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Old February 10th, 2017, 10:03 PM   #1
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17in Tire Question

In preparation for my incoming 97 GTS I have been doing some tire research.

I know the Michelin's aren't available regularly but supposedly become available once/year and you probably need a little luck to snag them.

My question is, is there any reason you couldn't go with the Pirelli P Zeros instead?

I know they don't make the correct front size, instead it's 285/40/17 but that's probably still close enough to work well on stock wheels no?
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285/40/17 on the front will be fine.
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Simple solution, buy my very clean and pristine GenII GTS wheels from me, not only will you get bigger wheels, but as an added bonus they already have almost 95% rubber still on them with some of the best tires ever available for our Vipers !

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Simple solution, just buy my very clean and pristine GenII GTS wheels from me, not only will you get bigger wheels, but as an added bonus they already have almost 95% rubber still on them with some of the best tires ever available for are Vipers !
What are the date codes on those tires Bruah?
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I would not be interested in the 18's because they don't look quite right on the B/W cars to me. Thank you though.
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285/40/17 on the front will be fine.
Thanks for the feedback Chuck. It seems like people always act like the only option is to wait for the Michelin's or have mis-matchednfront to backs.

Any idea why more people aren't going with my suggestion?
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285/40/17 on the front will be fine.
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Any idea why more people aren't going with my suggestion?
Not OEM.
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285/40/17 on the front will be fine.
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Any idea why more people aren't going with my suggestion?
Not OEM.
The sizing or the manufacturer? If you are going to drive the car the tires will eventually be gone anyways so I don't see the difference but to each their own I guess.
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For a balance of performance and street durability Michelin is number 1 and all I've ever had on my street Viper. But if you can't get them, you can't get them. Get whatever you can find. I would be more interested in correct sizing vs. manufacturer anyway. And I would never settle for a smaller tire. That would be blasphemy.
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For a balance of performance and street durability Michelin is number 1 and all I've ever had on my street Viper. But if you can't get them, you can't get them. Get whatever you can find. I would be more interested in correct sizing vs. manufacturer anyway. And I would never settle for a smaller tire. That would be blasphemy.
Brands of tires don't matter, the durometer of the rubber and the composition does.

You can run a 285/35/17 & 295/35/17 on the front as well.

Toyo makes a 345/40/17 that works great on the rear for sub $200 each.



I've got a set of ACR Sidewinders I'd sell with new rubber for $3200 obo.
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Brands of tires don't matter, the durometer of the rubber and the composition does.

You can run a 285/35/17 & 295/35/17 on the front as well.

Toyo makes a 345/40/17 that works great on the rear for sub $200 each.



I've got a set of ACR Sidewinders I'd sell with new rubber for $3200 obo.
I'm assuming Toyo does not make the correct sizing for the fronts? What are your thoughts on running mis-matched manufacturers/tire models front to back?
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I'm assuming Toyo does not make the correct sizing for the fronts? What are your thoughts on running mis-matched manufacturers/tire models front to back?
Depends what you use the car for. Street driving? Its totally fine. Drag racing, again fine. Oh an no Toyo doesn't make the tire in the stock size.

Now if you're planning on doing laps at Watkins Glen, yeah you might want to run the same tires on all 4.
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Depends what you use the car for. Street driving? Its totally fine. Drag racing, again fine. Oh an no Toyo doesn't make the tire in the stock size.

Now if you're planning on doing laps at Watkins Glen, yeah you might want to run the same tires on all 4.
Thanks for the feedback. It would be for street driving only so I guess it's all right.
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I really enjoy running the Toyo's, fantastic grip. It looks nice too, fills in the wheel well gap.
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I really enjoy running the Toyo's, fantastic grip. It looks nice too, fills in the wheel well gap.
Which Toyo model ? Last Toyo's I ran were toyo-tal shit ! I'll give em a shot if you recommend a good set you've tested.
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Tire Rack has the 17" PS2's in stock. I just bought a set. DOT 2416.
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Tire Rack has the 17" PS2's in stock. I just bought a set. DOT 2416.
Done! Thank you for the heads up.
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Which Toyo model ? Last Toyo's I ran were toyo-tal shit ! I'll give em a shot if you recommend a good set you've tested.
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