Winter Tire Shopping

Discussion in 'Generation 4 - Exterior Upgrades' started by SHO1068, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. SHO1068

    SHO1068 New Member

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    Because summer seems like a reasonable time to start looking for winter tires, I just want to make sure I am not in the wrong here.

    I am looking to pick up a spare set of wheels for winter tires and prefer to spend the money and buy OEM parts. I found a good deal on a clean set of 2015 Mustang GT rims, no tires that are 5x114.3 with 40mm offset. They are 18 inch rims, so I am looking at going with 225/60R18 tires to get as close to stock size for my 245/45R20 wheels so I don't have that big a difference in my speedometer calibration.

    Can anyone who has downsized rims give me some insight on this? I know the offset is a little off (38mm on SHO) but I think this is the same bolt pattern from what I can find. I appreciate the help ladies and gentlemen.

    PS I have a 2011 Non-PP SHO which probably would make a difference, as it did not come with the larger brakes. But the SE FWD cars came with 17 inch wheels, so I assume barrel size shouldn't be a problem with 18 inch wheels.
     
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    Their are aftermarket refinishing companies like Detroit wheel and tire that list wheel size and bolt pattern. You can the go to a tire size calculator to plus/minus size the tire and see what tire is the closest to factory size and be cost effective. Keep in mind speed ratings and weight ratings.

    Pizza cutters cut through pizza because they are thin and sharp. Farm tractors have balloon tires to put less pressure on the ground to not compress/disturb the dirt. They ride on top and shouldn't sink as easily.

    So K.I.S.S. is a thinner tire will slice through snow/slush, a wider tire will float on top. If this is wrong please enlighten me.


    I am running police interceptor rims (18 inch) on a 2016 performance package. No rubbing whatsoever. There is about a finger or so between the rim and strut with Blizzak dm-v2 255/55/R18. I'm not really sure what your different offset will do.

    You will notice a looser, softer ride. You know, like an old boat with 15 inch 80 series tires. Then when you go back to the 20 inch rubber bands you'll think there is something wrong because you can feel EVERYTHING on the road. I do it every year.... "is that my torque converter shuddering. Remembers Oh no it's the tires... Ok. Carry on"
     
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    You can go to Tire Rack, and their Specs for tires will show the diameter. Just look for winter tires that are close to the same diameter as your stock tires.

    Actually, everybody starts loading up with winter tires after Labor Day, and you will start seeing deals around that time.
     

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