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posted June 02, 2000 12:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hi. i am in the middle of pruchasing some 17x8 Cobra r chrome rims for my 99 stang. i have been reading around and am getting VERY confused about what size tires i need to purchase. am i supposed to get different size tires fro the front and back or same size. and what about tire brands? as you can tell i am very new in the field of cars. a mustang has always been my dream car and i know these rims will make it look a lot better.. please help me out with some of my questions.. thanks

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posted June 06, 2000 04:28 AM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Suggestion for the most straight forward 17" fitment on your mustang would be either 225/50-17 or 245/45-17 both front & rear which ever size you choose. 245/45 would provide a more "beefy" look and comaprable to the OE set up on the cobra. While the 225/50 would still be 20mm wider than the OE base model 205/65-15 set up. You can go with a 255/45-17 on the rear if you want the "stagered" look with bigger rubber on the rear. Just remeber, you will not be able to rotate and depending on your driving habbits and desired tread life this could cost you two sets of rear tires for every set of fronts. By checking clearance's on your individual vehicle you may get away with 255/45 on the front, but clearance in cornering will be tight and could cause rubbing.
As far as tire choices go(brands) you have almost unlimited offerings in these sizes. Unless you have a brand preference, it comes down to how much performance you are looking for and how much you want to spend. I would start by looking at BF Goodrich, Dunlop, Michelin and Goodyear. The first lower cost alternative I would look at would be the Firestone.

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posted June 06, 2000 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tireman9     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I think you might like the price/performance (wear & traction ratings) from the Firestone SZ50 which has a number of 17" sizes to choose from at significant savings over the brands made by companies without the technical capability to compete and win in F1 and Indy.
Yes, I am bias in favor of Firestone.
Shop and compare the UTQG ratings and let us know what you found.

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