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Old 03-26-17, 03:37 PM   #61
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So I went with the 245/275 combo. Went to get them installed yesterday and the rears 275 would not fit on 08-09 stock wheels. Smh.
Don't know what that means? They should fit easily. 245/35/19 & 275/30/19 - Right?

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Old 03-26-17, 05:38 PM   #62
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Don't know what that means? They should fit easily. 245/35/19 & 275/35/19 - Right?

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275/30/19 maybe thats why. Dam
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No!No!No!No!No! - SORRY - I just corrected my post - 275/30/19 is CORRECT!!!!!!!

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Old 03-26-17, 10:33 PM   #64
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I had these put on a few weeks ago in the 245/275 combo and have done a few hundred miles on them including freeway, city and canyon runs. I bought my car with the stock size MPSS. After driving with these Firehawks in different driving conditions I don't feel any less confident on the same roads I've driven previously. Oversteer is not an issue anymore (probably more to do with the increased tire size). Acceleration seems faster(probably because they're wider and new) and braking feels just as good. Road noise seems about the same if not lower but they do feel a bit bumpier at times. Overall, I feel these tires provide near MPSS performance on the street for what I do and are a great deal being ~65% of the price of MPSS in the same size.

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Old 03-27-17, 06:16 AM   #65
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I don't know why they would not fit. Maybe the tire guy just couldn't do it. The fronts no problem. Gonna try another shop
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I don't know why they would not fit. Maybe the tire guy just couldn't do it. The fronts no problem. Gonna try another shop
They have a very stiff sidewall. If they are using a cheap machine it'll be tough as hell to get them on.
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I don't know why they would not fit. Maybe the tire guy just couldn't do it. The fronts no problem. Gonna try another shop
Find yourself a decent shop in your area. I learned the hard way taking it to Firestone, they butchered all four of my wheels trying to get the tires mounted.
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They have a very stiff sidewall. If they are using a cheap machine it'll be tough as hell to get them on.
Yep, the guy putting mine on had a really tough time putting them on. Yet he didn't damage anything. Lol
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One of the guys at the local America's Tire said putting these tires on the 2012 wheels was "one of the top 5 hardest tires he's ever had to put on". I was watching from the waiting room and I witnessed a guys legs dangling in the air trying to get his full body weight onto the wheels to get the tires on along with 3-4 other guys giving them a shot. Definitely did not look fun but they got them on.
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I see a lot of people run the 245/275 tire combo on the stock wheels, and the S04 Pole Positions are highly recommended, but they don't offer a 275/30. Curious if anyone has done this combo before though?


For $100 more than the Firehawks and not quite as wide, I don't know if the S04's are of as much benefit when the reviews on TireRack of the 500's look pretty damn good even in the wet which I will need in the PNW for a daily driver.
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I tried my 500's this weekend, still quite cold up here so not a complete review.
The sidewall is indeed extra stiff, it changes the suspension behavior. I was running Nitto Invos before, the 500 are much more responsive.
That's all I can tell right now but for the price I paid, I can't complain.
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I see a lot of people run the 245/275 tire combo on the stock wheels, and the S04 Pole Positions are highly recommended, but they don't offer a 275/30. Curious if anyone has done this combo before though?

For $100 more than the Firehawks and not quite as wide, I don't know if the S04's are of as much benefit when the reviews on TireRack of the 500's look pretty damn good even in the wet which I will need in the PNW for a daily driver.
Did you try a search I ran and still am running Bridgestone S-04s.

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Did you try a search I ran and still am running Bridgestone S-04s.

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Yup, use the search feature every day. Doesn't change the fact that tire rack doesn't list a 275/30 so
was curious how you have them haha?
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Again, if you did a search you would see. I ran 285/30/19 on my '08 9" wheels. Some others who tried them didn't like the feel because the 285 size should be run on an 9" wheel . I liked 'em a lot. See this thread that I found using the search function:

https://www.clublexus.com/forums/is-...-position.html

I now have RCF wheels (9s and 10s)and still run the S-04 in 255/35/19 and 295/30/19.

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I have s04s and they're annoyingly heavy. Same size as Lou on rcf wheels and feel the radial pull. Might not be bad if you're running ultralightweight forged wheels. I like the grip and comfort more than OEM by far

Edit: running 245/285 combo
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