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Mustang Tires - A Buyer's Guide

Written By: Andrew Cilio

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All of that horsepower and torque means little if you do not have the right set of tires. Get a grip on the road and find the right set of rubber for your application.

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A simple buyer's guide to help you select the right tires for your Ford Mustang. Find the information on width, sidewall, and sizing you need to make an informed purchase. Our tire size calculator will help you solve fitment and spacing issues.

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Buying the right tires for your Ford Mustang is just as important as buying the right wheel. AmericanMuscle.com has made that decision simple for you, too! In every wheel description, we list the best tire fitment. In the picture, it is circled in red.

A lot of Mustang owners ask us why they should buy the tire size that we recommend. It’s a good question – and there are a lot of reasons – but the most important reason is because it will offer you the perfect amount of safety, handling, and sidewall protection.

1987-1993 Wheel & Tire Fitment

Tire SizeRim SizePlacementSidewallDiameterCircumferenceRevs per Mile
225/55-1616x7Front & Rear4.9"25.7"80.9"783
245/50-1616x8Front & Rear4.8"25.6"80.6"786
245/45-17

17x8

17x9

Front & Rear4.3"25.7"80.7"785
255/40-1717x9Rear4.0"25.0"78.6"806
275/40-1717x9, 17x10Rear4.3"25.7"80.6"786

1994-1998 Wheel & Tire Fitment

Tire SizeRim SizeCommentsPlacementSidewallDiameterCircumferenceRevs per Mile
245/50-1616x8
Front & Rear4.8"25.6"80.6"786
245/45-1717x8Can also be used on 17x9 rimsFront & Rear4.3"25.7"80.7"785
255/40-1717x9
Front & Rear4.0"25.0"78.6"806
275/40-1717x9Rubbing can be an issue if used as a front tireRear4.3"25.7"80.6"786
315/35-1717x10.5
Rear4.3"25.7"80.7"785
245/40-1818x9Great for drivers who upgraded to 18" rims, but don't want a wider than stock tireFront & Rear3.9"25.7"80.8"784
265/35-1818x9
Front & Rear3.7"25.3"79.5"797
275/35-1818x9Rubbing can be an issue if used as a front tireRear3.8"25.6"80.4"788
285/35-1818x10
Rear3.9"25.9"81.2"780
305/35-1818x10Your speedometer reading will be off by 2.8%. When your speedometer reads 60 mph you are actually doing 61.7 mphRear4.2"26.4"

83.0"

764
235/35-1919x8.5
Front & Rear3.2"25.5"80.0"792
245/30-2020x8.5
Front & Rear2.9"25.8"81.0"782

1999-2004 Wheel & Tire Fitment

Tire SizeRim SizeNotesPlacementSidewallDiameterCircumferenceRevs per Mile
245/50-1616x8
Front & Rear4.8"25.6"80.6"786
245/45-1717x8Can be used on 17x9 rims as wellFront & Rear4.3"25.7"80.7"785
255/40-1717x9Your speedometer reading will be off by 2.5%. When your speedometer reads 60 mph you'll actually be doing 58.5 mpgFront & Rear4.0"25.0"78.6"806
275/40-1717x9
Front & Rear4.3"25.7"80.6"786
315/35-1717x10.5
Rear4.3"25.7"80.7"785
245/40-1818x9Great for drivers who upgraded to 18" rims, but don't want a wider than stock tire setFront & Rear3.9"25.7"80.8"784
265/35-1818x9Your speedometer reading will be off by 1.5%. When you speedometer reads 60 mph you are actually doing 59.1 mphFront & Rear3.7"25.3"79.5"797
275/35-1818x9
Front & Rear3.8"25.6"80.4"788
285/35-1818x10
Rear3.9"25.9"81.2"780
305/35-1818x10Your speedometer reading will be off by 2.8%. When your speedometer reads 60 mph you are actually doing 61.7 mphRear4.2"26.4"83.0"764
235/35-1919x8.5
Front & Rear3.2"25.5"80.0"792
245/30-2020x8.5
Front & Rear2.9"25.8"81.0"782

2005-2014 Wheel & Tire Fitment

Tire SizeRim SizeCommentsPlacementSidewallDiameterCircumferenceRevs per Mile
235/55-1717x8
Front & Rear5.1"27.2"85.4"742
255/50-1717x9
Front & Rear5.0"27.0"84.9"746
295/45-1717x10
Rear5.2"27.5"86.2"735
235/50-1818x8
Front & Rear4.6"27.3"85.6"740
255/45-1818x9
Front & Rear4.5"27.0"84.9"746
275/40-1818x10
Rear4.3"26.7"83.8"756
285/40-1818x10
Rear4.5"27.0"84.7"748
305/35-1818x10Your speedometer reading will be off by 2.3%. When you speedometer reads 60 mph you are actually doing 58.6 mph.Rear4.2"26.4"83.0"764
245/45-1919x8.5
Front & Rear4.3"27.7"87.0"729
275/40-1919x10
Rear4.3"27.7"86.9"729
255/35-2020x8.5
Front & Rear3.5"27.0"84.9"746
285/30-2020x10
Rear3.4"26.7"84.0"754

2015-2016 Wheel and Tire Fitment

Tire SizeRim SizeCommentsPlacementSidewallDiameterCircumferenceRevs per Mile
235/55-1717x8
Front & Rear5.1"27.2"85.4"742
255/50-1717x9
Front & Rear5.0"27.0"84.9"746
295/45-1717x10
Rear5.2"27.5"86.2"735
235/50-1818x8
Front & Rear4.6"27.3"85.6"740
255/45-1818x9
Front & Rear4.5"27.0"84.9"746
275/40-1818x10
Rear4.3"26.7"83.8"756
285/40-1818x10
Rear4.5"27.0"84.7"748
305/35-1818x10Your speedometer reading will be off by 2.3%. When your speedometer reads 60 mph you are actually doing 58.6 mph.Rear4.2"26.4"83.0"764
245/45-1919x8.5
Front & Rear4.3"27.7"87.0"729
275/40-1919x10
Rear4.3"27.7"86.9"729
255/35-2020x8.5
Front & Rear3.5"27.0"84.9"746
285/30-2020x10
Rear3.4"26.7"84.0"754

Mustang Tires by the Numbers

In order to understand why it's dangerous to not buy the recommended tire size, you need to understand what each of the numbers related to sizing means. Tire sizes are listed in three numbers, for example 205/55/16.

  • 205: The first number is the width of the tire in mm (205mm)
  • 55 (Aspect Ratio): The second number is the sidewall height as a percentage of the width. In this example, the sidewall is 55% of the 205mm, or 112.75mm
  • 16 (Wheel Diameter): The third number is the diameter of the wheel (rim) in inches

Aspect Ratio:

When buying a rim that's larger than stock, you must change the aspect ratio of the tire too. This will keep your speedometer reading correctly. When you “upsize” your wheel, the aspect ratio will be smaller than stock. This gives your wheels and tires a wider contact patch, improving cornering ability. Using a smaller than recommended aspect ratio means you have less rubber to absorb impact which can damage your rim. It also reduces the amount of contact your tires have with the road. Using a larger than recommended aspect ratio increases ride height, and will make your speedometer read slower than you're actually traveling. It can also cause rubbing in the wheel wells. It affects steering stability and will make your car feel floaty when cornering.

Mustang Speedometer and Tachometer

Mustang Tire Widths:

Using too wide a tire will push the sidewalls out, giving the tire what is known as the "drag tire" look. If you do this on a non-drag tire, there are several things that can happen:

  • A poor bead seal is created
  • The tread is forced into a convex shape, which reduces the tire life. It also affects steering and handling capability
  • The car will feel floaty
  • The speedometer will read slower than the car is actually going

Using a tire that is too skinny pulls the sidewalls past the wheel lip. Besides creating the “ricer” look, it is also very dangerous. Too skinny a tire can cause the tire to separate from the rim if you’re going to fast, or while turning a corner.

Mustang Falken Tire

Mustang tire Brands:

Sumitomo: We have four types of Sumitomo tires:

  • HTR Z - These are Sumitomo's High Performance Summer tire. A high performance tire, they are designed to give the driver confident performance in both wet and dry conditions. With a direction V tread pattern, the HTR Z aggressively plows water out of the way, preventing hydroplaning in dangerous weather conditions. These tires also have a solid center rib that helps deliver direction stability, even on the most heavily grooved roads. Added to that, the HTR Z delivers a smooth ride with very little road noise. These are Z rated tires and are not meant to be driven in freezing temperatures.
  • HTR Z II - This is an ultra High Performance Summer tire. These tires can almost sense how they should perform in wet and dry conditions, as well as on and off the track. The HTR Z II has extra wide, arched treads that deliver incredible traction and handling. These tires provide excellent hydroplaning resistance and predictable handling, all while being light weight and low profile.
  • HTR Z III - This is Sumitomo's New Max Performance Summer Tire. Designed with a 3-D wave wall that increases drainage capabilities and reinforces center rib stability. Five rib asymmetric tread pattern merges cornering with straight line stability delivering high-speed stamina and predictable handling. The HTR Z III Series Tires deliver a smooth ride with minimal road noise. Y-speed rating for true high-performance vehicles.
  • HTR - This is Sumitomo's High Performance All-Season tire. Delivering traction throughout the seasons, this tire delivers high speed durability and handling. This V-rated tire has hydroplaning resistance in all weather, and delivers a smooth ride with very little road noise.


Nitto: We have two types of Nitto tires:

  • NT555 - Whether you have a daily driver or a track car, this tire is perfect for you The NT555 has incredible traction and reliable handling, as well as one of the biggest contact patches available. The grooves and channels reduce your chances of hydroplaning in wet weather, helping this tire deliver total vehicle control.
  • NT555R - These are Nitto's DOT approved drag radial. Legal for the street, and they don't require replacing every 1500-3000 miles! With this tire on your Mustang, you will have impressive control and handling, and still get up to 15,000 miles of tread life when used on a daily driver.
Four Sumitomo HTR Z II Tires