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Tire Suggestions? 17x7 (I believe) "SVT-Tbird" wheels

I bought these to replace some Voxx wheels I cracked on the cougar....





My car is very traction limited... I'd like to change that... Knowing there are several others running this size wheel, What would be the Stickiest, Largest, Baddest MF'er tires you would suggest running on these things?

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View this sticky: http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=133210

It suggests 245 is the widest you can go without rub in front and back with a same height as stock tire. Back fender lips will need to be rolled.

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I have 245/45/17's. Nice and wide.
but the ride sucks ass. If you look the wheels at 245 are made for a 9" wide wheel. Cornering sucks... soo....

I'll probably be dropping to 235/45/17 the 245/45 was much cheaper (esp when the fuzions were on sale...) but the car is squirrely when going around corners etc. ( I bought the wheels with the tires.)

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That's the Cobra R style rim. IMHO the best looking rim style on a T-bird.

And yea, as has been said the 245's fit best on a 9" rim.

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235/55R17 or 245/50R17 would be your best choices for that wheel width.



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235/55R17 or 245/50R17 would be your best choices for that wheel width.



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The biggest issue is that 245/50/17 is extremely expensive (Tirerack starts at 130 a tire for this size.)

245/45/17 starts at 61 bucks (fuzion's on clearance.)

The 235/55/17 is a better choice b/c it starts at 80 dollars a tire...
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Agreed ... but IMO the 245/45R17, or anything in that diameter, look silly in the giant MN12 fender openings. It's the old saying, you have to pay to look good!!


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245/45/17s IMO does not look silly.



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are you on 7" wide or 9" wide wheels checken?

I need to nab a pic of mine. When I turn a corner I can feel the side wall stand up then flop over as the contact patch moves around...
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are you on 7" wide or 9" wide wheels checken?

I need to nab a pic of mine. When I turn a corner I can feel the side wall stand up then flop over as the contact patch moves around...
7"s around package , I love them , handle well rides decent , 255s 50s I have handle the power better

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No need to roll fenders for 245s on a 7" wheel. I am running 255s on 9" wheels and have no problems.

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Darren, Do those Hankooks hook at all on the street? Or would you suggest another tire?

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Darren, Do those Hankooks hook at all on the street? Or would you suggest another tire?
Yes they hook pretty good until " BOOST" kicks in , They have never seen rain on my bird so have no clue there.

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ok then I am totally confused. I seriously thought it was the tires. Sitting at rest you can see the sidewall bend to support the rim. I'll take a pic and see if I can host it.
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Agreed ... but IMO the 245/45R17, or anything in that diameter, look silly in the giant MN12 fender openings. It's the old saying, you have to pay to look good!!


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Agreed, though I went with 255/45/17s on my 17x9s as a compromise between filling the fenders and complimenting the wheels. Personally, I don't think most 17" wheels designed for car apps look good with a ton of sidewall.

The smaller diameter looks fine at angles but straight on side shots are where they start to look undersized. Mine are only ~1/2" shorter from stock height and even then, I'm still bugged every time I look at this pic


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what pressure do you run checken?

running stock right now. I grabbed few pics but the tire is out at least 0.75" on each side of the wheel. so when you turn a corner hard, the centerline of the tire no longer matches the center line of the wheel and you can feel the side wall flex and travel. It gives a very numb feeling to the car.
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32 psi cold . After they warm up around 35 .

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fook it, it's worth the cheaper price to try out the fuzions at 245/45/17. (~60 a tire). HOpefully they have a stronger sidewall than the tires on the car right now.
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I had fuzions on my AWD Jag years back, They did not wear even, and very noisy . Just my experience with them . I had the ZRi's.

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well ****e...

you have the hankook ventus?
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Sent you a PM about maybe trading 2 of my 17x9 Cobra R Clones for 2 of your 17x7

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Sent you a PM about maybe trading 2 of my 17x9 Cobra R Clones for 2 of your 17x7
I have the same dilemma .. a set of 17x9's on all four corners - they fit great in the back, just not so much in the front.
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My 17x9 fit fine on the front, and worked fine when I had power steering. Now no room for a PS Pump, so a custom manual rack-pinion. It is fine on the road, but a handful in parking lots and the staging lanes. A couple of 17x7 would be very nice....

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Not sure if you realized this thread was like 5 years old. I have Darren's old bird now. I'm assuming it still got the same wheels on it. I live in Springville Alabama. I'm not sure if our wheels are the same style or not but if they are I will totally trade you a couple of my 17x7 for a couple of your 17x9

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Yea, I know it is a oldie. If you have the Ford Thunderbird SVT 17x7 wheels, and they are in good condition, we can figure out something.

The wheels I am referring to look just like the Mustang Cobra R, only they are 17x7, and 5x4.25 bolt pattern. The Superior Scoundrels are also close enough. The Ford part number is M-1007-E177.

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That looks like them! I'll take a pic when I get home. Pm incoming.

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Glad that worked out. Anyone with Superior Scoundrels 17x9 and want to trade for a pair of 17x7. Let me know. Thanks!

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My PMs are messed up. Can you post up photos here? What tires do you have on them. Ideally, we could meet up at some point mid way with the wheels and tires in trunk, then swap them. Mine has 255/45/17 BFG KDWS with about 2/3 tread life remaining.

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