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Ok, anybody have any thoughts on these tires? Size, type, brand, price, etc.

They're a little smaller than I'd like (diameter) but it seems to be a great price for a set of 4.

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I have a different Hankook tire in that size (the front size, 245/45/17), and on a 9 inch wide rim on our cars, they are too small. They might look better on a narrower rim, and on a Mustang, but if I could go back and do it all over again, 255/45/17 or something else.

Mine (Ventus HRII) have the same 340/A/A rating, I have gotten good wear out of them (too good, I want to wear them out to get something that fits our car better, they aren't Mustangs). I get goo forward traction and not much hydroplaning, but stopping in the rain isn't as good as I had hoped.

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The size is the main thing I'm worried about with the tires. I am still leaning toward a set of 4 Fuzion ZRi's in 255/50/17, or 255/45/17.


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Honestly I would spend a few more bucks and get better tires. I had the Fuzions and really did not like them and I considered Hankook's for my recent tire purchase but read a lot of reviews about weak side walls. From the ratings on Tirerack I would go with the Kumho ECSTA SPT or BFGoodrich g-Force Sport.

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I just bought a set of Kumho ECSTA SPT in place of the ECSTA MX's I just recently ordered.

245/45ZR17 = 25.7 inch in diameter
255/45ZR17 = 26.1 inch in diameter
255/50ZR17 = 27.1 inch in diameter

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I just bought a set of Kumho ECSTA SPT in place of the ECSTA MX's I just recently ordered.

245/45ZR17 = 25.7 inch in diameter
255/45ZR17 = 26.1 inch in diameter
255/50ZR17 = 27.1 inch in diameter
Where do you get the info on the diameters?

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Where do you get the info on the diameters?
Through the magic of math?

Width in MM/% of width per side wall - Rim size

245 millimeters = 9.64566929 in
255 millimeters = 10.0393701 in

9.64566929 x .45 = 4.3405511805
4.3405511805 x 2 = 8.681102361
8.681102361 + 17 = 25.681102361

10.0393701 x .45 = 4.517716545
4.517716545 x 2 = 9.03543309
9.03543309 + 17 = 26.03543309

10.0393701 x .5 = 5.01968505
5.01968505 x 2 = 10.0393701
10.0393701 + 17= 27.0393701

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Or just go here if you want someone to do it for you!

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

Well, I'm now leaning toward a set of Goodyear G-Force Sports. I've had (I've got!) a set of those in 16" and they are good tires. And I can get them in 255/45/17's.


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What about Yokohamas? I had the Avid S/Ts and they were fine, but I don't push tires as far as some of you guys do, except on SCCoIA cruises and the clashes with the Iowa GTP club at Earlville, IA.

Miller, I haven't put your tires on yet. My wife wants me to keep the snow tires on until she thinks there will be no snow.

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Miller, I haven't put your tires on yet. My wife wants me to keep the snow tires on until she thinks there will be no snow.
I put the summer tires on the weekend before last PM me with your address I might have the road hazard warranty paperwork from Discount Tire for you.

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http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html

Well, I'm now leaning toward a set of Goodyear G-Force Sports. I've had (I've got!) a set of those in 16" and they are good tires. And I can get them in 255/45/17's.
Just make sure your rim is at least 8 inch in width,I ordered 255/45ZR17 for my Wheels but I had to send them back because the rim is 7.5 in width.If you do have a 7.5 rim go with the 255/50ZR17 size.I believe it can mount on a rim with size's from 7.5-9.0 inches in width.

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dude heres a great tire michelin pilot sport sp2 there great tires http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...ance&tc=MMIHZJ
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Just make sure your rim is at least 8 inch in width,I ordered 255/45ZR17 for my Wheels but I had to send them back because the rim is 7.5 in width.If you do have a 7.5 rim go with the 255/50ZR17 size.I believe it can mount on a rim with size's from 7.5-9.0 inches in width.
You're right. I checked on TireRack and I can put a 255/50/17 on a 7.5" wheel, but not a 255/45. Guess the shorter Sidewall doesn't have enough flex to fit. So its back to 255/50/17 Fuzions.


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dude heres a great tire michelin pilot sport sp2 there great tires http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/fin...ance&tc=MMIHZJ
you wanna buy those tires for us? 245/45/17s alone are 220 each and have a treadwear of 220...Ill pass.




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you wanna buy those tires for us? 245/45/17s alone are 220 each and have a treadwear of 220...Ill pass.

I'll stick with the Cheaper Kumho's.

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I'll stick with the Cheaper Kumho's.
i ordered the General Exclaim UHP yesterday. 245/45/[email protected] $79 each. All 237 reviews on tirerack have good **** to say about them.




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Those are the tires that I originally wanted.They rate 8.5 which is the highest rated tire on there now.I didn't want to buy through tire rack though because of the shipping fee's.I found them localy for $80 a tire but 2 months later when I went to order them they said they were out of stock and not going to be getting anymore of them.Oh well.

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Those are the tires that I originally wanted.They rate 8.5 which is the highest rated tire on there now.I didn't want to buy through tire rack though because of the shipping fee's.I found them localy for $80 a tire but 2 months later when I went to order them they said they were out of stock and not going to be getting anymore of them.Oh well.

i dont even bother buying tires through local shops. i know what i want and most of the regular shops dont have anyone halfway smart.




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