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Old 07-30-2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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New tires on 96 gt?

I'm looking to get a slightly taller tire on the front of 96gt. Right now I have 255/40 17s on it and would like them Maybe an inch taller. In rear currently I have 275/40 17s which I'm happy with. Would it be beneficial to take up that little more of a gap with a taller tire like a 255/45? Or would this look silly with the rear sidewall being a 40? Another thought is putting my 275s up front and getting a wider tire in the rear? Any suggestions?

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putting a 275 up front just seems like alot of tire to be out front
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I'm looking to get a slightly taller tire on the front of 96gt. Right now I have 255/40 17s on it and would like them Maybe an inch taller. In rear currently I have 275/40 17s which I'm happy with. Would it be beneficial to take up that little more of a gap with a taller tire like a 255/45? Or would this look silly with the rear sidewall being a 40? Another thought is putting my 275s up front and getting a wider tire in the rear? Any suggestions? Sent from my LG-LS980 using Mustang Evolution mobile app
If u go with 255/45/17s ur OD will actually be closer with the rear tires
255/40/17=25
255/45/17=26
275/40/17=25.7
The 40 sidewall # alone doesn't matter it's a combo of the whole tire.
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:18 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!

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I have 235/45/18 up front and 275/40/18 out back. Rear is 1" taller than stock, front is .6" taller than stock. 18x8 and 18x10. You do NOT need 275s up front, they do work perfect out BACK tho.







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Yeah I have 17x9 in front and 17x10 in the back. I have seen plenty with the 275s in front but it does seem a little wide for getting into the road grooves etc.

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255/45/17 is an OEM size and works well on 17x9s. For 17x10s you could do a 275/40/17 to match.
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Thats the info I was looking for. I have 275 40s on the back already. The fronts are 255 40s currently. I wanted a little more height for wheel gap in the front, so the 255 45s would look OK with the 275 40s?

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I'm assuming from the other post and looking online that the 45s in the 255 would be about an inch taller than my current 255 40s.

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I have h&r super sports but I'm still not happy with the front. I should have got 18" wheels!

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Yeah 255/40/17 are way too small even for a stock rim, they are 25" vs the OEM size of 25.7" (or 26.1" for 94/95 Cobras). 245/45/17s would actually be the exact diameter match for your 275/40/17 out back and should be just flush with the rim lip. 275/40/17 is 25.7" and so is 245/45/17.

Sounds like you selected your tire size thinking the sidewall number is a static set number, it isn't. It is a percentage. So a 245/45/17 is 245mm wide with the sidewall height of 45% of 245mm and a 17 rim diameter. This is why my 45 sidewall up front is actually shorter than my 40 sidewall out back.

You can also look up any tire specs on tirerack to make it idiot proof. Not enough ppl use that site...
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The wheels and tires were ordered as a set. I liked the idea of the little wider front but never thought about the height. I guess you have to watch what "canned" wheel and tire sets you buy! An inch or close to it makes a big difference on appearance

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Their two years old now anyway only a few thousand miles but I can buy a matching set fairly cheap anyway to replace these and get a little better look. Thanks for the info.

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This is how it sits now with the 255/40 17s.

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The wheels and tires were ordered as a set. I liked the idea of the little wider front but never thought about the height. I guess you have to watch what "canned" wheel and tire sets you buy! An inch or close to it makes a big difference on appearance

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I always tell ppl to watch wtf comes in their canned tire combos. Very often even the "good" vendors will have messed up sizes or a front or rear tire a noticeable difference taller.

My wife also tells me "an inch or close to it makes a big difference"...
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Ain't that the truth on both accounts.

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