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I'm buying wheels soon for my 99 STS and was wondering what people are running. I'm mainly looking at 20" wheel/tire packages.

I want to run a 275/35s out back. Has anyone run a tire this wide?

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Are you going with the same size on all four?

What advantage do you get with these tires, or is it just looks (which is OK)?

Brand? Cost? Speed Rating?

How fast is your STS?

I'm just curious. I'm going to stick with my stock chrome wheels and the 235/55-17" W rated tires that the car came with. But then, I'm an old fogie.
 

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i own a tire shop, keep in mind the lower profile makes it ride much rougher and also you feel the grooves in the road more, also it is much much easier to bend or break a wheel. the plus side is it handles corners better.
 

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All I know is that I just got a set of Kumho's 225/60R-16 97H on my stock 8 spokes and wow, what a difference. I could not imagine giving up the luxury ride and yet I maintain great handling, quiet ride, and grip these stock sized tires provide. When I bought the car it had a set of new Doral tires, and they were crap crap crap and I couldn't wait to get rid of them.
As far as sidewall Ht. I wouldn't shorten it up too much. The taller wheels give you the "feel" of better and quicker cornering yet can break loose very easily also. So be carefull what you wish for as the saying goes. And it's very true that wheels designed for looks only have been breaking when loaded beyond even slightly above normal use.
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I'm running a set of Dunlop SP 8000's on the Stock 2000 SLS Chrome Rims.

255/50/16's.

These are sweet... the cornering is incredible. If you slam these on the front wheel drive and have a set of bald, worn out rear tires, cornering will be a breeze. If you have tires with a lot of grip on the rear, all the pressure transfers to either the front left or right tire depending on the direction of the turn since the rear end of the car is still "on track". With nice bald tires in the back, the rear end of the car simply slides around the turn allowing the front of the car to remain significantly less cocked onto one of the front wheels.

If you are more interested in the ultimate traction for stopping (for safety, not for hard cornering), then get four of these. Two of them is like being glued to the pavement. Four of them would probably increase your traction to the extent that your gas mileage would drop at least a few mpg.
Just two of them with the added traction and surface area in contact with the pavement (255 vs 235 width) dropped the mpg by about 2 (20 to 18).
Enjoy, I know I have.. and will continue to if I can ever get my car's electrical system back in order.
 

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I wouldn't mind having a set of stock 18" wheels off the new STS, but they are spendy. I want more of a custom look on my STS and I'm not very concerned with traction. I'm shooting for the "V" look on my 99.

I have 245/40/20s on my Mark VIII and no complaints about ride quality whatsoever. I'm hoping the STS will ride as nice on the same size tire. I'll be running 245s up front and 275s out back if possible. When I ordered tires for my Mark, the shop was able to test fit 275s on the rear of my car to see if they would rub. They did so I went with 245s all around. I'll have to do the same for my STS.

Here are some edits I did. I already blacked out the rear as shown and removed the emblems. Next major mods after the wheels are lowering springs, a Mesh Grille and Nitrous. I've already got the V emblems too, but I won't put them on until the Nitrous is set-up. :)






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So is this car competely photoshopped? Does a grill like that exist? I love it! Those rims are sick also. But i just gotta have that grill If it exists please let me know where to buy it. Thanks!
 

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Unfortunately, the grille DOES NOT exist, and the first quote I got started at two days of labor, something in the $700 range. If you are seriously interested let me know. It would be nice to do it for half that. A new grille is $150 and the mesh is cheap, so if you were inspired, you could buy a spare grille and do it yourself for a lot less.

The pics are all edited, although the rear pic is what my car looks like now with the exception of the V emblem, and the center portion (formerly gray) is glossy like the rest of the car (it looks flat black in the pic).

The wheels are 20" ADR Sterlings and look similar to this car with Zenettis. Funny I didn't like this look at first but it has grown on me:



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The wide rear tires are stricly for looks. I'd settle for 245s or even the more common 255/35s.


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djKale, Great job with the PhotoShop edits, I didn't spot it at first. You do know as you go larger you effectively change your final at speed gear ratio right. It really doesn't hurt anything but speed indication so if you can't program the changes in you'll have to do the conversion math. The cops will be the first to let you know how much it has changed, LOL. But have fun, it looks cool.
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that website should give you the conversion info also. The fatter tires are gonna give factory brakes, and suspension hell...maybe even more transmission wear.
 

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If you wanna look like stock caddie and go custom....why get anything besides vogues? They are the ultimate custom that only seem to go on caddies. Vogue is the only company with decent whitewalls anymore. I get more props on my tires and they are just 17"s. Only the purists rock vogues like they are supposed to be (not 22"s) and they show that you know your sh*@.
 
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