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1/27/13 6:10pm - Original Message: 'Tire Recommendation'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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I would be interested to hear from my vette friends about recommendations for new tires. The tires on my 78 4 speed are starting to dry rot and I need to replace them. Currently it has a set of Goodyear Eagle GT's. I would not be oposed to buying another set of them; but before I do I would like some input from my vette brothers. Shoud I go with stock tires or not? If stock tires, which would give the best ride. The car is used for pleasure driving. I do not have any racing in my plans except maybe I would like to try some low speed courses at some point.Smile

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1/27/13 8:49pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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Jim do a search on tires here on this site and you will find days worth of reading. Tirerack also has a great comparision area. A bunch of us are running firestone indy 500's great price and best stats. No matter what you pick I'm sure they will be fine......just make sure you get those old tires off your care! Search tire dates also, more good reading. ebo

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1/27/13 9:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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1975 Corvette 383 stroker w/Patriot 190 heads, Eagle stroker kit, Comp 279TH7 cam, DUI distributor, Edelbrock 7116 intake, Edelbrock 1806 carb, Hedman Hedders, TH400 w/TCI Breakaway 2400 stall, Transgo 1-2 shift kit.

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Lot's also running BF Goodrich Radial T/A's. I am.

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1/27/13 9:46pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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WEST SENECA, NY - USA

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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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I've had Goodyear Eagle's, B.F.Goodrich T/A's and now Firestone Indy's.

I like the Firestone Indy's the best. They do very good on wet roads compared to the Eagle's and T/A's.


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1/27/13 10:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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The Firestones aren't available anymore.  The only raised white letter tire you will find in a 15" is the BF Goodrich Radial T/A.

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1/28/13 5:28am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Equinunk, PA - USA

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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

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 I could not find the Eagle GT's either. Went with T/A's.

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1/28/13 8:31am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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WEST SENECA, NY - USA

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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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F4Gary said: The Firestones aren't available anymore.  The only raised white letter tire you will find in a 15" is the BF Goodrich Radial T/A.


Well that bites. Unhappy

Btw, how's Wilhoites doing down there in 'ol Grapevine, TX?


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1/28/13 8:33am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior

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The BFG Radial T/A is quite popular as you can already see...and an excellent tire to justify the popularity.  Other alternatives are the Cooper Cobra and the Futura GLS which is Pep Boy's house brand but is essentially a Cooper Cobra under the Pep Boys name.  Both are also excellent tires.

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1/28/13 2:50pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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It appears that the Cooper Cobra GT is a T rated tire (118mph), and the Radial T/A is an S rated tire (112mph).

I'm surprised.  I think I would consider the Cooper over the T/A.


Sarge, Wilhoites is still going strong.





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1/28/13 5:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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WEST SENECA, NY - USA

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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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F4Gary said: It appears that the Cooper Cobra GT is a T rated tire (118mph), and the Radial T/A is an S rated tire (112mph).

I'm surprised.  I think I would consider the Cooper over the T/A.


Sarge, Wilhoites is still going strong.




Thumbs Up Cool man!

Speaking of Cooper tires. I've used them in the past and had great luck with them. I think they are a very underrated tire IMO. 



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1/29/13 4:58pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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70 VETTE 350/300HP, AUTOMATIC, ALL STOCK EXCEPT FOR MILD CAM,LAGUNA GREY, 3:55 POSI GEARS

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BFG Radial T/A .....

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1/29/13 7:37pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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WILLIAMSTOWN, KY - USA

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Silver Anniversary 1978, L82?, 4-speed

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I apprciate all the input. I have found BFG Radia T/A's at Tire Rack and Mid America. I have one other question. What size do you recommend? 225's or 255's/

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1/30/13 12:56am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Recently switched from the Cooper to BF Goodrich Radial T/A. Personally, much happier with the overall performance of the T/A ~ particularly in rain.

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1/30/13 7:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Dutchess County, NY - USA

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White '79 Corvette. It's a driver.

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I had the 225's (BFG's) and went with 255's (Firestones) a few years ago.
I think the 255's have a meatier look. I'll stick with 'em on my '79.
 
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1/30/13 10:36pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Thanks for the input, I think i'm leaning toward thd BFG Radial T/A in the 255 size.

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2/18/13 1:34am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

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Glad to hear there's some positive comments about the Coopers.  I currently have BFG's but they're pretty old and I've decided I'm going to replace them before the summer driving season.  Very intrigued with the Coopers as they have the T speed rating and they seem to be a little less expensive than the BFG's.  

Regarding the size question: The BFG's I have are 235/60's and a like the look of them.  Would 255's be a better choice, though?   


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2/18/13 8:58am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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The only problem may be the wheelwells. 78 and up Vettes had a different design wheelwell which was  designed to be able to use the 255/60 tires. It seems that in the earlier cars, it's basically a hit or miss proposition (pun intended). So if you're thinking about going with that size, I would do a trail fit first.   
 
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2/18/13 12:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

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Thanks, Barry.   After I posted I did some math.  Looks like my '76 probably came original with 225/70's which are 27.4" dia, 8.9" wide.  255/60's are also about 27", but they are wider of course.  Interestingly, the 235/60's I bought the car with are only about 26" so shorter and wider than stock.  (Guess my speedo has been a little off this entire time).   So I'll probably stick with the 235's rather than take a chance and go with the 255's.  I noticed the Cooper also comes in 245/60 so maybe that would be a better choice, a little closer to stock diameter, but a little wider.  

Anyone out there with 245/60's or 255/60's on a pre-'78?  Any rubbing issues if so?  


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3/2/13 8:36pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Littleton, CO - USA

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76 corvette, L-48, Flame Red

Joined: 2/5/2006
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I have the Cooper 245 60s on my 76.  I have no complaints and have been watching for a replacement pair as mine are past the 5 year mark and, due to my not paying attention to alignment, one pair is almost bald.  They do rub if you crank the wheels too far and that is one reason I am afraid of going to the 255 TA's.  The cooper 245s are pricey, but I did not realize the Futura's are the same tire and may shop pep boys.  There is a cooper cobra 225 - 70 which is much cheaper, but I really like the 245's look and might just bite the bullet anyway.  Cooper only rates the 225 tire for a 6 to 7 inch wide rim, so that also gives me some pause. 
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3/3/13 10:19am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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70 VETTE 350/300HP, AUTOMATIC, ALL STOCK EXCEPT FOR MILD CAM,LAGUNA GREY, 3:55 POSI GEARS

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I tried the 255 in the front but rubbing issues when the tire is cranked and not much clearance from top of the fender...dont want to hit a pothole while turning, fiber glass repairs..$$$$$ . I went with 235 front and 255 rearSmile

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