Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest
Perhaps this is getting off track a bit but...I didn't start it and I think it is pertinent...squared vs staggered is a facinating discussion to me...I'm still trying to decide on summer wheels/rubber.
Increased rolling resistance hasn't been mentioned.
The statement that tramlining is only an issue on city streets and highways is interesting as well...that just happens to be where I drive. Perhaps if I had a car just for a killer road coarse track...
Also interesting, and not yet mentioned, is the Boss and GT500 come with 255/285 f/r...and in 19" wheels/rubber (although I think maybe the new Shelby has 20" rears). Also, most all the performance cars I look at come stock with wider tires in the rear, and the higher end cars will typically have wider tires than we're discussing.
To me, it's not having a staggered setup just to have a staggered setup (real tough to compare the width of the front tires to the rear as low as the car is), it's to get as much rubber in the rear for traction and as much up front for steering as is reasonably possible w/o having the fronts pull me around and without having to take out a 2nd mortage whenever it's time for tires.
Plus, I've read that you can correct the above mentioned potential understeer issues w/your suspension set up.
Also, my state allows studded tires...lot of wear grooves in many of these roads.
As an aside, (for this derail I do apologize but I've already gotten over the guilt) I almost ordered the adjustable Ford Racing suspension pack yesterday. Decided to order a decent floor jack, buffer and Son's 22nd birthday presents first. Best price I've found is at FordSuperCenter.com, $1525 delivered...in fact the guy (sorry, can't recall his name) who's posted here for that site included the pack on their webpage after I'd asked him if he could get it...now I do feel guilty about not ordering it yet...maybe I should use that guilt to justify putting it on plastic...if I get 5 supporters chime in in the next 24 hrs and say 'hell yes', I will.
2012 GT Prem Cp, Kona w/MT-82, 401A, 3.73's & HID/Sec. GT-500 Spoiler & OE sidescoops. FR Pwr Upgrd & FR3 Adj Hndl Packs. MaxMoto CC plates. BMR Adj Panhard. 255/45 and 285/40-18 Conti DW's on silver Forgestar CF5's.Tint, clear bra, CDC Dead Pedal, JLT Oil Separator and Black in Back.
Ordered 3/18/11. Built 5/4. ETA 5/22. Arrived 5/24.