HELP! What tires to get?

Discussion in 'Tires and Wheels' started by Jhol, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. Jhol

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    I purchased a 2012 mustang gt with some slight modifications. The mods I’m aware of are roush exhaust, bama performance 93 octane tune, CAI, stage 1 clutch, brembo brakes. judging by the power others make on similar, I’m going to assume 400-420 rwhp. (No dino even remotely close to me )

    So, the mustang came with 20” American muscle wheels and 305/35/r20 Mickey Thompson street comp 6228 tires in the back and 255/35/r20 in the front. I bought the car about 1k miles ago and I’m just watching the rear tires get ate away every time I drive. They visibly loose tread depth it seems like every time I drive lol. The insides wearing out way faster then the outside (I’m assuming needs an alignment). And these tires break traction through third gear.
    It’s obviously going to be time to replace the tires soon. The point of this thread is to determine how to proceed in doing so.

    My options as I see them.
    1) Replace rear tires with the same Mickey Thompson’s, as the front tires still have a lot of meat on them.

    2) replace and upgrade tires all together

    I’m leaning towards option 2, but I’m such a noob that I’m totally lost in the world of tires and ratings now. I don’t mind spending good money on tires, but I don’t want to do so and need to replace them again in 10k miles, or have the same grip & performance. I’ve been contemplating the Pirelli P Zero tires. But they’re not exactly cheap, and I’ve been hearing that whilst they may grab better they won’t last longer. I’m used to regular trucks and cars where you buy tires and don’t worry about it for 40-60k miles. Is that not feasible for a vehicle like this?

    I’m curious about everyone’s opinions on this. What’s the best bang for your buck tires? What will grab the best? What will last the longest? What do you think provides the best middle ground in tire?

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from everyone!

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  2. MrBhp

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    Nice Ride! Congratulations. Tire choices are such an opinion based issue, you will likely get nothing but confusing recommendations. Check out these threads. They might shed some light on your quest, and give you an idea where a "what tire should I use" thread can lead to. Quite entertaining actually. FWIW, I am currently running Nitto G2's, not great traction. If you want a tire that will hold some power, you are going to spending more that what you think you want to spend. But once you've got good tires on the car, you will not want to go back. My son runs Pilot sports on his street car, he loves them.

    https://www.s197forum.com/threads/performance-tire-opinion.137230/
    https://www.s197forum.com/threads/tire-debate-3v-power-limits-thread-clipped.137428/
     
  3. frank s

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    Everything in your area of concern is a trade-off: Long-lasting = not so much grip; holding traction under higher horsepower = wearing faster—even much faster.

    Depending on your likely driving emphasis/interests, you might find there is a compromise that fits your needs. My view: the Michelin summer-only Max Performance range is expensive but worth it.
     
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  4. MrAwesome987

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    I have the Nitto NT555 G2s on mine, and they stick pretty well when its warm outside. Look pretty good on the car too.
     
  5. Juice

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    What Frank said, you want more tire life or grip ?
    Do you drive all year around?
     
  6. Gabe

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    Those Mickey Thompsons are downright dangerous in cold or wet weather, so be careful applying power while still running those things.

    If the car doesn't need an all-season tire, and you want to stay away from a full-blown drag radial in the back, I would suggest tires like Continental DW (replaced by the Sport I think), Firestone Firehawk Indy 500, maybe the Nitto 555 G2.

    If you need an all-season, look up the Continental DWS or the Michelin A/S3
     
  7. Midlife Crises

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    Nitto 555 G2s are slicker than snot. I think they are made out of hard plastic.
     
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  8. MrAwesome987

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    That's not been my experience.
     
  9. Juice

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    555s are fair. But they are more like a 500 treadware tire than a 300. And they lose all grip well before the wear bars.
     
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  10. MrAwesome987

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    Mine are brand new, so that may play into it.
     
  11. Juice

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    Yea, new they were fine. I liked them. Somewhere aboult half way through their life, driving in the rain got , umm, "exciting"?? lol
     
  12. MrAwesome987

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    Lol can't wait for that!
     
  13. JJ427R

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    I've been running 275/35/20 Street Comps (on all 4 corners) for about the last 7 years and have had great luck with them. IMO they are about the best tire "for the money", especially for 20" tires. I disagree with statement above they are dangerous on wet or cold, they actually have great traction on a wet track, and great traction on dry once warmed up. They are not directional so I can rotate em. They hold up pretty well for me running them on track and they feel good at high speed. Here they are on long track at BIR, 120-130 thru turn 1. :D

     
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  14. Juice

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    I did have a few heat cycles through mine. Used them in the rain on track..stopped raining early in session..I finished session in dry. Im sure that hurt them a bit. Not a track day tire.
     
  15. StewFord

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    I have the 275/35/20 Street Comps as well and they are great, but I have never driven in the rain............
     
  16. pbbishop

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    I have three different car/tire combos:

    Firestone Indy 500 245/45/17 on a 1999 Cobra
    General Gmax AS 03 235/50/18 on a 2010 GT
    Pirelli PZero 99Y on a 2015 GT

    The Firestone and the Pirelli's are both summer tires and since it never rains in Southern California (except, apparently, today) I don't have too much wet road experience. The Pirelli's did lose it in a turn under acceleration recently but they are worn almost down to the bar. In the dry both of these tires stick well, the Firestone's like glue. Ride on the Pirelli's is stiff due to low sidewalls but I did a run from San Diego to Provo, Utah with no fatigue or ill effects on my sit-upon.
    The Generals are All-Season and are a good compromise between handling and comfort. They corner well, are quiet and stick in the corners. I recommend going to Tire Rack (https://www.tirerack.com) for research and tire comparisons.

    Happy Hunting...Pete
     
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  17. nawagner

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    I absolutely love the Firestone Indy 500's. They are hands down the best performance tire I've driven in the dry and rain. IMHO one of the best values you can find in a performance tire, high performance and low price.
     
  18. 06 T-RED S/C GT

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    Most definitely agree about the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500's. I'm seriously considering them for my next set along with the General G-Max RS tires. From the reviews I've read on tire rack.com, their also considered as one of the best values in a ultra high performance summer tire. In addition, General Tire is also owned by Continental Tire which is also another good reason for considering the G-Max RS tires as well. At any rate, I really don't think you can go wrong with either choice IMHO.
     
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  19. WNYGT5-0

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    I love the Michelins on my 2018, they are sticky and hold the road well even when it’s slick.
     
  20. 06 T-RED S/C GT

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    Falling under the max performance category along with being considered as one of the top brand tire companies, the Michelins sure in the hell should be sticky and hold the road well, especially when they cost north of $265.00 per tire lol.
     
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