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Tall skinny.... RADIALS!?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by daddio211, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,863


    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! :eek:

    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!!! :D
  2. I am chasing the same grail
  3. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,863


    Hey Tman, should we start a HAMB group for tall skinny radials??? Or is there already one? LMAO!
  4. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,863


    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! :mad:
  5. ETwagon
    Joined: Apr 6, 2007
    Posts: 94

    from Arizona

    Hankook Dynapro AS - P265/75R15 (30.6" tall)
  6. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 9,673

    from Tampa, FL

    Roger that.. still wondering why truing was needed on the radials mentioned earlier. Gary
  7. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,773


    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.
  8. jackandeuces
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 923


    This 29 has 235 /85/16 ... Option

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  9. slater
    Joined: Jul 10, 2009
    Posts: 25


    I dont know if you get these around your parts but have a look at these.........215-80-15 Dunlop Enduro
  10. Anutter set of 235 85 16's

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  11. TomH
    Joined: Oct 21, 2003
    Posts: 1,239


  12. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,719


    Seems like some of you guys are not reading the OPs original post.

    1). He has 15s not 16s and he loves his wheels.

    2). 235 and 265 are absolutely not recommended fit a 15 x 5" wheel and would look goofy IMO.

    Diamond Back - - list a 700R15 radial made by Yokohama, with a height of 29.4", tread width of 4.9" and cross section of 7.7" which would be perfect for this 15 x 5 - a little spendy though at $179 ea in a blackwall. I have always had good experiences with Diamond Back products - 4 sets so far.
  13. johnny bondo
    Joined: Aug 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,547

    johnny bondo
    from illinois

    is that a fact.... because the tire store near my house ordered some for us....
  14. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
    Posts: 3,278

    from Kentucky

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  15. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,228


    Contact diamond back they have tall skinny radials.
  16. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,719


    I have two sets of Diamond Back 16" radial bias lookalike van tires with 6 ply sidewalls. Inflate them to normal passenger car levels 35 to 40 psi says Diamond Back and they'll ride fine - guess what - they do.
  17. dsiddons
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,223

    from Indiana

    Go with the bias tire. Throw on a 820X15 Firestones on the back. Their tall and skinny and very sexy. Radials suck!
  18. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,863


    DEAD SEXY!!!


    Weasel, thanks for following the original idea. I dig my 15's but I'm certainly not married to them. Originally I was looking for 16's but these came up and they were reasonably priced. If anyone wants to do some wheel swappin' let me know.

    I mounted a set of used 235/75/15's on the 5" wheel and stuck it on the rear. Actually, I thought the section width would be too wide but they look like they belong there. I just want them 2" taller!

    I'll get a picture posted for you guys soon.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2010
  19. Hogdriver
    Joined: Mar 31, 2009
    Posts: 224

    from VA

    Hancook makes a radial light truck/van tire worth looking into. Google Hankook tires.
  20. roadsterpilot
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 532


    I have 145/15 on the front of my roadster they are about 24.5 inches tall and work well on a 4/5 inch rim, out back I have 265/75/15 on a 7 inch rim and they are about 30 inches tall. I am going to change this winter to the 235/85/16 which is the best brand to get, I keep hearing Hankook makes the best looking one?

    Thanks RP

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  21. Look @ 235 85 16 Falken's also
    Not a bad lookin side wall and tread pattern
    Has worked for me more than once.

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  22. I understand your looking for 15"... but x2 on the Falken.

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  23. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,452


    When I put steelies on my Chevy truck I found the lite truck radials were the ticket. TALL AND SKINNY. No one picked up that they were radials.--TV

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