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I need a new set of tires on my mustang, Now I used to work a discount tire, so I'm not completely retarded.. but I have a question. I'm swapping back to a set of 16x7.75" wheels. Yes 7.75" wide from inside lip to inside lip

So i'm hoping I can mount the 295/50/16's on the 16x7.75" wheel...I had 325's on 9" wheel and i never had any problems, but I know the max for an 8" is 295...but I was hoping someone had some input. I need ~ 28" tall tire for the rear of my car with the gears I have and i dont wanna run a dot slick/DR since the car sees more city driving than strip use...but the car is by no means a DD.
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If they are OEM Mustang 16" wheels from the late 90s/early 00s, they are 7.5" wide. What about using 255/60R16? That would be a better fit for sure. 295/50 on 7.5" might go, but you would likely wear the centre part of the tread out prematurely.


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If they are OEM Mustang 16" wheels from the late 90s/early 00s, they are 7.5" wide. What about using 255/60R16? That would be a better fit for sure. 295/50 on 7.5" might go, but you would likely wear the centre part of the tread out prematurely.



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they arent the stock 16" pony package wheels...I'm not sure what actual wheels they are. Looks like a 03 cobra wheel with "flatter" spokes. I just know they are 7.75" between lips.

255's arent enough for what I want/need. I'm not worried about the wear on the tires they are just going on the car till I decide what wheels I'm going to go with when i retire the car to strictly a trailer queen. I'm Just hoping they will fit and wont come unbeaded the first time I slip the tires past the water box, or take an of ramp 10mph over what I should .
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The BFG catalogue shows an 8" as the min. for their 295/50R16, so if the car isn't to be driven much on them, I would think that 1/4" isn't going to make a huge difference. That size will have a fair amount of sidewall to manipulate, so IMO you should be OK with the intended usage.


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When it comes to tires the tire width is spec'd for a set wheel width. However, the play on this is not the tire, but rather the wheel itself. What I mean is this.
You want the tire to spread out over the width of the wheel, and the wheel determines how much spread you will get.

If you stretch as 295 on the wheel your sidewall will slant inward toward the wheel lip (like a mushroom with the tread looking like it is trying to bow over the sides).
If you ran a 225 on that same rim the side wall would slant from the tread outward to the wheel lip (like a cone shape).

Having a 295 on a car and it looking bad will never get you the results you want to feel when looking at the car.

This is just my very humble opinion, but I wouldn't mount anything wider than a 255 or 265 absolutely MAX on that rim. Realize that a 295 is NOT going to appear any wider on that wheel than a 255 or 265, it is only going to give you a very distorded looking slanted sidewall, and will look like you stuck on a tire hat is too wide for the rim you are using... but it will not look wider. The tread is ONLY going to be as wide as the wheel and any excess tread as a result of being to wide a tire for the rim will begin trying to wrap around to the sidewall.

I have a 7.5" rear wheel currently, and I wanted a straight flat sidewall, so I used a 245 tire. It is perfect, and as much as I wanted a wider tire I knew that a 255 would be pushing it. So I went with the 245. A 255 may have given me a slightly acceptable "buldge" to the sidewall, but looks more oldschool, or like a set of drag radials. This would be fine for a 15 or 16 in. wheel, but not so cool on a lower profile 17" tire and wheel combo.

I now want to go wider, so I am attempting to sell my rear wheels to buy another set in an 8.5" width. This will allow me to run a 275 and have it look correct.
I wouldn't try and put a 295 on anything shy of a 9" rim. If you still want to try, measure the TREAD of the tire you are going to use while it is NOT mounted on a wheel. If your tread width is greater than your wheel width (inside lip to inside lip) than the tire is going to look very poorly on that wheel once mounted.
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