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6/10/10 8:01pm - Original Message: 'Tires'
RedVetteinprogress
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West Bend, WI - USA

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1985 silver coupe & 1975 red coupe

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I am considering new tires for my 1975 Vette and don't really know what to put on it. I am going to run spoke mag wheels on the car. Can someone PLEASE give some advise as to brands, etc. Thanks!!!
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6/10/10 9:26pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Dutchess County, NY - USA

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White '79 Corvette. It's a driver.

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I have the BFG T/A's on my '79. I have no complaints.

Many members here have had good things to say about the Firestone Indys.

Take a look at www.tirerack.com for prices and selection.

Kevin

P.S. On a '75 you may want to go with the 225/70 15. The 255/60 15 might rub.



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6/10/10 9:27pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Newport, MI - USA

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1980 L-48 still in the middle of a frame-off.

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Lots of threads on the tire topic.  Most people including myself have Firestone Indy 500 series tires.  Good grip and excellent ride.

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6/10/10 9:28pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Newport, MI - USA

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1980 L-48 still in the middle of a frame-off.

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Hey Kdaddy you were less then a minute ahead of me.Thumbs Up

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6/10/10 10:08pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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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 Firestone Indy 500 tires are the ONLY way to go! Good wet and dry traction. Great ride. No brainer!
 
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6/11/10 7:43am - Reply: 'Tires'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior

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I've no experience with the Firestone's, but can recommend BFG Radial T/A and the Cooper Cobra.  I've had very positive experiences with both.  It's been awhile, but I've had Dunlop's in the past and liked them as well.

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6/11/10 10:05pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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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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6/12/10 3:15pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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I'm also running T/A radials - like em a lot!!

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6/13/10 8:49am - Reply: 'Tires'
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1976 Stingray matching numbers. Stock 350 rebuilt, comp cam, roller rockers, push rods, 2.02 valves, +.30 flat tops, frontend & suspension rebuilt Dec 08. Interior from firewall 90% July. New exhaust, Collector plates, Paint will have to wait...& wait.

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I have a 76 and put on BFG TA P235/60 R15's, very happy with them, lots of tire for the looks and handling. I also had them on my 74 when I bought it new, worked just as well then. Good luck with your decision.



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6/13/10 9:34am - Reply: 'Tires'
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Bloomfield Hills, MI - USA

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1975 Corvette coupe, 4 speed manual, 383 ci 9.5:1,Edelbrock dual plane Air Gap intake, Alum Heads,Comp Cam, roller Rockers, PS,PB,Tilt

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I have BFG TA 245 60R15 from Costco, great deal
 
The 255 60R15 rub on front


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6/15/10 6:18pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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I also have BFG TA 245 60R15 on my 75.  Very happy with them.

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6/15/10 9:51pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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North Charleston, SC - USA

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1975 L48 AT AC T-top

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I have the BFG TAs on my 75. I have no complaints. I have heard excellent reviews on the Firestones.
 
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6/16/10 3:10pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Apache Junction, AZ - USA

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1982,150K,Renegade CFI,Hooker Side Pipes,85 fuel pump,Bilsteins,HD suspension, Aluminum radiator, SharkBar/w 5-Point Restraints. 3:73 gears coming soon.

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IMO - nothing beats the Eagle GTII for looks and handling on dry ground, but for wet ground and wear they suck. I currently am running BF T/A's 255/60R15 and am real happy with them.
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6/16/10 10:59pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Marana, AZ - USA

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1982 Silver Blue

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BFG 225R70/15.




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7/3/11 9:27pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Dutchess County, NY - USA

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White '79 Corvette. It's a driver.

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(Pardon. Just thought I'd breath some life in to this old thread.)

Yesterday I made the switch from the BFG's (225-70/15) to the Firestone Indy 500's (255-60/15).

The car rides great, the tires feel good!
I had mine mounted with the black side facing out. Just my preference with the Ralley wheels.
 
I hope all of you are enjoying your Corvettes.
 
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7/3/11 10:37pm - Reply: 'Tires'
kwoody
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Tucson, AZ - USA

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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

Joined: 7/11/2010
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Hey Kevin, 

Good Choice.Clap

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7/4/11 6:16am - Reply: 'Tires'
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Dover, DE - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary Corvette-White/Red 99% Original

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I agree with Jaws79.....Been running the Indys on my 78SA and they are just great.
Just my 2 cents worth.
 
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7/4/11 1:25pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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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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[QUOTE=KDADDY79]

(Pardon. Just thought I'd breath some life in to this old thread.)

Yesterday I made the switch from the BFG's (225-70/15) to the Firestone Indy 500's (255-60/15).

The car rides great, the tires feel good!
I had mine mounted with the black side facing out. Just my preference with the Ralley wheels.
 
I hope all of you are enjoying your Corvettes.
 
Kevin 
[/QUOTE]  
 
TOLD you you'd LOVE them!!! Wait until you drive them in the rain, you'll love them even more!
 
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7/4/11 2:43pm - Reply: 'Tires'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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Truth about tires, They are subject to ones personal preference. I still use the BFG TA's because I like their lettering better than any other tire. I have sold tires for over 20 years, the BFG Ta's do not hold up as well as they use too. I still believe "from actual use" that Michelin makes the best tire. Problem is they are much more expensive and their market is not for the performance cars. Thats a shame. They do have tires that are in the stock size many of our cars use, however they dont have a white letter tire. I truly considered putting black wall Michelins on my 72 but the looks of white letters won over. No matter what tire anyone decides as long as they are a good brand named tire I am sure they will be fine. And even if they are not the best handling, or wearing tire if you think they are the best looking tire you will be very happy.
The tire debate will continue forever!
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7/5/11 12:27pm - Reply: 'Tires'
CCasey
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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I have Goodyear Eagle GT II's on my '80 but that is mostly because they were original equipment when I ordered the car back in August 1979.  They look great and handle well in dry weather but suck on a wet road.  But since I rarely dirve on a wet road, it isn't a big deal for me.

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