Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 03:55 pm, by: Michael Long(Longy)
So I'm looking at buying some new wheels that are f17x9 +47 and r17x10.5 +50.
I went to a couple of places and i was quoted prices for rear tyres from $150ish to $600ish. that's not what concerns me as i assume brands was a big part to do with, but the also suggested me very different different sizes, from 235 - 285.
Thus i am now really confused, and need some help. What sizes should i need. i have about $1000 for tyres so some brands would be helpful as well (looked into NSII but they don't make them wide enough for the rear)
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - 04:27 pm, by: Cara Joseph(Carasky)
please please stay away from the chinese/korean brands NSII and nankangs of any sort really are sh!t house this based on experance. if your wanting for the rear i would go a 285 for sure to fit that wide arse rim.. For the front you would go a 255minimum width tyre to fit the rim nicely.. Tyres i am currently running Falken Z426 they are really good bit of noise but sticks well..I know of someone else running the same size above but in a 18inch diamator with Federal tyres and hasnt been happier, i for one been in that car and the way he drives it i am supprised it holds on lolhahaha...But please stay away from crappy cheapo's with tyres you get really what you pay for in wear and grip..
Nothing wrong with Nankangs, Hankooks etc if your car is just for the street, and you drive in a relatively normal fashion most of the time.
As with all things, you get what you pay for so Brigestones, Michelins etc are going to perform better, up to you to decide if they are worth all the extra money though.
Shop around and play the tire dealers off against each other - they will always drop their price if they know you have a competitors quote.
$1000 is heaps to get 4 good tires for 17" rims if you seek out a good deal.
My only other advise would be for aesthetics - you can never go too wide on the back (at least until they start rubbing anyway) - fat is good! and you have nice 10.5" width wheels to work with there too, which is good news.
I'd definitely go 285 on the rears, and probably 245's on the front with those wheels.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 12:08 pm, by: Michael Long(Longy)
So if I 245 on the front that means i need to go a 45 profile. The guy at the tyre shop said that some profiles are uncommon and are therefore more expensive, and i think he was talking about this one.
One last question, it is ok to have different brands/types front and back, correct?
You can run a lower or higher profile on the front without affecting the speedo - I run 225/50 R16's on the front, when I really should be running 225/55 R16's. It can affect brake bias, so you have to be careful - I've had no problems with mine though. Also it can leave a bigger gap in the wheel arch which some people don't like - but with a UZZ31 thats easily fixed.
As far as NZ law goes, as long as each axle has matched types (directional or non directional etc) you are OK to have different front and rears. No idea about Victoria rules though. I run Yokohama directionals on the front and Hankooks on the rear. Yokohama's grip like mad in all conditions but are noisey as hell - Hankooks are average in all conditions, but give plenty of warning before letting go, so are a very "safe" tyre. They are also very quiet for a directional. Overall I'm very happy with them.