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Help me pick some TIRES!

Hey guys/gals

I have a 09 Challenger SRT8 and I am in need of some new tires...specifically REAR tires. I would like some FATTER Rear tires to give our Challenger a more aggressive look. Any size suggestions that DO NOT need modification? I have the stock SRT8 wheels on the car.

Tires need to be able to handle Summer and Winter driving as my wife drives the car daily but it is a relatively short commute through town maybe 5-7 miles each way. I'm in St. Louis/IL area so it snows pretty good a few times in the winter. Any brand suggestions?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Looking specifically for 2 but possibly 4 depending on how much $. If 4 what front size do you suggest with a fatter rear tire?

Thanks in advance everyone!

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275-40-20 will fit on your stock wheels. I cannot suggest a 4 season tire, no experience with them in South Florida!

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I just put on 255/45/20 Nitto Motivos to replace my stock F1s.

Overall, good grip, very quiet and seems like it'll be a good street/daily driver tire.

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I was in the exact same boat as you about 4 months ago.

I had 245/45/20 Toyo Proxie 4's on all corners and just replaced the rears with the 275/40/20 Invos.

275 are the widest "safe" size to use but some people have run 305+ on theirs.

They are MUCH stickier, quite, and look better but they are not winter tires.
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If your budget allows I suggest a dedicated set of winter wheels n tires. Even with All Season tires I wouldn't trust my wife to drive my car in snow, but I have a set of replicas with Blizzaks and she does quite well with them.

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Funny you mention this. I just spent some serious time with my tire guy on Saturday.

I commute long distance everyday, in a variety of terrain, weather and conditions. From bone-dry hot on the valley floor to 3000 feet and some occasional snow, both rough windy roads and open highway, all in a one hour drive....and I didn't have the $$$ for two different sets of tires and rims for Winter and Summer.

I know everyone has an opinion, but he highly recommended the Toyo Proxes ST/II for a 4 season tire for my needs. It's actually marketed as an SUV tire but I'm getting them in 255/50-18 for my SE. I'm going to be curious how they do........ Get them installed Friday morning.

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I have those tires and had them also on my Charger and did some winter driving with them before I bought a set of winter wheels, you'll be OK with those.
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Thanks for the help so far fellas! Still not sure which direction to go. I don;t have the $ to buy two sets of tires right now, but maybe 1 set now and 1 set come spring I can do.

A local CL guy is selling a set of 4 Blizzak tires for $500.00 - used two winters in "Like New" this a good deal? I checked a few places and Blizzak's were 300 each...

Two rear tires: Blizzak 275/40 R20 106R
Two front tires: Blizzak 245/45 R20 99H

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Cant help you wil an all season or snow tire recommendation, but as far as size the 275/40/20's work well on the rears and they are a bit fatter than the stocks.

I run BFG sport comps 245/45/20 and 275/40/20

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Blizzaks are great winter tires if you want to buy a second set of rims to keep from the mount/dismount that will cost time and money. When the Firestones on my R/T go I'm looking at the General GMax or the Conti Extreme Contact DWS, both in 275/40-20 for the rear. You could go Yokohama Prada Spec X but those are V rated SUV tires. As for the Nitto Motivo I'd consider it at best a three season tire. Tires sadly are like musical taste, you will have to find the ones you prefer, I'm leaning towards the Contis, though the price is a tad steep.

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