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Finally done with the Alcoa project!! - 10's front, 12's rear


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I put this front tire/wheel combo on a couple of weeks ago, and now finally this evening took the car out for a spin. There was no contact at all with the 10" Alcoa on the front with a 275/35 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT.

 

BEFORE - 9" Alcoa with 275/35 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 front and 12" Alcoa with 335/30 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rear..........

 

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AFTER - 10" Alcoa with 275/35 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT front and 12" Alcoa with 325/30 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT rear.............

 

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It is amazing the virtually identical look on the front, both being 275/35 size tires, but the second picture is a 10" Alcoa instead of a 9".

 

I am happy to be done with this project!! Finally!!

 

R

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Very nice! I bet that 335 would fit on the 12 though, but 325 is still wide. A rear picture would be great.

 

 

Thanks!!

 

Yes, the 335's did fit the 12" Alcoa's well, but I like the sidewall look of the 325's just a little better. Just my preference.

 

325 Dunlop Sport Maxx GT's - 12" Alcoa from the rear................

 

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335 Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 - 12" Alcoa from the rear...............

 

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R

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very nice, congrats!

 

^^^^^Thank you.^^^^^

 

All I can say is: Holly Molly Batman!!!! It looks ahsume!!! How does it handle and grip through the gears?

JT

 

I have not had it out of my housing area, so I have not turned it up. I don't want women and children running for their lives. I have pressed it at lower speeds in a constant grip session ( but not crazy) in my circle cul-de-sac, it just kept digging in. It felt good!!

 

Here is another picture at a lower level showing the front and rear tires for a total tire contact view.

 

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R

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That's sweet looking with the 325's out back! Who did you go with to widen the wheels? I guessing no modifications to get the larger wheel/tire combination to fit huh...

 

 

Thanks^^^^^^^.

 

I used Weldcraft in MI for the widening. Currently, the only mods that I have done is removal of the rear brake ducts (which were part of the Super Snake conversion), and removal of the dust boot on the Eibach shocks. I completely removed the dust boots instead of cutting them. No other mods have been done, and I have not had any issues, so far (knock on plastic).

 

R

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  • 3 weeks later...

Did you use any type of spacer or was it not required?

 

 

No spacers front or rear with the 275/35-10" front and 325/30-12" rear.

 

When I had the 335/30-12" rear I used a 1/8" spacer on each side.

 

If you look at the first two pictures in this post, the first picture of my car (with the Michelin PS2's) has 12" Alcoa and 335/30 with a 1/8" spacer on the rear and 9" Alcoa's on the front. The second picture has no spacers and the 325/30 Dunlop and 10" Alcoa's up front

 

At a glance the two pictures appear to be the same, but they are completely different tire set-ups.

 

R

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here are Roberts old 335/30 back and 275/35 front on my grabber orang '07. rears are widened to 11.75" with 1/8"spacers in rear.

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That PS2 set up definitely has a meaty look, and I liked it on my car. The 275/35 PS2's fit the 9" Alcoa's perfectly. How is the 335/30 fit with the 11.75 Alcoa's?

 

Glad they arrived safely and didn't get side tracked on someone elses muscle car!!

 

BTW - Since the time that you sent the payment, I have fallen off of a ladder, compress fractured my lumbar spine and worked through a few doctor visits...........but I still got your tires out to you. This also included getting the fronts dis-mounted from the Alcoa's so they could be shipped. It has been an exciting last 2 weeks!!

 

R

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So, is this the hot set-up now with Alcoas?? Any mods other than the normal remove brake vents and cut bumpstops? Pluses?? Minuses??

 

Let us know after you've had it out on the road, please.

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So, is this the hot set-up now with Alcoas?? Any mods other than the normal remove brake vents and cut bumpstops? Pluses?? Minuses??

 

Let us know after you've had it out on the road, please.

 

 

I don't know if it is the hot set-up, but it works for me.

 

I have not done anything with my bumpstop brackets, they are still in place as installed by Ford. The only parts removed were the brake ducts and shock boots. I have driven my car about 20 miles since the Dunlop install, the car feels Great, handles well and thrusts forward without breaking the rear tires loose as easily. I personally feel that this is a very nice upgrade in rubber, front and rear with no spacers added.

 

Pluses^^^^^^^^^everything listed above.

 

Minuses - the $$$ cost that got me to this point.

 

I did buy a pair of the bumpstop relocation brackets that were offered in the GT500 thread on SVTPerf.com while they were available, just in case I need/want them in the future.

 

R

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That PS2 set up definitely has a meaty look, and I liked it on my car. The 275/35 PS2's fit the 9" Alcoa's perfectly. How is the 335/30 fit with the 11.75 Alcoa's?

 

Glad they arrived safely and didn't get side tracked on someone elses muscle car!!

 

BTW - Since the time that you sent the payment, I have fallen off of a ladder, compress fractured my lumbar spine and worked through a few doctor visits...........but I still got your tires out to you. This also included getting the fronts dis-mounted from the Alcoa's so they could be shipped. It has been an exciting last 2 weeks!!

 

R

 

 

Robert the fit is tight but no rub anywhere. excellent traction and very intimidating look. thanks for selling me your tires.

 

I'm sorry to hear about your back... if i had known that i would've insisted that you wait to send the tires! Hope you get well soon.

 

Ron

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Robert the fit is tight but no rub anywhere. excellent traction and very intimidating look. thanks for selling me your tires.

 

I'm sorry to hear about your back... if i had known that i would've insisted that you wait to send the tires! Hope you get well soon.

 

Ron

 

 

 

Ron - The rest of the story...................even though I was down in the back, I have family members who were willing to step up and help. If someone has paid me for something(s), I don't like to hold their shipment up, for any reason. My back is better, still sore, but better. They hammered a hollow needle through (into the center) of my L1 and did the cement repair. Hammering a thick hollow needle through one of my back bones, that was interesting to watch on the x-ray monitor!

 

I agree about the intimidating look of the 275/335 PS2 combination. That look is aggressive. The short 20-30ft spin that I did with those 335's showed me that they were a nice traction addition on the rear of a 725 Super Snake.

 

R

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I really like the look of your wheel setup. I'm sure the traction is vastly improved. One question (until the next one comes out of my mouth), have you had any problems with the tire hitting the fender? You are protruding out enought that I would think a bump would cause you to hit the tire on the fender edge.

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I really like the look of your wheel setup. I'm sure the traction is vastly improved. One question (until the next one comes out of my mouth), have you had any problems with the tire hitting the fender? You are protruding out enought that I would think a bump would cause you to hit the tire on the fender edge.

 

 

 

No fender contact at all. These Dunlop's are the same 27.7" overall diameter as the 275/35's that were installed by SA as part of the Super Snake conversion. The amount of tire bulge (with these 325/30's on a 12" Alcoa) is also equal to the tire bulge of the 275/35 Pirelli P Zero on the original 10" Alcoa.

 

The tire contact issues that I have heard about have happened when people are using a wider 35 series tire on the rear, like 305/35 and wider. The diameter of these wider 35 series tires are in the 28.5"+ range and cause contact issues with the fender.

 

R

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