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Technical Coker American Classic vs. Diamondback tires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by izzy412, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. izzy412
    Joined: Feb 9, 2010
    Posts: 26

    from indiana

    I am going to get a new set of tires for my 57 Chevy and its down to Coker American Classic ,radial with bias look or Diamondback tires.Who would you go with
  2. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,358

    jimmy six

    My Diamondbacks white side walls are on Cooper tires which I like. I asked to have the white wall 1/4" less than their normal mid 50's style. They did them for no extra charge. They were on radials however. I ran them 5 yrs before changing. They are now in storage. Good Luck.
  3. hdman6465
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 639


    I have both, no problem with either, but I believe the Diamondbacks are a higher quality tire.
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  4. FrankenRodz
    Joined: Dec 20, 2007
    Posts: 886


    Diamondback offers several Tire choices, for less money generally.
    Customer Service is much better too!
    The last few I've done were Hankook Tires with wide whites. Great tire.
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  5. I have Coker American Classics on the Ranch Wagon and I haven't had any issues with them.the are real white wall tires.


    I have had diamond back whitewalls and experienced a problem within a short period of time.
    I will say they offered to prorate the tire & replace it if I paid the shipping both ways. HRP
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  6. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,061

    dirty old man

    When I saw Danny as the last poster on this thread, I already knew his answer, as he and I have discussed this before:)
    I have Coker bias WWW on BGII, my roadster, and radials from Firestone were already on my '40 when I bought it. They are far different cars also, to be sure. But the radials are so much better at traversing worn roads that need resurfacing that there is no comparison.
    Tudor had a set of Diamondbacks on the '46 Ford he owned and curbed the RF, knocking a chunk outta the whitewall but the white rubber is what tore, not the bond between the white and the black:rolleyes:
    Another HAMBER later bought the '46, and last time I saw it that tire was still on it with no further problem with the WW:cool:
    The bias plies on BGII are about 12 or so years old now as the previous owner bought them and put them on the rolling chassis which he only mocked up before I bought it and tore it down to build my way. Now the rubber is hard and I'm about ready to buy a set of Diamondbacks, as soon as I recover from the April 15 IRS raid on my funds, and the pair of radial slicks I bought last week:eek:
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  7. V8 Bob
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,422

    V8 Bob

    I bought a set of (Cooper) w/w Diamond Backs in '2002 for my '51 and they look as good now as when new. I am going to replace them with another DB set just because of age, not condition.
  8. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
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  9. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,241


    I may be mistaken but I think Diamond Backs are made to order and Cokers' are off the shelf.
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  10. Sting Ray
    Joined: Mar 24, 2012
    Posts: 893

    Sting Ray

    I believe the Diamond Back's would be fresher. The Coker's get manufactured and then warehoused for quite some time. I do have a set of Coker red lines on a muscle car for about 12 years now, no issues.
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  11. Sting Ray
    Joined: Mar 24, 2012
    Posts: 893

    Sting Ray

    Yep, Slopok beat me to it.
  12. V4F
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,830

    from middle ca.

    any pix of Diamond Back's mounted ? ................. thanks
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 640


    Diamond back on my forty,no problems.
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  14. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,813


    DB's on my '37 Chevy coupe with no problems. Actually I've had two sets of DB's in the last 15-years and only changed the first set out due to the age of them. I do a lot of high speed touring and didn't want to take a chance. The 1st set is on my buddy's stock & original, barn-worn '50 Ford p-u now, as he just drives it locally at slower speeds. The www's on both sets are still nice & white.
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  15. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,423


    3 sets of Diamondbacks--no problems
  16. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,358

    jimmy six

  17. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,061

    dirty old man

    Damn that's a nice Vicky! '56 Vicky always been one of my favorite cars.
  18. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,135

    Bandit Billy

    I have DiamondBacks on my OT 442, fronts are coopers, rears are Nitto 555 (sticky DOT drag tires) that DB red lined for me. They are close to perfect.
    I have Coker Firestone red lines on my 62 Nova, bias ply, they ride very nice and look cool. I like the red line better on the 'stones because it is recessed, the DB's stripe is raised.
    I have American Classics on the front of the 34 and they look crazy cool, took very little weight. Seem to be a great tire.
    The one I haven't tried is the DB Auburn which is bias ply looking radial in 16" only. Looks cool
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  19. Branded
    Joined: Jan 14, 2012
    Posts: 77


    Im looking at Diamond Backs also for my 49 Wayfarer Sportabout. I'm considering the Nexen entry level tire because the ole Dodge is just a weekend driver very seldom will see any interstate driving. Anyone have any experience with the entry level tire from Diamond Back
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  20. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,074


    Somewhere a while back, someone told me that Corky Coker bought the Diamond Back business. Is this true, or just another memory that my calcifying mind is telling me which ain't necessarily so?
  21. Bird man
    Joined: Dec 28, 2009
    Posts: 428

    Bird man
    from Milwaukee

    Researching American classics By Coker. Mine seem to ride "hard". Anyone else experience this?
    Actually they ride like 8 ply truck tires.
    Last edited: May 18, 2019
  22. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,233

    rd martin
    from indiana

    just bought a set of dbs great ride no problems, 3rd set I have bought zero problems. have seen several sets of cokers with problems, but that has been a few years back.
  23. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,524

    from Ok

    A friend has Nexen tires on his 57, says his “tire guy” thinks they are Michelin quality?? He is pleased with them and based on that I purchased some for my 55 Sunliner because I am unsure of wheel and tire sizing so I did not want to get Michelin until I know. Of course my 55 is in upholstery jail so I have no driving time for them.
  24. PONTNAK123
    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
    Posts: 381


    I have had sever sets of diamond back. great tires! I just tried a set of calli tires. great tires and same process as diamond backs. calli tires are fast once ordered and a lot less money 117.00 to 152.00 a tire.built to order in about 10 days. you pick your brand 002.JPG 40 convert build 008.JPG
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  25. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 614

    from Mesa, AZ

    The price and delivery of Calli tires was great, but my white walls became tan walls within a year ... nothing I’ve tried whitens them back up.
  26. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 968


    I have Diamond back on a couple of my cars,never a problem .Great tire, great customer service .Cool thing about Diamond back is that you can do a double sided white wall on a open fender car as i have on my 31',neat little detail. Has anyone gotten the new Auburns yet?.
  27. ebfabman
    Joined: Mar 10, 2009
    Posts: 592


    Just ordered a set. I'll give feedback when I put some miles on em.
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  28. boo
    Joined: Jul 6, 2005
    Posts: 513

    from stuart,fl.

    ordering a set of 6.70 15 blk wall tomorrow, smoth sided. little hi price but is exact tire size i had to have .
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  29. town sedan
    Joined: Aug 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,028

    town sedan

    I'm leaning towards the DB Auburns also and would love to hear any feed back anyone can give.
  30. ebfabman
    Joined: Mar 10, 2009
    Posts: 592


    EE28F0AB-D5D1-45F6-908B-C8BADBE6CF4C.jpeg Nothing to report except I got em. Mount, balance, ride, and give feedback to follow.

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