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Should I Grind My WhiteWalls???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Malarky, Sep 13, 2012.

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Grind 'Em...or Leave 'Em Skinny?

Poll closed Sep 18, 2012.
  1. Grind 'Em!

    50 vote(s)
    48.1%
  2. Nah...Leave 'Em Skinny

    54 vote(s)
    51.9%
  1. Dog Dish Deluxe
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    I'm not a big fan of wide whites. I like skinnys or medium whites like the one you ground on. either way would look good,
     
  2. Malarky
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    The front one isn't fucked up, it's the sun reflecting. I'm happy with the way they turned out. We'll see how they hold up. The rear tires are 215/75, and the fronts are 205/70. I like the raked look. Still gotta replace the spider caps.

    Thank you to everybody who voted and who offered up their [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG].


    Squablow, Thanks again for the tip about smoothing out the sidewall, it was a nice finishing touch.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2012
  3. Louie T
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    So Malarky. We're those skinny whites that you ground down into what we see here? I have a set of skinny whites. The thin white is raised a little bit. How do I ground those down to look like yours. They look perfect.
     
  4. Malarky
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    Yes they were skinny, and thanks.

    Watch the video in this thread. I pretty much followed that procedure except I stepped down in grit many times from a 60 grit grinding/finishing disc to medium then fine scotch-brite pads with a backer pad on a 4 1/2" angle grinder. Experiment on some junk tires first.
     
  5. Louie T
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  6. onlyonthurs62
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    i have a 62' and you just inspired me to do that size of whitewall for my impala. Thanks!
     
  7. Lone Star Mopar
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  8. Malarky
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    No Problem, good luck.

    Thanks.
     
  9. They look good leave em
     
  10. n847
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    Awesome! Good Decision!
     
  11. 1badnov
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    Looks great, but I don't think you can lose either way. I put the wide whites on my 65 over 6 years ago, and people thought it wouldn't look right. I tend to disagree.

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  12. HellsHotRods
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    I won't tell you that my family has been with Goodyear and Firestone since 1920. When a tire company engineers a tire to be a wide whitewall, the whitewall is already molded in the casting as the size it will be, so that the integrity of the sidewall is not reduced to achieve a wider whitewall than was designed. Do some research before you start modifying tires that hold up the weight of your car as they were designed.
     
  13. Malarky
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    Thanks guys for the positive comments.

    1badnov- That wagon looks just right. Great lines on that thing.
     
  14. flathead okie
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    the best answer
     
  15. Malarky
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    That sounds about right, but FWIW.... I used to have a set of ground ww's on a lowrider that I had. Those tires saw all kinds of abuse from 3-wheel motion to hopping! I never had a problem with those tires. I ended up damaging one of my supremes and getting a rim leak before the tires went.
     
  16. Squablow
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    I like it. Any wider of a whitewall might have looked odd, but what you have there looks period perfect, and it doesn't look like an off-the-shelf new tire either. That's usually the kind of look you have to pay $150 a tire for.
     
  17. ONE8SEVEN
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    callitw.com does vulcanizing

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