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    Need tires.... Go.

    Have to replace my tires the first time. I drive about 3 days a week about 5k miles per year minor cold weather driving. Live in south PA so summer only not option and don't want 2 sets of wheels. Also can I go any bigger than the 245/45?
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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    New to the forum and the car, but i just got my 04 with brand new bf Goodrich G-force sport 2 tires, 245/45/18. havnt really pushed it too hard yet but they seem to be a good tire overall. i am also interested in seeing how wide we can go in the back when it comes to tires.

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    I have a friend with conti that are 275/35 and don't rub. Is this an available size option of will it be trouble?

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    For a good all season, I went with nitto motivo. Good traction with 60k warranty. If you push them they are very audible, so you know before you are in trouble. I'm in south east Pa as well.

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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    I have nitto nt555 and I love them..they grip so well..maybe not the best rain tire but handle great. I went with 245/40 up front and a 275/35 in the back. Gives it an aggressive stance

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    Onebadcaddy... Got a pic of the stance?

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    If you drive in the snow the nt 555 will be like hockey pucks.

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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    I just bought new tires and went with BF Goodrich G-Force Sport Comp 2. It's a mouth full but they are good tires and not too expensive. With this specific tire 275/40/18 will clear the back just fine but I'd reccomend to go narrower than 275 in the front. I had a minor clearance issue where the spindle mounts to the shock with 275's in this tire. I have pics if you're interested of the clearance and the stance. I'd just have to upload them.

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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    Quote Originally Posted by bneal1022 View Post
    Have to replace my tires the first time. I drive about 3 days a week about 5k miles per year minor cold weather driving. Live in south PA so summer only not [an] option and don't want 2 sets of wheels. Also can I go any bigger than the 245/45?
    Read his post, gents.

    Quote Originally Posted by cliffyh View Post
    New to the forum and the car, but i just got my 04 with brand new bf Goodrich G-force sport 2 tires, 245/45/18.
    Quote Originally Posted by ONEBADCADDIE View Post
    I have nitto nt555
    Quote Originally Posted by Famous556 View Post
    I just bought new tires and went with BF Goodrich G-Force Sport Comp 2.
    Those are summer tires. He doesn't want summer tires.

    bneal, what tires are you considering? What is your budget? If you only drive 5k miles per year I don't think treadlife is a huge concern, as any decent all-season tire should last you for 5 or 6 years easily.

    Yes, you can put 275s on the rears. Personally, I think it's pointless, as you won't gain much (if anything) performance-wise, and the 275s bulge too much on a 8.5" wheel for my taste. Also keep in mind if you do 275s in the rear you won't be able to rotate tires, so that 5 or 6 years of life will drop off quite a bit (since the rears invariably wear faster).
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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    Quote Originally Posted by bneal1022 View Post
    Have to replace my tires the first time. I drive about 3 days a week about 5k miles per year minor cold weather driving. Live in south PA so summer only not option and don't want 2 sets of wheels. Also can I go any bigger than the 245/45?
    275s fit at the rear. I wouldn't go larger then 255 front from what i've seen.
    Look at Continental DWS tires. They are great all season tires, especially for encountering some snow.

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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    I put a set of Continental DWS tires on my car not too long ago and I highly recommend them. Great grip dry and wet with a good ride, little noise, and so far good tread life. I haven't had them on snow or ice yet, but I've heard they're pretty good for an all season tire.

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    The DWS is THE hi-po all-season tire for snow. For dry grip? It's lacking a bit compared to the other top performers in the category...
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    Thanks group. I have a friend who has 275/35 extreme contact conti and they fit on All 4 corners but I'm not a fan of the almost 1" less overall diameter. I could do a 265/40 conti extreme as a compromise gain a bit of width and stay at the same OD. I don't drive in snow. It would only be cold temps on a once a workweek occasion and likely not spirited, however great performance for moderate to warmer weather would be great.

    Budget is about 150-200 per. May powder coat wheels from previous owners (5 years ago) curb contact and general scratches so leaving 300 in the budget for that. I will likely coat close to factory color. I like black wheels but really like the offsetting contrast of the grilles and bright wheels. A Future owner may appreciate that as well.

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    Bneal Can't load pictures on here but I have photos on the Facebook sight of my car in a recent shoot.

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    Re: Need tires.... Go.

    I've got 8.5x19's in the front and 10x19's on the rear. After reading the consumer reports on TireRack.com about the horrendous road noise that the BFG's have I went with Potenza RE-11's. Better all around performance vs the BFG's, as reported by their customer base. I'm glad I did. Best "performance for the buck" tires I've owned for street use (and that's a lot of years... going all the way back to the early 70's when I raced a '70 240Z in SCCA class C production... ie. over 40 yrs of driving HP vehicles).

    I'm running 245/40R19's front and 295/35R19's rear. On a warm day with warm tires I can get over 1G side force on both left and right turns (stock suspension with Hotchkis anti sway bars front and rear). Also, I live in the Seattle area and I can attest to their wet pavement performance... it's better than good.

    Hope that helps.

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