Tire Issue - MustangForums.com

Notices
4.6L (1996-2004 Modular) Mustang Technical discussions on 1996-2004 4.6 Liter Modular Motors (2V and 4V) within.

Tire Issue

Reply

 
 
 
Old 11-17-2010, 01:59 PM
  #1  
TripleBlackGT
Thread Starter
 
TripleBlackGT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NC
Posts: 17
Post Tire Issue

Ok my question is simple and short, would having 2 different size tires on my 96 GT cause any major issues with the differential? I recently had a blow out on my driver side and had to throw one on there just to get around since it is my daily driver, I am running a 295/35/18 on the driver and a 285/35/18 on the passenger... I could see how maybe running a hire profile on one side would cause problems but they are both the same profile one is just a bit wider than the other, should I be ok or should I get the other 295 on the passenger? Any help would be appreciated.
TripleBlackGT is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2010, 02:38 PM
  #2  
cliffyk
TECH SAVANT
 
cliffyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Saint Augustine, FL
Posts: 10,933
Default

The "profile" is a ratio (aka the aspect ratio), and is the ratio of the tread width to the sidewall height. So even though your tires have the same profile, they have different tread widths which makes the sidewall heights different.

The 295/35-18 has a loaded diameter of 25.35", the 285/35-18 has a loaded diameter of 25.08"; this is only a difference of a 1.07% so it's not a devastating unbalance. It's not enough to trigger the t/c or mess up the ABS (is you have same), however it will cause the LSD clutch packs to work and accelerate their wear to some extent.

I wouldn't drive 10k miles like that, but a couple hundred or less won't screw anything up.
cliffyk is offline  
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
mmarsh3014
Wheels & Tires
1
10-20-2015 10:08 AM
mtgldr
S197 Handling Section
1
09-10-2015 10:43 PM
M3hunter
S197 Handling Section
0
09-05-2015 04:42 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Tire Issue


Advertising
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.