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Firestone ribbed tires, how do they handle?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by no6, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. I really like the Firestone ribbed tires but I was wondering how they handle going down the road and in the rain?
  2. 29 sedanman
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,282

    29 sedanman
    from Indy

    I put about 35,000 miles on a couple sets of ribbed front firestones. I drove in allot of rain on road trips and never had a problem. They need to be balanced well. I had good luck with the raod force balancing. I also went throught the trouble of balancing my drums and that helped allot. Another thing I found was that they were better with high air pressure.
  3. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    I ran them on the front of my truck for not sure how many miles.(Didn't check just wore them out). I agree with 29 sedanman, make sure you have them properly balanced. Went down the road strait rain or shine. Only followed deep cracks but I do think that my cheater slicks on the rear amplified that. Unlike 29 sedanman I only ran 20 lbs of pressure in them. It seemed to keep them from bouncing like basketballs on the rough Iowa roads.
  4. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,551

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    They handle very well. Better than 4.50/75 stones. Wayyy better. The just don't last as long.

  5. Ditto
  6. jackandeuces
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,004


    These have been on my roadster for over two years , they have done well ..On a secondary road with two groves there wander but on enterstate they do fine .. Are they like a radial ,,,no...

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  7. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,129

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I ran them on a deuce roadster 40 years ago when you could buy originals. They drove good on the highway but in my area theres a lot of gravel and going around corners you had to be careful as they would slide on the gravel.
  8. gas pumper
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 2,955

    gas pumper

    I balanced my drums too. Ran 40 psi. They are not sensative to toe in. The small diameter makes them not do road bumps and potholes well. But never had a wandering or hunting problem.

    I don't know about gravel, but they are good on the Latimore dirt track:D

    I just replaced my 5.00X16 ribbed tires with 6.00 Deluxe Champion. They do have a better ride on bumpy, shitty roads.

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