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#1055191 - 01/06/18 06:50 PM 17" tires  
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What brand of tire do you like in 17" ?


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#1055193 - 01/07/18 01:48 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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I'm running the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 in 245/45-17 in the front and 255/45-17 in the back. They are summer tires. They really stick to the pavement like glue. But because they are summer tires, I have to put my Monte in winter sleep when the temp gets to about 40 degrees. I have driven on these tires for several years now and I do push them hard from time to time. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a summer performance tire.


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#1055194 - 01/07/18 03:39 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Lots of choices with 17s, just depends on what you want the tire to do, Summer only to studded snows, and how much you want to spend.
I'm liking the BFG Comp 2 tires on the 86, an "Ultra High Perf Summer" tire that seems to wear good, good traction and is also good in those very few times I drive the car in the wet. Ran an autox in the rain recently and was surprised how well they did.
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#1055196 - 01/07/18 06:19 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Does anyone know of a RWL 17" tire?


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#1055206 - 01/08/18 07:54 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Bridgestone Potenza RE71R 245/45/17 all the way round. The Hankook Ventus V12 is also a good less aggressive choice.


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#1055525 - 01/28/18 01:40 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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I have 245/45ZR17 BFG G-Force Sport Comp-2 on mine.

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#1055554 - 01/29/18 03:58 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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I'm a 255/45 all the way around guy on an 8 inch wheel.

But your question was brand....right now I prefer Nitto 555 tires.


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#1055677 - 02/06/18 08:25 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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200kSS, is your car lowered with that tire size and any rubbing? I have the 17'' N90 ( 8'' wide x 4'' backspacing) with 245/45 and need new rubber and would like to get as wide as I can .BTW, I have been studying ALOT of tires and am leaning toward at the Dunlop DIREZZA ZII for price and performance.( 200 tread wear)

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#1055680 - 02/06/18 01:19 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Yes, the car is lower than factory height. B-body spindle swap up front and I honestly don't recall which springs are in the car as it's been together for 15 years now.

I also run the 17" N90 wheels (4.25 BS) and have no rubbing issues at all in the back, the front may rub slightly at full lock but I don't recall the last time I felt any rubbing even when parking.

In the past I've run a 275/40/17 on 4th gen Camaro SS wheels. Those did rub the front inner fender at full lock.


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#1055682 - 02/06/18 02:15 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Following for others insight, I will be purchasing a new set of 17"s this spring sometime, 255/45/17 on a 17x8. Current 245/45/17 BFG Comp T/A's(I think?) are from 2002, tread is ok but think they've lived a long enough life that a combination of safety/stickiness at that age is my concern. And if all goes as planned might even be buying another set in the same size for later in the year as a wheel change/swap is on the horizon.


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-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
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#1055705 - 02/07/18 02:34 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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well, I am running cooper zeon rs 3s ( 245-45) . the rear have about 7/32 tread left and this tires suck! .I spin from a dig or at 25 mph. I have been called out this week by a 1999 WS6 and had to turn him down I want to step up to a 255( 40 or 45 ?) sticky but best bang for the buck anybody?


86 SS 5.3/4L60E. custom paint-17'' N90 wheels -quick 9'' - custom dyno tune- UMI/BMR suspension- Headman mids with x pipe -and a lot of other $ parts.
#1055857 - 02/12/18 04:10 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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I just noticed Discount Tire Direct has some new rebates going on through 2/19, depending on which tire but for example the BFG g-force Comp 2's will get you a $75 gift card rebate with a full set. I was personally waiting for one of these deals this spring, they pop up from time to time but it's an incentive to buy.


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-88'SS 350 CCC QJet - CZF 2004r-7.5" 3.73 Winter Beater/Future Parts Car?
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1055879 - 02/13/18 08:10 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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hey Fred SS, can you tell me the tread rating on those fire stones? I looked them up but did not have that info.
thanks. axld


86 SS 5.3/4L60E. custom paint-17'' N90 wheels -quick 9'' - custom dyno tune- UMI/BMR suspension- Headman mids with x pipe -and a lot of other $ parts.
#1055887 - 02/13/18 08:20 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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I found 340 AA for the Firestone Firehawks. I'm contemplating them myself, good reviews and nice price point too.


-86'SS 383 CCC QJet- BRF 2004r-8.5" 3.42 -313/344@RW - 13.35 @103
-87'LS 350 MAF/SD TPI- CRF 2004r-7.5" 3.42 -248/340@RW - 14.55 @ 96
-88'SS 350 CCC QJet - CZF 2004r-7.5" 3.73 Winter Beater/Future Parts Car?
-07'TBSS Stockish daily driver
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#1055894 - 02/14/18 08:08 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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thanks PB, my Cooper's have a 300 and do fairly well in some tight twisty's we have. from a dig no . 200ks, those Nitto's are they good for autocross style driving as well?


86 SS 5.3/4L60E. custom paint-17'' N90 wheels -quick 9'' - custom dyno tune- UMI/BMR suspension- Headman mids with x pipe -and a lot of other $ parts.
#1055895 - 02/14/18 12:35 PM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Resident autocross expert Lance started out with Nitto 555's but I'm sure he would recommend a better/stickier tire for full autocross performance. My brief experience autocrossing with them just reinforced how I need suspension and driver mods before worrying about high end tires. Also I'm more of a drag racer so I run Drag Radials on the rear of one car all summer.

I place the Nitto as a good all around tire. Yes you can autocross, have decent traction on dry surfaces and they work in the rain.


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#1055911 - 02/15/18 11:30 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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ok thanks everybody for all informative info. I am going to try them, NITTO 555, I have spare rims to mount a DR for the drag strip.


86 SS 5.3/4L60E. custom paint-17'' N90 wheels -quick 9'' - custom dyno tune- UMI/BMR suspension- Headman mids with x pipe -and a lot of other $ parts.
#1055912 - 02/15/18 11:34 AM Re: 17" tires [Re: Richie Cat]  
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oh and BTW, csmith your car has that perfect stance! could you tell me what you did ? can pm me if you prefer.


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