Vette(s): 1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior
P225/70R15 is the proper size for your car. 60-series tires are favored by many but they may or may not cause clearance problems...it seems to be a car by car thing. 60-series tires weren't authorized by GM until the '78 model year after some internal body panel changes were instituted.
As far as what brand, that's a fast way to start a fight. There's three ways to start a flame war...ask about the best tires, motor oil or wax for a car. That's a can of worms that steps on a lot of toes.
Whether you find black wall tires, solid white letter, outline white letter or white or red stripe tires is a very personal decision. Decide what you want and then look for the tires that best suit your decision. Availability makes a difference as well...the size tires a C3 uses are more or less obsolete today and while they are available, manufacturers generally only make occasional runs of them...they're not in full time production, so some are not always available when you look for them.
Not to step on anyone's toes here, I will say from personal experience, that I can recommend the BFG Radial T/A, which seems to be the standard which everyone compares they're tires to. The T/A simply looks good on a car. I can also recommend the Cooper Cobra...an excellent tire and the name "Cobra" on it can have a side benefit as it irks the Ford guys. The Pep Boys Futura GLS is nothing but a Cooper Cobra with their name on it as Cooper makes it for Pep Boys. The Dunlop GT Qualifier is another god one, but I'm not sure if it's still being made. Many have said very good things about the Firestone Firehawk...I have no personal experience with them, but I have read many good things about them.
Decide what best suits your purposes and needs and start looking and comparing. You have lots of choices.
Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, c o c k y and in general a malcontent.
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Vette(s): 1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.
[QUOTE=Jaws79]The Firestone Firehawks are the ONLY way to go! Ask anyone who has them. You will hear NO negative complaints!
Vette(s): 1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top
Darel I would look at it another way also..do you want it to look stock but with a monster motor under the hood..a sleeper..or..do you want it to be something people look at and know it isn't stock..tires finish the aura of a cars personality..look online at some pics of what tires people have on their car and how it looks..square side wall or round..and all the other different things tires offer..there are some sites that let you put the tires in the car before you buy! Good luck..
I think we are all reasonable people here..... If you have a Pace Car,
the only tires to put on it is the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s. That
is what I have on my 82 CFI and they are just great. And if you don't
want Santa to pass you by, your dog to run off or, you know what to
shrivel up and fall off you'll do the same..... Just my humble opinion.
Nobody ever waves when I'm driving the Explorer.
Vette(s): 1979 Corvette Coupe
Corvette Light Blue
Midnight Blue interior
Mirrored Glass T-tops
I think most of the 82s had Goodyear Eagles on them. But its really a matter of personal preference. The Eagle is not a very good rain tire, the Firestone Firehawk is. Depends on how you want to use it. My choice was the Firehawk because it has good wet and dry traction, good ride, AND a reasonable price. On any 78 up I would go for the 255/60s. The earlier cars are a crapshoot weather they fit or not (remember, no two Vettes are the same!).
For Christmas, my wife gave me an autographed copy of Dave M's book. In it he says: "Firestone was the dominant tire supplier for the Corvette and had taken us into the steel-belted radial age in 1973." Firestone had to recall all their steel-belted radials in 1977 due to a corrosion problem with exposed steel threads. He goes on to state that Goodyear tires were the only tires delivered on Corvette's in 1978. Also, "This started a long and productive relationship with Goodyear..." My 82 had 43,000 miles on it when I bought it. The previous owner said that it had the original tires. The wear looked right and sidewall condition was what I would expect for the age of the tires. I put Firestone Indy 500 Firehawks on last summer. Arizona is pretty hard on tires. I really noticed an improvement on cornering and an improvement on gas mileage. I have not finished reading Dave's book yet. It is a fascinating read. And yes, with new tires a straight road a stock 82 will get up to 129 mph. I used an aviation hand held gps for the speedo.
Happy New Year to all. It is my wedding anniversary today and we are finalizing the plans for the garage. The building permit is in hand. Keith
Quote and reference from Dave McLellan: Corvette from the Inside Page 81
Nobody ever waves when I'm driving the Explorer.
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