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5/12/14 2:56am - Original Message: 'wheels and tyres'
Joanne Gold Member
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well it looks like 15'' tyres,or lack of them. means a size change.Think 17'' might be good.

can people show what wheel/tire they have changed up to.

post pics please.



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5/12/14 7:57am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Thumbs Up  B F Goodrich are still available in 235-70-15.

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5/12/14 9:20am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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they are like hens teeth here in the uk

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5/12/14 10:53am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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Tire Rack..er.. Tyre Rack won't ship to the island?

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5/12/14 12:45pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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customs and taxes will just about double the price.

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5/12/14 3:49pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Sorry no picture, I'm still running 15". I will say this. I use to work at Dunlop/Goodyear tire and the word going around back then is that 16" were going to go the way of 15", just harder and harder to come by. That isn't going to be in the next few years but it'll probably happen. Now, most people don't care because they don't keep their vehicles 30, 40, 50 yrs. So if your going to keep the car you may want to consider going to the 17" rims. Just my 2 cents worth(actually worth nothing) You might get one of the tire and wheel sites to show how they look on a C3.

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5/12/14 10:59pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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dads2vette said: You might get one of the tire and wheel sites to show how they look on a C3.


Try tirerack.com.  You can put in the year and color of your car, and the website will "try on" different style wheels in different sizes.  If you order, however, I'd call them to make sure they'll clear the trailing arms and other bits under the car. 


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5/13/14 6:31am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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well I found some bf/g tyres 255/60/15.

$375 each.you don't have to wear a mask to be a highwayman



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5/13/14 11:13am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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I just bought some Cooper Cobras 235/60 15 from Discount Tire..er..Tyre for 80 bucks each.  Try them.  Might not be 80 but might be a lot cheaper than 375, and they are as good, if not better than the BFGs.

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5/16/14 3:32pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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I purchased the B.F.'s also..but went org. to my car...so 225/70R15's ordered though Walmart with raised white lettering. Got a discount for 5 on sale. $135 per, before sale.  I just have this difficult time of always going org.. LOL.




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6/1/14 9:30pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Discount Tire has Cooper Cobras 225R7015 for $97.00 each.  50,000 mile tread life warranty. 

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6/2/14 2:10pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Whatever tires you get, check the DOT date code before you install them.  Otherwise, you might get new tires that are already 5 years old.

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6/2/14 4:09pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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yes  .I'm leaning towards getiing 17'' wheels from over there then tyres here.

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6/3/14 1:44pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.

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I just switched to 17" on my 68 & 73. Got the wheels & tires from tirerack..it helps that I'm a dealer & get the discount. I put Fusion ZR! 255/50/17 on the 68 & Kumho Ecsta ASX 255/50/17 on the 73. They fit like they were made for the car. The handling is much improved & since I have installed the complete VBP adjustable suspension for & aft  you can really feel the difference.  I wouldn't go back to 15's if they were free now.
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6/5/14 1:48am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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notacare, so does a 25570/15 have the same diameter as a 255/50/17 ?

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6/5/14 7:44am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.

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The 255/70/15 is approx 29.1" & the 255-50/17 is 27.1". You can go on tireracks website & look at different tires under specs & see all the tires sizes. Different manufactures of the same size tire will sometimes be different in size because of rubber thickness, tread ,etc. I have adjustable suspensions on both cars so I can raise or lower any corner to the clearance I want. The 255/70/15 is a fairly large tire for the C-3. The 235/70/15 is 28" in dia.  & the 225/70/15 is 27.4" which is real close to the 255/70/17.
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6/6/14 12:52pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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knotacare --
 
Could you post pics of the wheels you ended up with ?    I'm looking for some 17's for my '76 as well.
 
In dealing with tirerack, do they seem knowledgeable of the wheels (backspacing and/or offset) that fit our C3's without issues ?
 
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6/7/14 8:04am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Newark, DE - USA

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1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.

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Can't get the hyperlink to work, but you can copy & paste to see the wheels on the 73

 http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff53/knotacareL88/73%20Corvette/IMG_0150.jpg

 

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VN515 Torq Thrust II 1 PC(Bright PVD) 


Purchased all from tirerack & they will mount & balance.  When you search tire rack start with the wheels first...they will only show wheels that fit your car.

Alan


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6/7/14 8:38am - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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hi .,nice car thinking of getting the same wheels,looking good.

what tyres are you using?

and using same suspension too.slalom setup.



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6/7/14 5:57pm - Reply: 'Re: wheels and tyres'
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Newark, DE - USA

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1968 Conv, 454HO,500HP-600TQ, TKO-600,3:70 HD rear,hotrod air, custom paint & suspension,1973 Ruby Red,T-top, 383 Stroker, TK)-500,frame off restro, 1977 Yellow (1 of 51 ) L-48 4 spd, 99% original.

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I have the VBP complete frt & rear suspension on both cars. The tires are  Fusion ZR! 255/50/17 on the 68 & Kumho Ecsta ASX 255/50/17 on the 73.
Alan

These links will help
http://corvettec3.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1248791513

http://corvettec3.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1181078550

http://corvettec3.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1194567801


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