First off I want to say thanks (I think) to who ever started posting about the Venice wheels on Shelby's ebay store a few months ago. I've always liked the 2011 base wheels, but thought if the right wheels and deal came up I'd make a change. Pulled the trigger on a set of black w/ machined accents Venice wheels, staggered sizes 20x9.5 & 20x10.5. Wheels are manufactured by Weld. Quality & finish are top-notch. Boxing/packing are very well done also.
Then the search for tires began. Wanted wider and taller for both front and rear to fill the wheel wells better, but more importantly wanted better corning grip & additional straight line grip that wider tires would offer. Decided on sizes of 275-35-20 & 305-35-20. Had multiple options in these sizes. I quickly narrowed the field to Continental Extreme Contact DW (since I had these on currently in 19"), Nitto 555 & 555R, Michelin PSS, Firestone Indy 500, (plus a couple others). Based on factors from cost to tread design to reviews on various sites (mostly reviews), I decided on a recently released version of the Firestone Indy 500 Ultra-High Performance Summer tire. This tire is a North American version of the highly acclaimed Bridgestone RE003 tire that has been in Europe & Asia for a couple years. It's ranked #1 out of 15 in it's category on TireRack.com. Only drawback at this point is the speed rating of only 168mph (I may get left behind by 03Reptile on the fun run...) My initial impressions are very positive. Cornering grip seems great, straight line traction seems a bit better than the Continental Extreme Contact's that just came off the car. After I've had a chance to hammer on them I'll give a better review.
They fill the wheel wells much better than the stock non-pp sizes, went from 10.2" wide/ 27.1" tall to 10.9"/27.5" on the front. Went from 11.4"/26.9" to 12.4"/28.4" on the rear. No signs of rubbing anywhere on the fronts going from lock to lock. The rears have plenty of room on the insides, maybe a little tight on the outer fender if lowered too much or fully loaded and hitting big bumps, but no indication of rubbing at all.
Here's the pic's from arrival, to mounting, to install...
New/High-tech tire mounting equipment, pretty slick. This machine was just installed at my Ford dealer as part of their quest to become a GT dealer.
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