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mickey thompson poor wet performance 255/60/r15
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Arrrghh ... I almost died today  Angry

The first time I have had to drive my Mach 1 in the wet -- these are like ski's ... I bet in Arizona where the tarmac is 30° they stick nicely -- but in the UK they suck, suck, and triple suck. 

In the dry they're ok ... but in the wet hey are lethal....it's like sailing a boat

anyone recommend something with grip in all weathers...low UK temps  

I'm 235 60 R15 front 
and 255 60 R15 at the arse. 


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Plz help -- I don't want a crumpled heap with me sandwiched in the middle.
...In fact I don't care about me - I just care about my 71 Stang.... I'm sure you understand

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You mean, you actually drive yours in the rain?!  GASP!!! Jawdrop Jawdrop Jawdrop

whistling

Eric

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You will probably find any wide tire will have issues getting the water out of the tread fast enough no matter what brand. If you ever watch them race on snow they use real skinny tires for same reason. We use to go to Montana about every year in November to hunt. A friend bought a new truck and went and got these huge mud tires mounted. I told him it would have gone better in snow with the narrow radials and he just laughed at me. The truck was stuck more than going even with chains on front it would get stuck. The wide tires would not go down into the snow and get traction. Locals told him the same thing good skinny radial works much better. After dozens of them went around us stuck he got the picture.
Hey he lives in UK you have to drive in the rain or stay at home.


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(05-03-2019, 09:49 AM)Mister 4x4 Wrote: You mean, you actually drive yours in the rain?!  GASP!!! Jawdrop Jawdrop Jawdrop

whistling

I had to pick him up from the workshop to bring him home.. it was raining... so yes - had to drive. 
This is England you know  Thankyouyellow

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Most of your 'muscle car' tires will be like that. I use Tirerack.com and their review and rating system to decide tires. Find the sizes you can use and look up the customer ratings and reviews. This has never failed me and I've never been disappointed in my expectations. Even if you don't buy there, it helps in deciding. Your 15's might be tough to find a good rain in.
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#6
It rains here all the time and I have no problem driving BFGoodrich Radial T/A.
I am a little more careful in the rain but that is it. Ice adds another dimension.
Try starting off in second gear.

mike

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#7
Wow.  Just trying to be funny here, guys.  Swing and a miss - I get it.   Cool

Actually, 255s aren't all that wide at all, all things considered.  The standard width for most non-compact or sub-compact cars average in the 245mm width (counting everything, including SUVs, light trucks, etc.).  Wide enough for our cars - granted, but not all that wide in general.  My Ram 1500 has 285/60R20s from the factory, and rarely slips, spins, or otherwise loses traction unless I'm not paying attention or deciding to have a little fun.

Having said all that, I've heard from many a 7173 Mustangs.com member that of the main 'muscle car' tires available, which there are very few, BF Goodrich is the best for all-around performance, Mastercraft a distant 2nd, followed by the Mickey Ts, and finally Cooper Cobras sucking [bringing] up the rear.  

I actually have Cooper Cobras at all corners on mine, with 245/60s up front, and 295/50s out back, and have not experienced any traction issues... which granted, I've never driven in the rain so I have no experience to draw upon regarding wet conditions.

Hope this helps!

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[you actually drive yours in the rain?! ]
He just wanted to try ram air water injection I think...

[BF Goodrich is the best for all-around performance]
I still have these on the 73, they did ok when it was my daily. Loved their look, still do.
To be fair with the tires, all brands mixed, I think most poor condition in rain is influenced by the weight distribution during cornering, practically no weight on the rear, the lack of independent suspensions and also may be because the engine gives a respectable amount of torque the moment you press the pedal...
We need tires for smoke, not for rain on these babies Smile

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It seems unanimous- B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A is probably the best all weather musclecar tire. I had them on a US musclecar way back that I drove year-round even in snow (not the greatest in snow). That being said, a car with a high torque V8 engine up front and little weight and a solid rear axle is just not going to be the best in rain regardless. It's great to see these cars being driven in the elements as a car was meant to be, but my '71 Mach 1 429 CJ-R will never see rain. There are just too many areas that the water gets trapped in with poor drainage, and then it can be the beginnings of corrosion. Mickey Thompson, Cooper Cobra, etc. all seem to be good tires in dry weather. My wife's Lincoln Navigator with 20" alloys also rarely slips in rain even in 2WD mode, but you have to remember the elaborate traction control that modern vehicles have. And that beast has a 3.73 rear so it really digs in when you accelerate, even with all of that weight.
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