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bias and radials..???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fifty5C-Gas, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Fifty5C-Gas
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    i went to a show out in CT. last weekend, and WOW, was the ride bad, i almost lost it like 5 times...(right now im running 5.60-15's in the front and Hurst pie crust slicks in the rear on my 55 chevy) my question is, can i run radials in the front with Hurst slicks in the rear, (only for long trips, on the highway)...thanks,mike
     
  2. flatheadpete
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    Ummm...no. All radials or all bias. The slicks are probably the root of the problem anyways. They aren't built for continuous high speed freeway jaunts.
     
  3. Deluxe
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    The vintage car tire companies strongly stress that a mix of bias ply and radial tires on a car is very bad. Not sure why. But this is what they (Coker, for example) indicate.

    Deluxe
     
  4. AV8-Rider
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    I had a 1950 Plymouth Business coupe a couple of years ago.
    It had radials up front and bias at the back when I got it.

    Wonderfull on wet asphalt and curvy roads. I had the widest way of travel.
    A slight turn in more than 35M/h had the door ponting in the direction of movement..............baaaad


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  5. Fifty5C-Gas
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    Its the front of the car thats all over the place, the rear was fine.
     
  6. brandon
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    were the tires balanced....and what was the front end set at ...? as far as toe in ...brandon
     
  7. Aren't your Hurst tires radials? I know mine (31 x 10.5) are made over radial casings.
    If so, the problem is mixing them with the bias tires on the front.

    I run 145/15 radials on the front with the Hursts (radial slicks) out back and the car drives like a dream. I even made a 500 mile trip at interstate speeds 70+ back in September. Smooth as glass!

    I have yet to drive a car with bias ply tires (even all the way around) that doesn't have a tendancy to pull into the grooves and ruts in the road.

    -Jim
     
  8. REJ
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    I was running bias plies on the back of my bucket, with radials in the front. It handled ok, but if you hit a section of road that had grooves in it, hang on.
    The radials would not even notice it, but the bias plies would try and follow the grooves.:eek:
     
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    This
     

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  10. Mike
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    If you are using stock front suspension with stock ball bearings, you might consider converting to tapered roller bearings. They make a big difference in how a tri-five Chevy steers and handled, plus, they last much longer. Ecklers has a kit available to make this conversion www.classicchevy.com . ---CORRECTED LINK---

    On my '57 Chevy two door sedan gasser, I run 7.75 x 15 BFG Silvertown bias plys on the front and 8.20 x 15 Radir/MT slicks on the rear. My front suspension is stock stuff jacked up with spacers and converted to tapererd roller bearings. With this set up, I have driven at 65-70mph to both Vegas and Bakersfield and the car handled quite well.

    My '57 Chevy Sedan Delivery had the stock ball bearings in the front end when I got it. With the stock bearings, the steering was always a little "twitchy", espescially at highway speed. I recently converted it to the tapered roller bearings, and it drives and steers quite nicely now.
     
  11. Fifty5C-Gas
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    oh, it has a 60 econoline i-beam front axle.
     
  12. Fifty5C-Gas
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    I never even thought of that, yes, i guess they are capped radials...SHIT.
     
  13. brandon
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    isn't that your ride on the cover of the new rod and custom ....?? brandon
     
  14. eyeball-shifter
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    I have firestone bias plys on the front of my roadster and goodyear wrangler radials on the back. No problem, drives great and doesn't follow grooves. That might all change when I put on my firestone slicks!
     
  15. Mike
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    As Emily Latella said, "Never mind".:)
     
  16. CruZer
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    AND for guys who really want to DRIVE their cars !!!!!
     
  17. Fifty5C-Gas
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    so, whats a decent looking radial to run????
     
  18. AHotRod
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    I 've been buying Kuhmo 165R-15 for the front of my HotRods, they drive and ride great and are about $40.00 each locally.
     
  19. Yep, that's it.
     
  20. flatheadpete
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    Yup. My '91 Caprice has radials....my hot rods don't.
     

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