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Old 02-25-2014, 12:08 AM   #1
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hey guys, im trying to shop for tires for some rims im going to be buying and wanted your input on what brand i should go with or which ones i should stay away from. they will be my summer rims so id like some performance tires. the rims i want will be 18x9/10s and i was told to do 275/35 on the front and 285/35 or 305/35 on the back. what do you guys think?
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I like my Nitto NT05s on my summer wheels and I'm sure the 555s would do you just fine. I can't really vouch for sizes because I'm still on 17s, but I like going as wide as possible in the rear
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What do you do with your car? If just looks, go wide...
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No, you want a 255/40 on the front and a 285/35 or a 315/35 out back. A 275/35 on the front 9" rim will bulge out like crazy and look like **** IMO. I had that setup on my 95 and I hated it but its your car. As for rims, you are going to be safest getting a rim/tire setup from LRS or AM. LRS does Nitto Combos, AM has a better tire selection but you will not find any good all seaons unless you are staying stock size which you are not. The Sumis on AM are great budget tires, the 555s are better performance wise, the 555R is a drag radial, I have them out back and they hook up well but I am getting rid of them because I plan on DDing this thing and I don't need to be caught in the rain with them... Also hear good things about the Mickey Thompsons on AM if you are looking at the Nitto 555s you might as well go with the Mickeys.

If you want a good all season tire that can still hook up and you don't have to worry about driving in the cold (even if the weather is nice otherwise) you should look at the Continental Extreme Contacts on Tirerack. This is likely the route I am going, I don't want to not be able to take my car out on a beautiful clear cold day anymore because summer tires get hard as hell at near freezing temps. Nitto and other manufacturers specifically say "do not use or store in temps near freezing" and this is correct. They get hard and lose grip in the cold.
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Ultimately my 18s will be my summer and "show" rims and I'm keeping my stocks for snow tires so I don't plan to ride them in any cold weather. With that being said, should I go with the nitto 555s or those 285/315 setup you mentioned?
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Not understanding the question. Nitto 555s are a brand and type of tire. 285/35/18 or 315/35/18 are sizes.
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Well then I'm a lot more confused than I originally thought.... Haha okay. So. AM said their rims came with a 275/35-18 and 285/35-18 set up but that a lot of people switched the backs to 305/35-18 for "better grip". These will be my summer tires only. Is that a good setup? Or would I be better off buying the tires separate?
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LMAO, better grip. The extra width of a 305 is not going to do anything over a 285, not on a street car. Also much more selection at the 285 width and they are cheaper too. A better combo would be 255/40/18 up front which is a 26" tall tire. 285/35/18 is good out back and is also a 26" tall tire. You don't want the tires to bulge out alot which 275 wide tires will up front on 9" wide rims. 255 fits nice and flush on 9" wide rims with some variance depending on the brand. Same with the 285s on 10" wide rims which all the 18s are.

Just be aware that the sidewall height (the 2nd number) is not a set height, its a percentage. So 255/40/18 woud be a 255 wide with a sidewall 40% the height of the overall width (255) and a 18" diameter rim. 285/35/18 is 285 wide with a sidewall 35% of 285 and a 18" diameter rim.

Anyway IMO, the AM sizing is not the greatest and their selection is OK but obviously they are not a tire depot so they'll stock the most popular sports car brands. I really wish they would stock a decent set of all seasons for 18" and wider rims but they don't for some reason... The mount/balance/fill they offer really makes doing a tire install easy and no risk of some idiot nicking your rims while putting tires on.
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No, you want a 255/40 on the front and a 285/35 or a 315/35 out back. A 275/35 on the front 9" rim will bulge out like crazy and look like **** IMO. I had that setup on my 95 and I hated it but its your car. As for rims, you are going to be safest getting a rim/tire setup from LRS or AM. LRS does Nitto Combos, AM has a better tire selection but you will not find any good all seaons unless you are staying stock size which you are not. The Sumis on AM are great budget tires, the 555s are better performance wise, the 555R is a drag radial, I have them out back and they hook up well but I am getting rid of them because I plan on DDing this thing and I don't need to be caught in the rain with them... Also hear good things about the Mickey Thompsons on AM if you are looking at the Nitto 555s you might as well go with the Mickeys.

If you want a good all season tire that can still hook up and you don't have to worry about driving in the cold (even if the weather is nice otherwise) you should look at the Continental Extreme Contacts on Tirerack. This is likely the route I am going, I don't want to not be able to take my car out on a beautiful clear cold day anymore because summer tires get hard as hell at near freezing temps. Nitto and other manufacturers specifically say "do not use or store in temps near freezing" and this is correct. They get hard and lose grip in the cold.
I have a 275/35-18 on my 9" and it doesn't look like it bulges at all. It looks like anything less on it is going to give out too much lip. And going from a stock 245 to a 285 I noticed a HUGE difference in grip, its not like DR grip, but i noticed a difference. So adding another 30 to it should see some difference, still not DR, but you will feel it.

I know we've all got our opinion on tire sizes and such, but Scotty you are actually one of the few people I have ever heard to say a 275 bulges crazy on a 9"
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My 18x9 with a 275/35-18 (they are dirty)
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:10 PM   #11
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Let me go dig up some old *** pics of my 18" Saleens I had on my Cobra and I'll show ye what I mean.

Edit: Found them. Not the greatest pics but you can see the 275s bulging out too much. The other tires are 295/35/18s and they were perfect.





All depends on the brand really. My 265/40/17 Nitto 555 bulges a little on a 9" rim too but the 555R 315/35/17s are way too goddamn narrow for 10.5" wide rims which should NOT be the case.
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Yea those are a tiny bit more bulge than my Sumitomos on my 9"
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We have two cars with 18x9/10 setup. Both have 275/35 on front. One has 295 on back the other has 305. Personally i would do at least 295 on a 10" wheel. If going nitto you'll need a 315 to be close to flush.

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I like 275's on 9's personally
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I'm actually thinking of going 19s myself. I personally think even 18s look like roller skate wheels. A 275/35/19 is a 26.5" tall tire and should not rub at all. I may gander at some 305 and 315 series but that is going to be pricey... Although having to pay $200 for a S197 spacer and stud kit isn't exactly cost conscious either. Still, upgrading to ARP studs is a good idea regardless of the wheel/tire combo you run.
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Hey Guys, I have the track pack 19" rims. I'm running 255/40's on all 4 corners. What would be the widest tire I could put on the rear with these rims? My rims are 19x9.5.
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275/40/19 recommended, widest possible- I don't know.
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275/40/19 is going to be massive diameter wise and going to run him into fit issues. For a SN95 I'd toss a 26-27" tall tire out back. Just figure out what that equates to on a 19".
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