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9/24/10 7:10pm - Original Message: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Coupe 74 - 454 Drive it like you stole it!

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Just got my "made in china" American Racing wheels and Firestone Indy 500 tires.  FYI; the 3.79" (or -18mm) backspacing seems perfect bolt-on; good clearance with the suspension; maybe 3/4" and a hair over the caliper from the outside perspective.

Now; about tire pressure; my 74 sticker says 20psi front and rear.  The manuals I have (Chilton, Haynes, Service Manual) says "look at the sticker or refer to the tire manufacturer".  Well, the tire manufacturer says "refer to the car sticker...".

Is it just me or 20 is too low?  I have set them at 26 right now and  it looks a little soft.

I can't tell from a driving perspective because ... Surprise!  my battery was dead.  Currently charging; so first ride around the block in 2 years is scheduled for tomorrow morning (can you tell I won't sleep tonight?).

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9/24/10 9:18pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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1975 L48 AT AC T-top

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I run 20-24 psi in mine and it drives very well. Probably not the best for a long tire life but I only drive mine on weekends.
 
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9/24/10 9:30pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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I keep mine at close to the max pressure on the tire sidewall. I have my Firehawks set at 38 PSI of Nitrogen. At 20 PSI my car ( a 79 ) would be too bouncy and not handle as well.
 
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9/24/10 9:37pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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1982 Black/Tan Leather Build Code C09E Bronze TTop CrossFire Fuel Injection L83 85 Fuel Pump Auto Axle 2.72 Firestone Firehawk Indy500

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Hi Steph, 
     My Indy 500s are about 5 months old.  The Firestone tech that put them on said 32-34psi however 44 psi max is the fine print on the tires.  It gets very hot here in the desert. Road temps have to be above 120+ degrees when the air temp is 108.  I tried 38 psi but that did not feel right.  I dropped to 32 and have been happy with performance. I may increase it to 38 psi for the winter months.
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9/24/10 10:44pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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The tire pressures listed on the placard are what the car was designed for. My '74 also says 20 psi, and that's what I run them at, unless I'm on the road, with a load. I will then pump them up to 28psi...no more. More air makes the car twitchy in the twisties, and it rides much rougher.....I don't like that.
Putting too much more air in them than the factory recommends will alter the handling, and may make the vehicle unstable at certain speeds, if you're running thru the mountains, or on a track.
The listings on the tire sidewalls are normally for the maximum pressure recommended at maximum rated load of the vehicle.

I don't think 26psi is too low, Stephane, especially on a big block car.


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9/24/10 11:01pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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I have Firestone GT II on my 81 vette.  Placard on door says 30 psi.  Thats what I use!!
Hey dere,  ya Stephanie!!  255/60R/15
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9/25/10 1:25pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Thanks all.  I had the feeling there was no one size fits all!  I'll go around the block at 26 (low speed) and most likely take some out (maybe 22 or even the recommended 20) after.  Looking at it again; it doesn't seems so bad.

btw Dan (and no big deal; happens 9 times out of 10); it's Stephane (with no "i").  You could say it's french for "Steven" or "Stephen" or even "Stephan".  I even had a Walmart "associate" refusing my credit card once; saying that I was not allowed to use my girlfriend's card!  Upon showing my driver's licence w/picture; she realized I was not a "Stephanie".



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9/25/10 7:46pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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I've put a a lot of miles on mine @ 20-26 psi...both fully loaded, and just criuzin. I have not seen any issues with tire wear, or any handling problems. Some folks just don't like the 20 psi stuff, since most of us have have been raised to believe that the "proper"inflation for (car)tires should be 32 psi...
It just ain't so, in a lot of cases. Even the Cad SLS Mama drives has the pressures listed at 28psi...
Use what is listed on the sticker, and don't venture too far from it, and all will be fine.


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9/28/10 8:04pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top

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I put mine at 30 psi..my thought was that this car came with bias ply tires and a lot smaller than what I have on it now. I think my owners manual shows 17 psi..I look for bad tire wear and also how it handles..plus a car that sits a lot like years or even months should have max tire pressure in them so they don't get flat spots..
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9/29/10 2:39pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Anything over 30 is probably way to much.

Mine said somewhere around 24 if I recall, but it never has the sticker when I owned it, but memory of the day of working for Chevrolet is now a guess.    Wider tires sometimes require more, and when we went from bias to radial tires the general recommendation was add 3 pounds over the bias settings.   I have wider radials then the car had.  24 +3 = 27 + 2 for width.  I run mine at 28 or 29 and it handles very very well.  I have considered dropping it a couple of pounds and seeing what happens, but have not done so at this point in time.
 
The old Beetles used tires rated at 36 psi, but the light front end only called for 19 psi.  Any more and they would not corner or stop very well.  No grip.


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9/29/10 3:24pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Ok. A wide variety of info going on here. I should have looked at the door sticker before posting.  My late production '10/1982 sticker says: Front and Rear 35 psi with a note that if the tires are hot "raise the pressure by 4 psi."  That is around where I'm running them. To each his/her own.Tongue
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9/30/10 4:35pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Glad you found what you needed..BTW Ken or someone do you recall when the bias ply tire started to be phased out..just curious..I can't remember..
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9/30/10 7:30pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Radials showed up around 72 or 73.  Many cars started using them between than and aprox 76.  By 77 most everything used them.      These are not exact dates, but about what I recall.

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9/30/10 7:49pm - Reply: 'Proper tire pressure?'
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Thanks Ken..I guess that explains all the different tire pressure readings..I know new cars differ a lot also even on the same brands..untill recently I didn't know you Ken but from what I have read you are no different from the rest of the guys and gals on here..from Corvettes at Carlisle to CFAC I have met great people here and am glad to have had the opportunity to do so.
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