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Old 05-15-2019, 01:02 PM
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I've had the BFGs before and liked them. I had Kumho Ecsta Supras years ago and they were only great in the beginning, they wore fine and channeled water away well, but they didn't handle well after a few thousand miles.
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:38 PM
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PI have a 1993 Corvette coupe I purchased in 1998 . I replaced the fronts a few years back , as they were the original tires on the car. I had them replace the rear tires before I purchased the car, they now have over 30,000 miles and now showing signs of age , wear , and dry rot . I have 275/40ZR17’s on the front , 285/40ZR17’s on the rear . I would like to get front and rears to match without sacrificing the handeling , performance , and looks . I would appreciate any feedback with suggestions from other C4 owners . Thank you , Suzie
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:55 PM
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Suzie:

You could put 275's on the rear, the difference is 10 mm or 0.393701" between 275 and 285 tires.

Unless you are on a road course I don't think you would notice... just my opinion..

I'm replacing mine dure to age, as sad as it sounds 10 to 12 years is about max for tires today. They start to loose properties after 5 to 7 years and rain / wet road handling starts to go away.

The book shows : 1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

FRONT: 255/45-17 Speed Rating: Z Load Range: SL

REAR: 285/40-17 Speed Rating: Z Load Range: SL

So a 275 should be fine.

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Old 05-18-2019, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by BLUE1972 View Post
The book shows : 1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

FRONT: 255/45-17 Speed Rating: Z Load Range: SL on 17x8.5" wheels.

REAR: 285/40-17 Speed Rating: Z Load Range: SL on 17x9.5" wheels.

So a 275 should be fine.
Suzie, the above fitment (I added the red text) is for a base Corvette, and it's called the "staggered" setup because the front wheels and tires are narrower than the rears. Those are the original tire sizes, and a few choices still exist for tire sets in those sizes. Among those, the Continental ExtremeContact Sport is my recommendation unless you need to drive in below-freezing conditions. As an alternative, you could step down to 245/45/17 in front and 275/40/17 rear on your stock wheels. This opens up a lot more choices, especially for all-season tires if you need to do winter-weather driving. There is no sacrifice in handling with these 10mm-narrower tires. In fact, they might actually be faster because they are a better fit on the wheel and they have a slightly shorter height. This is the choice I made for winter tires on my car. If your car has the 8.5" front wheels, I would not recommend 275s for the front tires. Those are too wide to fit properly on 8.5" wheels.

BUT, if your car has the Z07 suspension option, then it came with 17x9.5" wheels front and rear. In that case, the factory tire size was 275/40/17 both front and rear, and that is the obvious choice for replacement. So...the key is verifying what size wheels you have up front. This info is cast into the back of the wheel centers. You'd need to remove one front wheel to verify. You could find the option code tag and see if it has Z07 listed as one of the codes, too.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by 65Z01 View Post
When I purchased my first '88 in 2000 it came with a set of GY Eagle All-Weathers. They served my well on strip and street and, since I too drive all year, they served very well in rain, snow and the like.
I've since replaced tires with GY Eagles on both Vettes.
I 2nd these. Great all-around tire. If you were looking for pure performance, Id go another direction but for all around use, these are great and fairly priced.
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