: Need tires.... Go.



bneal1022
06-17-13, 09:49 PM
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?

cliffyh
06-17-13, 10:11 PM
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.

bneal1022
06-17-13, 10:31 PM
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?

JFensty
06-17-13, 11:16 PM
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.

ONEBADCADDIE
06-18-13, 01:39 PM
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

bneal1022
06-18-13, 09:27 PM
Onebadcaddy... Got a pic of the stance?

JFensty
06-18-13, 10:40 PM
If you drive in the snow the nt 555 will be like hockey pucks.

Famous556
06-19-13, 04:03 AM
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.

AAIIIC
06-19-13, 09:33 AM
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.


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.

I have nitto nt555

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).

odthetruth
06-19-13, 04:33 PM
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.

Lou72
06-19-13, 05:02 PM
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.

thebigjimsho
06-19-13, 09:52 PM
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...

bneal1022
06-19-13, 10:53 PM
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.

ONEBADCADDIE
06-20-13, 03:27 PM
Bneal Can't load pictures on here but I have photos on the Facebook sight of my car in a recent shoot.

lauren_jg
06-20-13, 09:27 PM
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.

AAIIIC
06-21-13, 12:05 AM
RE-11 is also a summer tire, which (again) is not what the OP is looking for.

thebigjimsho
06-21-13, 01:48 AM
RE-11 is also a summer tire, which (again) is not what the OP is looking for.

But he did say he doesn't drive in snow. I went 3 winters with PS2s and Hankook evo V12s. Just not in snow. As for driving in extreme cold, its safer than driving in rain. So I'd just get summers...

odthetruth
06-21-13, 06:23 AM
But he did say he doesn't drive in snow. I went 3 winters with PS2s and Hankook evo V12s. Just not in snow. As for driving in extreme cold, its safer than driving in rain. So I'd just get summers...

Agreed.

But if he's dead set on an all season tire... Why not Pirelli P Zero Neros? I have them on my V now and I like em for all-seasons during the dry, and they are OK in the wet. They definitely aren't DWS tires in wet\snow, but they're better then DWS in the dry, IMO.

Famous556
06-21-13, 07:36 AM
OP are you against having different sizes front and back? If not then why not try a 275/40 out back and a stock size front. They are extremely close in circumference and most manufacturers will list them within 1-2 revolutions per mile. The sizes you've listed are both a little different curcumference than stock... not far off but they would make your speedo a little inaccurate. I like to use this calculator http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html. I'm not doubting AAIIIC's comment about 275/40 but I've not had any issues with mine in the rear and I don't feel that they bulge too much at all.

jsnm
06-25-13, 11:42 AM
The 275/40-18 should fit without an issue if it's not too low.
I ran them and 285's on the back,but once I put the springs on and the MM spacers,they rubbed like hell,had to roll the fenders.
This was just my experience with my car anyway.
And I have to disagree with all the positive comments on the DWS,they seemed good in the beginning,but i started seeing a good amount of issues with them as time progressed.These DWS's not mounted yet,are flimsy as hell,the sidewalls feel similar to a cheap chinese tire,trazano or the like.

odthetruth
06-25-13, 04:47 PM
The 275/40-18 should fit without an issue if it's not too low.
I ran them and 285's on the back,but once I put the springs on and the MM spacers,they rubbed like hell,had to roll the fenders.
This was just my experience with my car anyway.
And I have to disagree with all the positive comments on the DWS,they seemed good in the beginning,but i started seeing a good amount of issues with them as time progressed.These DWS's not mounted yet,are flimsy as hell,the sidewalls feel similar to a cheap chinese tire,trazano or the like.

Have you driven with them on yet? I see you say they aren't mounted. Just wanted to know how your feedback was with actually using them. I never felt they were cheap, even when they were off mounted. I definitely wouldn't compare them to Trazano or Nankang or any of the other ridiculously cheap plastic tires.

seeyouinajif
06-25-13, 05:06 PM
I hate the DWS, super flimsy and feel soft. Driven a couple different cars with them most recently an E63 and it felt downright unsafe over 120mph (in Mexico). I don't particularly care for them in the rain either. Unfortunately I can't recommend a great alternative, but I would try an unknown to me tire before getting a set of DWS.


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pjm10626
06-26-13, 03:46 PM
I purchased my v with a fairly new set of 245-45-18 Conti DWS tires. I live in ga so I never used them in the snow. They were decent in the dry for an all season. They were great in the rain as far as resisting hydroplaining. If you have to have all seasons they would be a good tire, but as others have said unless you're planing on driving in the snow/ice the summer tires have way more dry grip and good in the wet.

bneal1022
08-27-13, 08:43 PM
Ended up getting the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position 265/40 all the way around. Get 1" wider and maintain the factory sidewall and fender well gap ( hate smaller wall and leaving gaping well gap) and have no rubbing issues. Performance is solid. Hard to break free unless intentional and have great wet traction. Price is great and offering a $60 discount. Also ended up getting more mail in for another $70+40 ( with alignment) on top of that. Can't beat that deal. Mount balance alignment stems disposal for less that $1000.

They look good. Fill the well. Minimal bulge and have overall good sidewall appearance.

Thanks guys for all your advise above on size and type.

lollygagger8
08-28-13, 04:08 PM
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).
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If you can hear your tires, your exhaust is too quiet.



Also, just because something fits, doesn't mean it will look good. (example: Miley Cyrus' outfit on MTV Music Award show)

275's look retarded on 8" rims as they bulge out like crazy. I have KDW2 285's on 10" rims and that's the biggest tire I would suggest to anyone. It's the absolute verge of being too big for the fenders. I realize some tires run wider, but that's my take.

Becker
08-28-13, 09:08 PM
Can we get some pictures of any of these combos??? I have pm'd a couple already asking for the pics. I agree lollygagger I want the look and performance, but it would be nice to see a 275 vs a 245 on the V's or even an offset tire combo picture.

Thanks guys!

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P.S. my car came with some shady tires I cant remember the name of, and I will be do in a few months I am sure. I get noise around .8g's the most I can get out of them is right around .94-.99 but they are worn a little.

but by all means I am not going to be buying tires based on pulling G's, based on performance and durability.

carlson_mn
08-28-13, 10:15 PM
Ended up getting the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position 265/40 all the way around. Get 1" wider and maintain the factory sidewall and fender well gap ( hate smaller wall and leaving gaping well gap) and have no rubbing issues. Performance is solid. Hard to break free unless intentional and have great wet traction. Price is great and offering a $60 discount. Also ended up getting more mail in for another $70+40 ( with alignment) on top of that. Can't beat that deal. Mount balance alignment stems disposal for less that $1000.

They look good. Fill the well. Minimal bulge and have overall good sidewall appearance.

Thanks guys for all your advise above on size and type.

Good pick with that tire. However, 265/40 is .4" smaller in diameter than the stock 245/45 tire - resulting in a greater wheel well gap. Enjoy the tire report back with a review after a couple thousand miles if you can.

lollygagger8
08-29-13, 12:06 PM
Can we get some pictures of any of these combos??? I have pm'd a couple already asking for the pics. I agree lollygagger I want the look and performance, but it would be nice to see a 275 vs a 245 on the V's or even an offset tire combo picture.

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Remember, these 285's are on 10" rimsies.

bneal1022
08-29-13, 01:53 PM
I'll post pics but have to drop some images to make room. PM email and I'll send otherwise I'll post later on once I do some housekeeping.

Becker
08-30-13, 12:04 AM
Nice looking