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Old 08-16-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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So I'm about to change my tires : Goodyear G-Force apparently they are the worst, everybody keeps on saying that they are bad tires and it is time to change them anyway!

So I would have liked some advices, so far I have two or three tires that I like:

- Continental Extreme contact DW
- Nitto Extreme performance NT 555
- Michelin Pilot Sport 2

Obviously the Michelin are the best ones but for a DD what would be the best choice Quality/Price?
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Also right now, I have 275-40-18 in the back and 265-35-18 in the front.
Do you think I should change the size or does it seem like a good size to you?

So far, I have a Steeda CAI, 3.73 gears in the car is lowered -1.5"
I don't know if it helps!
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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I've had the Continental DW's on for over15,000 miles and am still impressed with the grip, ride and relative quietness.The size you can run depends on your wheel width. I have 9.5 in. GT500 wheels and run 255/45-18 front and 285/40-18 rear. So far, the Conti's are much better than the Yokohama Advan Sports I had before. Those and the original BFG's are my only experience with tires on this car.

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The best tires are not the best for all weather or durability. Advan makes excellent traction tires but they don't last long. Most people go for a balance. Price, durability, traction. A lot of people go with Nitto 555R.

The ultra high performance all seasons seem to be the best over all but cost more. Stay away from Toyo Proxes, I hate mine and would rather have larger Pirelli's again
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265/35 in the front! Jeesus! You front tires are wider than my back tires.

Any of the summer tires will have great traction. I like the yokohama S. drives.

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The best tires are not the best for all weather or durability. Advan makes excellent traction tires but they don't last long. Most people go for a balance. Price, durability, traction. A lot of people go with Nitto 555R.

The ultra high performance all seasons seem to be the best over all but cost more. Stay away from Toyo Proxes, I hate mine and would rather have larger Pirelli's again
Yeah JCON, since I drive my car daily I was looking for a good compromise like you said : Price, durability, traction.
So far the continental and the nitto seems a very good choice, the michelin too but 100 dollars more per tire... Decision, Decision...

@ moosestang : I was thinking of keeping the same size of tires I have or go to 275/40 all the way around... I love the color of your car by the way!
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I would go to a 245 or 255 front tire. Also look at Bridgestone Potenza (had them before and loved them, wasn't on my Mustang though) or Khumo Ecsta.
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I'm quite happy with the grip of the continentals. The michelin pilot sports are supposed to be really good, but it's more expensive.
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I've heard great things about Sumitomos, and they're dirt cheap, which is good for a college student such as myself. I know you can pick up some 285's on tire rack for under $150.

Sorry, wish I could offer some personal experience, but the only experience I have is my fantastic stock dry rotting pirellis that are getting replaced come spring time.
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JCON why do you think I should go any smaller in the front? I would think the wider, the better ... (I won't say "that's what she said" XD Sorry...)
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I've heard great things about Sumitomos, and they're dirt cheap, which is good for a college student such as myself. I know you can pick up some 285's on tire rack for under $150.

Sorry, wish I could offer some personal experience, but the only experience I have is my fantastic stock dry rotting pirellis that are getting replaced come spring time.
haha my Bridgestone G Force dry rotten too
But I was researching about the Sumitomos and I found a couple of mustang owners on different forums saying that the Nitto were way better and in the same price range!
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Advan makes excellent traction tires but they don't last long.
The Yoko Advan Sports I had (255/45-18, 285/40-18) are completely outclassed by the Continental's (Extreme Contact DW, same sizes) in terms of grip, traction, bite, however you describe it. They would start to spin at the top of 2nd gear, forget about low gear. The Conti's barely spin in low gear and keep grip in 2nd. The Yoko's got extremely loud with miles and rode like a wagon. They gave up traction while cornering all too soon compared to the Continentals. They seemed to be lasting a good while, too, but I took them off at half life because of the noise they made.

I would not have chosen the Continentals but for the Tire Rack surveys. And the set was a couple of hundred $ less than the Yoko's were two years before.

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Also check out Hankook Ventus EVO and General UHP's both great tires with great traction and super grippy.

The Hankooks have been my favorite to date. For a UHP tire they sure do have a very well rounded tread pattern. i've never seen a tire that displaces water as much as these do, yet grips on dry just as well

I wasn't too fond of my Nitto 555's very chatty as they wore down, but they are still a good option
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I ran the nitto 555's, NOT the R's, and they were a great tire. Good handling, dry/wet performance, and quiet.

If you needed new tires like 6 months ago your timing would of been perfect. Conti discontinued their 275/40/18 size so I picked up 2 @ $100 each!
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I ran the nitto 555's, NOT the R's, and they were a great tire. Good handling, dry/wet performance, and quiet.

If you needed new tires like 6 months ago your timing would of been perfect. Conti discontinued their 275/40/18 size so I picked up 2 @ $100 each!
Seems like a very good deal you got there! I'm gonna go check prices this weekend and let you know what I chose!
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Yea like I said I lucked out. I found the largest tire to fit on a stock wheel and searched tirerack. When I sorted by price i was like "WTF $100?" Found their date of manufacture was a few months prior, so I got them.
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Frank, the Advans I’ve driven were Advan Neova AD08, not what you had. They are however an extreme performance summer tire. The car they were on, which I have driven and rode in dyno’ed at 642 rwhp on a Mustang dyno. The previous tires were completely useless. The new Advans gripped like no other car I’ve ever been in. They do however not have a long shelf life. The AD08s are also a very soft compound which is what leads to their superior handling and low mileage rating. I haven’t noted any tire noise but the exhaust/turbos overrides that so I can’t comment. Additionally, the AD08s are expensive, $1,100 for a set of 4 in this case. As for out classing, the Advan AD series on Tirerack.com is actually in the top class whereas the Contis are in the second to the top class.
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I have Michelin Pilot Super Sports. Expensive? Yes, but I have never driven on a tire that felt this good. I'd say, worth every penny.
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265/35 in the front! Jeesus! You front tires are wider than my back tires.

Any of the summer tires will have great traction. I like the yokohama S. drives.
+1 for the Yokohama s drives. I had them on an M3 and they were great great tires. I wouldn't hesitate to put them on something again.
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Running nitto 555... they are a good value and much better tire than the garbage factory pirelli's
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