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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016 Thread Starter
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Thoughts on tires and wheels

My '67 convertible. It has P195/70R14 Goodyears on American Racing wheels right now. The tires have great tread on them but they are now 18 years old. I can't find tires with raised white letters that replace these (apparently not in production anymore?). Looking for opinions in this thread, what would you do? Go with 15 in wheel and different tire? Go back to original steel wheel with white stripe (if I can find it?)

Looking for your thoughts if you had this car. I'm probably not going to roll the fender lips so an extreme combo is not in the cards for me. Any opinions would be welcomed.

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Whitewalls are an option or were last summer when I last bought them. Hankook, sold at Discount Tire and elsewhere, makes a whitewall 19575R14 that is nearly exactly the size of an original tire and only about $60 each. The white stripe is only 5/8" wide but most don't remember that the stripes were 2-3x that wide originally. The biggest problem with original, black steel wheels is that most of them are now bent and may cause annoying vibrations.

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Check with Coker Tire in Chattanooga. They are offering free shipping this week.

https://www.cokertire.com/

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Hello,
I am running these on our Mach 1 - -they fir great and no rubbing issues - -before ordering
I would get a few opinions on size for your particular car- - I am pretty certain they will fit.


http://www.cjponyparts.com/cooper-ti...duUaArR-8P8HAQ

Yes you are wise to change tires - they will dry rot eventually

Hope this help a little

You can also try Summit - I think that is where I first go mine

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You could also go to a 205/70r14 which is a tire size sold at our discount tires, and tire rack. Bfgs are all that are basically sold, which are "good" tires. I only say that because the one on my dads 65 because after being on the car for 12 years, orignal set we put on it, and being sat stationary for one year, came out quite well after i fixed the roadforce and balance. To start they were all around 70lbs road force which were dropped to 16 and lower after being forcematched. At 90mph they still vibrate but are atleast better. If you do plan on going up in size i would enjoy seeing your next choice of wheels since we are in the market for our GT. Good luck

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Just for looks alone, I prefer to stay as close to the original wheel size as possible, I completely understand the many valid reasons for going to the 17" size, but for my tastes, it doesn't fit well with the lines of the early Mustangs

I buy the stickiest tire available that is DOT approved for use on public roads. The advantages of having a sticky tire go well beyond just driving fast. Braking and maneuverability are two safety aspects of every day driving that are immeasurably enhanced by having a tire with the most available traction

So I've happily settled on 15" wheels and Avon CR6ZZ tires. Fifteen inch wheels can be found in all price points. Mine cost $20 each at the local auto salvage yard. That saving helped to mitigate the cost of the Avon's, which are about $350 each. Pricey, but well worth it in my view. Their traction is unmatched by any other 14" or 15" street tire. And that's something the RWL tires are sadly lacking.

The tires Coker offers are very good looking. But given the prices on them, I can't understand why they aren't offered in a higher speed rating. Clearly the folks at Coker are not spending any extra money on the better materials available today, and are just settling on merely offering a tire that just has good looks.

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What's the treadwear like on those Avons, Zray? Do they last well?
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What's the treadwear like on those Avons, Zray? Do they last well?
I was pretty hard on mine, and they had worn down about 40% of tread above the wear indicators in 18,000 miles. I think they could go 35,000 miles easily, and probably 40,000+ miles.

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I replaced the tires on my 66 coupe 3 years ago and ran into the same problem; nobody out there making RWL tires in our 14 inch wheel sizes. All the old names like Good/Year Eagle's, Uniroyal Tiger Paw, Dunlop GT's, Cooper Cobra's, Kelly Chargers, etc, have stopped making white letter 14 inch tires. The only one left is BF Goodrich Radial T/A, but I could not find 195/70R14 with them so I went up to 205/70R14. You may have to settle for blackwall, whitewall, or step up with $ to Coker and get redline tires or something, or another alternative, Walmart does carry an offbrand white letter tire in that size:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mastercra...70R14/47406026

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I think I am going to go with Magnum 500 wheels (14x6) and either BF Goodrich T/A 205/70R14 or Maxxis with 3/4" white sidewall stripe. Any opinions on the Maxxis tires?
Hey 6stang02...you mentioned you wanted to look at the wheels I have..... you want more pics than posted above?

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The pictures i were intrested in would be the new rims if you did decide to increase the rim size, ie 15/16". If youd like to get a good made rim, wheel vinteques is the place we are shopping for the gt. My dad also is intested with the styled alloy rims legendary sells, less rim flex is his claim for wanting them. But if no additional increase in size is needed then the pictures would be irrelevant. The problem we are having is that we dont want it too look too "trashy" with big rims as the 67 sits in the picture i added for giggles. But thank you for the response, good luck.
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they are hard to find, but if available the Pirelli P3 in the size 195/70-14 is a very good tire, with decent traction. I used it for many years on my '66 GT350.

After several near crashes. I gave up on the BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires that I had been using. Although they were nearly new, the lack of traction with that tire makes them unacceptable to me. On both wet and dry pavement they will lose their grip without warning. And thats happening at moderate speeds too, not speeding or racing ! Don't even think about emergency braking or changing directions to avoid a collision, the car will not go where you point it. Sadly, the tire has great looks, which is all some buyers are considering. I just say, do some homework before going the BFG Radial T/A route.

on the VMF you can find numerous posts by others (who drive their cars a lot) who have had the same experiences as I have had with that tire.

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This is where I am headed with my wheels and tires (pics attached). tires are 195/70R14, wheels re 14x6
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This is where I am headed with my wheels and tires (pics attached). tires are 195/70R14, wheels re 14x6
You can't go wrong with the Magnum 500 wheel. I think it's the best looking wheel to come out of the 1960's.


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You can get the Magnum 500's in 15" too, which looks very similar to the 14" with beauty rings - but it's a lot easier to find tires for, and handling is a bit better. I've been very happy with the set I've got on my Cougar.

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