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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015 Thread Starter
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Any Suggestions? Getting new tires

I need new tires for my BLACK ICE, I currently have pzero nero all season size: P235/50ZR18. I went to discount tires to get new tires and was told to go with a different approach being the GT is a powerful vehicle.

I was informed (by the "tire specialist") to put 235/55/18 Yokohama tires on the back and 225/55/18 TOYO tires on the front.

Can someone please tell me if that would be good or bad?

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Just doesn't sound right to me. What was his reasoning for that match up?

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Does not sound good to me, I think you need to find a different "tire specialist." A phone call to Tire Rack would probably yield better information.

You basically want the widest tires that will fit correctly on your wheels. So first you need to find out how wide your wheels are. If you don't already know, take one off and look at the stamping on the back of it, that should tell you. Or maybe someone on here will have an educated guess.

Then you need to narrow down the type of tire that you want. All weather or summer only? Maximum traction or is tire life also important to you? Do you drive in the rain a lot?

Next, you can look up tires on Tire Rack (or elsewhere) and look at the specs, for a specific tire size. Look at the wheel width, and make sure your wheels are in rage for that tire size.

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That guy has some extra Toyos and Yokohamas he needs to move. Don't mix and match.

Give us this info-

-Use of the car- daily? Do you drive in rain?
-Wheel size (diameter and width)
-Tire budget

And we'll get you a good recommendation

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stock tires are fine
Michelin are always good
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For a square set up get an OEM SIZE Tire in a compound suitable for your habbits and location

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015
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I wouldn't stagger different size tires on the same rims. Also that size difference will be fairly negligible, and especially if its a daily driver, not being able to rotate your tires is most likely gonna eat up your rears.

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That's like mixing a Tux upper with a pair of torn Loose jeans LOL ....Ummmmm No thanks to the "specialist advice". Stock tires are good in warm weather and if you DON"T expect good launches and crappy wet driving....dangerous in winter conditions in my opinion.
I replaced mine with Continental DW performance summer tires....night and day difference...The D stands for dry and W for wet...when the W wears down that it disappears, it's telling you they are past sufficient thread life to be used in wet, same idea for the D...These tires are second place to the Michelin's Pilot super sport on Tire Rack tire compero. For winter, I use a set of Michelin Ice/snow tires., very happy with them too.
As others suggested, think of what you're looking for and work in from there...convey those wishes to someone that REALLY knows tires and let them help you out.

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BFG is another good replacement like their G-FORCE SPORT COMP-2.
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Yokohama S-Drives in the summer (Max Performance Summer)
Conti Extreme DWS (High Performance All Season) for Spring and Fall

All Four are the Same Size

I'm with CSam - they're trying to clear out old stock

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Tire size

I also have a 2011 Mustang GT and would like to upgrade the tire size from the Standard Perilli 235/50R/18. Does anyone know an up grade in size that would fill the wheel well and possible be a wider size???
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See post #3 above.

Tire width is limited by the width of your wheels; and overall height (diameter) should match the overall diameter of the original tires, fairly close.

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JBert and 5.0 Candy have offered some good advice when selecting and why. Fortunately out here in Cali where I'm at the weather doesn't get to drastic one way or the other. But in addition to the suggestions mentioned by the above mentioned Google is a great tool as well to get a look at what they might look like on the wheel as well.
On my 2012 GT I'm running Shelby CS69 Magnum 500 18"x9.5" with BF Goodrich g-force Sport Comp-2 275/40/18 all the way around. Although I do like the staggered look as well. Obviously some drawbacks to going staggered.
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So your "tire guy" is suggesting you go with both 2 different size tires (staggered), 2 different diameter tires, and 2 different tire brand/models....

Sounds like you need a new "tire guy", Run away fast and do not listen to anything he is saying. All he is doing is trying to push some tires out of inventory or push some tires that he probably gets a small additional bonus for selling. He is putting you at risk to put a few dollars in his pocket.

Staggered is great and all if you like the look, but why the hell would you go with smaller than stock tires on the front, stagger them by getting bigger than stock on the back and leaving the front at the same width or wider. 235's are pretty damn slim in the first place and you are going to have to look REALLY close to see the difference between a 235 and a 225, that is only like 2/3 of an inch.

Bottom line, if you take his advice your going to end up with an unbalanced car, that causes traction control issues, handles weird, and you won't be able to rotate your tires.

I'd say go with a standard setup with a slightly wider tire, 245 or 255(if they fit), and you will be much better off in all aspects.

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i too agree with keeping all four the same size. Find a new tire dealer! Run, Forrest, Run....

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