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20 inch tire recomendations for 06 GT

I have Hankook ventus tires (245/40zr20) that dont do well from a stop or low speed cornering under excelleration. Could you please recommend a tire brand that offers better traction. Also what suspension upgrade would help the most with this? Thanks


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I have Hankook ventus tires (245/40zr20) that dont do well from a stop or low speed cornering under excelleration. Could you please recommend a tire brand that offers better traction. Also what suspension upgrade would help the most with this? Thanks
What are Hankooks?

first, get some decent steel lower control arms. BMR, Steeda, etc.

How wide are your wheels? You need more rubber than 245/40/20's. You said you have no traction fron a stop or low speed cornering under acceleration. Get better tires, with a wider footprint in the back if you can afford it

those would be a good first step. If you need step #2, let us know.

Oh, lots of good tire choices out there. I'm partial to Nitto since I put them on but others are just as good. BFG, Goodyear, etc etc etc


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With all that power back there the only tire that may help is probably going to be a street/drag soft compound tire. Like the Nitto Nt05's , wont have much wet performance or tire life, but will have max traction for a street tire. The next step from those is gonna be a set of MT ET street's, They will step up the traction to drag strip levels in a tire that can still be driven on the street, but wet performance and handling will suffer. Choose your doom.
It also kind of depends on what size your rims are also, you cant get a MT for 20's, but you can get NT05 in 20's.

And since it doesnt look like you have any of the usual suspension mods the tried and true classics are.
Lower control arm's
Upper control arm

Both will help you plant that rear end with more of cars weight and eliminate any wheel hop.

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i highly recommend toyo proxes 4 tires. though they're considered an 'all-season', they have excellent grip, especially in the twisties, and best rain tires i've ever had.

you'll definitely want to look into wider rears (at least 275), if your wheels can support them. those skinny tires are probably half of your traction issues.

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My new 20s" will have 315/35-20 on the back Steeda assures me they fit no problem.

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I thought 295 was the limit for the 06 mustang?
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20" are more for looks over function. 18"s are better for handling. I've herd of 315s fitting but haven't seen it. Most seem to stop at around 295.

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I thought 295 was the limit for the 06 mustang?
I've got 315/35/20's fully within the fenders with no rubbing or other issues at all. Proper wheels of course are priority #1 to get them to fit (see my signature).

I might have a crappy picture or two in my profile where you can see they don't stick out. Been meaning to get some better pics up there...

As far as 20's being more for looks over the function of 18's, that's pretty much correct. I never intended to buy 20's, just fell in love with these wheels. But I have a TON of traction with those Nitto NT05's

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You might be able to get better handling from another brand of tire. However, with 20" wheels don't expect to get the ride or lateral traction that 18" wheels would give you. You are going to compromise some performance for looks with those 20" wheels.

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Thanks guys for the great input!

I'm wondering though if I put the wider tires on, will I hurt my auto trans from the increased traction/torque? I'm not sure how well these 5r55s trannys hold up!

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Yup same set up as hubkap.
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Yup same set up as hubkap.
Very nice!

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I've been very happy with my BF Goodrich KDW 2 tires they are a summer high performance.

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