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Ok, it is getting time for tires. I may do wheels now, and I may wait til later. I am leaning toward the Steeda Spyders because they have the 11" rears which fit the 305/30/20 Toyo T1Rs nicely. Below is a chart of tires with the tire size, height, width, rim width, and treadwear.

Tires h w rim
18"
555 245/45/18 26.57\9.65\7.5-9 300 Treadwear W rated
555 255/45/18 26.97\10.16\8.-9.5 300 Treadwear W rated
555 275/40/18 26.61\10.91\9.-11 300 Treadwear W rated
555R 285/40/18 26.89\11.42\9.5-11 100 Treadwear W rated
555R 305/35/18 26.42\12.4\10.-12 100 Treadwear Y rated
555R 305/40/18 27.72\12.13\10.-12 100 Treadwear V rated
555R 335/30/18 26.06\13.19\11.5-12.5 100 Treadwear Y rated

19"
INVO 255/40/19 27.17\10.08\8.5-10 220 Treadwear Y rated
INVO 345/30/19 27.17\13.35\11.5-12.5 220 Treadwear Y rated

BFG 245/40/19 26.8\9.8\8-9.5 300 Treadwear Y rated
BFG 295/35/19 27\11.9\10-11.5 300 Treadwear Y rated
20"
Proxes 4 255/35/20 27\10.2\8.5-10 300 Treadwear W rated
Proxes 4 295/30/20 26.9\11.7\10-11. 300 Treadwear W rated

T1R 255/35/20 27\10.2\8.5-10 280 Treadwear Y rated
T1R 275/30/20 26.6\10.6\9-10. 280 Treadwear Y rated
T1R 305/30/20 27.2\12.3\10.5-11.5 280 Treadwear Y rated
T1R 315/25/20 26.3\12.6\11-12. 280 Treadwear Y rated

BFG 255/35/20 27\10.4\8.5-10 300 Treadwear Y rated
BFG 285/30/20 26.7\11.5\9.5-10.5 300 Treadwear Y rated

INVO 255/35/20 27.01\9.92\8.5-10 260 Treadwear W rated
INVO 275/35/20 27.6\10.67\9.-11 260 Treadwear W rated
INVO 295/35/20 28.11\11.69\10-11.5 260 Treadwear W rated

555 255/35/20 27.05\10.24\8.5-10 300 Treadwear W rated
555 285/30/20 26.93\11.02\9.5-10.5 300 Treadwear W rated
555R 305/35/20 28.58\12.16\10.-12 100 Treadwear V rated

Steeda recommended the INVOs which are an inch taller than stock (stock is 27"), but something about that worries me. Any thoughts?
I would like to do 19s, but the only way to do that is buy CCW wheels, and something about $3000 for wheels bothers me too.
I would really prefer a Shelby wheel, and really like the CS40s, but they seem like they would be such a pain to clean (I know dukenrock got the 305 T1Rs on them somehow too). I really wish they went wider than 10" too, because I'm sure as time goes on, the tire manufacturers will start catering to the wide tires.
 

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I have the CS40s and I just got the Nitto Invos 295/35 and 245/40. I had the Toyo Proxes 295/30 and 255/35 and honestly the ride was extremely harsh.. plus I have the Tokicos dialed to soft and still didn't help.. and the CS40 rims are really easy to clean.. this size tire fills everything out nicely..

Also, I would be cautious of the Alcoas. I ordered a set from Shelby and they said they were on back order because the manufacturer of the rims had to remake the cast for the rims.. apparently the spokes were a little too narrow.. maybe they got some reported cracked rims.. but can't confirm that piece.. so of course I canceled my order.. see my pics..

Another option is to wait and get a set of takeoff 19s from a 2010 model..
 

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Has anyone put Falken Azenis RT-615 in 295/40/18 on for rears?
 

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A lot of people prefer the 20" look.. rotating mass "problems" over 18" bla bla bla.. its splitting hairs unless its a pure track car.. millions of ways to improve performance on these cars instead of worrying about the difference between an 18 or 20.. this includes improving the driver's skills.. if you like the 20" look then go with it.. just a matter of preference..
 

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You left these tire sizes out - New Toyo Drag Radials 315/35/18 Measured to my tires to be the same exact height !





 

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I have the CS40s and I just got the Nitto Invos 295/35 and 245/40. I had the Toyo Proxes 295/30 and 255/35 and honestly the ride was extremely harsh.. plus I have the Tokicos dialed to soft and still didn't help.. and the CS40 rims are really easy to clean.. this size tire fills everything out nicely..

Also, I would be cautious of the Alcoas. I ordered a set from Shelby and they said they were on back order because the manufacturer of the rims had to remake the cast for the rims.. apparently the spokes were a little too narrow.. maybe they got some reported cracked rims.. but can't confirm that piece.. so of course I canceled my order.. see my pics..

Another option is to wait and get a set of takeoff 19s from a 2010 model..
What springs do you have on your car?
 

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Please allow me to assist.

BFG KDW. Stock sizes. That is all.

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BJ, Looking to replace my tires, on my 2008 Shelby, stock, I have about 8200 miles on them, they are slipping sliding on the daily drive.

Looking for something thats good winter and summer. Whats your thoughts on that approach, or do I need to plan on two sets.

I am thinking about just getting some 2010 rims all 4 same size and going that way

What do you think.
 

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they discontinued the stock rear size. btw CONGRATS on making it in MM&FF, got the new issue yesterday.
Thanks. Yeah, I saw they killed those sizes. I'll probably look at Michelin or Yokahama when it's time to replace street tires.

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I looked at all the usual suspects but decided on Pirellis (my 911 has thrived with that tire)...20" CS69s powder coated black with 285 front and 305 rear...
 

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You guys should take a look at these tires for daily driving duties:

Continental ExtremeContact DW 285/40/18

Better traction than stock, darn close to the performance of Mich. PS2 (only loses in hard cornering area - wins every where else), better tread wear than both OEM and Mich., and only half the price. Read the reviews on tire rack.

The 100K+ Porsche guys love them.
 

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I switched out my Goodyears to Michelin PS2s -- a huge difference -- they have been great for daily driving duties. And they have stock sizes if you want as well.
 

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I just put a set of the Steeda Spyders on mine with the 20x11's in the back with 325/25 michelin sports. I'm really happy with them so far. They actaully ride nice even with the 25 sidewall. Tires aren't cheap!
 

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A friend has Nitto DR on the rear of a 04 fully mod cobra. Not sure how many miles the 555R are good for he doesn't drag race and drives his car 10 times a year so they look like new. He went with them because he couldn't find a street tire to hook up. Riding with him first still doesn't really hook up but 2nd it is pulling and spinning some and third it is solid. I am in the same boat wanting tires and rims. Have 2K right now for rims and waiting on tax money :) than I think of all the stuff I could buy instead of $ 3500.00 for rims... I am leaning heavy on TF rims and in Feb or March there is going to be a sale on them.
 

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I switched out my Goodyears to Michelin PS2s -- a huge difference -- they have been great for daily driving duties. And they have stock sizes if you want as well.
I like the look of your ride. What size tires are you using? Are you running different wheels with your PS2s, I can't really tell from the pics. I'm thinking of upgrading tires and possibly wheels this spring. Thanks...
 

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Did you have to mod any thing to make them fit?

I just put a set of the Steeda Spyders on mine with the 20x11's in the back with 325/25 michelin sports. I'm really happy with them so far. They actaully ride nice even with the 25 sidewall. Tires aren't cheap!
 

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I have had the Nitto 555s on the CS rims for a couple of weeks now. Unlike the Gooryears the reer end no longer is sliding all over the place. Definitely work better in the cold weather. The Goodyears were fine in the summer. Looking forward to warmer weather to make a furthur comparison.
 
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