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    max tire width in front for DD

    Next summer is coming!
    Thinking about buying some new rims (17" or 18") for the '99.
    since it is my DD I don't want to wide tires in the front. A buddy told me that even 275 are a pita on bad roadsurfaces.

    What are you running in the front? (rims and tires)

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    275's are not bad as long as it is aligned.

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    9.5 wide rims

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    for dd, 275s on 9" or 9.5" is great.
    even going w/ 315s in front on 11" wide in the front is not too bad provided you have proper alignment... but most people will find it overkill.
    I'd stick w/ 275... going w/ skinnies are for drag... in the street, you want to be able to corner and also brake... both of those activities rely on the fronts a lot.
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    I have 245/17's in the front and 285/17's in the rear.

    I think 245's are plenty wide for the front, I don't see why you'd need more tire than that for the front end. The wider you go the more the road tries to steer the car for you, aka bumpsteer

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    275/40 17x9.5 all around and it handles great

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    I'm running 275's up front. No issues. 245's are to narrow up front for how heavy the cars are if you like to hit the corners hard at all.

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    275s on 9.5" wheels up front and 315s on 11" wheels in the back.

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    +1 on 275's all around. That way you can still rotate front to back and get more life out of the tires. If you are stuck between 245 and 275....ask people who have made the upgrade to the 275 and how the handling improved. Keep in mind if the road has bad dips from semis or something, the car will pull, probably with either tire though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAGUAR5822 View Post
    +1 on 275's all around. That way you can still rotate front to back and get more life out of the tires. If you are stuck between 245 and 275....ask people who have made the upgrade to the 275 and how the handling improved. Keep in mind if the road has bad dips from semis or something, the car will pull, probably with either tire though.
    Aint this the truth...there are so many stop lights around my house with ruts in the asphault from so many people stopping for the lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    Aint this the truth...there are so many stop lights around my house with ruts in the asphault from so many people stopping for the lights.
    75 South from Dayton to Cincinnati was so bad that I wouldn't even drive in the slow or middle lane in my car or my bike. They're finally repairing the road....now that I moved lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supaxero View Post
    275/40 17x9.5 all around and it handles great
    x1,000,000

    I've never had problems with it. It handles better than any car I've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    275s on 9.5" wheels up front and 315s on 11" wheels in the back.
    ditto.

    Quote Originally Posted by SS/CETA View Post
    x1,000,000

    I've never had problems with it. It handles better than any car I've owned.
    What other cars have you owned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 SS Vert View Post
    What other cars have you owned?
    A '96 Impala with Eibach suspension components and 285/40/ZR17's on all corners.

    And a '98 Z28 w/ Granatelli CA's and lowering springs w/ 245/50 R16's. I never got around to advancing my tire and rim sizes on my Z.

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    I will see if I can testdrive my friends SS to see if I feel comfortable with some big rubbers in front.

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    You can run 295/35/18s on 18" x 10" in front without a problem with the proper offset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS/CETA View Post
    x1,000,000

    I've never had problems with it. It handles better than any car I've owned.
    i have locomotive wheels on mine.

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    note that our cars tend to love having the same width tires in the front as in the back for neutral and good cornering characteristics.
    Nothing wrong with wide skinnies in the front

    And as a bonus, you can rotate them, too.

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