Nitto or Mickey Thompson?

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering, Brake & Wheel Topics' started by Da_Raabi, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. Da_Raabi

    Da_Raabi Veteran Member

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    Yeah wheels are not in the cards right now. Looks like I'll be going with the 255/60 Mickey Thompsons. That should work good.
     
  2. Da_Raabi

    Da_Raabi Veteran Member

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    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
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  3. muscl car

    muscl car Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    My bald 275's with 1/32nd tread showing 0128181218.jpg
     
  4. Da_Raabi

    Da_Raabi Veteran Member

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    Lowend, just to be sure, I took some pictures of my current setup with the 275/60s. So this is too wide? I just want to be sure because I really like the look and stance of this setup, but if the performance is going to suffer then its not worth it I guess. Thanks!

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  5. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I take no joy in telling you this, but yes it's too big for the wheel.
    See how car out the tire is ballooning beyond the bead? That entire section of tread is basically unsupported. That's occurring equally on both sides of the wheel.



    My own opinions aside
    BFG recommends that tire have a 7.5" - 9.5" wheel to work properly (with their measurements being taken on an 8" wheel). You've got it on a 7" wheel, you're out of spec and that's unsafe.
    Think of it this way, if you were looking at brake pads, and one was 1/2" too low, would you drive the car?

    Now someone is bound to chime in that 'truck tires are fine with a 275 on a 7" wheel' Yes, they are, I know because it's in the factory recommended specs. Truck tires are constructed completely differently than car tires with a different usage in the design.
     
  6. Da_Raabi

    Da_Raabi Veteran Member

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    Interesting. I had seen it mentioned elsewhere that *I think* the Chevy 1500 454SS came with 275s on a 7 inch wheel, but are you saying they were LT rated, and that's why it worked? If so that's an interesting piece of tire tech I did not know.

    Since my ultimate goal here is to get decent traction with the big ol 454 up front, I'm guessing the 255 will have to do. Maybe down the road when I get some Cragar Soft 8s I'll do something a bit wider. For now this will do though.

    Thanks for the tech info!
     
  7. Turbo70Camaro

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    get the 275's you'll be fine then down the road get 8" wheels and swap them out...............
     
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  8. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Except the 275's are unsafe on a 7" wheel
     
  9. Turbo70Camaro

    Turbo70Camaro Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Lowend I’ll just quote your signature “ “

    I’m only 41 you may have more experience then me not sure. People have been doing this for a long time and have never heard anyone killed or injured from a 275 on a 7” wheel but again what do I know and please don’t copy and paste links from tire/wheel manufacturers those recommendations are for the 0.01% of the population ;)
     
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  10. Lowend

    Lowend Administrator. .a car, a man, a maraca. Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    So let me get this straight:
    The fact that you personally have never heard of someone being injured by running the wrong size tire on a wheel outweighs the knowledge of the engineering staff of the multinational tire company that designed the tire?

    ... just making sure I have this right
     

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