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Old 02-02-2012, 09:50 PM   #26
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Actually if you these aren't track only tires and I'm only lowering an extra .7" from my current street tires. My current street tire set up is 26.7" fronts and 27.3" rears (picture is in my sig), that along with the BMR 1" drop makes my car pretty low right now but I'm used to it and hardly ever scrape anywhere anymore. Actually the lowest part of my car is the front and shorter rears will actually raise the front just a hair.

The 335/30s are supposed to be taller than my 315/30 drag radials but they are actually a little shorter when next to them, maybe mounted and aired up they will be a little taller.

When I first got my 18" Forgestars I had ordered some 28" 255/50 18 for the front, that looked REALLY goofy and handled like an SUV. I only made one trip around the block and took them off.
Yep, you're right, I got this thread somehow mixed up in my head with your thread about your Hoosier's. Well, either way, to each their own. I'm glad you found a set-up that you like. I hope it works out good for you. Like I said, I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #27
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OK - did the 335 new tires fit yet?

I cant wait to some pics already.

Are people not using 18x12 because they stick out past the wheel well?
Is there an offset that will bring them in enough to fit?

Sux you seem to be man to try to stretch it to the limit.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #28
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OK - did the 335 new tires fit yet?

I cant wait to some pics already.

Are people not using 18x12 because they stick out past the wheel well?
Is there an offset that will bring them in enough to fit?

Sux you seem to be man to try to stretch it to the limit.
Still waiting for my current tires to wear out some more.

The offsets on my 18x11s have the face of the wheel sit just inside the fender (I hate wheels that stick a out, almost as much as stretched tires). The only down side is that when lowered the inside of the barrel, barely rubs on the lower control arm. I have ground down the spot that the wheel rubs on. If I do go with 18x12s I will have to remove the lower control arms and notch them to clear. I might have to massage the inner fender well a bit too.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #29
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Swapping tires today! i was going to wait until my 295/40 18 tires are trash, but then I thought, what if my 335 don't fit at all! i would be SOL. So I'm gonna swap now and keep my old 295s around just in case I have to swap back.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:32 PM   #32
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Still waiting for my current tires to wear out some more.

The offsets on my 18x11s have the face of the wheel sit just inside the fender (I hate wheels that stick a out, almost as much as stretched tires). The only down side is that when lowered the inside of the barrel, barely rubs on the lower control arm. I have ground down the spot that the wheel rubs on. If I do go with 18x12s I will have to remove the lower control arms and notch them to clear. I might have to massage the inner fender well a bit too.
May I ask, just out of curiosity, why you want such wide tires on your car? Not that its a bad thing but it seems overkill to go up to a 335 on an 18x12? a 315 should handle much more than you're gonna throw at it and should require mods.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:35 PM   #33
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Let's see the rest of the pics already !!!
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May I ask, just out of curiosity, why you want such wide tires on your car? Not that its a bad thing but it seems overkill to go up to a 335 on an 18x12? a 315 should handle much more than you're gonna throw at it and should require mods.
Read my first post.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:51 PM   #38
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You're the man, now let see the rest of those monsters...
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #39
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Ok here is the "skinny" on the tires, LOL. They fit ALMOST perfect. Mounted on the 18x11 they bulge quite a bit, but not too much that I feel i should upgrade to 18x12, so 18x12 probably won't happen, sorry guys. Just like I thought the tires sucked in over 1/2" in width after they were mounted on the 11" wheels. The narrowest wheel BFG recommends for this tire is a 11.5" wheels, so if you do this DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. Here is some width pics compared to my 315/30 18 Hoosier drag radials. Over all width they are only 5/8" wider than the drag radials.












The first thing I did when I bolted them to the car was check to make sure they didn't rub anywhere, they didn't! I checked the inner clearance and the closest place i could find still have about 1/2" clearance from the edge of the tire to the plastic fender liner.

Then I unbolted one side of the rear sway bar and did a FULL compression clearance test (I basically compressed the shock/spring all the way) and this resulted an inner clearance of about 1/4". I left the sway bar disconnected and went for a test drive, this way whenever I did some test swerves it would let the tires go up individually and they would go up in the wheel well farther than they would with the sway bar connected. I did some highway swerve tests, empty parking lot figure eights, slalom tests, ect. I did everything I could think of to try and get the wheels to rub. I got home took the tires off an NO RUB MARKS!!!! WOO HOO! Here is some pics of the full compression test.








I measured it and the tire sticks out exactly 1/8" past the fender. Pictures aren't great because in some pics the tires look flush with the fender, in others they look like they tucked under the fenders and in others they looked like they stuck out 1/2". I tried to only post the pictures that really represent how the tires actually look in person. I don't like tires sticking out at all and if you have read some of my threads, I modded my upper control arms in the rear to be able to get the camber where I wanted it after lowering (http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=139136). This worked great but resulted in pushing each tire out about 1/8". So Monday I will be undoing what I did in that post and modding the lower control arms in hopes of sucking in the tires 1/8" putting the tires exactly flush with the fenders.

The tires are a little shorter than I would like. Thankfully, they did grow to the size of my drag radials after mounting them, I was scared that they would be shorter than my drag radials. I can tell that I will have more problems scrapping the "vert only" under trunk bracing bolts, but I figure I can swap these out with new ones after they get worn down, LOL.

All in all I'm quite happy how these came out. Until someone makes a 315/35 18 street tire, it looks like these will be my rear tires from now on.

Here is the rest of the pics. I will post pics of my LCA mods when I do it Monday.















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Very nice! Can't believe no rubbing at all!!
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #42
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Very nice! Can't believe no rubbing at all!!
The ONLY reasons it works are:
1. The offset I chose for my 18x11 are dead nuts perfect.
2. The 335 tire tucks in to fit the 11" wheel making the tire over 1/2" narrower than normal. It's not recommended, but it works.
3. The tire is ONLY 26" tall. I doubt this would work with a taller 335.
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Yeah you can tell that there is a slight bulge, but doesn't look all that bad!
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Sux if you had the option of 11.5s what would be the offset? Do you think its worth a try for me or just stick with the 18x11?

I dont drive it much want the max meat on the street for the track and I drive it to the track. Thanks we all appreciate your efforts.

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Sux if you had the option of 11.5s what would be the offset? Do you think its worth a try for me or just stick with the 18x11?

I dont drive it much want the max meat on the street for the track and I drive it to the track. Thanks we all appreciate your efforts.
Honestly, with the 11.5" the tires would either stick out or rub on the inner fender.
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When I first got my 18" Forgestars I had ordered some 28" 255/50 18 for the front, that looked REALLY goofy and handled like an SUV. I only made one trip around the block and took them off.

So what size front tires did you switch to after running the 255/50/18?

I was looking into front tire options if I decided to get 305/45/18 rears. But there aren't many options in 18" that are a similar diameter.
The popular setup is 265/50/18 up front with 305/45/18 out back. I really don't want to run a tire that wide up front if I don't have to.

I like the stock 245s up front. They aren't too skinny for street use, but they're not too wide for the drag strip. A wider tire up front will slow the car down a little in a straight line.
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So what size front tires did you switch to after running the 255/50/18?

I was looking into front tire options if I decided to get 305/45/18 rears. But there aren't many options in 18" that are a similar diameter.
The popular setup is 265/50/18 up front with 305/45/18 out back. I really don't want to run a tire that wide up front if I don't have to.

I like the stock 245s up front. They aren't too skinny for street use, but they're not too wide for the drag strip. A wider tire up front will slow the car down a little in a straight line.
I went with 245/45 18. I don't like the really tall tires everyone around here runs with 18s. They are only 26.7" tall. Are you looking for drag radials for the rear or street tires? What's funny is there are more drag radial portions than street tire options, that's why I have such a hard time finding tires.

What size wheels are your running?
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I ordered 18x9 and 18x11 Forgestars with 275/45's up front (27.7") and 345/35 M&H drag radials out back (28"). Should be perfect.
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I went with 245/45 18. I don't like the really tall tires everyone around here runs with 18s. They are only 26.7" tall. Are you looking for drag radials for the rear or street tires? What's funny is there are more drag radial portions than street tire options, that's why I have such a hard time finding tires.

What size wheels are your running?
I'm running the stock 245 Pirellis up front with 305/35/20 NT555Rs out back. But lately I've been considering dropping down to an 18" wheel/tire setup to improve my 60' times. But as mentioned, I don't want a wider tire up front if I can help it. Putting a wider tire up front is a NO NO if you're into running the best times.

But my options are limited as you know in the stock ride height. I might have to consider dropping down in diameter as you mentioned.
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I ordered 18x9 and 18x11 Forgestars with 275/45's up front (27.7") and 345/35 M&H drag radials out back (28"). Should be perfect.
Are you sure those drag radials will fit? They sound like they are gonna rub. What offset 18x11s? My 315/40 18 (28") drag radials would rub a tiny bit on hard cornering.
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I'm running the stock 245 Pirellis up front with 305/35/20 NT555Rs out back. But lately I've been considering dropping down to an 18" wheel/tire setup to improve my 60' times. But as mentioned, I don't want a wider tire up front if I can help it. Putting a wider tire up front is a NO NO if you're into running the best times.

But my options are limited as you know in the stock ride height. I might have to consider dropping down in diameter as you mentioned.
I'm not a fan of the giant 305/45 18 tires, but if you want to run those there are plenty of 245/50 18 (27.6" tall) and 245/55 18 (28.6" tall) tires you can run.
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