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Old 04-27-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Hey guys I'm new to the forum and I just ordered my new 5.0. I've been looking at wheels and tires and I just had a quick question. If I put 305's in the rear will it fit? Also I did a few searches about 20's and of course everyone has a different opinion. So my other question is do I go with 20x8.5 front and 20x10 rear or just go 18x10 all the way around? Thanks for any advice.
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19s IMHO
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18's. Better selection.
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You don't want to go to big if you ever plan on lowering it! Wouldn't go any bigger then 18
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Re: Tire size

^^False information......

Its a matter of opinion on which size in particular you should go with.19s tend to be more expensive for tires because it is not so common. 20s are a dime a dozen a can often be cheaper than 19" tires because in this day and age 20s are everywhere and are in demand.18s cheaper yes but IMO don't look as good as 20s on a S197 (that's all individual opinion) As far as lowering goes with 20" wheels you will be fine,it just depends on how big of a drop you want (again this is all individual opinion) A 1.5 drop on a 20" wheel with a 30 or 35 sidewall will work just fine.

On my 07 I ran 20x9s with F:255/35 R:255/35 and it was perfect. On my 2011 I am running 20x8.5 255/35 up front and 20x10 285/30 in the rear (KDW2) and will be installing FRPP K springs this weekend......and yes 305s will fit but if its not gonna be a track car I would do 275 or 285 in the rear.
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Thanks for the advice. I've been looking at some pictures online and the 20's make the rotors look tiny too. So could I go 18x10 all the way around or do I need to go thinner in the front? What's the widest tire I can safely run up front?
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Its a matter of opinion on which size in particular you should go with.19s tend to be more expensive for tires because it is not so common. 20s are a dime a dozen a can often be cheaper than 19" tires because in this day and age 20s are everywhere and are in demand.18s cheaper yes but IMO don't look as good as 20s on a S197 (that's all individual opinion) As far as lowering goes with 20" wheels you will be fine,it just depends on how big of a drop you want (again this is all individual opinion) A 1.5 drop on a 20" wheel with a 30 or 35 sidewall will work just fine.

On my 07 I ran 20x9s with F:255/35 R:255/35 and it was perfect. On my 2011 I am running 20x8.5 255/35 up front and 20x10 285/30 in the rear (KDW2) and will be installing FRPP K springs this weekend......and yes 305s will fit but if its not gonna be a track car I would do 275 or 285 in the rear.
Ok thanks. I was thinking of going with 305 cuz it's just a weekend toy and I plan to make some trips to the strip.
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I wouldn't worry about rotors being to small,you can always fix that later and if you aren't running at the track all the time then the brakes will be just fine.If you run a 10 up front it more than likely rub and IMO look weird. The widest up front I would go would be a 9 with a 255 or a 275.
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Again guys thanks for all of the advice. I think ive finally picked out everything I want. Now just need to find the best deals.
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Re: Tire size

I am a fan of 'same size'-all four corners -as I rotate `em every 3500 miles... I installed 18x9.5s on my `08, and had very satisfactory results/looks/performance.
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I am a fan of 'same size'-all four corners -as I rotate `em every 3500 miles... I installed 18x9.5s on my `08, and had very satisfactory results/looks/performance.
+1 to that. You'll want to rotate them sometime.
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Re: Tire size

for a 2005+ 20 inch rims look perfectly fine, do NOT go any less than 18s.. and even they look to small.
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for a 2005+ 20 inch rims look perfectly fine, do NOT go any less than 18s.. and even they look to small.
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Do the 20's fill the wheel wells or would I need to lower it some?
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Do the 20's fill the wheel wells or would I need to lower it some?
Yes,You will need to lower it to close up the gap otherwise it will look funny like a 4x4. Well worth the effort though.

Here is a pic of my 07 with 20x9s and 255/35/20s on all 4 corners with the FRPP 1.5 drop.It closes up the gap very nicely.

The other pic is my 2011 with 20x8.5 up front with 255/35 and 20x10 in the rear with 285/30s. No springs installed as of yet so you can see the gap in the wheel wells.

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Still looks good but I see ur point. Are those foose wheels?
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Still looks good but I see ur point. Are those foose wheels?
Shelby Razors on the 07 and Boss 338s on the 2011.
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Re: Tire size

lowering is a GREAT change in looks, springs are cheap and easy to install on 05+ cars. Just need an alignment check after and your good. Eibach prokit is not bad for the money the sportlines are to low though IMO.
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+1 Spec is right. Lowering any vehicle gives it a totally different appearance. More aggressive and sleek.
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lowering is a GREAT change in looks, springs are cheap and easy to install on 05+ cars. Just need an alignment check after and your good. Eibach prokit is not bad for the money the sportlines are to low though IMO.
So if eibach is not bad and sportlines are too low then what is the best?
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the eibach prokit seems to be what many 05+ owners go with. The eibach sportlines are just really low~
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Its a matter of opinion on which size in particular you should go with.19s tend to be more expensive for tires because it is not so common. 20s are a dime a dozen a can often be cheaper than 19" tires because in this day and age 20s are everywhere and are in demand.18s cheaper yes but IMO don't look as good as 20s on a S197 (that's all individual opinion) As far as lowering goes with 20" wheels you will be fine,it just depends on how big of a drop you want (again this is all individual opinion) A 1.5 drop on a 20" wheel with a 30 or 35 sidewall will work just fine.

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Just curious as to why you say it would be better to run 285 than the 305?
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I'm real curious to know before I make the purchase.
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Because its gonna cost more for a 305 vs a 275,285 or a 295.If you aren't a serious track car then why waste the money?
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