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    275 or 295?

    I was thinking about buying a new set of wheels. Im just having a hard time choosing which tires/wheels to go with. Should I buy 17s all around or 2 17's and 2 18's? If i buy the 17's and 18's I will get 17X9.5 in the front and 18X10.5 in the back.

    Now, If i get staggered wheels I will not be able to rotate them, which will lead me to changing the tires at differant times. Also I cant seem to find a good 295 rear tire for under $300. Your thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    I was thinking about buying a new set of wheels. Im just having a hard time choosing which tires/wheels to go with. Should I buy 17s all around or 2 17's and 2 18's? If i buy the 17's and 18's I will get 17X9.5 in the front and 18X10.5 in the back.

    Now, If i get staggered wheels I will not be able to rotate them, which will lead me to changing the tires at differant times. Also I cant seem to find a good 295 rear tire for under $300. Your thoughts?
    275/40/17 or 275/35/18 all around. No sense in not being able to rotate tires, you'll wear through them a lot faster. A 295 isn't going to give you significantly more grip than a 275, just go with a softer compound if you want that. Personally I like 18's, but 17" tires are quite a bit cheaper usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    I was thinking about buying a new set of wheels. Im just having a hard time choosing which tires/wheels to go with. Should I buy 17s all around or 2 17's and 2 18's? If i buy the 17's and 18's I will get 17X9.5 in the front and 18X10.5 in the back.

    Now, If i get staggered wheels I will not be able to rotate them, which will lead me to changing the tires at differant times. Also I cant seem to find a good 295 rear tire for under $300. Your thoughts?
    Go 17 all around and stagger them (17x9.5 and 17x10.5) and get these on the back.

    Quote Originally Posted by JAGUAR5822 View Post
    275/40/17 or 275/35/18 all around. No sense in not being able to rotate tires, you'll wear through them a lot faster. A 295 isn't going to give you significantly more grip than a 275, just go with a softer compound if you want that. Personally I like 18's, but 17" tires are quite a bit cheaper usually.
    I really hate it when people say this...so what if you can't rotate them and you have to buy new rear tires and leave the fronts on for another cycle of the rears? I mean honestly, it doesn't matter if you replace the fronts later, you're still spending the same amount of money, just at different times. Even so, do you really want to put almost bald tires on the front? Some people drive their cars in the rain and tread is needed on the front for safe steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    I really hate it when people say this...so what if you can't rotate them and you have to buy new rear tires and leave the fronts on for another cycle of the rears? I mean honestly, it doesn't matter if you replace the fronts later, you're still spending the same amount of money, just at different times. Even so, do you really want to put almost bald tires on the front? Some people drive their cars in the rain and tread is needed on the front for safe steering.
    I really hate when people spread bad info. Tire wear depends on driving style, if you're doing aggressive turning, the fronts will wear differently than driving like a granny, and if you do agressive take-offs or burnouts all the time, the rears will wear differently. If you have the disposable income for new tires more often or just prefer the look or are using tire sizes to tune your car for competition, then go for it. But properly rotated tires should be changed at the same time....all 4. Rotating them makes them last longer. But don't take my word for it, ask a professional.

    Oh, and if your back tires are so bald that you wouldn't want them in the front in the rain for "safe steering", what happens in turns
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    after picking up 275's for my 18"s in the back i wish i would have went bigger, my recommendation is for you to get either a 295 or a 305, looks much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1bandit View Post
    after picking up 275's for my 18"s in the back i wish i would have went bigger, my recommendation is for you to get either a 295 or a 305, looks much better.
    What kind of tires did you go with? Some tires are actually quite a bit wider than others the same size, yea I know that sounds crazy but it's true lol. There is a post around here somewhere comparing some of them.

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    18s frt, and rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue28 View Post
    18s frt, and rear.

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    18s are my fave on these cars, I had some 18x9 ADR Kasai wheels on my last fbod, they looked sweet but they were cheap and the paint chipped easily =( I did get them new for $400 shipped though so I can't complain.
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    Here's what I have on my car, 275/35/18 in front, 275/40/18s in the rear:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue28 View Post
    Here's what I have on my car, 275/35/18 in front, 275/40/18s in the rear
    That's pretty sweet how much did the painting/powder coating cost?

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    The wheels were silver finish before, I've had these same wheels since 2000.
    I spent about $65 per wheel for powdercoating, about 1.5 yrs ago.

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    That's not bad, they'll probably outlast the car due to the powdercoating lol.

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    I got 17/18 combo 255 in front and 295 in rear Yeah the 18s are no cheap think I paid little over 300 a piece .. Nitto 555 pretty good street tire and lasts awhile as long as you dont have a heavy foot... with 18s and 295s + you learn not to have a heavy foot very fast LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv1998 View Post
    I was thinking about buying a new set of wheels. Im just having a hard time choosing which tires/wheels to go with. Should I buy 17s all around or 2 17's and 2 18's? If i buy the 17's and 18's I will get 17X9.5 in the front and 18X10.5 in the back.

    Now, If i get staggered wheels I will not be able to rotate them, which will lead me to changing the tires at differant times. Also I cant seem to find a good 295 rear tire for under $300. Your thoughts?
    get 18x10.5 allround ;-)
    that's what I have...
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    almost stock triple-black 2000 SS convertible with 17x11s on all 4 w/ 315s at the track or on the street with 18x10.5s on all 4 w/ 315s: (1), (2)

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