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Description: PLEASE SEE THIS THREAD FOR MORE DETAILS:: TEXT TAKEN FROM THIS THREAD :: http://www.mercurymarauder.net/forum...ad.php?t=26999

Well...it's done. I've completed my tire research.

The bottom line - about 14 possible Same-Brand/Model tire combinations, 35 size variations within that. (Including OEM)

I spent some time with a tire size calculator and came up with about 13 sizes across the front and rear of the Marauder that will keep speeds relatively in spec.

DISCLAIMER: I do not have any affiliation with any of the websites tires were found. Prices are subject to change, as is availability of tires. This data is current on 5/3/06. All I do is provide information, use it at your own risk, be smart and do research to be sure tire combos are acceptable! This data simply states what size combos are available, it does not assume they will work trouble-free.

You should read this post before proceeding to the link. Link to data is at the end of this post.

Speedometer Error: Since non-OEM sizes are being used, there is chance for speedometer error. This is noted in Table 1, and also noted on Table 3 in the tire combo chart.

Speedometer error refers to the actual speed the car is traveling when the speedometer reads 60mph. So, if error is 60.9, when the speedometer reads 60mph you are really going 60.9mph. If the error is 56.7, when the speedometer reads 60 you are really going 56.7mph.

ABS and T/C Issues: Incorrect tire sizes in the rear can cause errors on the ABS and Traction Control sensors if they are too far out of spec in terms of tire diameter. I do not know the exact threshold. In Table 1 I hinted at whether or not you can expect issues with ABS of T/C. It's just a guess - for a clear answer you can ask the experts here about the size you'd like to run.

As far as I know, T/C issues only occur with rear out of spec. I'm unsure about ABS issues - atleast with rear out of spec, but I don't know if the fronts are too far out of spec if that will affect the ABS sensors. Will update when I learn this info.

Distributors: Of those 13 sizes, I researched available tires across 4 tire distributors:

* Tire Rack (Site Sponsor - hyperlink is this site's reffering link)
* Discount Tire
* TireSavings.com
* 10 10 Tires

Tire Types: I was able to find about 170 unique tires. They range from:

* Ultra High Performance Summer
* Ultra High Performance All Season
* High Performance / HP All Season
* High Performance Grand Touring
* Sport Truck / Sport SUV Ultra High Performance

I tried to avoid SUV tires that looked to "truck" like. There are a few that have tread patterns very similar to a passenger tire - the difference is they have a higher load rating. Please...it is important you check out how the tires look and see if they are truck tires. You decide if you like them. Also, I may have left out some truck tires, in my opinion nothing of consequence though.

Speed Ratings: You will have to check each tire link to see what the speed rating is. I tried to stick to Z, W, Y, and V ratings. There are a few "H" ratings. An H rated tire that is not an SUV tire should be looked at with a grain of salt. Sure an H rated tire may be within how you drive, but keep in mind the weight of our cars - the extra weight could result in extra heat buildup that a higher rated tire will deal with better. Not saying it won't work - consult the experts to be sure though.

Widened Wheels: Some tire widths require the stock wheels to be widened. Most widened rims are widened 2" to 9.5". I kept the sizes and widening recommendation as follows:

* Should be OK on Stock Width
* 235
* 245
* 255
* Questionable on Stock Width
* 265
* Requires Widened Rims
* 275
* 285
* 295
* 305
* Anything higher will require wider than 9.5"

SUMMARY OF RESULTS:

Currently, the only tire available in stock rear size is the BFGoodrich KDWS.

I was able to find 14 possible sets of Tire Brand / Models that work by incorporating different sizes that are close to OEM spec tire diameter.

Inside each set there can be more than one size combination. The table is split up by the 14 sets. All in all, there are 35 possible cominations. Some of these require widened wheels, which is indicated in the chart.

If you don't mind mis-matched sets, there are 170 tires in the main tire chart to choose from. Bear in mind the car may exhibit odd handling characteristics with different brands/models/speed ratings on front to back. For instance, stickier tires in the rear and looser tires up front could result in understeer. Sticky tires up front and cheapos in back could result in oversteer. So, choose with caution. All I do is provide the data.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE MARAUDER TIRE MATRIX: http://www.neuralimpulse.com/maraudertires.html

(Table 3 has the matching combos)Due to the text in the tables being too long and difficult to format on the forum editor, I will post images from screenshots in the next post or two. That is why I created the html page to link the data. You will also see the data is available for download in MS Excel format so you can manipulate it as you wish.
Keywords: marauder tires, front rear tire sizes, speed difference, kdw2, kdws


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Qrsterling
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Pottstown PA
Posts: 10
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great info all around. showing Prices was great
Cons: missing tire diameters

Nice work. If you could add the tire diameters of each size, that would be very helpful. I used this info for my Crown Vic, which I upsized from 16 to 18"

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Registered: October 2006
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Nitto 555 Performance Radials are the best priced tires you can get for your Marauder. Trust me all I do is sell tires! Discount Tire Co. for 6 years.
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CAN YOU HELP ? I AM GOING TO USE MY "MARAUDER" 2004 FOR WORK THIS WINTER HERE IN NORTH OHIO. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE STOCK TIRES AND RIMS ARE NOT SUITED. TED
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