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Hey guys, just thought I would share my new purchase: 1990 16x7 prime 3-spoke throwbacks to replace my 19" TRD's.
What size tire would be a good fit for performance and mileage?
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Thx! Craigslist for the win. The guy got them in 1990 for his talon and are now discontinued. They weigh 20lbs (not a light weight but better than the 29lbs of the TRD's) No curbing at all, they just needed polishing (2 still need it but after a few hrs of hand polishing...it is a PITA)
Best part is, he only wanted 100.00. SOLD! I have been looking for 3-spokes on craigslist for the past 3 mo. 1st set came and went for 200, so I jumped on these and got a steal!
I wish I had rubber for em already but my box came with the 19's (and the bad mileage and unforgiving ride (when paired with the TRD springs) that comes with heavy stop and go)
I was thinking 215/55/r16 but not sure how much better a 215 would be over a 205... or even a 225? And a 50 series would jack up the MPH reading a bit more than I would like. I also need the rubber to keep the rim off the curb (another problem with the TRD's is that they have no clearance for the rim, the rim is the first to make contact with a curb, not the tire... (dont ask how me or my GF know that...:eek: )
I guess Ill need to have the exact offset checked to make sure the 225 would even clear (It is somewhere between +40/+45 but probably a +42
 

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They're cool but the they're no Advans... I'd trade my AME's in a heartbeat for some Super Advans or Shalks.
Yeah I like the softer lines of the Prime/Platinum ones. I think it flows better with the soft lines of the car. I love the look of the Advans on the first gen box though. Ill be getting them on as soon as I find a good deal on tires. The TRD's only have 4000k on em so I am in no real hurry but I would love to be getting better MPG's...
 

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I was thinking 215/55/r16 but not sure how much better a 215 would be over a 205... or even a 225? And a 50 series would jack up the MPH reading a bit more than I would like. I also need the rubber to keep the rim off the curb.
According to Custom rims, wheel tire packages for your ride - RIMSnTIRES.com (click the Size Comparer link) with our stock tire size being 205/55x16 on a 6.5" rim with 45mm offset, a 225/50x16 on a 7" rim with a 42mm offset will fit just fine. Also the change in diameter is zero, so no MPH reading error. Finally, the extra tire width will help prevent curb rash on your wheels and give the "beefy" look.

When my stock tires wear out, I plan to get 225/50x16 tires. I have 16 x 7 rims with a 40mm offset.
 

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According to Custom rims, wheel tire packages for your ride - RIMSnTIRES.com (click the Size Comparer link) with our stock tire size being 205/55x16 on a 6.5" rim with 45mm offset, a 225/50x16 on a 7" rim with a 42mm offset will fit just fine. Also the change in diameter is zero, so no MPH reading error. Finally, the extra tire width will help prevent curb rash on your wheels and give the "beefy" look.

When my stock tires wear out, I plan to get 225/50x16 tires. I have 16 x 7 rims with a 40mm offset.
After much review I think im going to go with some Michelin Piolot Exalto A/S in a 215/55/16. It was either that or the BFGoodrich g-force super sport AS H&V in the same size.
It all came down to tirerack/1001tires reviews and weight. The Michelins are 23 lbs and the BFG's were 24lbs. What amazed me was the 19" Proxes4 on the TRD's only weigh 22lbs.
Anyone have a solid weight on the TRD's? I read 29lbs somewhere but cant find it anymore...
 

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Just got the rubber on: Goodyear Eagle GT's 215/55/16 they are around 25lbs a bit on the heavy side with the Michelins weighing in at 23 or so. So far I am super happy with the set up. The car gets up and goes smoother and more liner, I can go over driveways without the sudden jar of the hard 19" tires. There is no more pull on uneven roadways (all the roads in oregon are slanted to allow rain to sheet off, but with low pro's (35 series) it would pull to the right with a constant correction needed. Now it goes where ever I point it with almost effortless input on the wheel. Also Turn in has dramatically improved without all the gyroscopic weight of the 19's. In the 2 mile trip my milage is up to 28 city from 22. That is just from the trip to the place I got the tires (reset trip mpg on the way there and then on the way back to get compairisons) Best thing I have done for this car by far. (It came lowered on TRD's and with TRD rear sway):cheers:
I plan on more pics after I drive a bit and re-torque the lugs then put the caps on.

FYI ford dealerships have a buy 3 get one free deal on tires right now, then there is also a 100.00 mail in rebate. I walked out with the TPMS swapped, 19's remounted and balanced, and 16" tires mounted, balanced all for 436.00 not including the mail in. So after all said and done $336.00 and a 50k mile warranty on the tires.
 

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Yeah Im stoked on the throwback look and handling upgrade, but with the huge gaps between the spokes the calipers were the first thing my eyes went to as well. Not sure if black or red would work best. I have all red led's for the interior so maybe red?:cheers:
Next thing to go on craigslist and sell the TRD's and Proxes4 setup. What do you guys think is a fair asking price? 600? The tires are mounted and balanced with only 5k of non aggressive driving on 'em and tread looks brand new and even all around, the rims have some curbage on 2 of the wheels that is only cosmetic and very re-finishable. Otherwise they are straight. The tires new cost around 200.00 a pop! Would be great for a track day or something because the 35 series tires grip like no other with no flex!
 
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