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Old 10-01-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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New Camaro tires kinda puny looking?

I was just wondering if anyone else thinks that the tires on this bad boy just dont look as beefy as they should?? I was just looking at some GT500 pics and those tires looked beefy, but when I look at the Camaro SS pics they just seem like they should be wider?? Anyone else think this? Either way I still will be getting one!!!!!
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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Hm havent really noticed probably because the thinner tires will be easier to drive through snow if you want wider walls i guess get em after O_o
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
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Nah I dont think I would spend the money to get thicker ones, I just love the look of cars with meaty tires -viper, vette But I am not complaining, it is really a PHENOMENAL car!! I cant wait to get in one
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:07 PM   #4
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not in the slightest, but i do plan on getting wider tires for mine
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:16 PM   #5
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I was just wondering if anyone else thinks that the tires on this bad boy just dont look as beefy as they should?? I was just looking at some GT500 pics and those tires looked beefy, but when I look at the Camaro SS pics they just seem like they should be wider?? Anyone else think this? Either way I still will be getting one!!!!!
What is beefy to you?

From what Im reading The gt500 has 255/45zr18 tires all the way around.
SS will have 245/45zr20 upfront and 275/40zr20 in back. So our front tires are narrower but our rears are wider.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:18 PM   #6
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What is beefy to you?

From what Im reading The gt500 has 255/45zr18 tires all the way around.
SS will have 245/45zr20 upfront and 275/40zr20 in back. So are front tires are narrower but are rears are wider.
lol i guess that answers the question
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:29 PM   #7
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I've been wrestling with this issue also... I know our stock tires are going to wider than the competitions', but 275 just may not cut it for me. The problem is I can't find any all flat black wheels I like better than the stock ones that'll give me the width I want, so I want to powder the stocks, but I'm still stuck with 275's!

I guess I'll just wait to see it up close, if they look OK they problem solved.... if not
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:31 PM   #8
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The GT500 has 255 front/ 285 rear so the tires are just 10mm wider all around. What gives it the effect of being "beefier" than the Camaro is the smaller rim and taller sidewall. The 245's on 4th gens look a lot wider than the front tires of the SS as well as the 275's on the 4th gen SS compared to 5th gens.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:32 PM   #9
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Really?? Wel then I guess I am mistaken. Maybe the pics I saw had aftermarket tires on it?? I dont know. But I stand corrected.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:35 PM   #10
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The GT500 has 255 front/ 285 rear so the tires are just 10mm wider all around. What gives it the effect of being "beefier" than the Camaro is the smaller rim and taller sidewall. The 245's on 4th gens look a lot wider than the front tires of the SS as well as the 275's on the 4th gen SS compared to 5th gens.
Well that makes sense!
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:39 PM   #11
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The GT500 has 255 front/ 285 rear so the tires are just 10mm wider all around. What gives it the effect of being "beefier" than the Camaro is the smaller rim and taller sidewall. The 245's on 4th gens look a lot wider than the front tires of the SS as well as the 275's on the 4th gen SS compared to 5th gens.
my thoughts exactly. the tire size in relation to its wheel diameter contributes to the "beefy" effect.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:41 PM   #12
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To the tire people... could you squeeze 285's onto 9.5 inch wheels? Every little bit helps!
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:41 PM   #13
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To the tire people... could you squeeze 285's onto 9.5 inch wheels? Every little bit helps!
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:19 PM   #14
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You could easily get 285s on a 9.5 but finding that tire might be hard (I, admittedly, haven't looked).

Personally, I like the rear tires to fill the wheelwells pretty much fully. I've run 315 and 335s on my 4th. Gens. and just think it helps the proportions when you look from the back of the car. I hope the wheelhouses of the 5th. Gen. will accept close to a 3XX-series tire but will make due. Preferrably, I'd like to run ZR1 wheels, front a rear, and go with at least a 315 or the 325 that comes on the ZR1. The price of the tires is what worries me though...
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:19 PM   #15
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You can run whatever your tire shop can squish onto the rim.

Should you? Depends on what matters to you - performance or looks. 275mm is the optimal tire width for 9.5" rims. Go wider than optimal for the improved looks and the outside edge of the tread starts to lift as the bead is pulled in narrower than it was designed for. This can lead to a softer feeling when cornering and potential abnormal wear in the center of the tread.

Here's a 295 on 18x9.5 rims. Not too much larger than 275 but you can see how it bulges slightly. (looks good to me but I'm used to truck tires...big truck tires). The bigger that bulge is, the less tread you've got on the ground. You could run a lower PSI to allow more of the tire to flatten on the ground but that would affect mpg and handling in corners.



But having said all that, I run 305/50R20 tires on 20"x9" wheels on my wife's Expedition and it looks good! Would I drive it like I'll drive my Camaro?...um, NO!
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:21 PM   #16
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i think the zr1 has a 325, but al said at indy that you would need mods to fit that tire in to avoid friendly contact inside the wheel well
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:37 PM   #17
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i think the zr1 has a 325, but al said at indy that you would need mods to fit that tire in to avoid friendly contact inside the wheel well
That doesn't sound too bad. I had to roll my quarter wheelopening lips and had to pound on my inner wheelhouses to get a little more room around the tires. A little massaging doesn't scare me

Thanks for the heads-up
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:38 PM   #18
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yeah i plan on doing the same thing
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:42 PM   #19
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:04 PM   #20
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OOOOOhhhh 325s on the back..... That'll be so bad @$$
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:21 PM   #21
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Having seen them in person...the tires are definitely not puny.
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:27 PM   #22
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285's on the front and they are super expensive to the note of $ 2,324 for all 4 corners of pilot sp2 tires from tirerack
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:16 PM   #23
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Yea, I really want at least 305 rears and 295 fronts, but I love the stock wheels and don't want to spend the $$ to roll the fenders... I've already got around 5k in mods planned for this car!
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:17 PM   #24
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Im glad that you said they aren't puny. To know that someone who has seen it in person can vouch for it, makes a difference. I can't wait till I can see one in person.
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You can run whatever your tire shop can squish onto the rim.

Should you? Depends on what matters to you - performance or looks. 275mm is the optimal tire width for 9.5" rims. Go wider than optimal for the improved looks and the outside edge of the tread starts to lift as the bead is pulled in narrower than it was designed for. This can lead to a softer feeling when cornering and potential abnormal wear in the center of the tread.



But having said all that, I run 305/50R20 tires on 20"x9" wheels on my wife's Expedition and it looks good! Would I drive it like I'll drive my Camaro?...um, NO!
That setup looks great to me! Need to shows us pix of those 305's though!!
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