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Thomas A
09-15-2008, 11:12 PM
I have a set of 17x5 LS Aluminum Spares that I plan to run up front at the track, and was wondering what the best size tire would be. Here are the three choices that I have come up with:

205/50/17 Sumitomo HTRZ 24lbs 25.1" $55
195/45/17 Yokohama S.drive 21lbs 23.9" $93
195/40/17 Yokohama S.drive 20lbs 23.2:" $89

Obviously I would like to go with the lightest and narrowest tire, but is the last choice listed going to be tall enough only being 23.2" tall? I'm a little concerned seeing how that is more than 3" shorter than stock that it might be an issue somehow??

Thomas

David Neibert
09-16-2008, 12:02 AM
Thomas,

I'm using these M&H tires on my 17" x 5" Bogart front wheels.

http://www.mandhtires.com/store.php?crn=74&rn=368&action=show_detail

David

Thomas A
09-16-2008, 12:10 AM
That looks like a pretty good choice, but I'm not sure if I am ready to spend that much. Hrmm.......

Thomas

fast Ed
09-16-2008, 11:16 AM
Thomas, 205/50R17 would be about all you would find in a "regular" tire that could be squeezed on thaat wheel width, and have anywhere near adequate diameter.

Front runner drag radials from Mickey Thompson or M&H would be the proper way to go, they offer 17" skinnies.


cheers
Ed N.

Thomas A
09-16-2008, 08:59 PM
Yeah, I think you are right. Those other two choices are just waaay too short. I didn't find anything that would work on Mickey Thompson's website, so I think just M&H would have what I am looking for, or the 205 street tires.

Dave, are those M&H tires tubeless?

Thomas

David Neibert
09-16-2008, 10:51 PM
Yeah, I think you are right. Those other two choices are just waaay too short. I didn't find anything that would work on Mickey Thompson's website, so I think just M&H would have what I am looking for, or the 205 street tires.

Dave, are those M&H tires tubeless?

Thomas

Yes...tubeless and very light.

David

Thomas A
09-16-2008, 10:55 PM
Did you buy them directly through M&H or is there a better (cheaper) source?

Thomas

David Neibert
09-16-2008, 11:03 PM
Did you buy them directly through M&H or is there a better (cheaper) source?

Thomas

I bought directly from M&H. They were on my front porch 2 days later.

David

Thomas A
09-17-2008, 11:55 PM
M&H stated this tire weighs 11 lbs! :eek:

I went ahead and ordered a pair. Thanks for the info Dave!

Thomas

Nettlesd
09-18-2008, 12:45 PM
Yo, Thomas, I would like to buy one of those 17" aluminum spares if you happen to come across any.

Thomas A
09-19-2008, 12:24 AM
If I come across another one, I'll let you know!

I did a little more looking around, and came across as DOT version from M&H that looks like it would also work well.

http://www.mandhtires.com/store.php?crn=70&rn=372&action=show_detail

Thomas

Thomas A
09-21-2008, 02:06 AM
Tires showed up today! I didn't have a chance to weigh one, but they feel as light as M&H said they were. They remind me of the tires of the front of my Farmall Super M. :p

http://www.adenracing.com/Pictures/1997LSC/LS_Spares.JPG

Thomas

Slysc
09-23-2008, 01:31 PM
How about Motorcycle tires? They make some very light, very narrow options in a 17" for less than $100. Those profiles would also give you some real low rolling resistance.

Kurt K
09-24-2008, 09:38 AM
How about Motorcycle tires? They make some very light, very narrow options in a 17" for less than $100. Those profiles would also give you some real low rolling resistance.
I'd be worried about load ratings since these cars are so darn heavy.

Slysc
09-24-2008, 12:18 PM
I'd be worried about load ratings since these cars are so darn heavy.

I was considering it since my front wheels will be in the air most of the 1/4 mile anyway.:D