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#4104220 - 04/06/21 08:01 PM 255/50R17 suggestions?
professorP7B Offline

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Didn't see anything real recent on this so I figured I'd hazard an ask. Conveniently, the Vic and the new Buick share a shoe size. The tires on the Buick are essentially racing slicks so I figured I'd swap the decent tires off the Vic onto the Buick and get a nice set for the Vic.

I've read the stickied thread about tires and wheels, and I know 255/50R17 tires will fit 06+ CVPIs so I've been on the lookout for a set but it's not a terribly common size. I've checked my usual place (TireRack) as well as some local distributors (who mostly have bottom-shelf no name stuff) and haven't found anything that wows me. Any suggestions? Tires you've used?
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#4104234 - 04/06/21 09:14 PM Re: 255/50R17 suggestions? [Re: professorP7B]
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It's not a common size, so I'm always scanning my local want ads for sets. BION, often guys will take entire sets of Goodyear Eagle RSA's off and sell 'em. I've seen more than one good 4 tire sets sold this way. There's one set of 70% available right now for $220 for 4, mounted and balanced.

But I haven't bought them because, well, noise and vibration. I'm getting old and more sedate and I realize I'm never going to do 120 mph in these things anymore, yet I will have to listen to and feel their damn road hum all the damn time. This is causing me to gravitate towards a comfort tire and I've found two I like that are cheap. Falken Ziex for about $75 a tire and Uniroyal Tiger Paw GTZ with a 99W speed rating for $70 a tire from Performance Tire.

The Uniroyals were the quietest smoothest ones I've driven in a long time. Were I forced to buy a set new at retail, that's probably what I'd buy.

But instead, I've outfitted my daily driver with the very best Goodyear Eagle summers and Firehawk Winter tires that I could shuffle off of the 10 Vics I've owned. This was not that hard to do because more often than not when I'd pick up a car at auction, it would have a new set of tires just mounted and they almost all had a new Eagle RSA in the trunk. So I just kept the best, and sold off the rest. I also have a standing order at my local tire shop to set aside anything decent in a 235/55r17 that they come across.

My Sport came with a cheap, but newish set of Arizonian all weathers and they're fine by me. Quiet, but far from special.


Edited by Dmblanch (04/06/21 09:26 PM)
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#4104250 - 04/06/21 09:58 PM Re: 255/50R17 suggestions? [Re: professorP7B]
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Originally Posted By professorP7B
and haven't found anything that wows me. Any suggestions? Tires you've used?


Yeah, same here. I run that size on the caprices. It's the stock impala ss tire.
The kumho asx were great but only have two left on the rear of the 91. The tires that came with the wheels for the 95 had fairly new rikens. Were ok, just noiser than the kumhos. There's a new version now. Tirerack showed them for a while recently. So now I'm on 6 hankook ventus. It's more a 'truck' tire. Looks skinnier. Ride well enough I guess, but also got some 18" vette wheels ready for the next go around. Plenty of availability in 255/45-18
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#4104296 - 04/07/21 07:45 AM Re: 255/50R17 suggestions? [Re: 85GT]
professorP7B Offline

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Registered: 04/02/20
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Loc: Rhode Island
I've looked at the Ventus and given it some thought. These cars are pretty heavy so they'd probably work fairly well I'd imagine. I like the steelie look of the CVPI and want to keep my stock rims, will probably have them powder coated before installing the new set, otherwise I'd switch to a larger wheel with more common sizes.
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Teacher/Technician. First-time Ford owner. ASE-certified Advanced Level Specialist.
Current vehicles:
2011 Crown Vic P7B (SAP, former campus police vehicle)
Purchased 3/27/20 w/51K, 819 idle hrs.
The garage queen...
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE
Purchased 2/23/17 w/57K
5.3L LC9 V8 4X4 Ext. Cab
The trusty steed...
2009 Buick Lucerne CX, AKA "Moby Dick"
Purchased 3/23/21 w/91k
3.9L High Value V6
The Great White Whale...

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#4104538 - 04/09/21 09:04 AM Re: 255/50R17 suggestions? [Re: professorP7B]
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Loc: Central New York
You can get 255/50/17 Nitto 555's on eBay for $150/each. Pretty well regarded tires by many Panther folk. I'll be switching out my RSA's for them when the time (and money) comes.
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#4104642 - Yesterday at 10:11 AM Re: 255/50R17 suggestions? [Re: Prospect62]
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Registered: 04/02/20
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Loc: Rhode Island
These are what I ended up going with. Order is on it's way.

I was having a hard time with the 320 treadwear rating, but then I remembered how little I drive the car (never sees snow, only time it gets wet is if I get caught out in the rain. Not a daily by any means,) and I went for it.
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Teacher/Technician. First-time Ford owner. ASE-certified Advanced Level Specialist.
Current vehicles:
2011 Crown Vic P7B (SAP, former campus police vehicle)
Purchased 3/27/20 w/51K, 819 idle hrs.
The garage queen...
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE
Purchased 2/23/17 w/57K
5.3L LC9 V8 4X4 Ext. Cab
The trusty steed...
2009 Buick Lucerne CX, AKA "Moby Dick"
Purchased 3/23/21 w/91k
3.9L High Value V6
The Great White Whale...

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