Wheel/Tire setup for daily?

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I would go 18x9.5 and 275 tires square and call it a day.

This will keep tire options wide open for you as I am sure you know once you cross that 285 line options narrow fast.

It gets even worse if you're trying to run a staggered setup with a 265 up front.
Yeah, that's what sucks about wanting to run thicc boys in the back, options are slim, and if you want something you can use year round it's pretty much a no go. What I'll probably do is find a wheel where I can get a squared 18x9(.5) setup but also have the option to buy a matching set of rears that are wider, mainly wanting 18x10.5-11, and save those for summer.
 

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I never did get to try the r888 when I was 18x10 set up in the rear always wanted to and never got a chance damn!


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Life is too short to compromise on the little things that bring you pleasure. Even if it’s just for appearance, get an 18” staggered setup, and don’t look back. The ONLY compromise here is not being able to rotate tires… no big deal. The loss in tire life is way cheaper than saving for another set of rears that will sit in the garage and remind you that you’re not fully living every time you see them.
Good point... I'm torn right now, as much as I think it would be logical to go with a squared setup for everyday use, is there really anything logical or "smart" about daily driving a Cobra? I'm about to turn 23, and as much as I want to be smart about things so as to not screw myself in the future, I want to have fun while I still can. Decisions, decisions...
 

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My dad runs 245-40-17 Indy firehawk Firestone’s up front on oem 17x8 Mach 1 wheels and 315-35-17 Toyo proxy drag radials on 17x10.5 deep dish Mach 1 LMR replica on his 04 Mach they work well and dead hook at 320 rwhp I think it’s an amazing daily set up


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Good point... I'm torn right now, as much as I think it would be logical to go with a squared setup for everyday use, is there really anything logical or "smart" about daily driving a Cobra? I'm about to turn 23, and as much as I want to be smart about things so as to not screw myself in the future, I want to have fun while I still can. Decisions, decisions...
I was thinking the exact same thing in regard to the fact you’re daily driving a Cobra (which I think is great BTW). I’m the type of guy that has bought cars and tucked them away in storage, because I think they’re too nice to drive. The problem is that I never enjoy them! I am now 47, have three kids, own a business, etc. and I will tell you that it doesn’t get any easier… in fact, it’s harder to spend money on unneeded stuff. I also think that 1.5” of additional back wheels & tires is not a big enough thing to loose sleep over. Work some extra hours at work if you can or cut out a few nights out, and there you have it.
 

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What wheels are currently on the car?

What's your budget?
 

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I was thinking the exact same thing in regard to the fact you’re daily driving a Cobra (which I think is great BTW). I’m the type of guy that has bought cars and tucked them away in storage, because I think they’re too nice to drive. The problem is that I never enjoy them! I am now 47, have three kids, own a business, etc. and I will tell you that it doesn’t get any easier… in fact, it’s harder to spend money on unneeded stuff. I also think that 1.5” of additional back wheels & tires is not a big enough thing to loose sleep over. Work some extra hours at work if you can or cut out a few nights out, and there you have it.
I've always seen it as they were built with the intent to be driven, of course when we start talking about 1 of 1 cars or super rare pieces of history like the '65 Shelby Cobra things change. These SN95 and New Edge Cobras are hard to come by nowadays, but by no means something that should waste away in a garage, they deserve to be driven, and driven hard (not abused, mind you), and they deserve to be seen.

This might be a little crass but not driving a nice car cause you don't want to rack up miles and depreciate the value is like not having sex with your beautiful girlfriend/wife to save her for the next guy if that day comes.

I digress... I don't plan on losing sleep over it but I'll have to sit and think for a while on how I want to go about wheels for this snake, I've got plenty of time to think anyways, still got to get the money for them lol.
 

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What wheels are currently on the car?

What's your budget?
18x10 all around with 275/40s in the rear and 245/40s in the front, I'm not a fan of the previous owners choices for wheels.. especially considering the fronts rub the strut tower at close to full lock and beyond.

Budget for the rims is negotiable since I'm still in the saving up process, but was looking around $12-1500 for the rims, and tires.. I'm willing to pay as much as I need to to get quality rubber, within reason of course.

For the rims I was leaning towards Cosmis Racing, they have a good combo of looks, build quality, price, and fitment options.
 

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18x10 all around with 275/40s in the rear and 245/40s in the front, I'm not a fan of the previous owners choices for wheels.. especially considering the fronts rub the strut tower at close to full lock and beyond.

Budget for the rims is negotiable since I'm still in the saving up process, but was looking around $12-1500 for the rims, and tires.. I'm willing to pay as much as I need to to get quality rubber, within reason of course.

For the rims I was leaning towards Cosmis Racing, they have a good combo of looks, build quality, price, and fitment options.
How much of the budget is for tires?

How much does this change if you go with 17's?
 

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How much of the budget is for tires?

How much does this change if you go with 17's?
The $1200-$1500 was just for the rims, tires are essentially "up for grabs" in terms of budget, as I don't want to set a strict budget on arguably the most important part of the car.

If we go to 17s not much will change personally, I looked at some 17" SVE Terminator Cobra reps that I really liked, even had deep dish options on LMR. I saw I could get a full set for under $1000 without tires which is pretty nice.
 

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If you go with 17's, the sidewall will be a bit taller and will give a better ride. You can also go really wide in the back, whereas you're pretty limited with 18's based on tire choice.

The Michelin Pilot AS 4 is worth considering and has a lot of sizes to choose from.
 

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If you go with 17's, the sidewall will be a bit taller and will give a better ride. You can also go really wide in the back, whereas you're pretty limited with 18's based on tire choice.

The Michelin Pilot AS 4 is worth considering and has a lot of sizes to choose from.
All good points, I'm definitely considering 17s as like you said, it's a lot easier to find wide tires in that size. The Michelins are tempting as I could use them year round without worry. I'll have to think on what I really want, but thank you for the suggestion!
 

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Granted gas was a lot cheaper but I dailyed my Mach for 6 or 7 years and it was reasonable.

Also keep in eye on FB marketplace and such. Probably won’t find the cosmis wheels but never know what might pop up
 

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One thing I don't see being mentioned here is a staggered 19in setup.

Most frown on the idea with these cars but it would open up tire options above 285 over 18s.

I myself have considered a 19x9.5, 19x10.5 combo. Wheel choices for me are up in the air right now though as I can't make up my mind.
 

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One thing I don't see being mentioned here is a staggered 19in setup.

Most frown on the idea with these cars but it would open up tire options above 285 over 18s.

I myself have considered a 19x9.5, 19x10.5 combo. Wheel choices for me are up in the air right now though as I can't make up my mind.
Fair point, although in my opinion, a 19” looks slightly large on the SN95. Also, wheels and tires seem to be more limited and a bit more expensive. I bought a set of 19” wheels and tires for a GT500 a while back, but maybe things have changed by now.
 

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Fair point, although in my opinion, a 19” looks slightly large on the SN95. Also, wheels and tires seem to be more limited and a bit more expensive. I bought a set of 19” wheels and tires for a GT500 a while back, but maybe things have changed by now.
Things have changed a lot. 19s are very common these days and depending on the stagger you want to run you can often find more options in 19s.
 

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