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Ira R.
07-16-2008, 02:53 PM
Well, it's time I put a set of tires on the '95. The old rubber is starting to show wear pretty badly now. I did a quick search to see if there were any recent discussions about tires but found nothing relevant. So I decided to reserect what I am sure is a well worn topic and I am now looking to get everyone's opinion. Probably a mistake but hey, that's what these forums are all about right? :D

Current tire size is the stock 225x60x16 on stock wheels. Dont' bother trying to convince me to change the wheel size or anything like that. Stock wheels. That's what the car has. One item of note, the car does not need to have a great all-weather tire. The only time it sees rain is if I happen to be out with the car when the rain comes. It never sees snow.

And I will start by saying that the Dunlop 3000 that are on the car seem pretty okay but they weren't anything special. A bit of a noisy ride at times, okay in wet weather and they handle the power okay but I will not be purchasing a new set of them because they seem to have worn awfully fast. So I'm looking for more options.

Ira

fturner
07-16-2008, 03:38 PM
I've marked to follow this as well. I'm looking for stock sized tires that will give the best grip of the planet.

Frit

Quik95SC
07-16-2008, 03:55 PM
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/findTireDetail.do?c=3&sw=false&cs=235&pc=40092&rd=16&ar=55

Ira,
My brother has a set of these things and man are they nice. They wear very well, and get great traction. The only down side is that they only come in the 235/55 verison which will maintain the correct ride height and be just a tad wider with no ill effects.

A very nice tire in my opinion for the price.

I personally have the Nitto Extreme NT-555 in the 255/45/17 verison, not sure if they have them in a size closer to the original size or not, but I love mine as well.

Smitty

90blkbrd
07-16-2008, 04:54 PM
I can recommend any of these tires. I didn't think I would like the Firehawks as much as I do. They are very quiet, great handling and decent traction for that car. I can't say how they would do with ~double the HP. :)

White SC - Nitto NT-555 (came on the car) - high performance summer tire
Black SC - Firestone Firehawk Wide Ovals - high performance summer tire
GS400 - Bridgestone Potenza RE960 A/S Pole Position - high performance All Seasons

I didn't check to see if any of these come in stock SC tire size.

fturner
07-16-2008, 05:02 PM
I'm looking into these as Dave suggested...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Sumitomo&tireModel=HTR+Z+II&vehicleSearch=false&partnum=26WR6HTRZ2&fromCompare1=yes&place=35

Frit

XxSlowpokexX
07-16-2008, 06:57 PM
Plus whatever for the Nitto 555 extremes. I love them. Ride quality is nice and they handle well.

Tim Groth
07-16-2008, 07:44 PM
Plus whatever for the Nitto 555 extremes. I love them. Ride quality is nice and they handle well.

I 3rd the Nitto 555 Extremes - Best tires I've ever had on stock SC wheels. They hook the better than any Dunlop/Yokos/Bridgestone tire I've ran.

-Tim

Pablo94SC
07-16-2008, 07:49 PM
Go Firestone Firehawk Wide Ovals and don't look back. You'll have some of the best handling out there and in case you get caught in the wet, you can still cruise at 60mph in a downpour that'll have truckers pulling over.

Pablo94SC
07-16-2008, 07:57 PM
Nitto 555 Extreme ZR radials aren't available in a 225/60-16. I'm not even sure if the DR version is. :rolleyes:

Ira R.
07-17-2008, 09:22 PM
[bump]

Well I think I want to go with the 235x60-16. A touch taller in the wheel well and a bit wider stance. Not a lot, but just enough I think.

So I've narrowed the list down but I still can't decide which tire will give me good all-around performance.

Ira

XxSlowpokexX
07-18-2008, 12:47 AM
Well if you knew that the Extreme 555r arent you certainly should know the drag radials arent because you apparently looked up the size chart!

I had 245/50/16's which are shorter then stock.
Stock SC tires are pretty innexpensive nowadays..Check Tire rack they have a great selection

Ira R.
07-18-2008, 07:09 AM
Well if you knew that the Extreme 555r arent you certainly should know the drag radials arent because you apparently looked up the size chart!

I had 245/50/16's which are shorter then stock.
Stock SC tires are pretty innexpensive nowadays..Check Tire rack they have a great selection

No drag radials. I have been to the tirerack and a few other places too. Prices are all reasonable I just can't decide which tire to go with that's all. At some point I'm just going to have to close my eyes and point I guess because there doesn't really seem to be that much difference between them. Except maybe for the $60 difference in price of some of them.

So is a $160 tire that much better than a $100 tire??

Ira

jonroe
07-18-2008, 07:18 AM
Ira,

A few years ago I put on Toyo Proxes T1-S (not made anymore) on the rears with the size 245/55/16. It was the widest tire I could find that fit the rim and was very close to stock height. I love them. They are STICKY when dry but a little slippery when wet. I don't think that model is offered any more but similar ones are. Take a look at Toyo. On the front I have Michelin Pilot Sport A/S in the stock size which are fine too.

jon

90blkbrd
07-18-2008, 05:22 PM
At stock tire size you can only get these in high performance category:

Dunlop SP Sport 01 $106
Dunlop SP Sport 2000E %158
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval $108
Fuzion ZRi $79
Sumitomo HTR Z II $67

Ira R.
07-18-2008, 06:31 PM
At stock tire size you can only get these in high performance category:

Dunlop SP Sport 01 $106
Dunlop SP Sport 2000E %158
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval $108
Fuzion ZRi $79
Sumitomo HTR Z II $67

I've decided I'm stepping up a touch from stock size for the rear. 235x60x16 Goodyear Eagles. A little taller, a little wider, just enough to fill the wheel well a little more then the stock wheel does.

They're not strictly a high performance tire, but then again if David N's experience is any indication there will be occasions when I'm not going to be really gripping the road without a strip tire of some type anyway. So I've decided to go with a combination of good traction, comfort and ride noise.

It is still a street car after all :D

Ira

BLOWN38
07-18-2008, 06:33 PM
I like the look of 255 50 16's on stock rims. Half inch shorter than stock. Not alot of tire options but the BFG G-force sports look good and fairly cheap from tire rack at 110 a piece.

G-Force sports
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=BFGoodrich&tireModel=g-Force+Sport&partnum=55WR6GFSP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&place=0

All 255's tire rack has.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Compare1.jsp?width=255%2F&ratio=50&diameter=16&startIndex=0&search=true&pagelen=20&pagenum=1&pagemark=1&RunFlat=All&x=85&y=10

Ira R.
07-18-2008, 07:29 PM
I like the look of 255 50 16's on stock rims. Half inch shorter than stock. Not alot of tire options but the BFG G-force sports look good and fairly cheap from tire rack at 110 a piece.

G-Force sports
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=BFGoodrich&tireModel=g-Force+Sport&partnum=55WR6GFSP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&place=0


I too like the look of the 255 on the stock rim, but I went with the 60 instead of the 50. I wanted just a little taller tire, not shorter.

Ira

superdadsc
07-18-2008, 07:59 PM
I have been in the process of stipping the paint off my stock
95's and polishing the aluminum. What a pain in the a&^. The car has been sitting for the last year and the tires are shot from the Fla sun. I looked at the toyo 245 55's and really like the look of them. They are expensive but that really doesn't bother me too much. I was thinking of them on all 4 wheels. But you gave me the idea of having the 245 55's on the rear and stock 225 on the fronts or 235's ont the front. Any thoughts?

Ira R.
07-18-2008, 08:46 PM
I have been in the process of stipping the paint off my stock
95's and polishing the aluminum. What a pain in the a&^. The car has been sitting for the last year and the tires are shot from the Fla sun. I looked at the toyo 245 55's and really like the look of them. They are expensive but that really doesn't bother me too much. I was thinking of them on all 4 wheels. But you gave me the idea of having the 245 55's on the rear and stock 225 on the fronts or 235's ont the front. Any thoughts?

Well, as far as I'm concerned it's all personal taste. I like the profile of the tires you are talking about. But my car isn't lowered at all so I decided to look for a slightly taller tire that's all. I like the idea of offsetting the tires sizes.

Ira

superdadsc
07-18-2008, 08:58 PM
I know what you mean. I like the look of alot of tire. I was looking at the 235's from tire rack and the section width, I think that is what they call it, was only a tad smaller than the 245s.

Will 235's change the speedo. I was looking at the 245 55's because they have about the same diameter size. I will probably change my mind 10 times before I actually buy them.:confused:

talonhead
07-18-2008, 10:02 PM
I couldn't get 225's for my '90 back in 92 and had to get new skins I put a set of Toyo C1's 255/55/16's on the rear. They fit in the wheel well but were a bi<ch to mount. When you looked at them from the rear, WOW!

When I got to stationed in Hawaii soon after, I got a nail that went through the sidewall twice! Thank god for road hazard ins.
I had to trade the car in as the payments were to much with the cost of living there. Two weeks later I saw the car on base......With a blue light on top Honolulu PD (Five-O). Stopped the cop and asked how he liked the car. He said "Brudder, it rocks!" I said that I had just sold it and to take good care of it. Then he asked where I got the toyos.

Never had any problems with driving in the rain and great traction on clean pavement (would smoke 'em on concrete with no prob)
MikeH

Ira R.
07-18-2008, 10:12 PM
I know what you mean. I like the look of alot of tire. I was looking at the 235's from tire rack and the section width, I think that is what they call it, was only a tad smaller than the 245s.

Will 235's change the speedo. I was looking at the 245 55's because they have about the same diameter size. I will probably change my mind 10 times before I actually buy them.:confused:

Of course you will. I did :D

Ira

ScrapSC
07-21-2008, 10:39 PM
I am with you on wanting more tire to fill out my wheel well there Ira... The ones that came with my rims have been driving me crazy and as Dave said "looks like a 4 wheel drive in the front." LOL

neverfastenough
07-21-2008, 10:52 PM
I am with you on wanting more tire to fill out my wheel well there Ira... The ones that came with my rims have been driving me crazy and as Dave said "looks like a 4 wheel drive in the front." LOL

Dont you need that 4x4 sc to get out of that driveway of yours:eek:

Ira R.
07-21-2008, 11:04 PM
I am with you on wanting more tire to fill out my wheel well there Ira... The ones that came with my rims have been driving me crazy and as Dave said "looks like a 4 wheel drive in the front." LOL

Yo!! Up and about and using the computer!! Now that is all good to see. Who cares about tires anymore?!?!

Nice to "hear" your voice again man.

Ira

scbird1
07-22-2008, 01:15 AM
I went with the Nitto NT 450`s P245/50/R16 but there is a lot of options on 16 inch sizes from discount tire.

Take a look> http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/tires/nitto/product/byName.do?tmn=NT+450+Extreme+Performance&r=ILCINT&typ=Passenger%2FPerformance

SuperDad
12-24-2009, 01:28 PM
I too like the look of the 255 on the stock rim, but I went with the 60 instead of the 50. I wanted just a little taller tire, not shorter.

Ira

Ira,

How do your tires fit? Is there enough room for the 60's or even a 65, with a 245 or 255? I went with shorter tires a couple of years ago & do not care for the "skateboard" look. Thanks, Jim

lube70
12-25-2009, 08:37 AM
I have the wide ovals on my 95...(you know the torque of the 95 :eek: ) and they are great, Drive anytime, and in the rain they where great (got caught coming home from a car show in Pompton Plains NJ).

They are worth the money and have a great ride and really grip the road.

Don

II stay away from the Nitto and kumho tires. Had nothing but balance problems

Don

95_XR7
12-25-2009, 09:26 AM
I'm surprised no one mentioned Kumho's. I have one set with some Kumho's on them, and another with Nitto tires. And to be honest, (can't get specific models at the moment.) but they seemed exactly the same to me.

-Corey

Ira R.
12-25-2009, 01:14 PM
Ira,

How do your tires fit? Is there enough room for the 60's or even a 65, with a 245 or 255? I went with shorter tires a couple of years ago & do not care for the "skateboard" look. Thanks, Jim

I ended up going with the 235-60x16 on the rear. A touch wider and just a little taller so it fills the wheel well a little more. Sorry I can't get you a picture but everything is buried in snow right now.

Ira