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Old 02-21-2019, 01:25 PM
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Hey everyone! My 350z needs some new rears and I just recently bought the car. The wheel size is 285/35 by 19. I have looked for a while trying to find a good summer set for under $300 and the only ones I was able to find that are relatively good were these https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-New-285-3...2/123622160618
I read the reviews and I am a bit confused about if they are good or not. If anyone is a tire expert, please help me pick some cheap and reliable tires.
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Not where you're searching, but there seem to be a couple of tire models for you to consider. First off, what brand and model of tires are up front on your Z? It's always a bit tricky trying to mix brands and compounds. That point aside, two models that meet your size and price requirements should be the BFGoodrich Sport Comp 2 and the Nitto G-Max RS, both good performance tires that I've had on my Z (in an 18" size).
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The fronts are firestone tires. I didnt think it would make a difference if they were different. Do you think the brands you listed would be compatible with the fronts?
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Certainly, it makes a difference- rubber compound and tread design in particular can effect traction, slip angles and a host of other items. Get the model # off the fronts and go to a vendor like Tire Rack to look up your size. I think there was a Firestone model in there among the 285-35-19 tires listed.
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Originally Posted by MBouzari909 View Post
The fronts are firestone tires. I didnt think it would make a difference if they were different. Do you think the brands you listed would be compatible with the fronts?
Almost jumped in here with the identical response to dkmura's regarding front tires.

It is generally not advisable to mix tires UNLESS the two sets (Front and Rear, NEVER side to side) are of similar construction, both internally AND externally. I refer to belt design/composition, tread pattern, performance and wear ratings, etc. Doing so can and does compromise the handling behavior of the car. If you're driving from point A to point B going to work or other casual usage, not too big of a problem but when you start to get into the car, say on a twisty road or similar, watch out. Dissimilar traction and other mismatched characteristics can get you into trouble.

I did a bunch of research on a pair of tires I had and a pair my friend was selling to see if they could be used together. Very close in belt construction and composition, tread pattern and sidewall dynamics so I'm going to defy the above logic and try 'em out (or sell them without it being a conscience issue). I don't like to do it but this looks like they might work OK.

Asking if any of dkmura's mentioned brands will match "a Firestone" is like asking "Is wine good?" without specifying between a $10 supermarket jug and a $100 750mL bottle. Which Firestone?? (Even if its a Firestone Indy500, still going to be tough to find one like it.... very unique tire.)

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