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Old 04-21-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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Staggered tires?

Thinking about getting some new wheels and tires in a few months once mine wear out. I'm thinking of doing 18x8.5 in the front and 18x10 in the rear. Any thoughts? Is this a good or bad idea lol. Also does anyone have pictures of their staggered wheels they can post? I'd love to really see what it looks like on our cars.


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Thinking about getting some new wheels and tires in a few months once mine wear out. I'm thinking of doing 18x8.5 in the front and 18x10 in the rear. Any thoughts? Is this a good or bad idea lol. Also does anyone have pictures of their staggered wheels they can post? I'd love to really see what it looks like on our cars.


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I have staggered 20x8.5 and 20x10. Love them, give the car that muscle look and grip is great. cant go wrong, unless they come with spinners.... lol
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Reasons i dont like staggered set ups:

1. I cant rotate tires, so my costs go up - In my mind at least, i have never owned a staggered set up, so i could very well be wrong.

2. i hate the way the car turns with a staggered set up. I had staggered 275s 255s on my car once ( let my v6 buddy use my front 275s on the back of his car, so his rear 255s ended up on the front of my car) and it just felt retarded ... car just felt like it didnt want to turn properly. Maybe our tires were too close in size, or maybe the road was bad, or maybe im crazy, but i just did not like the way it felt. I prefer a square set up.

That being said, if buying from a company like American Muscle, i would expect they have done their homework and the set up will WORK fine. As far as performance and driving feel, its impossible to predict that.
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Reasons i dont like staggered set ups:

1. I cant rotate tires, so my costs go up - In my mind at least, i have never owned a staggered set up, so i could very well be wrong.

2. i hate the way the car turns with a staggered set up. I had staggered 275s 255s on my car once ( let my v6 buddy use my front 275s on the back of his car, so his rear 255s ended up on the front of my car) and it just felt retarded ... car just felt like it didnt want to turn properly. Maybe our tires were too close in size, or maybe the road was bad, or maybe im crazy, but i just did not like the way it felt. I prefer a square set up.

That being said, if buying from a company like American Muscle, i would expect they have done their homework and the set up will WORK fine. As far as performance and driving feel, its impossible to predict that.

Like hell you can't rotate tires. I rotate mine left and right every oil change. A wide tire like that has nothing to do with the turning feel. That's the tire itself and the suspension of the car. That being said, my back end is higher now with a staggered setup. I run a pirelli tire and the grip is ok but better once warm. I do rub with a 245/45 up front but that's only because of the offset of the wheels. Click image for larger version

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Like hell you can't rotate tires. I rotate mine left and right every oil change. A wide tire like that has nothing to do with the turning feel. That's the tire itself and the suspension of the car. That being said, my back end is higher now with a staggered setup. I run a pirelli tire and the grip is ok but better once warm. I do rub with a 245/45 up front but that's only because of the offset of the wheels. Attachment 180605Attachment 180606

So it hasn't messed up your handling? I love the look of some meaty tires in the rear and I'd love to have the extra grip also


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I have a 2014 mustang v6 aswell and i had a staggered set, 295/35R20 rear and 255/35R20 front never had rubing and i loved how it looked. Click image for larger version

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I've enjoyed running my staggered set up from AM. I hook up WAY better now, and I haven't noticed any difference in my cars ability to corner. I do have the PP though.
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I also have a staggered set up. I also noticed a way better grip from my stock ones and also didn't seem to affect handling to me at all either. I went with 19x8.5 and 19x10. Got this set from AM. It's the MMD Axim with Pirelli's. I also was hesitant for awhile on what to buy for my first set of wheels but I went with my gut finally, and got these.

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I am pretty sure all of the 07+ GT500's have come with staggered tires. If you are concerned I would go with one of the staggered sizes used in the GT500. I have used 285/40ZR18 rear and 255/45ZR18 front and was very happy with the combination.
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If your wanting to make your car look like it has 500hp+ dont settle for anything smaller than 305's for the rear tires
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1. Like hell you can't rotate tires. I rotate mine left and right every oil change. 2. A wide tire like that has nothing to do with the turning feel. That's the tire itself and the suspension of the car. That being said, my back end is higher now with a staggered setup. I run a pirelli tire and the grip is ok but better once warm. I do rub with a 245/45 up front but that's only because of the offset of the wheels. Attachment 180605Attachment 180606
1. That depends on several things, not all tires are Asymmetrical, and some are even side dependent, so it is possible the tire cannot be rotated.

2. Having driven 245s, 275s, and 295s on track, the tire most certainly impacts the way the car feels, even on the street.
The purpose of a staggered tire set up is not originally for traction, its to induce understeer, because if a car is going to get out of control in a corner that is the safest way for it to happen.
Tire diameter, sidewall, and pressure have just as much bearing on the steering feel, if not more, than the suspension. So, that being said, i do not like the way a staggered set up feels, even on the street.
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The new GT track packs come with staggered wheels.
19” X 9” (F) 19” X 9.5” (R)
255/40R19 Y, front
275/40R19 Y, rear
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The new GT track packs come with staggered wheels.

19” X 9” (F) 19” X 9.5” (R)

255/40R19 Y, front

275/40R19 Y, rear

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I also have 1in spacers on the rear so my tires to stick out about 1 1/2 inches now before the staggered setup they were flush in the rear, the new rims give my caliper covers tons of clearance which is nice, i dont suggest lowering the car with the wheels sticking out if i lowered mine i might rip my fender off hitting a bump

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So it hasn't messed up your handling? I love the look of some meaty tires in the rear and I'd love to have the extra grip also


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None. If anything an improvement. I hook when I want to. Spin rarely. Then again they are 30 lb 19" rims.
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Thinking about getting some new wheels and tires in a few months once mine wear out. I'm thinking of doing 18x8.5 in the front and 18x10 in the rear. Any thoughts? Is this a good or bad idea lol. Also does anyone have pictures of their staggered wheels they can post? I'd love to really see what it looks like on our cars.


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