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Old Tue, Apr-17-2012, 07:46:06 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I'm thinking of going with 255s just to have a little more room. Anyone have any feedback on that?
Lots of people go with 275s, I went with 265s for the extra room and didn't have any problems at all. I don't think using 255's will give you anything except less tire on the ground, and more stretch.
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Old Tue, Apr-17-2012, 11:13:06 PM   #12
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Biggest tire up front, on OEM 18s (square-rears) is 275? I have 265 at the moment, just wondering what the OEM wheels are capable of handling.

I've read some guys going as big as 295 and 285, saying they fit fine, on the OEM 18 rear wheels. But I'm assuming that was the rear set, not the front set.
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Biggest tire up front, on OEM 18s (square-rears) is 275? I have 265 at the moment, just wondering what the OEM wheels are capable of handling.

I've read some guys going as big as 295 and 285, saying they fit fine, on the OEM 18 rear wheels. But I'm assuming that was the rear set, not the front set.
whoa! point of diminishing returns...there is such a thing as too much tire...
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whoa! point of diminishing returns...there is such a thing as too much tire...
Agreed. I probably wouldn't go beyond 275 on the OEM rear. You begin to run into a bunch side wall flex and what not at that point.
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Agreed. I probably wouldn't go beyond 275 on the OEM rear. You begin to run into a bunch side wall flex and what not at that point.
very, well, nothing beyond 275 it is. That's what I kind of figured, but wasn't entirely sure. A good 285 tire (Nitto nt05 or PSS') would be fun with the 4.10 final gear, make 1st useful off the line, like for autox.
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remember that tire brands also play a key role. some brands say they're a 265 but fit more like a 285.
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True! Good point! I was actually thinking about that as I was looking at tires right now.

Whats a good set of tires for the summer?

I see that the Nitto nt555 are relatively inexpensive, but I've also read that it's a bit out dated.

Thought about PSS', but until I can afford 2 sets of tires, I'm going to have to go with a more DD oriented setup, but aggressive is ok. As I have tires for "winter" time.

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Nitto nt555, set up as so: 275/285 (less than $200 a tire)
Nitto nt05, set up as so: 265/275 (also less than $200 a tire)
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Default Re: Looking for advice on beginner track wheel setup

Also, what is widest we can fit up front with a 9.5" wheel? I want to say I've seen 285....

I'd imagine 275 is probably still the best bet, though.
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People have run a 10.5 in front. I've also seen a 285 in front. May not entirely be necessary for a beginner...just get some tires on the car and drive.
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Default Re: Looking for advice on beginner track wheel setup

So, can someone tell me if 265/35/18s will work up front on a 18x9.5 et 35, and how much clearance will be on the outside and inside at full wheel turn? Not sure where wheels start rubbing. Or, if someone has our rears with 265s on the front, can you tell me how much clearance you have on the inside and out?

I realize that people are using our stock rear rims, but my understanding is they are 18x9.5 et 47, which pulls the rim in towards the car 1.2 cm more than the rims I am getting. I just don't want to order tires and have them rub, so I am trying to decide if the 265s will be too much.

Also, does anyone know if the Hankook R-S3s run wide or not? Sounds like that is a good beginner track tire from what I have read here and other places.
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