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3/3/13 10:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
daveo76
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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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tom43xy said:   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. 

Just found a new set of 245 coopers on e-bay for $472, free shipping.  Looks like sets of 4 of the BFG's are about $100 more.  I think I'm going to go that way, but still not sure between the 235's or 245's.  How bad is the rubbing?  Does it only occur at full lock?  

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3/4/13 5:51am - 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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daveo76 said:
tom43xy said:   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. 

Just found a new set of 245 coopers on e-bay for $472, free shipping.  Looks like sets of 4 of the BFG's are about $100 more.  I think I'm going to go that way, but still not sure between the 235's or 245's.  How bad is the rubbing?  Does it only occur at full lock?  


Dave, I have the 245/60/15 BF Goodrich on mine and have not had any problems with rubbing. They look so much better on the 8 inch wide ralley rims than a 225/70/15 in my opinion.

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3/4/13 8:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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It only occurs at full lock on inner frame...those 255 sure look nice in the front.

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3/5/13 2:21am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
daveo76
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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 guys. Think I will go with 245 coopers, front and rear. Just noticed a disturbing scratch in the sidewall of one of my current 11 year old BFG's. won't be driving it till the new rubber is on it.

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3/5/13 7:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Badin Lake, NC - USA

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1979 Red L-48 Corvette with Doeskin interior, 3-speed automatic, 3.55 rear; 1986 L-98 Coupe, 4+3 Manual - Satin Black and Purple (SCCA TT/Hillclimb Car); 1993 White LT-1 Coupe, Black Interior, 6-speed

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Just as a point of reference, I have 255/60s on my 79, which look great and only rubbing is at full lock. that was solved with a bit of grinding on the back wheel well edge, where the fiberglass came in square. Slight rounding off and no problems at all.  I like the look, I like how it drives and grips with them.

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3/5/13 7:15pm - 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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sfindlan said: Just as a point of reference, I have 255/60s on my 79, which look great and only rubbing is at full lock. that was solved with a bit of grinding on the back wheel well edge, where the fiberglass came in square. Slight rounding off and no problems at all.  I like the look, I like how it drives and grips with them.


In '79 P255/60R15 was an authorized optional tire size for the Corvette...it was authorized by Chevrolet beginning with the '78 model year after modifications were made inside the fender well.  If your car is having rubbing issues there's some kind of problem...it shouldn't be happening.

Does your car have aftermarket wheels?  That could create an issue.  The springs could be sagging as well.


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3/7/13 9:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Newman Lake, WA - USA

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1980 Black/Black L82 Coupe 1974 Medium Red/Silver coupe

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I just bought a 74 with 18 year old 245/60/15 Dunlops.  I am thinking about going  back to 225/70 to keep the speedo correct.  I have 255/60s on my 1980 but I am afraid that 255/60s would spray the outside the body flaring on the 74.  Does anybody know if the 80 flares are a bit wider than the 74.  They look it to me.  Anyone have experience with the 225/70 Continental tire?

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3/7/13 9:55pm - 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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Pretty sure the flares are the same from 1970 - 1982. But then, I was wrong once before. A 255/60/15 is all but the same diameter as a 225/70/15. Certainly not enough to throw the speedometer out that much. For the BFG, it's 27.4 inches for the 225/70 vs 27.1 inches for the 255/60. That's a difference of 1% in diameter. A 245/60 is 26.6 inches. A 3% difference.

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3/8/13 4:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Just dropped down the spare tub and found a 39 year old Firestone.  I guess I'll have to buy 5 tires.  My 4 wheels with the 245/60 tires are aftermarket.  I am not yet sure of the width.  Does anyone have 245/60's on stock rims.  I think they should be close enough.   If I had to change one I think it would be better for the differential to have all the same size.  Also  does anyone run the 255/60's on stock rims?

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3/8/13 5:02pm - 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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RuralVetter said: Just dropped down the spare tub and found a 39 year old Firestone.  I guess I'll have to buy 5 tires.  My 4 wheels with the 245/60 tires are aftermarket.  I am not yet sure of the width.  Does anyone have 245/60's on stock rims.  I think they should be close enough.   If I had to change one I think it would be better for the differential to have all the same size.  Also  does anyone run the 255/60's on stock rims?

Thanks,

Ray

I have the 245's on stock 8" rally rims.
 
I don't imagine you'll be able to get anything wider than a 225 in the spare tub.


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3/8/13 8:00pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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I don't think that you can get ANY 60 series tire in the spare tub. And C3 Corvette wheels are all 8 inch, so whatever tires you get will fit.
 
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3/8/13 8:23pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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1980 Black/Black L82 Coupe 1974 Medium Red/Silver coupe

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Looks like I will have to go with 245/60,s and a standard spare.  In case of a back flat, I'll have to rotate front to rear.  I think the 39 year old Firestone has to go.  Maybe in 10 years it will be a collector item.

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Ray
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3/8/13 9:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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76, L48, 4spd & 09, LS3, 6spd

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RuralVetter said: .................  I think the 39 year old Firestone has to go.  Maybe in 10 years it will be a collector item.

Thanks,

Ray


Ya never know, someone on ebay or an NCRS guy may want that old spare ......... Geek

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3/10/13 2:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Vette 1982 with carburator:-)

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I bought in England Hercules H/P 4000. Front 235/60/15 and 255/60/15. Hercules Tires its american company. Non of you on these tires do not ride? Maybe they are good for nothing?:-)

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3/10/13 5:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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This doesn't have much to do with which tire as much as my age.  I remember the last set of performance tires I bought for our 1967 Camaro.  They were a set of 15" Dunlop GT Qualifiers.  I paid $275 for the set of 4 installed and balanced...we won't mention what decade that was.  It wasn't that long ago though.  I'm stunned at the prices of tires now.  Unfortunately, I need a new set of sneakers for the vette.  Not so much for wear but age.  I have just a couple thousand miles on them but they're 14 yrs old.

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3/18/13 5:41am - Reply: 'Re: Tire Recommendation'
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Titusville, FL - USA

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1977 Coupe (White), 1982 Coupe (Silver), 2006 Convertible (Victory Red). NCM Life Member #2221.

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I run P255/60R15's on the '82, which by the way is the size that appears in the OM and on the window sticker. Currently I'm running Goodyear Eagle GT II's RWL that are practically brand new, yet I have one which is a bit out-of-round, but balanced (less than a 1000 miles on the set). Unhappy 
 
This brings me to my next question: anybody got an extra, new, Eagle sitting around they would like to sell? Goodyear quit making the RWL Eagle towards the end of 2010 in the P255/60R15. Cry
 
Would hate having to run an out-of-balance tire while I wait for the other 3 to wear out! Ermm


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