Originally Posted by Norm Peterson
For tire suggestions - what kind of use and conditions does this car see, what kinds of hard driving and how often (if any), and what sort of room is there in the budget? Define your usage and then everybody will have some idea what to fit your tires to.
This car is a weekend warrior vehicle, I have a company car I drive for work.
If I do go on a long trip I do take the Mustang though. Long trip defined as anything over 3 hours.
I don't really "abuse" and whip the car but I do drive it enthusiastically.
I highly doubt I will ever put it on the track.
I want it to be able to take a corner without blinking but also give a comfortable ride.
Over the winter I have plans to put:
Ford Racing Performance Struts, Ford Racing Performance Shocks, Ford Racing 1" Lowering "P" Springs, GT500 Strut Mounts, Adjustable Panhard Bar, Adjustable Upper Control Arm, & better Lower Control Arms on the rear.
Not sure on the sway bars or front suspension yet.
Long distance future, 3+years a super charger would be nice, that would be "last" mod and truly not sure if it would be worth it other than for the "wow" factor.
I would like the option to add the bigger brake kit to this vehicle, hence one of the main reasons I am considering this wheel since Saleen states they will clear the big brakes. Though I wonder if this will be necessary since I am not tracking the car and with a very good quality tire the tires should help more with braking and handling then High Dollar brakes. This is my guess.
The only other wheel that I like are the Shelby CS1 series, but they are 20" and I am trying to stay away from 20". If I got the CS1 wheels, I would have them powder coated silver.
CS1 wheels & tires run about $3200.00 (with powder coat), and Heritage wheels & tires are about $2300.00 ($1000.00 for wheels). 18" five spokes are almost half that but run 235/50r18 and I doubt they will help with braking, and I believe I would lose handling properties.
Even though my car came with 19" wheels, its a shame that there isn't an 18" wheel that will clear the brakes that I like. I am partial to a silver 5 spoke.
Tires - I do not need a winter type tire (I have an F150 for that) so I have been looking at the Michelin Super Sport tires. They are pretty pricey but not much else, size wise, seems to fit, plus they have great reviews as far as wet and dry handling. Must be able to handle rain.
I did find a brochure on line last night on the 2008 Saleen car with these wheels. They ran 275/35 Front and 285/40 rears in Pirelli. How much is because of suspension setup, only tire size around in 2008, unknown reasons, etc...?
sorry for being long winded I just do not want to do this twice....