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This is a discussion on 17x9.5 rims on 02 T/A within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; I just order all my new rims they are C5 vette rims and the size is 17x9.5 I'm probably going ...

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    17x9.5 rims on 02 T/A

    I just order all my new rims they are C5 vette rims and the size is 17x9.5
    I'm probably going to do Nitto but was wondering what size I should go on each one.
    The size that I found was 275/40/17 that others have said was the correct size, i'm wanting to be able to rotate the tires, so want all four the same
    thinking Nitto 555's for tires, just want to make sure the size is correct for a 17x9.5

    Thanks and God Bless

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    here is the rims I got

    something simple, but will look nice once on

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASh302 View Post
    here is the rims I got
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    something simple, but will look nice once on

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    Thats a replica wheel, correct? If I remember right, a factory wheel in that style for 17 inch wheels is only 8.5 wide.

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    a P285/40ZR17 would look best but you could also do P275/40ZR17's as well.

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    275-40-17 is the factory size for the original 17" SS and WS6 wheels.

    However I do agree with Scott, the 285's do look better. It's a subtle size change but is noticeable, fills up the wheel wells just a tad more, and I like the slightly extra width at the sidewalls to protect the wheels from curb rash.

    They do tend to be a little more spendy though because that size is somewhat of an oddball and only a few tire manufactures make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    Thats a replica wheel, correct? If I remember right, a factory wheel in that style for 17 inch wheels is only 8.5 wide.
    Yes replica rim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    275-40-17 is the factory size for the original 17" SS and WS6 wheels.

    However I do agree with Scott, the 285's do look better. It's a subtle size change but is noticeable, fills up the wheel wells just a tad more, and I like the slightly extra width at the sidewalls to protect the wheels from curb rash.

    They do tend to be a little more spendy though because that size is somewhat of an oddball and only a few tire manufactures make it.
    Just got my summers put on today, 285/40/17 Continental Extreme Contact DW. They do add a wider look to the tires than my 275's did and most definately my snows (245/45/17).

    Honestly, they only cost about $15.00 a tire more than the 275's. The choices are fewer though.

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    Tires got order from Discount Tire today, should take a couple of business days, I really wanted Nitto, so went with Nitto 555 275/40/17
    I'll post pictures once they come in and get put on. Weds or Thurs
    Sorry guys didn't go with the 285, maybe next time when not buying all new tires, but I really wanted to stick with a Nitto tire

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    what is the proper air pressure to run those at on the tires I got???? Any suggestions, also for the drag strip what tire pressure to run them at????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASh302 View Post
    what is the proper air pressure to run those at on the tires I got???? Any suggestions, also for the drag strip what tire pressure to run them at????

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    WS6's run 30psi all the way around

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    Even being a 9.5 wide?

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    I ran 30 psi in mine for daily and to be honest I didn't lower the pressure the few times I went to the track. I wouldn't go lower than 20 psi. As good as they are they are not drag radials/slicks. I would try 25 psi first before going to 20psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    I ran 30 psi in mine for daily and to be honest I didn't lower the pressure the few times I went to the track. I wouldn't go lower than 20 psi. As good as they are they are not drag radials/slicks. I would try 25 psi first before going to 20psi.
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASh302 View Post
    Even being a 9.5 wide?

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    It's only 1/2 an inch wider of a wheel than the factory wheel is. Even if it was a full inch or more wider, I dont see how there would be enough of a change of contact patch at 30 psi to merit changing it for street use. Track use, like has been said before, drop to around 25 or so for the short term.

    Of course the best way to figure out the best pressure would to use a tirepyrometer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whamhammer View Post
    It's only 1/2 an inch wider of a wheel than the factory wheel is. Even if it was a full inch or more wider, I dont see how there would be enough of a change of contact patch at 30 psi to merit changing it for street use. Track use, like has been said before, drop to around 25 or so for the short term.

    Of course the best way to figure out the best pressure would to use a tirepyrometer
    Thank you for the info, each of you. Means a lot being on a forum where members help out instead of being assholes. I been on another forum for years, even though I don't have a Mustang anymore but the members there are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASh302 View Post
    Thank you for the info, each of you. Means a lot being on a forum where members help out instead of being assholes. I been on another forum for years, even though I don't have a Mustang anymore but the members there are great.

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    No probs, its good to help each other out. The thing about an owners group is everyone has experiences, and you never know who has experienced what. Even the "least knowledgable" person (term used for convenience, not accuracy) might be the one who has been through or done something that is the answer to another persons problem.

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    Oh fo sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASh302 View Post
    Oh fo sure

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    Whats the offset of those wheels? I just put factory C5 Z06 wheels on my T/A and noticed that they are sitting a bit more outward than the stock WS6 wheels (not just becuase they are a little wider). Not enough to rub on stock ride height, but If it was lowered about 2 inches and I hit a good bump...

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    I will have to check, I'm lowered with eibach pro kit springs

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    Offset online says 54.0

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