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Now have over 25K miles on Penelope I'm looking at tire replacements. Am making my annual trek to NY Giants training camp in Albany the 1st week in August, and the SSR Homecoming Event for August 19th. :) Too many miles not to have new boots all the way around. I just hope hurricane season cuts me some slack to be away from home for that length of time.

The question is what are my choices of tire companies who make both sizes for the OEM rims?

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you may want to call Tire Rack to check for tires, I have not checked on my SSR yet but they were hard to beat on my Impala SS and Z06.
 

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Front $165 ea
Rear $145 ea (on special)

Only brand available throught them is what we have now..
 

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I just did a semi-exhaustive search for our OE tires and found them available (both 19's and 20's) at the same site in only 3 places. Tirerack.com was the cheapest by far - total $669 including shipping. You might be able to get one set slightly cheaper in one place and the other cheaper somewhere else, but probably lose some discount due to the separate shipping costs.

I just ordered mine today....my tires have 41k on them and still have legal tread...they are just slipping more in the rain.

PS. The MSRP on one of our tires is $278! So I think I got a good deal.
 

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Good input, guys

My concern in selecting a tire is not so much the price but what I'm getting for the price. These Goodyear RS-A's are not rated as high as many others but if you can't get the sizes then you selection is limited. I'd like the best overall quality as I can get, but need both sizes.

In this chart is an example of varietys and the parameters they were judged in the customer surveys. Hope I've cleared up my thoughts on the issue.

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You do not have to put on the exact same size. I put toyos on mine, They have the exact size for the back. I put on 275/45/R19 108Y on front. .4 inches taller and1/2 " wider, no rubbing or anything works great. On back 315/35/R20 106W, they are .6 inch shorter and .6 of an inch wider. No problems, been on for at least 6500 miles now. Toyo S/T H/P Proxes. They do cost a little more than the stock tires, But are speed rated, back 168mph, front 186mph. So I got an inch difference over all front to back, the way it sits whith the tires. It looks slightly lowered, but not noticeable in the tires unless you know what to look for. :thumbs :ssr :flag :seeya
 

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I have used Toyo Proxes for years on my Bimmer which I just sold. While they are a great tire, you are not going to get any where near 40,000 miles on them as you might get on the OEM tires that come on the SSR. Yes, they are speed rated but are you really going to use their capability. I tend to doubt it. The OEM tires on my 05 handle real well and seem to be hardly wearing. Just some info.

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Bob, really good info...

I'm trying to digest these options. Am not opposed to changing sizes as long as no contact with the fender is made in the stop position.

Bob, how does the ride, handling, and road noise differ from the OEM Eagles?? How big an effect on your speedometer reading??

Anyone else made tire changes using the OEM rims??

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My concern in selecting a tire is not so much the price but what I'm getting for the price. These Goodyear RS-A's are not rated as high as many others but if you can't get the sizes then you selection is limited. I'd like the best overall quality as I can get, but need both sizes.

In this chart is an example of varietys and the parameters they were judged in the customer surveys. Hope I've cleared up my thoughts on the issue.

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You have made 25k miles on the Goodyears without a problem..so why are you worrying about them now?

Yall are killing me on this speed rating thing..Our SSR's will not exceed the speed rating of the Good Years let alone the Toyo's... Unless you have one awesome SSR with supercharger and a gearing change for top end and a PCM modification and maybe a squeeze of NOS then you might have a chance to get there for the GoodYears.

Tire life would be more of a concern on this truck then speed rating but like one of you said you got 41k miles on a factory set? I will be buying another set of Goodyears from Tire Rack to have on hand in case I ever need them :thumbs
 

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Forgive my ignorance on this question, but I have no experience on run flat tires.

Are run flat tires an option since there is no spare? The corvette uses them or at least did on the C5's.

If it is an option, any advice on make and model?
Thanks everyone :skep
 

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Forgive my ignorance on this question, but I have no experience on run flat tires.

Are run flat tires an option since there is no spare? The corvette uses them or at least did on the C5's.

If it is an option, any advice on make and model?
Thanks everyone :skep
:agree I think run flats are in my future if they make a comparable size!
 

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ampmop said:
Forgive my ignorance on this question, but I have no experience on run flat tires.

Are run flat tires an option since there is no spare? The corvette uses them or at least did on the C5's.

If it is an option, any advice on make and model?
Thanks everyone :skep


You will have to get an aftermarket system if you want to use tire pressure sensing system. Several people on this website have had theirs done. I believe a system similar to the corvette runs from 400 to 1200 dollars depending on what you get. :flag
 

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Boosted,

I'm not unhappy with the Eagles, they have served me well. I would get another set, but, I'd like to know if there is something better out there I'm not aware of. If I can improve the ride, handling, and road noise I'll change. Speed rating is not an important issue in my decision, as whatever I get will be at least what the Eagles were.

In talking to FUZZY about the BFG's he bought, he had to go to an 18" rim in front. He likes the way they ride, corner, and "look" vs the Eagles. My thoughts are along that line, but I don't want to change rims.

I understand runflats ride considerably harder than normal tires. Is that not correct?? Didn't check on them as I don't believe I'd go with them, if they were available.

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Didn't check on them as I don't believe I'd go with them, if they were available.

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I think the first time I had a flat at midnight, the runflats would be worth every penny! :thumbs
 
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Purple Penelope said:
I'm trying to digest these options. Am not opposed to changing sizes as long as no contact with the fender is made in the stop position.

Bob, how does the ride, handling, and road noise differ from the OEM Eagles?? How big an effect on your speedometer reading??

Anyone else made tire changes using the OEM rims??

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Ray,

They handle very well dry and wet, I dont know about the snow yet. The 35's I put on the back are a little sharper than the oem,s. I would probly use the same size on the back if doing it again. the front ones do not rub at ant time start, stop tight turning. I woul not want that either. They seem to be holding up very well. I have a fairly heavy foot most of the time. It seems they get better traction under heavy acceration than the stock tires. Don't spin as easily. The slightly sharper ride is going from the 40 to 35 series less side wall less shock absorbsion. I will post a side view. 1st picture is stock tires, next 2 are with the toyo's :flag :ssr :seeya
 

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You have made 25k miles on the Goodyears without a problem..so why are you worrying about them now?

Yall are killing me on this speed rating thing..Our SSR's will not exceed the speed rating of the Good Years let alone the Toyo's... Unless you have one awesome SSR with supercharger and a gearing change for top end and a PCM modification and maybe a squeeze of NOS then you might have a chance to get there for the GoodYears.

Tire life would be more of a concern on this truck then speed rating but like one of you said you got 41k miles on a factory set? I will be buying another set of Goodyears from Tire Rack to have on hand in case I ever need them :thumbs
You must have a slower one. Mine has no problem getting to the speed limiter of 125mph. Haven't tried it since the tune that raised it. Not to say I will run it 160 mph But if it can I want it to be able to.
You get on the right road and run flats are VERY noisey. As they were on the 03 vette I had.
 

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I'm not unhappy with the Eagles, they have served me well. I would get another set, but, I'd like to know if there is something better out there I'm not aware of. If I can improve the ride, handling, and road noise I'll change. Speed rating is not an important issue in my decision, as whatever I get will be at least what the Eagles were.

In talking to FUZZY about the BFG's he bought, he had to go to an 18" rim in front. He likes the way they ride, corner, and "look" vs the Eagles. My thoughts are along that line, but I don't want to change rims.

I understand runflats ride considerably harder than normal tires. Is that not correct?? Didn't check on them as I don't believe I'd go with them, if they were available.

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P/P,

I WENT WITH THE 18" FRONTS NOT BECAUSE OF HE TIRES, BUT BECAUSE OF THE RIMS ONLY BEING AVAILABLE IN 18".
BFG I BELIEVE DOES HAVE THE G-FORCE IN 19", BUT I'LL HAVE TO CHECK THE BFG WEB SITE TO BE SURE OF AN EXACT MATCH. tIRE RACK DOESN'T LIST EVERY TIRE BFG HAS, BUT WILL PRICE IT IF YOU GIVE THEM THE CORRECT NUMBER.

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Thanxx for the correction, FUZZY

Found loads of choices in the BFG line with exact matches for 20" but no 45 profile for the 19's. Would go to 40's in the front if I had to. The g force KDW2's have surveys from buyers which are quite extatic with the overall performance generally.
The RS-A's which we have, and I'm satisfied with, are not rated that well. Now its down to the money....I'll decide by the end of the week.

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I just checked the web and found that the closest match in g- force would be 295/45/vr20 rear and 245/40 yr19 front. the fronts area close to the same outer diameter as stock, but may be slightly wider. My fronts are wider then stock too, and don't rub at any time.
 

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I went with "V" rates on my 62 ChevyII, not that I'd ever try to get there with it's "aerodynamics" but they're outstanding for cornering. They are not as "sticky" as lower rated tires in snow or hard acceleration, but I have Hoosier QuickTime Pro DOTs for that. They are very good in rain, though. I'm rambling, higher rated tires will improve cornering, work well in the rain, but slightly degrade snow performance and off the line hook. Then defeating the speed limitter is of no consequence. I'm happy with OEM, I don't go that fast or push it that hard, I have something else for that.
 
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