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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2016, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Going to get the 189 Saleen speedstars from the Custom Wheel Shop. What I would like to know is what tire size works the best with minimal/no rub AND what are the best manufacturers?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2016, 09:31 AM
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Well, what are you looking for in a tire? And when you say "the best manufacturers", what do you mean specifically? The best for snow, all season, family car tires, street legal slicks? Then, there's also your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a tire BEFORE installation and other fees a tire shop will charge you. I'm no tire expert, but these are important things to know for whomever will answer your question on tires.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2016, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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I work in a tire shop, so I will do the mounting and balancing.
For tire style, it's going to be more street and strip.
For make/manufacturers, I wasn't sure if there is better quality tire from one to another
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-13-2016, 01:01 PM
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Are your original tires 225/60/16? If so, 245/45/18 are the closest match, at 26.7" Outside diameter vs 26.6". The wheels from Custom Wheel Shop (and Supercoupe Performance) have 36mm offset, so they won't rub.

I'm running 255/40/18 on my wheels (with 35mm offset) and have no rubbing issues, but I'm only 26" Outside Diameter, and only slightly wider.

As far as quality tires goes, I run General GMax AS-03's because of how well they performed on my 1999 Mustang GT, and my satisifaction with other General tires (the Alitmax Arctic I will put up to the Pepsi Challenge against a Blizzak any day of the week) and the Altimax RT's are a good tire. I like the AS-03 for a "performance" car because they are an all season, have a 480 AA A treadwear rating, communicate their limitations well, and have a nice, aggressive tread pattern. They're about the same price as the BFG Comp II, and have dramatically more tread life, and enough traction to get you home if you encounter a random snowstorm (relatively common here in MN, even though my car is a spring/summer/early fall only car).

Your mileage may vary, but I like them.

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I have Nitto 555 and there great. Treadwear of 300. They have a few variants now (I.E. G2, 555r) so if you wanted to go stickier you can. The price isn't too bad either.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2016, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Well the website won't let me check out for those wheels. Does everyone usually call The Custom Wheel Shop? It's not that I'm really pressed to have the wheels, just wanted to know shipping.
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I love my Goodyear Eagle Sport in 225/60/16, great all around tire for these cars
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