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Old 10-27-2010, 09:04 PM   #21
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Default Re: Tall skinny.... RADIALS!?

235 85 16...32" tall

I have them on 5" wheels.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:26 PM   #22
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Higher priced Excelsiors that last longer, vs lower priced that don't last as.............
Kind of a toss-up, eh? If that's actually the case. I'd like to hear from people that actually have Excelciors... not from somebody that 'heard' from a buddy.

Where did the "wears out faster" come from. I don't see the difference on my 'soft' ones, on the front, they seem to be wearing about the same as my (hard) 'Stones, on the rear. I guess on the race track with more exercise in the corners they wouldn't last as long............
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:33 PM   #23
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Where the hell you finding 70 dollar radials?! I will buy em day at that price in Hot rod sizes.

Sears guardsmans. I had 205/75 15 fronts and 235/75 15 rears on mine for $220. Thin white lines.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:40 PM   #24
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Look into Diamond Back Classics's new tall skinny wsw radial.
It's not in the catalog yet but I viewed the new tire they're offering last month at swap meet in Amherst N.H.
Frits's Tire from Arundel Maine was displaying the tall tire. Fritz is a D.B.C. dealer/distributor in the North East.
I'm saving my money currently to place my order with them very soon.
Awesome looking tire!
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:42 PM   #25
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Diamondback is WELL worth the money. I have ordered 4 sets from them.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:56 PM   #26
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Well I bought a pair of 275/60 15s for my OT Chevelle 2 years ago from the local place here in town for $65 a peice. Granted they are some off brand like I said but I do some BILLY BURNOUTS with them. Also just last week I got some new 205/70 15s for my work car for $68 a peice.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:02 PM   #27
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Where the hell you finding 70 dollar radials?! I will buy em day at that price in Hot rod sizes.
Pep Boys carries a Cornell brand tire (made by Cooper)...have 70 and 75 series radials. I've bought 4 or 5 sets over the years. A carry-out set of 205/75-15 narrow white walls were about 2 bones for the T-bird. Ride great, have a 40K warranty.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:04 PM   #28
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Pep Boys carries a Cornell brand tire (made by Cooper)...have 70 and 75 series radials. I've bought 4 or 5 sets over the years. A carry-out set of 205/75-15 narrow white walls were about 2 bones for the T-bird. Ride great, have a 40K warranty.
15s are getting scarce around here in good sizes. Peerless is our discounter and their selections have gone to shit. Even the shop we spend hundreds of thousands with that an old family pal runs has very little in 15 for my late model truck! WTF!?
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:07 PM   #29
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I've found that a lot of the big tire outlets (like America's Tire) still have off-brands that are made by good companies. They just don't advertise them. Pep Boys is in the process of changing the branding on the Cornell tires, but they are the exact same tire...

I painted the ones on the T-bird with the tire paint from Iceland, came out OK for the money...
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:02 AM   #30
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daddio211 Here is are areas go to guy for tires Get a hold of HonestCharlie02@aol.com .His phone is330 872 1205 .He is located in Newton Falls Ohio and also sells diamond back classics.Very knowledgeable. His name is Charlie Fields. also sells other brands
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:23 AM   #31
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Wow, tire info OVERLOAD! Thanks to all of you guys who've posted.

First, from the people I've spoken to (at least 5) who are running Excelsiors they've told me that they needed to be trued. Three were radial users and two were bias ply users. I never expected you'd have to true a radial!

Second, you're absolutely right about the tires making/breaking the car. I dig bias plies but after driving a friend's '32 roadster 1000 miles over a long weekend and then 400 miles a few weeks later I don't want to run them on my personal car. That's just me. I drive my cars (really hard too) and prefer radials.

The car has '41 brakes/spindles/axle already, so don't think I'm going to "street roddy" here.

I was originally looking for 16x4" and 16x5" wheels for the car, and was going to run the trusty "dually" 16's in the back. When I came across the set of 4 NOS wheels I jumped on 'em. You would have too!

And yes, 15" tires are a pain in the ass to find around here too. The tire store guys aren't happy about it either, stating that 1/2 of the requests they get for 15's they can't even fill the order because they're simply not available. Hey tire manufacturers, not everyone wants to run 22's!

So here I am at a crossroads. The 155R15's on the front are a little big but will do. They fill the 15x5" wheels really nice, they're just a little big on a T in my opinion. The rear 235/75/15's wrap around the 15x5's nicely too, I'm just hoping to run something slightly taller (maybe 2" diameter) to get the right rubber rake.

Fellas, thanks for the info. You've all confirmed what I've thought and taught me a few things while you were at it. If anyone knows of a pair of ultra elusive 215/85/15's let me know... cuz me thinks nobody ever made such an animal, but they shoulda!!!
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:28 AM   #32
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:41 AM   #33
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Hey Tman, should we start a HAMB group for tall skinny radials??? Or is there already one? LMAO!
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:51 AM   #34
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Default Re: Tall skinny.... RADIALS!?

By the way Abe, thanks for looking these up and posting them for me. I did search before asking, but the two threads I looked at were old enough I didn't want to revive them.

I read each of the four you posted, hoping we can get some NEW info here. I'm thinking we're not though, cuz 15" tire selections are diminshing rather than growing!
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:41 AM   #35
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Yeah, yeah, I know. Don't start flaming me on this one

I've searched all over the place and the tallest narrow radial I can find for a 15" wheel is a 235/75/15. That equates to a measly 22 1/2" tall, which is hardly hot rodding material.

Any thoughts???
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:44 AM   #36
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Coker has 2 versions of the Excelsiors. The soft vintage racing bias plies and the New radial version for hotrodders.

Another choice, Cuznbrucie and cruzn are using the Coker bias looking radials and love them.
Roger that.. still wondering why truing was needed on the radials mentioned earlier. Gary
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:32 AM   #37
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Default Re: Tall skinny.... RADIALS!?

Got 215/85-16 radials on 5 inch rims on my 50 Chevy PU.They measure just over 30 inches tall on the truck,probably 31 inches with no load. Being a truck tire they are quite heavy,I don't think a heavy truck tire is the best ideal on a lightweight car.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:46 AM   #38
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This 29 has 235 /85/16 ... Option
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:55 AM   #39
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I dont know if you get these around your parts but have a look at these.........215-80-15 Dunlop Enduro
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:35 AM   #40
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