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OK, I'm interested in buying a new set of 17" rims for my 1992 cougar off tire rack, as they have a good selection of VERY cheap ones - i'm usually a Michelin ONLY type of person - and I'm looking for a cross between relatively inexpensive tire, and VERY good tread wear for a 17" tire.

I'm thinking the

Dunlop
SP Sport A2
Size:235/55-17


I would rather the

Michelin
Pilot Sport A/S
Size:235/55-17


But it's just way too expensive - esp. wince this will really just be used for daily driving, etc.


Or is another tire size best for 17" rims?
 

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I like the 245's myself. try looking into the 255's range also. lots of side wall means a smoother ride.
 

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i have 245/50-17 pilot a/s and am super pleased with them. if you really want a deal, check out 18's and go for the mxm4 pilot, 245/45-18. also check out www.discounttiredirect.com
i'm working on a new set of wheels and tires for myself and am definitely going with the 245/45-18 mxm4 for my tire choice, i thihnk its what you're looking for, its a grand touring tire, the pilot a/s is ultra high performance a/s, not what i think you need, but again, i have been totally satisfied with them, especially in the heavy rain.
find a good price on tires at tire rack and ask the guys at discount to beat it, and they will.
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i have the dunlop SP Sport 5000's in 245 4ZR17. I paid about $140 a peice from discount tire direct. They are super quiet on the road, the tread looks great and they get good rain and snow traction.


Don't get the Dunlop D60 A2's. They were the last tires i had (225 65 16) and they are LOUD on the road. They had some of the worst snow traction I've ever seen. Dry traction was nothing special either. They did last quite a while...but it is totaly not worth it. They are complete junk.

Goodluck,
-danimal
 

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Thanks for all the comments - but I'm still concerned about TREAD wear above all else. I'm even inclined to get 16 inch rims just because I know that I can get the BEST Grand Touring tire out there- the Michelin X-One. I have them on now - and they are amazing - they've lasted FOREVER - as they are supposed to, etc. ....

Unfortunetally Discount tire direct doesn't have and grand touring tires for 18"s right now - or 17"s - and, to tel lthe truth, I've learned to only trust Michelin - I have an incling to try Coninental or Dunlop - but I'd much rather find a good 17 or 18" micheline grand touring combo out there. I'm looking for this AFTER the winter season - but probably buying BEFORE the end of Feb. (hopefully a lot will be on sale by then! :D )

But - PLEASE keep making tire size, and type recomendations - the more input the better - but more REAL life tread experience is appreciated!
 

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BFGoodrich G-force KDWS , there priced nicely and wear good (my fronts still have 3/4 tread after 20,000 miles, rears are a worn a bit worse due to driver input :D )
 

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i'd suggest calling discount direct then. if its a michelin, they have it. and you're right, the x-one is just about the best wearing tire ever. the continental contact wears well also. a guy at work has 225/55-17 ch95's on his windstar and they have 40k on them with only 2/32nds of tread gone. how wide are the wheels that you have?
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By looking at the tire specs the dunlop should last longer given its 420 treadwear rating versus the michelin's 400. But I would go with the Michelins because everyone I have ever talked to with Michelins has loved them. You might also want to try looking for a tire in 255/50-17.
 

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If you want to simplify your life and not go crazy
making detail choices (as I do) take rancherlee's
word on the brand of tire and if you're not going
to lower your car go with tweeeka's suggestion of
255/50/17 for tire size (almost exact same diameter
as oem). You will/should make sure that your new rim's
offset is no more than about 38mm give or take - more
like take.

You'll love the combo - I also run on KDWS's and had
Dunlops previously. These "suggestions" are based
on A LOT of member's experiences including Mike Viverette
who's pretty much the rim size/offset guru of this board.
I pretty much guarantee you'll be happy - based on what
you've posted - unless you really want to go the low
profile, lowered look - in which case, that's a whole
'nother story...

Good luck,
 

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I have Michelin MXV4 Energy Plus's on my car now, simply the best tire I've ever run on an MN12. Past tires include Sumitomo's Srixon 4, Dunlop A2's, Goodyear All seasons, Regul, General's and a bunch of other off brands.

The Michelins are quieter, smoother and grip better than any of the other tires I've messed with in the past.

I am running 235/60/16's on stock SC Wheels. They make 235/55/17's also.........

Eric.
 

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tires for a 17 inch wheels

The BFG 245 50 17 are great tires if you are using 17x8 inch wheels. It will be too wide if you use a 17x7 wheel.
 

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All I have run is Michelin on my T-bird(well except the crap ones that came with the car when I bought her. Burnt those up really quick so I could get some decent rubber). I have a set of ZGT Z4's 245/45R17 on mine and they have worn great with no complaints. Even through all of my tire spinning which I shouldn't do since they are $220 a piece!

Just a note here Dunlop D60 A2's are no longer! They have been discontinued. Piece of junk tire. You still may be able to pick some up, but they have been sitting on a shelf for a while.
 

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The best tire I've ever run is the G-Force KWDS. I have them in 255/50-17 and the're awesome. They've also got like a 400 treadwear rating. The highest of any Z-Rated tire I've seen. You do not want to run a 235 tire. You won't be happy with it. Take the advice of people who know. The shortest tire you want is a 245/50. I would not go with the 245/45. They look funny on stock height cars.

Steven....a 22 line signature? C'mon bud. Read the rules.
 
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