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3/16/10 1:14am - Original Message: 'What should I do about these tires?'
new77guy
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henderson, NV - USA

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Hey guys,
ok, throughout my research, and such. I found some workable wheels that are a clash between that old school look and modern spin. Good thing too is that they are MADE right here in the USA!

I am slighley confused about the tires, I wanted to stick with all US made stuff, but I have
Falken FK452's on my Chrysler 300C right now, I love them. Quiet, comfy, good on wear, super great traction wet or dry. Look sporty great tread patter. However its a China made tire :(

I found that these wheels are working perfect on other  C3s, and some guys are running the wide 275 tire with the 9.5" or 10" wheels. Some cases depending on the rubber you might have to cut the ebrake cable bracket off the trailing arm from the bottom side, and relocate in weld it up on top. THat seems to be the only thing to rub.

Ok, here is what i found... Lets get some suggestions

245/45/18 FRONT (2) USA MADE
275/40/18 REAR (2) USA MADE **TIRE SIZE WILL FIT UP TO AN 11" RIM**

bfgoodrich super sport A/S



$651.64 SHIPPED TO MY DOOR

BOSS 338 18x8" CHROME in the FRONT USA MADE
and
BOSS 338 18x9.5" CHROME in the REAR USA MADE
$668 SHIPPED TO MY DOOR



Total: $1,319.64 NOT INCL the mount and balance.

Good deal? Size issues? too big? Too insane? Too good of a deal?


The other option on tires is the chinese Falken FK452
(2) FK452 255/45/18 - FRONT
(2) FK452 275/40/18 - REAR
$650.64 SHIPPED TO MY DOOR..

here is what they look like:



THis is what they look liek on my 300C..

http://louietwoshoes.com/300C/ALBUM/FlashScroll/

What do you guys think?

Thanks,
-Louis


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3/16/10 4:49am - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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nice wheels, great look.  Imy thinking is simply, go with the usa made if you are not happy then burn the figgin rubber off and try something else. L

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3/16/10 9:19am - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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Not much you can do about the Made in China thang.  We just don't make much any more (and the economy reflects that)!!!  Cry
 
I just bought a set of American Racing Torque Thrust "Ds."  Guess what they are marked?  "Made in China." 
 
Thought since the HQ is in CA and the manufacturing facility just down the street in KC, they would be American made.  Not so fast, Grasshopper!  Still very nice wheels . . . .


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3/16/10 10:17am - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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[QUOTE=RADARB8]  Imy thinking is simply, go with the usa made if you are not happy then burn the figgin rubber off and try something else. L [/QUOTE]
 
Hmmm, that must be an interesting option to have at your disposal Big smile. Guess I wouldn't mind trying that one day.


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3/16/10 12:13pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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[QUOTE=RADARB8]nice wheels, great look.  Imy thinking is simply, go with the usa made if you are not happy then burn the figgin rubber off and try something else. L [/QUOTE]

lol, but then I would Burn $651.64 literally....


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3/16/10 12:15pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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the sad part is, the FK452 is such a nice lookin tire all the way around, and it really performs phenomenally well... I'm stuck :( 

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3/16/10 5:07pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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Sounds like a nice deal! Have you seen another C3 with them on? Are they going to look right? Just wondering.
 
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3/16/10 7:52pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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Real nice! They look just like TTIIs.

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3/16/10 7:57pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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I normally do not like the modern wheels on C3s , but I actually like the look of the wheels you chose. I think they will look great.
JMO,
 
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3/16/10 9:25pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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henderson, NV - USA

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what do u guys think of those tires?

the chinese falken fk452 **really nice i use em on my 300c**
or those usa made bfgoodrich geforce sport a/s ? nvr used em before


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3/16/10 9:51pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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i think 255 45 18 is a very good size.
 
the largest stock tire was the 255/60/15.   The 255/45 18 is the same width, same diameter.


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3/16/10 11:17pm - Reply: 'What should I do about these tires?'
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Well, they look good.  How is the ride??

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