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Skidding in the Rain

Hey guys,

I have a V-6, standard, 2011 Mustang...

Recently I've been having a hard time in the rain, and skidding. About a year ago I got in a one person wreck, because I hydroplanned, and ran into a ditch, and even today I hydroplanned but was able to recover.

I am guessing I just need some really good tires. What kind of tires do you guys have? Have you had this issue, and what did you do to help curtail the issue?

Thanks guys I appreciate it.

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I have Michelin AS3+ on mine and had Continental DW on it before them and both seemed to handle pretty good in the rain. Continental has a DWS if you live where you need an all season.
But any tire you have that is going bald is going to hydroplane.

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I replaced my tires about two years ago, but they are also the cheap ones, so I want to invest on some very good ones.
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Conti DWS are good tires.

I assume you had no wet weather driving problems until you bought new tires 2 years ago. Did you buy factory spec tires or did you go wider? Wide is great on dry surfaces because of the increased surface contact, but that increased surface contact tends to hydroplane easier on wet.

Whatever caused the loss of control, I would adjust driving habits.
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in addition to the suggestions above, Tire Rack has tons of data and info on tires, including which ones are better in the rain


tires with less tread and/or wider will be worse for hydroplaning -- like EZ said, if you went with wider tires than stock, that might have contributed to it


also make sure they are fully inflated, a little over the standard 32 psi (like 34-35 maybe) might help a little in the rain also

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Hydroplaning starts around 35 mph no matter what tires you have. Some tires are better than others at diverting water, but it still happens.

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I replaced my tires about two years ago, but they are also the cheap ones, so I want to invest on some very good ones.
See if Cooper Tire makes a tire in your size. I have found them to be one of the best handling tires in the rain.

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I just put on the Sumitomo straight summer tire and to my surprise I can take off at a light in the rain and not spin the tires. I also went to 275/40R19 in the rear with stock 245/45R19 up front. No hydroplaning yet


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Hey guys,

I have a V-6, standard, 2011 Mustang...

Recently I've been having a hard time in the rain, and skidding. About a year ago I got in a one person wreck, because I hydroplanned, and ran into a ditch, and even today I hydroplanned but was able to recover.

I am guessing I just need some really good tires. What kind of tires do you guys have? Have you had this issue, and what did you do to help curtail the issue?

Thanks guys I appreciate it.
What size are you looking to run and where are you located? We would be happy to help you choose the right tire for your needs if you would like some help. Just shoot us a PM.
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I had lots of traction problems even without rain, granted i am running more power than you OP, but I had to go up to NITTO 555's 255/50/R17, and i got them with CERTS, from discount, they have to order them in... Best tire i have ever had on this car, hands down, especially for launching.

Tires i tried and passed on were
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Falken Pro G4

I will say, the Azenis and Pro G4's were significantly better then the Ecstas, and would probably be good for most people, but i was still having excess spin on launch so i kept moving up. The NITTO 555's seem to be the gods of traction, at least for me.

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What size are you looking to run and where are you located? We would be happy to help you choose the right tire for your needs if you would like some help. Just shoot us a PM.
Now if you only sold the rims that I want for my truck we would be all set

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We may be able to special order it for you. If you could send the wheel specs and manufacturer we would be happy to check for you.

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Hey guys,

I have a V-6, standard, 2011 Mustang...

Recently I've been having a hard time in the rain, and skidding. About a year ago I got in a one person wreck, because I hydroplanned, and ran into a ditch, and even today I hydroplanned but was able to recover.

I am guessing I just need some really good tires. What kind of tires do you guys have? Have you had this issue, and what did you do to help curtail the issue?

Thanks guys I appreciate it.
Of course good tires help, but honestly IMHO, it's all in the hands of the driver. These are fairly light cars and the skinnier the tires the better....and the mustangs today are no different than the mustangs of yesteryear.....yes, I have a 65 that has been in our family since it was new.....and although the loaded weight is 3200 lbs, in all reality it was closer to around 2,900 lbs..... which IIRR yours is in the neighborhood of 3,500 lbs... so it's not going to take much speed or water to lift the rear end off the ground.

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We may be able to special order it for you. If you could send the wheel specs and manufacturer we would be happy to check for you.
The one is your competitions own brand and the other the Manager here thinks he can get it when it is time.
To the OP, Discount or America's Tire depending on where you are at will definitely help you out.

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Tread on tires has one purpose, to channel water from under the tire, ensure that your tires have good tread on them and slow down in the wet.

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