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Question Best bang for the buck tires.

I finally got to 40k on the stock tires and it's time to switch them out. I was wondering what is the best bang for the buck for tires on stock v6 non pp basic model wheels.

I do an auto x day once in a blue moon and drag race once in a wile but the car is mainly a dd.

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I've been looking at the M/T street comp tire! They are like 150. I'm just waiting to hear how thy are peforming on the street.

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Where you live/what do you drive in?
If you drive through a lot of water/snow, then because it's a daily driver, considerations will have to lean away from the near-drag radial types. If you don't deal with a lot of either, there's quite a load to pick from. Nitto NT555's have come with a lot of recommendation from a number of individuals upgrading their wheels/tires.

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As FiK is alluding to. Depending what you use your tires for, your ideal best bang for buck tire will vary.

For me, I wanted: 1. the best all around gripping summer tire 2. that got great tread wear and 3. could be competitive in AutoX. I went with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports based on multiple reviews, UTQG rating and the 30k mile warranty.

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Not sure of size needed or availability but I would look into Riken Raptor tires, a subsidiary of Michelin.

I used a 255/50/17 on my 4klb truck and they lasted quite long. They were about 1/2 worn, evenly when I sold the truck. Truck had 70k miles with over 30k on the tires.

They also were good for a 1.97-2.0 60ft consistently. In that community, that's great for a street tire truck.

They are a great summer tire that is good in the rain. Snow...I managed. Got stuck in a few inches of snow when I had to pull through the front yard. Can't recall why I had to. Other than that, being careful in snow..it's manageable.

I'd buy again.
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Kumho Ecsta 4x are very hard to beat for affordable, sticky, fairly long lasting performance tires.

Kumho*Ecsta 4X

$125 each if you move to size 235/55/17

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Guys thanks for allthe great feedback. I live in Florida so snow is not a big factor at all.
Mycurrent size is 225/60/17r

What does the 225 and 60 stand for and will the235/55/17 fit?

So far I have 3.73 gears, custom pypes exhaust, air raid cai, ddm hid, jlt lower control arms, Bama 93r tune, sway bars, lowering springs.
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Guys thanks for allthe great feedback. I live in Florida so snow is not a big factor at all.
Mycurrent size is 225/60/17r

What does the 225 and 60 stand for and will the235/55/17 fit?
225 is how wide your tread is in mm. 60 is the aspect ratio, meaning the tire height (or thickeness of your sidewall). this is 60% of your tread width, or in your case 60% of 225mm. 17 is what size rim the tire fits on.

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Guys thanks for allthe great feedback. I live in Florida so snow is not a big factor at all.
Mycurrent size is 225/60/17r

What does the 225 and 60 stand for and will the235/55/17 fit?
It'll fit, but be slightly different. It won't be ridiculous at all, just will notice the speedo is reading a little higher than actual speed. At a glance, like reading 72 mph when you're travelling 70mph. That little of a difference. As far as fitting in your wheel well, absolutely, all day every day. Fitting the wheels? Same thing.

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While we are on the subject. I've got the stock pony package wheels. I'm reading that a 255 wheel will indeed fit on the 8" wide rim. Just wondering if anyone had ever tried that?

Coming from a 235 tire, I'm looking to make my rear size a little wider. My goals are traction/grip (for drag strip launches), longevity, and speed rating. In that order. Would there be much difference in upgrading to a 245 instead of a 255?

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Stock wheels are only 7" wide, so 235 is as wide a tire that I would recommend putting on the stock wheels. Also, one downside of wider tires in the rear is that you can not rotate from back to front making your tires wear out faster in the rear.

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I recommended that size because of the sportier, stickier tires available in that size compared to the stock size. The difference is actually less than 1.5 mph at 70 with size 235/55R17. So, not anything to worry about at all.

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Also, buying online at discount tire direct or tirerack.com is usually the cheapest prices you can find. Here is a tire calculator that also shows you a list of tires in that size: Tire Size Calculator - tire & wheel plus sizing

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For an all season performance tire, take a look at the Yokohama YK580 tires. Iíve put nearly 5,000 miles on them with my daily driver here in southern Nevada. So far, they are a much better all-around performing tire than the OE Michelin Green X they replaced. I donít know how many miles Iíll be able to get out of them.

http://www.yokohamatire.com/tires/detail/yk580

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Stock wheels are only 7" wide, so 235 is as wide a tire that I would recommend putting on the stock wheels. Also, one downside of wider tires in the rear is that you can not rotate from back to front making your tires wear out faster in the rear.
Pony Package wheels are 8" wide though. That's why I ask about the 255


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