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Looking for new rear tires

Well, I have 245/40/18 General Exclaim UHP's on the front of the car....they're great, and I would get a set for the rear, but, unfortunately, General decided to discontinue the Exclaim UHP, which is a shame.

The NITTO drag radials that I threw on back in September, are now in dire need of replacement, as I have registration renewal / state inspection next month, so the cock is ticking...

When I bought the car, it had 275's on it...they had stretched sidewalls, which looked funky...

So I am thinking AT LEAST a 285 tire is the way to go...

I really like the look of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A .... This car has had mismatched front/rear tires as long as I have owned it, so why change tradition now?

Basically I guess I am asking, what are your opinions on 18x10 tires "no more than a 40% profile"

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You might try tirerack, they say they still have a couple 275/40-18. I am running them on 10 inch wide 18s and they look fine.
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I'm running a 275/40/18 on a 10" wheel and the tires are pretty much even with the edge of the wheel. I'll be replacing mine sometime this year since they're getting pretty worn. I'm planning to see just how wide I can go. I know a few people here have success with a 295, but I'd love to do a 305 or 315 just for the meaty look.

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In the rear I'm running 275/40/18 on a 9" rim and 285/40/18 NT05R's on the same 9" rims.

They both fit and look amazing.

For an 18x10" rim I'd go with a 285 minimum and, like Jeff, I would prefer a 305 or 315.

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I'm running a 275/40/18 on a 10" wheel and the tires are pretty much even with the edge of the wheel. I'll be replacing mine sometime this year since they're getting pretty worn. I'm planning to see just how wide I can go. I know a few people here have success with a 295, but I'd love to do a 305 or 315 just for the meaty look.
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In the rear I'm running 275/40/18 on a 9" rim and 285/40/18 NT05R's on the same 9" rims.

They both fit and look amazing.

For an 18x10" rim I'd go with a 285 minimum and, like Jeff, I would prefer a 305 or 315.


Thanks for the advice, I'm gonna go with the Above mentioned BFG's in a 295....as for wider, currently I Have a 305 on my 18x10....I say go for it if you can find 'em
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305/xx/18? I wouldn't mind going a little taller if I have to.

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305/xx/18? I wouldn't mind going a little taller if I have to.
I have 305/40/18 NITTO drag radials currently....
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275-40-18 fits perfect on a 10" wheel. Some mfr's run a lil narrow but still dont have that stretched sidewall and if it did I would change them out with another mfr.

285-40-18 is still a good size for a 10" wide wheel.

Anyone running our 18X10 Bullet with a 295MM+ tire, I would like to know what kind of Clearance you have with the shock assembly and bracketry.

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275-40-18 fits perfect on a 10" wheel. Some mfr's run a lil narrow but still dont have that stretched sidewall and if it did I would change them out with another mfr.

285-40-18 is still a good size for a 10" wide wheel.

Anyone running our 18X10 Bullet with a 295MM+ tire, I would like to know what kind of Clearance you have with the shock assembly and bracketry.

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When I bought the car it had 275 dunlop dirriza's on the rear...they where stretched and looked horrible...so they must run a bit narrow.

As for 295+ and clearance issues....I currently have 305/40 NITTO drag radials are there are NO clearance issues...of course, I am running stock SC springs on the car, so that helps, obviously.

Slammed there was no way I could run anything that large/wide.

When the car was slammed a 275 would rub on the inner body above the shock mount when the suspension compressed over bumps. 285's that I had before the drag radials, of course, rubbed even more
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I believe the 10" Bullet wheels are a different offset than I'm running if I remember right. My 18x10's are +40.

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I have to agree with Brad, I am running the 275/40-18 UHPs on a 10 inch rim with 1" drop with air bags and rolled fenders, show me the streched sidewall:



I am sure it will no change your opinion since some people think wider is always better. Kind of reminds me of people who run air shocks at max to fit wide wheels with all the weight on the front of a rear drive car.

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275-40-18 fits perfect on a 10" wheel. Some mfr's run a lil narrow but still dont have that stretched sidewall and if it did I would change them out with another mfr.

285-40-18 is still a good size for a 10" wide wheel.

Anyone running our 18X10 Bullet with a 295MM+ tire, I would like to know what kind of Clearance you have with the shock assembly and bracketry.

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I have to agree with Brad, I am running the 275/40-18 UHPs on a 10 inch rim with 1" drop with air bags and rolled fenders, show me the streched sidewall:



I am sure it will no change your opinion since some people think wider is always better. Kind of reminds me of people who run air shocks at max to fit wide wheels with all the weight on the front of a rear drive car.
I was speaking specifically about Dunlop Dirrizza 275's...they MUST run narrower than other 275 tires, since they where very clearly stretched when I bought the car.


General Exclaim UHP on the other hand, are a completely different animal, and I like them...I have them on the front, and, while they unfortunately have been discontinued, my boss tracked down a set for me...I can't remember if I am getting a 285 or a 295....but they should be here Tuesday...And your silver car is very nice....actually, you are the reason I went with General UHP's and I have been very impressed with them.
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I see now what you are saying. I have also seen pictures with the 275/40-18 Cooper Zeon tires on the 10 inch bullits that looks fine like the UHPs.

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I have 285/40/18 Nitto 555's on my 10" wheels and think they are a great fit. The tires are just barely wider than the wheel itself.

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Ha...that's not stretched...there's VW kids around here running 205's on 9.5" wheels. Idiots.

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Ha...that's not stretched...there's VW kids around here running 205's on 9.5" wheels. Idiots.
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Now that's s t r e t c h e d ! ! !

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I'll throw some up later. They do it so they can go lower without having fender problems...regardless of the safety issue. One of them told me that it's fine because "pro drifters do it".

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How does the bead even seat correctly? Wouldn't the tire blow out if you hit any sort of bump in the road?

That purple wheel is very ugly....and WHY OH WHY would they do that?!?!?

And what self respecting tire shop would even mount those?

Now I'm probably going to notice this and actually see it in person can't un-learn or un-see some things :puke:

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Earl, I just posted up a fell set of tires, might work out for ya, check them out...

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^ Great price!

Same sizes I'm running on my staggered wheels.

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Here is my right front tire.

I have 275/40/17 in all 4 places.

No problems and they look tough.

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Stretched tires are really big in the import/drift world. I print and cut custom vinyl for a drift club in Tulsa and the best drifter in the bunch has tires stretched like that. No special mounting required. He runs an LS2 engine in a 95 240sx and if pulling a drift at 70 won't unmount the rear tires I would say they can hold up to almost anything.

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Thats not even on the bead of the rim. There is a gap between the bead and the sidewall. The acuall bead is of the tire is lower that the bead of the rim

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Stretched tires are really big in the import/drift world. I print and cut custom vinyl for a drift club in Tulsa and the best drifter in the bunch has tires stretched like that. No special mounting required. He runs an LS2 engine in a 95 240sx and if pulling a drift at 70 won't unmount the rear tires I would say they can hold up to almost anything.
Looks like ass.

I dont know what the drifting advantages would be in running a tire WAY too narrow for a given wheel width, but there is deff not a street advantage I can think of.


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WHOA 275 on the front wheels of an MN12? I ran 255's on mine a year ago, and there was major rub on the inside...it was still slammed back then, which wasn't helping, but that is definately the widest I have heard of on the front of one of these...could the SN95 hub swap having a differing offset from the bird's stock setup be helping you a bit there?

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Here is my right front tire.

I have 275/40/17 in all 4 places.

No problems and they look tough.

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Yeah I guess it must be the SN95 hub swap because I have no rub at all.
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It's the SN95 offsets, more positive ones like the ones made for these cars and S197's will cause clearance issues with the knuckles. My next front tire will be a 285/40

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