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oldraven Offline
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#1
After nearly wrapping the TC around a power pole on saturday night, I convinced Ange that it's time for some new tyres. So I've been looking around. Shite, these tires are hard to find. I realize that I'm destined to spend a fortune on shoes, so I may as well get what I want.

I'm wondering what the exact rim width is for the snowflakes, and if anyone knows the actual O.D. of our tyres. From what I gather, it should be somewhere around 26.9", but I may be wrong on that. I've found a few 245/50R16's and Toyo offers the Proxes T1-S in 245/55ZR16, which has a 26.6" O.D. Am I out of my mind, or on the right track?

And I did check the Tech. and FAQ sections first this time, but to no avail.

Thanks guys.

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Pete D Offline
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#2
245x50x16 work. I think the rim width is 7.5 but you can check at the tirerack.com to make sure and find a lot of good info.

What do you want the tires to do- what weather conditions? The wider sizes aren't going to work well in snow and some, even with good wet ratings, aren't worth a s..t in rain, ask me how I know.

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philS Offline
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#3
have you tried www.tirerack.com ?

they let you choose the car, then they let you pick from tire sizes that fit

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oldraven Offline
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#4
Well, I'm not interested in the least about winter traction, because if I drive this thing up here in the winter, I deserve to have it wrapped around a pole. Strictly summer tyres for a strictly summer car. That's what the truck is for.

I'm looking for superior dry grip (which is why I'm leaning toward 245s), and good (at least decent, which I don't have with my current bald tires) wet traction.

The Toyo Proxes T1-S sound like the exact tyre I'm looking for. http://www.toyocanada.com/products/ProxesT1S.html
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Ed Meinel Offline
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#5
I've had excellent wet and dry performance with Kumho 712's on the Mustang.

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Kev Offline
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#6
I do believe that the snowflake rim width is 7". 245s will fit, but if you are looking for cornering traction, the 245 is too wide a tire for the 7 inch rim. The 245s make for good traction going in a straight line though, if that is your goal. 245/50/16 will get you really close to the stock height of the 225/60/16. If you are gonna spend a lot of money on tires, why not upgrade to a 17" wheel? Centerline has some really cool stuff or you could just get a mustang knock-off. Either way, you could get an 8 inch rim for the 245 series tire and have handling superiority out the ying-yang.
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oldraven Offline
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#7
I only wish I could upgrade my rims. The only reason I'm able to get tyres is because I need them. We have a deal, Ange and I, that if anything goes or is in need of replacement on our daily drivers then we can do it. I also told her that if I replace anything on the TC, it'll be with an upgraded from stock part, and she's fine with that too. Unless I decide to do a lot of curb jumping (which I won't) then rims are not in the books. Remember, I'm only 24. I don't get the big paycheques yet. [Image: wink.gif]

So, since I'm a fan of lateral excelleration, I should try to find a 235/55 instead?
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Mjrs_88_TC Offline
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#8
I bought some tires from
Tire Rack , and they are working well on my TC, I bought the original size tire.

The tires I got are Sumitomo 225/60R/16 V rated.

Check Tire Rack for the original size and it will give this tire. Smooth ride and about 80,000 miles depending on the burnout.

Mark




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Pete D Offline
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#9
If you like laterial Gs then get wider tires.
235x55 were a big improvment over the stock size and these 245x50 as at least as big an improvement over the 235s
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Kev Offline
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#10
Pete, is that with the snowflakes or your aftermarket rims? 245s act like they have too much side wall and they will roll in severe cornering. I think the 235s are more adapt to the 7 inch rim, don't you?
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