for the rear on my 96 stang and run 315/35/17's on them but I was curious what the pros and cons are of running staggered rims and tires that big? It's a daily driver also.
Pros are traction, and lots of it, great for straight line acceleration. Cons, under steer. If you stick with your stock front wheels and only upgrade the rear, you will have a fairly unbalanced handling car that will push through corners. But if you don't drive that aggressively around twisties, it shouldn't bother you. Oh, and you can't rotate your tires once you go staggered.
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On a daily driver the extra weight of the tire/rim will reduce your gas milage a little bit. More important than the tire size your running is the type of tire. Im not really a fan of nitto's I had a set of NT450's on my 06GT and I couldnt go faster than 55mph in the rain with them. My next tire will most will most likely be a mickey thompson SR or UHP tire or even a bfg radial tire. What ever tire you use it is the single most important contributing factor to your performance and will be the largest limiting factor to what your car can and cannot do. If you give me more information about your performance goals maybe I can help. If your a do it yourselfer I strongly urge you to do alot of research on this subject. Sadly though you will most likely end up buying more than a few sets of tires until you find one that you really like.
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On a daily driver the extra weight of the tire/rim will reduce your gas milage a little bit. More important than the tire size your running is the type of tire. Im not really a fan of nitto's I had a set of NT450's on my 06GT and I couldnt go faster than 55mph in the rain with them. My next tire will most will most likely be a mickey thompson SR or UHP tire or even a bfg radial tire. What ever tire you use it is the single most important contributing factor to your performance and will be the largest limiting factor to what your car can and cannot do. If you give me more information about your performance goals maybe I can help. If your a do it yourselfer I strongly urge you to do alot of research on this subject. Sadly though you will most likely end up buying more than a few sets of tires until you find one that you really like.
Well my cars actually pretty stock right now I haven't done many performance upgrades because I haven't had it long. Mainly a CAI is all I've done performance wise to be honest. But I'm wanting to do a 70mm TB/plenum, 3.73 gears, catted x-pipe, steeda short throw, UDP's, and I'd love to do a PI swap.
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no rotation = shorter tire life (you must make SURE the front tires stay aligned so they dont wear out sooner than they should since you cant rotate)

also check that backspacing and how far the rim sits out, if its past the fender lip it just looks bad.
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no rotation = shorter tire life (you must make SURE the front tires stay aligned so they dont wear out sooner than they should since you cant rotate)

also check that backspacing and how far the rim sits out, if its past the fender lip it just looks bad.
Yeah I definitely would keep a check on them. But with all this said I'm thinking I'll skip getting them until I need new tires all around and maybe do them then. I want more performance upgrades. Gears are out of budget seeing as I cannot do them myself. And everyone always says do a PI swap with me having a 96. But it's also out of my budget right now, so do you have some ideas for me? If I didn't name them all in my other post lol.
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Yeah I definitely would keep a check on them. But with all this said I'm thinking I'll skip getting them until I need new tires all around and maybe do them then. I want more performance upgrades. Gears are out of budget seeing as I cannot do them myself. And everyone always says do a PI swap with me having a 96. But it's also out of my budget right now, so do you have some ideas for me? If I didn't name them all in my other post lol.
Pi swap isnt really hard to do depending on your mechanical abilities. I have a 96 gt and have pi swap along with other things. If u want things done id do the basic intake exhaust and gears.
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Pi swap isnt really hard to do depending on your mechanical abilities. I have a 96 gt and have pi swap along with other things. If u want things done id do the basic intake exhaust and gears.
Where'd you end up buying your PI intake from?
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Where'd you end up buying your PI intake from?
i picked mine up from a local a long time ago, sold the heads and intake for 250, pretty cheap at the time, and i went from there. i have another set sitting from a f150, which i may or may not plan on porting and doin valvetrain work.
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I have some sumitomos from american muscle and ive always heard you hydroplane like crazy but i havent had any problems yet.
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I have some sumitomos from american muscle and ive always heard you hydroplane like crazy but i havent had any problems yet.
What size?
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I have some sumitomos from american muscle and ive always heard you hydroplane like crazy but i havent had any problems yet.
What size tire?
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275 rear and 265 fr i have 9's up front and 10's in rear looks really good the rears kinda stretch.
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I have staggered setup...275/40/17 up front 315/35/17 in rear. Nitto 555 tires. Sadly I believe what the other guy said. Rain with these tires and my performance sucks (I'm getting two dyno pulls from local speed shop for 30$ because I have a ccw!) and forget about snow...won't even try it. But dry warm pavement is amazing. I've had the front tires on for over 10k miles and they still look new. Rears I bought used and have put at least 5k miles on and still look great...not even close to wear bars. Good tires, suck In inclement weather. If u drive your car year round I would look into some bfg all season or at least get some all season on your old rims and keep them to swap out.
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I have sumi's they are 315 rears with 10.5 bullitt rim from AM. Ive had no issues from them. Check out my pics in my profile.
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