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    Hey guys, so i got myself a camaro z28, i love it. It's actually my first car...it's my baby! The guy i bought it off had toyo proxes 275/40R18 size tires on it, on Z06 black motorsport wheels, but it's running low on tread...What are some good tires you guys recommend? Btw if anyone can explain the tire sizing...that would be cool. (If it helps, i really love having FAT tires, as in the width, so it gives it that nice muscle car look when you're looking from behind. Also, would you recommend going a bigger size in the back, and just a tiny bit smaller in the front? I want it to have that "raised ass" type of look, it's so sexy lol) thanks!!

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    What do you want out of the tires ? Traction, tread life, handling, or ride quality ? It all depends on what you are looking for.
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    I'd still like to see someone throw on a set of Mickey Thompson Street Comp tires and then let me know what they think. Hint!

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    This will explain just about anything you need to know, including size coding: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=194

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I'd still like to see someone throw on a set of Mickey Thompson Street Comp tires and then let me know what they think. Hint!
    you can almost bet that since all of their other tires are soft compounds that the street comp's will be too so my money is they're a pretty good traction tire but won't last long.


    To the OP: The raised ass look is 1980's and trust me when I say if there's anyone here that likes the 80's it's me. The problem is it's fairly tacky and not good for handling. Also....if you go much larger in the rear versus the fronts it'll cause issues with your ABS. You can go a little bit larger in the rear but not much.
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    I will be putting on toyo R888s in 275/35/18 in the front and 315/30/18 rear. Like it has already been mentioned you need tires that have close to the same aspect ratio or thickness but you can go wider and personally that is what I would do over getting some really thick tires in the rear versus the front.

    Like others said it depends what you want. Toyo R888s are good for handling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    I will be putting on toyo R888s in 275/35/18 in the front and 315/30/18 rear. Like it has already been mentioned you need tires that have close to the same aspect ratio or thickness but you can go wider and personally that is what I would do over getting some really thick tires in the rear versus the front.

    Like others said it depends what you want. Toyo R888s are good for handling.
    So, in other words, from the sizes you mentioned, the 315 will be "wider", as opposed to the 275 which are not as wide, in the front? Does this add a handling benefit? or just strictly appearance? And i'm guessing the 30 and 35 is thickness of the tire? the bigger the number, the thinner it is? correct me if i'm wrong please

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    This will explain just about anything you need to know, including size coding: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=194
    The link you gave me is a little confusing..can you put it in simple terms for me? i.e, what each number means in "274/40R18", i know the 18 is the wheel size, the other two i'm lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    What do you want out of the tires ? Traction, tread life, handling, or ride quality ? It all depends on what you are looking for.
    Well, i live in NYC, so originally i want strong enough tires that won't pierce..but i guess traction/handling is what i'm looking for

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2002ssslp View Post
    What do you want out of the tires ? Traction, tread life, handling, or ride quality ? It all depends on what you are looking for.
    Well, i live in NYC, so originally i want strong enough tires that won't pierce..but i guess traction/handling is what i'm looking for

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    BTW, also looking for a decent price, as i'm not rich..lol. Maybe in the range of 150 each? But not something that's cheap sh*t that'll have me replacing them within a month

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    275/40R18 - 275mm is the width. 40 is the % ratio of the width for measuring the side wall height. So, .40x275 = 110mm side wall. 18 is the rim size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    275/40R18 - 275mm is the width. 40 is the % ratio of the width for measuring the side wall height. So, .40x275 = 110mm side wall. 18 is the rim size.
    So, the bigger the middle number, the thicker the tire?

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    Not necessarily. A 315/40R17 will have a taller side wall than a 245/50R17.

    Like I said, the second # is a % of the first number so the two work together. If the first number is the same between the two tires you're comparing, then yes.

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    Well, since your car came with Toyo, and they're the parent company of Nitto, try the Nitto NT555 Extreme. I run those on my 18 inch wheels and they cope with NYC roads pretty well. Try 315/40/18, but you'll have to have your rear quarter panels rolled so the wider tires won't rub. Also, if you want the raked/raised rearend look, get a pair of BMR drag bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Not necessarily. A 315/40R17 will have a taller side wall than a 245/50R17.

    Like I said, the second # is a % of the first number so the two work together. If the first number is the same between the two tires you're comparing, then yes.
    got it..thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Well, since your car came with Toyo, and they're the parent company of Nitto, try the Nitto NT555 Extreme. I run those on my 18 inch wheels and they cope with NYC roads pretty well. Try 315/40/18, but you'll have to have your rear quarter panels rolled so the wider tires won't rub. Also, if you want the raked/raised rearend look, get a pair of BMR drag bags.
    I just checked the site with the nitto tires, they don't seem to have that size. However, i wouldn't want to go through the trouble to having to do work to the rear quarter panels for the tires either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    Well, since your car came with Toyo, and they're the parent company of Nitto, try the Nitto NT555 Extreme. I run those on my 18 inch wheels and they cope with NYC roads pretty well. Try 315/40/18, but you'll have to have your rear quarter panels rolled so the wider tires won't rub. Also, if you want the raked/raised rearend look, get a pair of BMR drag bags.
    I like the idea of what someone said about 315 in the back and 275 for the front, but i don't think they're made in size 18 wheels. I've checked and can't find it. Is there any other similar ratio to this setup?

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    They make tires for 18 inch wheels in 275 up front and 315 in the back there are just limited matching sets and even fewer specifically with Nitto. The Toyo R888s that I am going to get are that size, 275/35/18 front and 315/30/18 rear but a different ratio than what cammed goat suggested. If you search on tire rack for those sizes you will see a reasonable amount in that size range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98TransAmWs-6 View Post
    They make tires for 18 inch wheels in 275 up front and 315 in the back there are just limited matching sets and even fewer specifically with Nitto. The Toyo R888s that I am going to get are that size, 275/35/18 front and 315/30/18 rear but a different ratio than what cammed goat suggested. If you search on tire rack for those sizes you will see a reasonable amount in that size range.
    Do you know what the widest tire i can get for an 18 inch wheel (not sure of the exact measurement, just 18"), without having to do any work to the rear quarter panels, like "rolling" them, etc

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    Whether you have to roll the fenders comes down to if the tire rubs on them which is slightly dependable on the offset of the wheel and also depedepends on the tire. I would say you can probably get away with 295s without too much trouble but on certain wheels you may be able to do 315s without trouble but most have to roll and or do the bfh mod to the wheel well.

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    295 width tire on stock offset and you will be fine. On TAs you can get away with some 305s. Camaro wheel wells are slightly smaller for some reason and 305s become iffy. 315 unless you find the perfect wheel and offset you wheel need to modify to some degree. Roll the fenders or take a hammer to wheel well. Some even have to trim the bump stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raynor139 View Post
    295 width tire on stock offset and you will be fine. On TAs you can get away with some 305s. Camaro wheel wells are slightly smaller for some reason and 305s become iffy. 315 unless you find the perfect wheel and offset you wheel need to modify to some degree. Roll the fenders or take a hammer to wheel well. Some even have to trim the bump stops.
    What do you mean by stock offset? sorry

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