2008-2009 Bullitt tire replacement. - IMBOC
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2020, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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2008-2009 Bullitt tire replacement.

On my stock 2009 Bullitt, should I go with a 255/50/18 or 255/45/18?


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The 255/45/18 is the closest in diameter at 27.1" (vs stock @ 27.3") The 255/50/18 is rare and Pirelli makes them and they are 27.9" diameter.
Most of us have gone to the 255/45/18 and removed the band TPMS and gone with the valve core TPMS. The Michelin Pilot AS-3 is a good all round tire and I like the Nitto Nt-01 for track use (They are noisy but quite sticky)


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I totally agree with buillit4404 on the 255/45/18 on the stock Bullitt rim. Will give you a wider footprint, .7 inch, and just .2 inch shorter sidewall. More footprint means better braking traction. And the similar sidewall gives road comfort and close alignment to true speedometer reading (at 70 mph, speedometer will show about 1-2 mph greater than true speed). Also the 255/45 is the tested tire size for most brands for Bullitt 188.5 rims.
The Michelin AS3 is a great 3 season tire. In FL, I run the Michelin 4S, super grip. For price point, BFG Comp 2 A/S and Sport Comp 2. Just a touch noisier than Michelin and made in USA.
Yes, remove the old TPMS band and replace with with NEW valve TPMS sensors. The OEM band sensors are now 10+ years old and the batteries are aged out.
There are numerous threads on IMBOC about other brand tires. Each brand has their points. But stick with the 255/45/18, which is optimum for the Bullitt rim.
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Thank you, Im leaning towards the continental extremecontact dws 06.
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I went with the Contis in stock size. If I recall correctly, they had a slightly better rain rating than Michelin. It rains a bit here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Stock size? Well, I'm old...no longer do track days or auto-X so decided to keep the stock size. This car is "just a driver" to me. It's 31,000 miles have been racked up taking my bride & I on a weekly 75-80 miles round trip to our favorite pool hall.

So, I'd say it depends a lot on how you plan on using the car. I can say I've been quite happy with the Contis...they do work very well in Oregon downpours.
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My vote is for the 255/45 size. I run a Nitto All-season in this size, and it's quite adequate for a stock powered car. Any taller than this would start getting too tall, and tire roll would begin to be much more of a factor. If you're not pushing it I suppose the 50 would be fine, but the convenience of an accurate spedo is a point in favor of the 45 sidewall ratio also.
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I recently installed Nitto NT555’s 235/50 in the front and 255/45 in the rear...nice stance and handles well
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I am running 255/45 on all corners. The wider profile really looks great.

I also suggest you follow the advise to replace the tire sensors. I didn't, within a few months, I regretted not replacing while the tires were off.
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255/45 for me, too; really gives a lot more grip than the 245 Bridgestones that were on it when I bought it.

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