Lets Talk Tires... - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


General GM Chat When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made. Chat about all things GM (and related cars). Off-topic stuff should be in the Lounge, and all Model specific mechanical problems should be posted in the proper forum.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-16-2007, 07:45 PM   #1
Darrel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Lets Talk Tires...

I'm in need of some new rubber pretty soon and with an extra pay check coming my way in august i'm thinking its about time to do it.

Heres my questions. I bought the car with smaller diameter than stock but wider than stock tires on it and thats what i replaced them with as well when i bought the car. They are a little more expensive then the standard stock tire. Is there any reason that i should keep the non stock tire size? I kind of like the wide look but other than that i can't think of any reason not to go back to the taller and narrower stock tire... whats your opinion? I don't know much about tires if they aren't for mudding or big trucks... :(
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2007, 11:01 PM   #2
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

With your mods, go back to stock. There'* no reason to pay a premium for wider tires.

Don't sacrifice performance for 'generic tread'. Get directional tread. I suggest Toyo Proxes TPT'*. I've been running them on the Zilla for 3 years.

I'll PROBABLY go with 235'* next year, but you don't have my traction problems.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 11:47 AM   #3
Senior Member
Posts like a Northstar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 533
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Greyhare is on a distinguished road
Default

The stock size should also help at the gas pump.
Greyhare is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sanford Michigan
Posts: 1,200
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
crash93ssei is on a distinguished road
Default

To be honest with you, I really liked the look of those wider tires when we met at the Michigan meet.

If it were me, I would probably pay the extra money and get the look I want. I imagine that there isn't much of a difference that would be noticed in gas mileage, but here again, I would be happy to pay a little more to get the look I wanted.

As long as it is not causing any other problems, I would stay with that size if that is what YOU like.
crash93ssei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 12:41 PM   #5
Darrel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

well right now i get about 23mpg average... 25 if its strictly highway.

Its like $380 for stock sized rubber or it starts at $480 to keep the wider look. this current set of tires cost me $580 almost 2 years ago.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 12:47 PM   #6
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sanford Michigan
Posts: 1,200
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
crash93ssei is on a distinguished road
Default

well, I didn't realize it was a difference of $100. even still though, I would pay that much if the extra money was not a really big deal.

as far as you mileage goes, I could be wrong, but it doesn't really seem to me that just a little bit smaller tire would make that much of a difference
crash93ssei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 12:50 PM   #7
Darrel
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Couldn't tell ya if it will or not... I went with bigger tires on my jeep and murdered the mileage. but this is a car and the gearing is different... to confusing for me to figure out. we'll see how the cash looks like when august rolls around but i'll probably save the $100 and go stock if there isn't some other reason to keep them besides cool looks.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 12:57 PM   #8
Senior Member
Posts like a Corvette
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sanford Michigan
Posts: 1,200
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
crash93ssei is on a distinguished road
Default

yea, when you start running heavy oversized off-road tires ( on 4x4s.... not cars lol ) that will kill mileage, but then again, you are usually more concerned about traction and looks then mileage.

I would think that there aren't really any other benefits to the wider tires besides the look, so if that isn't really important, that $100 could be used elsewhere I am sure.
crash93ssei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 01:05 PM   #9
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: August 07 COTM....NEBF '06, CEBF '06 OHMM '06 ONBF '07 CEBF '07
Posts: 4,064
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
PRD2BDF is on a distinguished road
Default

Get Falken ZE512'*, they're directional and have excellent grip, I paid 400 dollars for stock size (225/60/16)
PRD2BDF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2007, 10:04 PM   #10
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 15,928
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BonneMeMN is on a distinguished road
Default

Shorter diameter tires will hurt mileage, and you have a little extra rolling resistance than a stock width tire. You're also racking up more mileage on the ODO and reading higher on the speedo than you're actually doing.
BonneMeMN is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
lets talk steering racks! White93z34 1992-1999 3 09-25-2007 08:48 AM
lets talk old cars! what should i aim for? Marik_bathory Lounge 37 03-30-2007 12:53 PM
lets talk fuel pumps projectheavytouring Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 16 08-31-2004 10:35 PM
Lets Talk Torque Converters 94bonnyV 1992-1999 16 08-03-2003 12:19 AM
ahh...lets talk paint jobs! drw7162 1992-1999 8 02-27-2003 05:22 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:52 PM.


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.