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Hello all.. I just recently purchased this 06 with higher mileage but not too high 92k It's a manual and all seems to be in great condition. I've always been a Pontiac fan and was bummed when they went out, always thought why not Buick instead!馃槒
Anyways glad to be here and I'm sure I'm going to have questions.. yep already fixed the Vert retaining clips. I'm now ready to put some new shoes on.. any recommendations? I'm leaning toward the 255/45/18s Continental Extreme Contact on my stock chrome that are actually in very good shape. I'm mainly looking for a smoother, quieter ride But still decent looking tread. It's only for Summer months here in Indy and mainly cruising back roads.. no high speed cornering, Well.. let's just say not much high speed involved! So far I'm enjoying prepping it for the warm weather that's slow coming, just received my yellow fogs that @rob the elder posted up. Figured I would try them out, have not even looked to see how difficult they may be to get to.. find out soon!
Thanks for having me and I look forward to more reading and of course new friends on this site.

Oh.. also I had a problem signing up on this website, it showed username not available so I tried another. Sooo if this username seems odd or something funny.. I have no idea what's going on. I tried multiple times to create an account and even tried another username but once you put in email you're kind of stuck. If any Mods can help me out with this it would be very much appreciated. I'm not sure how I was even able to get on here this morning! If l log out.. I may not be able to get back on. Feel free to message or email with instructions! Lol thanks
 

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Welcome. Do you mean 245/45-18 for the tires?
No I'm stepping up a size.. should be fine right? Discount tire had no problem with it and another place I looked into. Very small difference in diameter and width, but I'm new to this car and I'm sure you guys will help me decide if there is a problem with this size.
 

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No I'm stepping up a size.. should be fine right? Discount tire had no problem with it and another place I looked into. Very small difference in diameter and width, but I'm new to this car and I'm sure you guys will help me decide if there is a problem with this size.
There is certainly no real reason to do it, so you are paying slightly more (according to TireRack) for no gain.

You should also check the clearance between the rear tire and the front of its wheel well. Both of my cars have very little clearance there and a larger tire would be subject to rubbing. I also prefer my speedometer to be as accurate as possible, and a larger tire will not help that.
 

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There is certainly no real reason to do it, so you are paying slightly more (according to TireRack) for no gain.

You should also check the clearance between the rear tire and the front of its wheel well. Both of my cars have very little clearance there and a larger tire would be subject to rubbing. I also prefer my speedometer to be as accurate as possible, and a larger tire will not help that.
I'll certainly check that out.. I thought there was sufficient clearance for even larger tires from seeing different set-ups online but yes I will definitely check! Thanks
 

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Welcome Soul! This is a great place to learn about your new toy.

I bought Yokohama tires as they were on sale for a price I couldn't pass up and I've been extremely pleased with them. Really quiet on the highway and grip the mountain roads really well when I'm feeling a little bored and take the "scenic" route.
 

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Welcome, if you're interested in making your car feel more planted to the road a popular upgrade is the DDMWorks brace bundle. Another vendor worth checking out is PerformanceAutowerks who continues to support the Kappa platform, and also offers adjustable swaybars.
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Welcome Soul! This is a great place to learn about your new toy.

I bought Yokohama tires as they were on sale for a price I couldn't pass up and I've been extremely pleased with them. Really quiet on the highway and grip the mountain roads really well when I'm feeling a little bored and take the "scenic" route.
Which Yokohama did you get, I looked at some briefly online but can't remember which.
 

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Welcome, if you're interested in making your car feel more planted to the road a popular upgrade is the DDMWorks brace bundle. Another vendor worth checking out is PerformanceAutowerks who continues to support the Kappa platform, and also offers adjustable swaybars.
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At the very least get the ProBeam. Out of the 3 components of the "DDM Brace Bundle", the ProBeam is the only one which atcually fixes a design "flaw" on the rear suspension setup. The other two braces seem to not be so necessary.
 

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Which Yokohama did you get, I looked at some briefly online but can't remember which.
@Soulvivor they are the YK 740 GTX. I have almost 25k miles on them and they still look new. I think they had a 65k mileage "guaranty" for what's that's worth. I keep them rotated every 5k and they most likely will last for close to the full mileage rating. They are quiet on the freeway and corner very well. Very pleased with the purchase for the price I paid.

Discount Tire has a decent price. With the sale at the time, my military discount and being two years ago I paid around $675 all in.
Yokohama YK740 GTX | Discount Tire
 

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@Soulvivor they are the YK 740 GTX. I have almost 25k miles on them and they still look new. I think they had a 65k mileage "guaranty" for what's that's worth. I keep them rotated every 5k and they most likely will last for close to the full mileage rating. They are quiet on the freeway and corner very well. Very pleased with the purchase for the price I paid.

Discount Tire has a decent price. With the sale at the time, my military discount and being two years ago I paid around $675 all in.
Yokohama YK740 GTX | Discount Tire
Thanks @G-Ram, that looks like it would be a quiet ride, I may check into those when Im ready to order.
 

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At the very least get the ProBeam. Out of the 3 components of the "DDM Brace Bundle", the ProBeam is the only one which atcually fixes a design "flaw" on the rear suspension setup. The other two braces seem to not be so necessary.
The Venom actually gets in the way when doing repairs, so they say.
 
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