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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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17x7 svt rims tires suggestion

Hi All:

About a year ago I started a thread for help finding a set of Ford SVT thunderbird rims. As always, the board helped me and I have my rims.

My question is, what kind of tires and tire sizes do you guys think is best for the 17x7 ford rims? My bird is a '94, with the eibach lowering kit... I am trying to get good value, quality tire. I'm really curious to see what others with 17x7 rims are running on, and what size you guys have selected.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-10-2007, 11:39 PM
 
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Size look for a 245/45. They are a common tire size and should be easy to find. OE on all 17x8" wheeled mustangs 94-04. The rims on them are a inch wider but the 245/45 should work just fine for you.

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I put the General Excclaim UHP on mine. Got a pretty good deal through Tirerack.com and then took them to Sams Club and had them mounted and balanced. About $350.00 total
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they also have a pretty high treadwear rating so they will last a while but still grip great
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I have general UHP's also. 245/45/18, but they have been very good tires so far. Fairly sticky, good wet grip, and they seem to be wearing slowly. I recommend them.
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245/45-17 is WAY too short a tire. That's a Mustang size, NOT a Thunderbird size. You want either 245/50-17 or 255/50-17. I've run 4 sets of the 255/50's with no problems at all. They're a 27" tall tire which really fills up the wheel wells nicely. 245/45 is only like 25.5" tall. It just plain looks weird. Glancing at a car with those will instantly make you realize they're too short.

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I agree - 245/50 is about perfect, but not a lot of selection in that size. It's what I use, and I love 'em.
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245/50/17 is the proper diameter, and about the widest that you probably want to put on 7" wheels. Unfortunately not as much selection in that size as 255/50 and 245/45.


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if you were local I have a set of 245 45 17's I need to get rid of cheap

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Thanks for all the feedback.

Looks like I'll go 245, 50, 17... My car does is dropped because I have the eibach lowering springs all around; Do you all think the 245/45 would leave too big of a whell gap, even with the car being lowered?

If anyone has any more recommendations on the brand of tire, that would be helpful too.

Thanks again!
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I'm a fan of 255/50/17's like travler posted long ago... they are the most speedo friendly.... all you have to do is shave down the nub under the ball joints on the fronts.

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Thanks for all the feedback.

Looks like I'll go 245, 50, 17... My car does is dropped because I have the eibach lowering springs all around; Do you all think the 245/45 would leave too big of a whell gap, even with the car being lowered?

If anyone has any more recommendations on the brand of tire, that would be helpful too.

Thanks again!
Mike

245/45 should at least be on 7.5" wheels as a mininum ... the short sidewalls will be very pinched on 7" wheels. The fender gap is fine for some, it bothers other people, a matter of personal preference.


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