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Ive not seen many S197 cars with raised white letter or outline white letter tires...is this an old school thing that's gone?? Back in the day all muscle cars had white letter tires...


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I think it is more preference thing, and the factory did the black wall instead as well. I personally do not like the white letters showing on any of my vehicles, but just my taste. Performance tires seem to not have the white lettering as much, at least in the 18 - 20" tires, so a little harder to find now a days too. For example, I have 255/35/20 front tires, just did a quick search on tirerack, and none show the white lettering available. If the tire manufacturers do not make them, then the auto manufactures can not even have the option to install them.


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Its not even an option most of the time. I do like the look of white lettering though.


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I too have found raised white letter tires for our Mustangs difficult to find. Like everything else, I think it's cyclic. Raised white letters are so yesterday, until tomorrow, when someone will put a set on. Then someone else will think they're cool, and the whole fad will start again. I personally like them, but then I grew up with "Polyglass Bias-Ply" tires on my '68 Mustang.

But I find it hard to believe tire manufacturers have given up the free neon ad space, especially when everything made today is little more than a commercial.


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The new low profile tires don't really lend themselves to large letters. I think BF Goodrich still makes them... for 14" tires. You can buy vinyl stick on letters though at Tred Wear Letters - Raised White Letter Tires in minutes- CUSTOM TIRESTredWear | A new concept in self expression for your tires. They can still look great with the 17" wheels. Not so much on 20".
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I too have found raised white letter tires for our Mustangs difficult to find. Like everything else, I think it's cyclic. Raised white letters are so yesterday, until tomorrow, when someone will put a set on. Then someone else will think they're cool, and the whole fad will start again. I personally like them, but then I grew up with "Polyglass Bias-Ply" tires on my '68 Mustang.

But I find it hard to believe tire manufacturers have given up the free neon ad space, especially when everything made today is little more than a commercial.
How true, it's only uncool until enough people want them again!

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Now if only bell bottoms would come back in vogue...


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I too have found raised white letter tires for our Mustangs difficult to find. Like everything else, I think it's cyclic. Raised white letters are so yesterday, until tomorrow, when someone will put a set on. Then someone else will think they're cool, and the whole fad will start again. I personally like them, but then I grew up with "Polyglass Bias-Ply" tires on my '68 Mustang.

But I find it hard to believe tire manufacturers have given up the free neon ad space, especially when everything made today is little more than a commercial.

and they could charge extra for it.

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I'm old school & one of the first things I did to my '06 GT was to add white letters to the tires. Used a Paint pen from Autozone. Didn't last long & had to re do every few weeks. Took off after a while. Attached a pic showing the white lettered tires.

Current tire manufactures generally only offer white letter tires for trucks. Not so much for cars anymore.
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Here's a few cars I've owned in the past with raised white letter tires...I do not think raised white letters translate well into today's cars.




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I just saw this at a show on the weekend and was impressed enough by the white letters to at least snap the image... I like the white letter look.


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Now if only bell bottoms would come back in vogue...
They were in vogue not that many years ago. Did you miss it? Very groovy.
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Ive not seen many S197 cars with raised white letter or outline white letter tires...is this an old school thing that's gone?? Back in the day all muscle cars had white letter tires...
Back in the day, 60-series was low profile and you still had plenty of sidewall to work with. And people squeezed tires down onto unreasonably narrow wheels because wider wasn't as readily available . . . which made the letters stand out even more when they were down by the ground.

Nowadays, 60-profile tires are for grocery-getters and bland little commuter cars, which aren't likely to get that kind of visual enhancement from either the mfr or the typical consumer. Not even if the tires came wide enough to have good sidewall height (most are pretty narrow and still don't have much sidewall height).

Maybe you'd see more white letters in truck and SUV tire sizes . . .



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I'm old school & one of the first things I did to my '06 GT was to add white letters to the tires. Used a Paint pen from Autozone. Didn't last long & had to re do every few weeks. Took off after a while. Attached a pic showing the white lettered tires.

Current tire manufactures generally only offer white letter tires for trucks. Not so much for cars anymore.
Lol, I remember doing the exact same thing. My 2011 V6 came with 17" B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A Spec tires in P225/60 R17. Dealer/Ford mounted them with white letters on the inside. Noticed this while changing my oil.

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