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#1 WillE1980

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Posted 13 May 2020 - 11:17 AM

I've got a '80 Esprit body that I need new tires on. The kid of the owner before me put HUGE tires on the car that rubbed on the wheel wells and are now shot. Anyone have suggestions for some tires that are on the more economical side?



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 06:59 PM

If "economical" is what you're looking for, I guess start with tirerack or discount tire websites, plug in your tire size, and search by price to see what is available in your price range.



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 11:45 AM

i put a nice set of Cooper radials on my '69 - couldn't be happier - 



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Posted 16 June 2020 - 02:39 PM

I think the best look is the TA Radial in 255-60-15 ( stock 80 Corvette size) No rubbing with stock rims either.



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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:20 PM

I think the best look is the TA Radial in 255-60-15 ( stock 80 Corvette size) No rubbing with stock rims either.

 

...which is a big tire.  I'm pretty sure I had 275/60/15 at all 4 corners on my 80 Z28 with no rubbing or bottoming out.  I know I had them on the rear, and if not up front the fronts had 255 or 265.  99.9% positive all 4 corners were identical profile tho. I'm now wondering if there isn't a suspension issue at play here.


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Posted A week ago

15" tires???

 

I just put some Federal ss-595 all the way around on 17's for a 76TA. Snowflakes. 255/50-17. Look great. Might be because they are 17's though. Great price - but all prices seem to be slowly going up...



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Posted 5 days ago

Bought 4 new BF Goodrich Radial TAs last spring, did not know how old the Radial TAs were that were on the car when I bought it, over 10 years old for certain. Right front tire belt must have separated or something, huge bulge.

235/60/15 on front, and 245/60/15 on the rear, all good... EXCEPT - the white lettering on one of the new tires is kinda brownish and dull. A friend from this forum was looking at new tires and mentioned that he had heard rumours about this discoloration on new BF Radial TAs, and a google search turned up a lot on this issue. It is a big problem and company is not addressing it. Only one of mine is browning and I am going to try some fixes I read about in those posts. Apparently it has been happening since 2016-ish,... just FYI.

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