I am thinking of getting 255/55/16's when my current tires need replacing.
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The ride is nice. With a little more flex in the sidewall they are a bit more compliant to small road variations.
Also, if you look at the 3/4 view, they fill out the 9" wide rim better too.
They fit nice, I do have a small body defect on the passenger side that has pushed the fender in a little, it rubs, but it should be fine once I get the body work done.
Otherwise, much better than any of the 245/45-17 tires I have had on it. or the 275/40-17 s from way back.
do those tires work for all four, or just the rears?
1997 LX Sport 4.6L 2.73 , MODS=SCT tuned/J-Mod/Trans Cooler/Dyno max Cat-Back/NgkPlugs/Mac cold air/March UD's/FRPP aluminumcarrier3.73's(spare for strip use)/ PI cams + PI intake manifold w/adapter plate/ Mark VIII Convertor/80mm L-Maf/70mm TB/ Mark VIII 1 piece shaft/Cobra R' wheels/ Kumhos 235/60/16 - White leather w/ blue cloth seats - white face gauges in 95 cluster
Those tires look great on those 17" rims. Those are the same OEM tires that are on my '04 Marauder except they're 18". I think the 17" rims look the best on the Tbirds. Currently on my tbird, I still have the OEM 16" sport wheels and run the 255/50 Firestone Firehawks. I don't think BFG makes a 255/50 for 16" rims. After I put on the AED I was always breaking traction especially on wet pavement until I found the Firehawks. Anyway, I sent this link to a guy who bought my buddies Tbird. He's fixing it up to be a show car and he want's to replace the 15" on it and asked my advice on wheels and tires. Once again good looking set of wheels. My wife just walked by and said, "That sure is a pretty white bird."
Previous owner of: '96 Tbird Sport with AED SC.
Best 1/4 mile 13.7sec @ 101mph
Previous owner of:'04 Red Mercury Marauder 100% stock.
Best 1/4 mile 14.6sec @96mph on Dec. 20th at Hallsville, TX
On the rear, V8 springs, one coil cut off, then airbags with about 5-8psi.
On the front SC springs with 1/2 a coil cut off.
I'd say its a little more than an inch lower. In the pics above, I am running 15 psi in the bags since the fender was rubbing on one side. Since then, have fixed that and it sits about a half inch lower than you see there.
I was going to get 255/50/17 KDWS's to replace my 245/45/17 KDWS's but I got one hell of a deal on 255/45/17 KDWS's, 300$ for ALL 4 and they still have a few rubber nubbies on them yet (Mustang owner bought them and didn't like them, he put 200 miles on them)
1996 Thunderbird LX 3.8L
-Vortech V1 S-trim [email protected], aftercooled-
-Built 4R70W W/3200rpm PI
1997 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC
-stock, stock, big dent, and more stock-