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Old 11-11-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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I have a 13 GT which came stock with 18's. I put my 18's with performance tires from my 07 I traded in on and it looks bad b/c wheels look too small. I'm debating swap to 19 or 20's. Any comments on recommendations. My car is a dd with a lot of spirited driving thrown in. And would like to try a road course. Also I like the staggered look. My 18's are 8.5/10. I like the xtra grip in the rear.
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Untill you lower it the wheel gap will be huge.....
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There are so many different options out there, asking a question like this will get you 10000 different answers, based on each individuals taste.

My suggestion to you is to go online and decide for yourself, based on your OWN personal taste, and budget. Check out american muscle, and late model restoration for some package deals.
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Yea, I knew it was a loaded question, lol! I got my 18s from am and plan on getting next set from them too. My prob is the 07 came with 17s so went to 18s and was perfect. My 13 came with 18 so logical step is 19.... However, I've heard numerous ppl state that 19s are really expensive to get tires for and better to get 20's. I'm jst concerned about losing grip from lower sidewalls. I want nice looking wheels but performance better than tiny sidewalls with no grip.....
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Yea, I knew it was a loaded question, lol! I got my 18s from am and plan on getting next set from them too. My prob is the 07 came with 17s so went to 18s and was perfect. My 13 came with 18 so logical step is 19.... However, I've heard numerous ppl state that 19s are really expensive to get tires for and better to get 20's. I'm jst concerned about losing grip from lower sidewalls. I want nice looking wheels but performance better than tiny sidewalls with no grip.....
Well you just answered your own question man. You are correct in saying that 19" tires are more expensive, not to mention fewer options to choose from. IMO though, 19s are the perfect size for these cars after a drop. 20s will help fill the gap a little more in the meantime, but as you stated as well, with a smaller profile you will sacrifice a little grip.. Not to mention the added weight of the bigger rim. If you dont mind spending a few extra bucks on tires, i suggest you go with 19s, as you get a nice compromise of both looks and performance.
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I think Evil2014GT nailed it!

Although, 19" tires are becoming more regularly available. Now that 19's are common on factory sports and luxury cars, there's a lot more options out there. You just need to know where to look!

Also as Evil2014GT mentioned, 19's will provide you better performance and road comfort over the 20's. Then once the body height is lowered, the wheel well gap is lined up perfectly IMO.

Give me a shout if you have any other questions OP!

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I got 20" staggered AMRs from American muscle. I've owned a square set-up with 275s all the way around and I didn't like how it drove because any dips or bump in the road would catch those wide front tires and pull the wheel. I sold that set-up and went with 20x8/10s and 245/285s and it's perfect IMO.

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Those do look sweet Z!!! Well, would 18's with bigger tires be too much sidewall performance wise and appearance? Looks like I'm leaning toward the 19's tho when I've got the $....... Some help in that November giveaway would go along way in that regard Shane! Lol!
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Those do look sweet Z!!! Well, would 18's with bigger tires be too much sidewall performance wise and appearance? Looks like I'm leaning toward the 19's tho when I've got the $....... Some help in that November giveaway would go along way in that regard Shane! Lol!
I'm doing my best for ya! haha.

18's will still have good performance all around. Even with a taller tire. It just won't be superior to a 19" rim with the same height tire. That being said, the 18's will be able to launch harder in a straight line than the 19's too.

There's Pro's and Con's for all sizes. It depends on what you want to do with the car and the looks you'd like to maintain. I don't think you'll find yourself going wrong with any of the suggestions listed above. It's all about preference!

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Those do look sweet Z!!! Well, would 18's with bigger tires be too much sidewall performance wise and appearance? Looks like I'm leaning toward the 19's tho when I've got the $....... Some help in that November giveaway would go along way in that regard Shane! Lol!
It depends on what kind of stance you want. My car just goes to shows so I want something that is more looks oriented. 18s and larger tires will provide more traction and a better ride on the streets. 19s of course are the perfect mix between 18s and 20s. And for that reason, 19s are becoming more popular. 20s have a thin sidewall in most cases which doesn't help with traction while drag racing or grip on a road course. But they are still a vast improvement over stock and I'll just swap out the rears for darkstars while I'm at the track.
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Preciate all the help. You definitely helped confirm my decision. Time to save up for some 19's!!!!
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I "downsized" from OEM 19x9" Brembo wheels with 275 front, 285 rear tires to Roush 18x10" wheels with 275's all around (better tires though)...I absolutely do not regret it. My suspension is pretty well sorted out, for a fun street/strip car. I gained more traction, better handling, and it reduced my jarring ride that the 19" wheels and lousy tires gave me.

The biggest downside to 19's is a terrible choice of decent tires in the size range we need to keep the speedometer somewhat accurate (27" tall). If you don't care about that, and go with much shorter tires, it does open your options up a bit, but then your car looks weird with the extra fender gap and your speedometer will read much faster...and accrue more miles on your odometer than you actually are driving.

Larger wheels = more weight and less sidewall, which is detrimental for launching, even with sticky tires.
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I just did 20x8.5 front and 20x10 rears. It looked good without lowering it but I definitely felt it needed to be a bit lower to eliminate the gap. I love the look though now that it sits lower. Not a ton of sidewall on my 20's though. I fear any more sidewall in the rear and I'd have trouble once it settles.

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I prefer to run 15's on the rear and 17's up front.
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I prefer to run 15's on the rear and 17's up front.
This truly is my next big investment. Those welds are killer!
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Sweet look jsvt!!!

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I bet u get good performance grabber!!! I don't like look as much. Trying to find a good compromise between performance and looks....
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This truly is my next big investment. Those welds are killer!
Yea the Weld RT-S wheels are a good looking wheel. And they're a significant weight savings over my Brembo wheels.
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I'm now considering the cheaper route for now...... Keep my 18's, plastidip them black, then get taller rubber....
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Well, not really a cheaper route when the 275/45's are $100 more a piece than 19's..... Looks like I need new wheels
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I went with forgestar. F14s.. 20x9/20x11 putting them on tomorrow! Can't wait! Here they are on a '13. Boss
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I really like the Forgestar F14 wheels. What size tires did you go with?
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Looks awesome! I guess I've decided to go 19's. Want a little more sidewall. I found a few 275/45's for 18 wheels that would b close to the same height as stock but they're expensive! Around $100 more per tire than 19's which are supposed to b the "hard to find, expensive" tires!!! I guess cuz it's not a very popular size....
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I really like the Forgestar F14 wheels. What size tires did you go with?
255/35 and 305/30 Michelin pilot super sports
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255/35 and 305/30 Michelin pilot super sports
305s will fit a 10" wheel also I'm sure right?
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305s will fit a 10" wheel also I'm sure right?
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You really dont want to put a 305 on a 10

10.5 or 11 is the perfect size range for that tire.
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I put 295s on my 10s.
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I've had 305 on my 10's for 3 years now. They fit perfect, no issues what so ever!

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Nice posts! The 305s look nasty! I have 285s
+1. I wish those came in a 19/305.. Sad face.
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They've got a 305/35 19
The 555r does?? Since when? Got a link?
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