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Posts: 4Registered: Oct 2009
Kate
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Monday, October 19, 2009 2:20 PM

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I'm getting tires for my brother's 92 348TS but can't seem to find a matching set for these tires. Well not really, i found some tires but when i called in to these shops, most of them are out of stock or back order. The size is 215/50/17 and 255/45/17. The only tires that i found with the best discount is TOYO Versado. Ok, here's my question, will these brand fit my brothers ferrari? Sometimes you get the tires size that you need but it doesn't mean that it will fit or sit perfectly on the car. Does anybody knows about this? P-zeros are just way too expensive for me. I found that too but these place will not match the price i found somewhere cheaper but backorder.

I don't wanna waste my money on toyos if doesn't fit his ferrari. If i really really have no choice then i would have to get the pirellis (WOW!!lot of $$$) Oh, by the way its a birthday gift and i'm shipping it to asia. I'm here in los angeles.





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Tom Manchester
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Monday, October 19, 2009 4:15 PM

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Kate,

If those are the tire dimensions that are specified for that car, then they will fit. Those dimensions define the width, aspect ratio and inner diameter of the tires, and, unless the car has been modified (bigger wheels, for instance)a tire with the original dimensions will fit it.

You also need to worry about speed rating, however, especially for a Ferrari. You need at least V-rated tires (sustained 149 MPH), but ZR-rated tires would be better, and W or Y-rated tires would be better still. If Toyo specifies the tire for a Ferrari application, it probably has an appropriate speed rating, but you should make sure.

TM


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Kate
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Monday, October 19, 2009 5:15 PM

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Gosh.. you're right. I went to toyo's website and checked the application. Unfortunately, they do not have the tires for this car. But, I already ordered it this morning and its actually on the way here. I was so in rush to get it because i want the tires to get there before his birthday. I really don't know if i can return it though. But, If i can't, do you think this one will still be okay? The description says, VERSADO TOYO 98V BW UTQG 400/AA/A. He told me before that he just need a tires that has 200kmh. So i started searching and found toyo and it actually have 240kmh. I thought it was fine. Well, i was even thinking that he really can't use that since the road there is not quite good. I'm hoping that i can return these tires so i can get the pirellis. If not, then i really don't know what to do .




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Tom Manchester
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Monday, October 19, 2009 5:55 PM

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"98V" menas that they are V-rated tires, which should be good enough for a road-going Ferrari. If he races it, or has some place where he can drive at sustained top speed then it might be a problem, but V-rated tires are fine for most people.

If they're not the right size then that's a different problem altogether. I'm sure they will let you return them if they're just not going to fit. But if they are the right size then you should be OK. I wish my sister would buy me a set of tires for my Ferrari!

TM


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Kate
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:14 PM

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Oh my... I got the tires today and they look weird. The rear size has colored ink around it and the front has plain, no ink. Tread pattern is really ugly. I wouldn't put that tires on my ferrari, if i have one. Oh well, i will definitely return these tires, i will just pay for their restocking or whatever charges they have. I just don't want that for my brother's car. I guess now, money shouldn't be an issue anymore as long as i get the right tires. These matching set is so hard to find. Would you be able to recommend me some tires for these stock size 215/50/17 and 255/45/17, i mean the right one for ferraris. Since you guys have ferrari, i'm pretty sure you guys know the best tires. Please give me some options. The right ones please. I know pirelli p-zero has it but what else? Thanks in advance... Oh and where to get it? Thanks again.






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Tom Manchester
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:20 AM

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I had a look at what the Tire Rack has to offer this morning. The Sumitomo HTR+ tires look like an incredible deal, and they are W speed-rated. That's a higher speed rating than the Toyos you ordered.

They also show some Bridgestone Potenza G 019s that are more widely known and respected and are still a lot cheaper than the Pirellis. They are V-rated, which should be good enough. If I were buying them for myself, I'd give the Sumitomos a try, just because they are such a good deal.

TM


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Kate
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:58 PM

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Hi Tm..

Just want to thank you for all your help. I went to tire rack and search the tires for this particular car. After hours of reading and learning about tires, I finally decided to go with Pirelli P-zeros. Not only that, i was so happy that i was able to get the set for $820. Tire rack's price for pirellis are actually $1,002 and its the most expensive set too. I called 20 tire places and finally found 1 store that have this crazy deal. So i just grabbed it.

I read that Pirellis are actually made in italy and so does Ferrari. Some of the older version Ferrari comes with stock Pirellis. Correct me if i'm wrong, i just read that somewhere. So, i decided to picked Pirelli which is my original choice anyways, i just thought they are crazy expensive.

I was able to return the toyos without any restocking fee. They're so nice and very understanding...

Thanks again TM and goodluck with your baby..



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