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Since it appears that many of us are going to be replacing our worn/cupped Conti's soon (with or without dealer support), how about some feedback from those who have already gone before? I've seen posts that show pretty good satisfaction with the BFG KDWS 245/55/18. I also saw a Magnum posted with BFG T/A KDW 255/55/18
(mean looking, aggressive tread design) that filled the wheel well pretty good.
I assume the wheel well clearance is the same on 300C as Magnum.
Anybody care to share their experiences? I've pretty much searched all the threads and sifted info, but, I think this would have enough interest to get inputs in one thread.
 

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I am thinking of these tires too late Summer. Sadly idiot DC selected an odd SUV sized tire and Michelin, Bridgestone, or Yoko are unavailable in our size. A very poor choice is the awful, loud, hard Pirelli P6. Looks like the BFG wins by default. I would be interested in some new talk on this as well now that those who have them put some more miles on them since the old thread on thie topic.
 

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I would go for the 255/55/18 for the reasons you stated.
The diameter of the tire is 29.04 inches vs the stock diameter
of 28.63 inches. The wider tire will fill the gap better, and in my opinion, the wider 255 tire looks better.

The only downside of the 255 vs. 245 is the speedo will be more inaccurate on the 255's. On the 255's, the speedo will read 65mph when you are actually traveling 65.94mph. But then there is also an upside to this speedo error - a 70000 warranty will last longer :wink1:
 

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BFG KDWS 245/55/18's

I have the factory BFG KDWS 245/55/18's on the Mercury Marauder. These tires are great and even work pretty good in the snow too! Had them on at Sparta 1/4 mile track and also Mosport and will be at Shannonville next weekend with the BFG's on. Only problem is that BFG is just starting to make another run of this tire size so they may not be available until September. :wave:
 

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I got a set of 255/55/18 Toyo Proxes S/T (also a sport truck tire). The car is almost entirely different...in a good way. The speedometer error is miniscule, get the big tires. You'll be happy you did and there are more choices from different manufacturers. The 245s you are limited to fewer choices.
 

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Good to hear LWOOD, I got my bonus yesterday and I am going to make a move before going to Cleveland next week. With you, I am safe to assume that pesky bolt is not an issue with bigger rubber.
 

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OK So first off these may not be for everyone, but I freakin love em. They ride smooth, stick like glue, respond quickly to input, and are only a little louder than OEM if any. Kuhmo Ecsta SPT 235/50-18. At $142 ea they are a steal. For those who think they look a little tiny, you can wait a few months for the 245/50-18 that will be near identical in height to OEM.

I met with a lot of traffic while trying to test drive, so I wasn't able to hit my normal spots except for one. A sweeping, off-camber, uphill that I normally drift. Hit it in 2nd and floored it, no spin at all(ESP off of course.) Sorry for the dirty car, but I couldn't wait to post.
 

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Reviving an old thread here :) but I'd love to see more pics of 245/55-18 or 255/55-18 tires on these cars .... any AWD's running this size ? :)
 

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Reviving an old thread here :) but I'd love to see more pics of 245/55-18 or 255/55-18 tires on these cars .... any AWD's running this size ? :)
Here you go, 255/55-18 Hankook Ventus on UK 2006 Diesel:





Not too bad in the snow either!
 

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Cool !


Hey, I was just thinking ... they don't offer AWD with the diesel, huh ?

That would be quite a car ...
It's a shame. That would be a fantastic car for Northern Europe, plenty of low down torque too.
 

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255/55r18 are the closest match to the origional 225/60r18 have tried and still use the 255's try the tyre calculator on tyretraders.com its good i know cos i built it!
 

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I really rate the 245/55/18 Hankook Ventus tyres. Cracking value for the money, which offers great grip in both the wet and dry. I have no issues with the snow in the UK with these babies on. You can put the power down some much easier and cleaner compared to stock 225/60/18, which are grossly overpriced in the UK. The Hankook Ventus also has a much a better load index, coming in at 109.

They also look bad ass on the stock rims...
 
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