Muscle Car Wheels and Tires: Ones to Use, Ones to Stay Away From

January 27, 2012

Muscle car wheels and tires are vital to the performance of your vehicle. Some tires are more durable than others, and some are made for performance.

Top 5 Rated Tires

  • Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
    This is a great looking tire, and it outperforms all other all weather tires on the market. It has great tread with a high warranty to match. The tire comes in three different speed ratings: T (118 miles per hour), H (130 miles per hour) and V (149 miles per hours). They carry an 80,000 mile tread warranty. They handle quite well on most roads, but they do have a little bit of trouble in heavy snow.
  • Hankook Optimo H727
    For a lot less money than the TripleTred, you can get a tire like Hankook that performs almost as well as the more expensive option. This tire performs well under bad road conditions such as rain, ice and snow. It offers a flawless performance on good roads and gives the car an incredibly smooth overall ride. This tire only comes in one speed rating of a T (118 mph), but it offers a better tread warranty of 100,000 miles.
  • Michelin Primacy MXV4
    This is a total performance tire with a 60,000 mile tread warranty. Most customers who have owned these do agree that they last longer than most other performance tires they've had. This tire got extremely high grades on most road surfaces, with their only downfall being wet roads. They did far better on snowy roads than most other tires of its kind. This tire is more agile than other performance/standard all season tires, but it is also more expensive. They offer two different speed ratings, H and V.
  • Continental ExtremeContact DWS
    It has been noted by critics that this particular tire handles far better in snow and ice than any other non-winter tires, and it costs less than any other all season. It performs nearly as well as the Michelin Primacy MXV4 and has a tread warranty of 50,000 miles. As for durability under extreme speeds, this tire hits the speed rating marks of W, which is 168 mph, and Y, which is 186 mph.
  • Michelin Pilot Sport PS2
    If you are looking for near perfect performance on regular and rainy roads, this would be the choice. Most customers prefer this performance tire over all other high performance styles. It does not do well under snowy conditions since it is not an all season tire. This tire is perfect for conditions that never see snow. Its speed rating is 186 mph.

Worst Tires to Choose

Here are two of the worst tires made that critics and customers alike have noted not to purchase for any reason.

  • Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Passenger/Performance Tire
    The major complaint is that it is way too expensive, especially since it can't be ranked as a high quality performance tire because it's more middle of the road. The tread warranty is not worthy and the tire seems to make far too much noise on the road.
  • Goodyear Wrangler AT/S
    The main complaints with this tire are that it simply does not handle well, has a loud and bumpy ride on most roads and can' be balanced properly.

Wheel Choices

When it comes to the right wheels for your muscle car, a lot depends upon your taste. However, it is important to note that going very expensive and flashy does not always mean that the wheel is the perfect fit for your muscle car. Here are a few examples of wheel styles that are classy and stylish for pretty much any muscle car.

  • Five Spoke Rally
  • Fesler (from Fesler Inc.)
  • Schott Modsport (from Schott Wheels)
  • Series 66 RALLYE (from Wheel Vintiques)
  • Fast Five (from Summit Racing)
  • Pro Touring Throttle (from Billet Specialties)
  • MOPAR Warrior (from Specialty Wheel)

Ones you should stay away from if you truly don't want to come off as a showoff are gold wheels and spinners. Spinners are okay for some people's cars, but they do detract from that classic look.

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