I'm going with the 235 most likely on the front because of the taller tire, to squeak a little more out of 2nd which will hopefully help eliminate a fews shifts to 3rd on a national course.
Best news I have heard all week.Just to make a point so others understand the differences....
The widest tire you can fit on a rim is not usually the best for performance, less sidewall support can lead to less feedback and thus less overall control of the vehicle. It will weigh more and since it is taller will change the gearing which may not land in the best range for performance. This adds up, more weight, more rotational mass to overcome for acceleration and braking, more work for the suspension, more load on the chassis, less precise handling.
As in all things there is a balance to consider, cost being one, overall use, performance, looks, etc.....this is a very high performance car, putting the wrong tires on can degrade that performance significantly, if you are OK with that then by all means do so but I wanted to make sure others that see this understand the full ramifications of such a choice.
Unfortunately Ford did us a disservice going to a 205/40/17 stock tire size as it really limits the proper choice in tires.
I wanted a bit more sidewall but also high performance and low weight, not to big a gear change, etc.....very few tires fit that scenario and I also needed cold weather grip, the one tire that fit all my needs was a bit costly but known to wear really well and be incredibly good at all things except snow but OK in it and I do not plan to use the car in the snow. When you count the life of a really good tire into the overall cost it can make them more affordable than less expensive tires over time. I picked the Michelin PS A/S 3 W rated, $138 each, costly but a superb tire that will not degrade the performance of the car yet will provide excellence in all ways and long life.
I am not an expert but I have owned dozens of cars and trucks and many trailers and all but a few had custom wheels and tires, some many different sets, over the last 46 years of modding cars and trucks for street, autocross, dirt, road tracks, racing, towing, hauling, etc.....
Have a great day
And then start a new thread anyways. ROFL!!!!Just figure I'd post in here, before starting a new thread....
What has everyone been replacing their OEM rubber with? Getting ready to think about pulling the trigger on some new tires for the summer wheels. Curious to know what everyone else has been going with and how well you like them. All of my RE050's are below 4/32".... pretty much on borrowed time in my opinion.
I was thinking Bridgestone RE760's or make it out on the cheap with Sumitomo HTR Z II's
Thanks in advance!
Sure did... http://www.fiestast.org/forum/fiesta-st-wheels-tires/3605-replacing-oem-tires-soon.htmlAnd then start a new thread anyways. ROFL!!!!