Tire size - Mustang Evolution

Go Back   Mustang Evolution > 1979-2015 Mustang GT || Tech and Talk > 1996-2004 Mustang GT



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them here!
Old 05-29-2013, 08:49 AM   #1
Registered Member
Regular
 
96smoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Raleigh
Region: North Carolina
Posts: 226
Tire size

I've got the 03 GT premium wheels and my rears need to be replaced and I'm wondering if anyone has ran a 275/35/17 on these or if it can be done?
96smoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-29-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
Registered Member
Regular
 
cliffyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Region: Florida
Posts: 1,001
The stock '03 wheels are 8" wide, no tire maker would recommend that 275/35-17s be run on 8" wheels. That said, while I have not heard of anyone using 275/35s on the 8" wheels (see below) many have run 275/40s with no problems.

Also, why 275/35? They are 4% smaller outside diameter than the stock 245/45 tires and will mess up your speedometer (it will read fast). 275/40-17s are very nearly the same diameter as the stock tires and will not mess up the speedometer...
__________________
SOLD! - 2003 GT, UPR X, FRPP 24lb/h, Magnaflow, PP 70mm TB & plenum, Delta Force tuned,
Steeda UDPs, Ralco flywheel, RAM HDX clutch, 3.73s, 262 rwHP/305 lb-ft.

New ride (7/1/2013) 1998 Mercedes SL500-5.0L 32V VVT 326/347 HP/tq
cliffyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
Registered Member
Regular
 
96smoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Raleigh
Region: North Carolina
Posts: 226
Quote:
Originally Posted by cliffyk View Post
The stock '03 wheels are 8" wide, no tire maker would recommend that 275/35-17s be run on 8" wheels. That said, while I have not heard of anyone using 275/35s on the 8" wheels (see below) many have run 275/40s with no problems.

Also, why 275/35? They are 4% smaller outside diameter than the stock 245/45 tires and will mess up your speedometer (it will read fast). 275/40-17s are very nearly the same diameter as the stock tires and will not mess up the speedometer...
That's what I needed to hear. Because I had no clue which tire size to pursue, and 275/35 was mentioned to me by someone so that's what I kept on my mind. But I'll deff be looking into 275/40 now as long as no issues will occur
96smoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-29-2013, 12:23 PM   #4
Registered Member
Regular
 
cliffyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Region: Florida
Posts: 1,001
Quote:
Originally Posted by 96smoke View Post
That's what I needed to hear. Because I had no clue which tire size to pursue, and 275/35 was mentioned to me by someone so that's what I kept on my mind. But I'll deff be looking into 275/40 now as long as no issues will occur
To clarify, I didn't say "no issues will occur", I said "many have run 275/40s [on 8" wheels] with no problems"; and that it would be going against tire manufacturer's recommendations...
__________________
SOLD! - 2003 GT, UPR X, FRPP 24lb/h, Magnaflow, PP 70mm TB & plenum, Delta Force tuned,
Steeda UDPs, Ralco flywheel, RAM HDX clutch, 3.73s, 262 rwHP/305 lb-ft.

New ride (7/1/2013) 1998 Mercedes SL500-5.0L 32V VVT 326/347 HP/tq
cliffyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 12:30 PM   #5
Staff
Regular
Staff
 
scottydsntknow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: JB MDL
Region: New Jersey
Posts: 16,576
I had 275/40/17s mounted on stock 8" wide wheels. The sidewall really stuck out and the ride wasn't the greatest and traction honestly really didn't improve. I would stick with 255s on 8" wide tires which is what came OEM on the 94/95 Cobras even though everything else got 245s.

I personally hate the stock wheels on Mustangs, the backspacing and only being 8" makes the rear tires look ridiculous from the back with them being in from the edge of the fender pretty far. I'd go get a set of 10.5" wide rims for the back and throw some 295-315 wide tires on them. Looks a hundred times better and you get some real meat out back.
__________________
2000 Mustang GT Steeda #0048

Just because I give you advice, doesn't mean I know more than you. Its just means I've done more stupid ****.
scottydsntknow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #6
Registered Member
Regular
 
cliffyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Region: Florida
Posts: 1,001
^+1, That would be the direction I would (did) go as well:

__________________
SOLD! - 2003 GT, UPR X, FRPP 24lb/h, Magnaflow, PP 70mm TB & plenum, Delta Force tuned,
Steeda UDPs, Ralco flywheel, RAM HDX clutch, 3.73s, 262 rwHP/305 lb-ft.

New ride (7/1/2013) 1998 Mercedes SL500-5.0L 32V VVT 326/347 HP/tq
cliffyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #7
Staff
Regular
Staff
 
scottydsntknow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: JB MDL
Region: New Jersey
Posts: 16,576
This is why I always like the wide rear tires





Screw the narrow tucked in tires that come stock.
__________________
2000 Mustang GT Steeda #0048

Just because I give you advice, doesn't mean I know more than you. Its just means I've done more stupid ****.
scottydsntknow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
Legacy
Regular
 
SpectorV's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Region: Alabama
Posts: 26,049
Send a message via AIM to SpectorV
you can fit a 275 on an 8" wide tire but they generally look far to bloated~ it all depends on the brand of tire, some makers are more narrow than others (you would figure mm is mm.... but its not to tire manuf )
__________________
2003 Cobra Vert (Redfire) #3938 of 5082 @ 05/27/2003
472rwhp/493rwtq -Modification List - Dyno Sheet
2012 Mustang 3.7L M6 (Kona Blue)
2011 Ford Edge Sport (Red Metallic)
SpectorV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #9
Registered Member
Regular
 
96smoke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Raleigh
Region: North Carolina
Posts: 226
I mean I agree 100% but I like these rims and got them for a steal and I don't necessarily want to go about getting a new set. Not in my budget I was told I can get them widened and that its pricey but it's worth it if you like the rims
96smoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 03:23 PM   #10
Staff
Regular
Staff
 
scottydsntknow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: JB MDL
Region: New Jersey
Posts: 16,576
I would not waste the money to get those rims widened. I mean if you REALLY like them but there are ones that, IMO, look way better and you can probably get them shipped to your door for less than you'd pay to ship your wheels out to someplace to get them widened and ship them back.

In the meantime, if I were you I'd get some 255/45/17 tires, wheel spacers to at least put the tires further out towards the fender so it isn't so narrow and run like that for awhile.
__________________
2000 Mustang GT Steeda #0048

Just because I give you advice, doesn't mean I know more than you. Its just means I've done more stupid ****.
scottydsntknow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
Registered Member
Regular
 
cliffyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Region: Florida
Posts: 1,001
Generally alloy wheels can only be widened on the inside, meaning that wheel spacers may have to be used to make them clear. Also doing it properly will cost more than a new wheel--beyond that I personally would not ride in a car with widened alloy wheels, even if I was the one that widened them...
__________________
SOLD! - 2003 GT, UPR X, FRPP 24lb/h, Magnaflow, PP 70mm TB & plenum, Delta Force tuned,
Steeda UDPs, Ralco flywheel, RAM HDX clutch, 3.73s, 262 rwHP/305 lb-ft.

New ride (7/1/2013) 1998 Mercedes SL500-5.0L 32V VVT 326/347 HP/tq
cliffyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 05:29 PM   #12
Registered Member
Regular
 
Count Dragula's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Warner Robins
Region: Georgia
Posts: 1,320
With 10.5 wheels you can do magic

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2441802921.jpg
Views:	2916
Size:	371.9 KB
ID:	111054
__________________
2007 Mustang Gt
2.3L Whipple Supercharger
Brenspeed Detroit Rocker Supercharger Cams
3.73 Gears
XXR 521 Wheels
20x8.5 and 20x10.5
Count Dragula is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 06:32 PM   #13
Registered Member
Regular
 
Slow4V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Sa
Region: Alabama
Posts: 2,208
Quote:
Originally Posted by 96smoke View Post
I've got the 03 GT premium wheels and my rears need to be replaced and I'm wondering if anyone has ran a 275/35/17 on these or if it can be done?
Yes you can run 275/45/17 on those wheels, don't listen to anyone who says you can't.

I put them on all the time
Slow4V is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2013, 06:55 PM   #14
Staff
Regular
Staff
 
scottydsntknow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: JB MDL
Region: New Jersey
Posts: 16,576
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slow4V View Post
Yes you can run 275/45/17 on those wheels, don't listen to anyone who says you can't.

I put them on all the time
Nobody said you couldn't. Although the 275/45 makes them bigger than stock diameter. 275/40 is stock diameter and as I already said I've ran those myself on 8" rims. It just rides worse and you really don't get any more traction. Also looks kinda eh with the sidewall bulging over the rim like crazy.
__________________
2000 Mustang GT Steeda #0048

Just because I give you advice, doesn't mean I know more than you. Its just means I've done more stupid ****.
scottydsntknow is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mustang Evolution > 1979-2015 Mustang GT || Tech and Talk > 1996-2004 Mustang GT

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


» Like Us On Facebook



05:41 PM


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

MustangEvolution.com is in no way associated with or endorsed by Ford Motor Company.