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Hot Rods Tires - tall and skinny or short and fat -your thoughts?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 339


    IMG_2561.JPG 60's drag look to start out with, maybe the Bonneville look for a second set! Clecos are optional! Whitewalls might be a pain to keep clean!
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2019
  2. RHRH3P
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 136


    For those of you that run big and little's, what do you do for spares? Spare size the same as the rear, front, or an in between of the front and rear? Tubes for front and rear sizes? I'm looking at Diamondback Auburn's and I asked them about tubes. They said I can run a radial tube in them so long as I remove the inspection sticker from the inside as it will rub a hole in the tube. I could run them without tubes and just use tubes if there is an issue. I still would feel better having a full spare with me for if I run over something on the road that would cut the tire bad. I know there are some that carry no spare with them at all...that's just a little too much confidence that a cell phone will save ya in my opinion.
  3. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,190

    dirty old man

    First off, I run all tires marked "tubeless" as tubeless. They run cooler, and a simple puncture from a nail, etc. is usually a slow leak, especially if the object that punctured the tire remains in place.
    Then it's a simple matter of getting out that 12 V compressor you should have in your trunk, or either the can of Fix A Flat, inflating the tire and driving on to nearest tire shop. Puncture a tube and it goes FLAT right now!
    That's all I have in my roadster as there's not enough room for a spare tire, and that's when the AAA card gets used if that won't fix it. The '40 coupe has a spare in a compartment too small to hold the larger rear tire and contains a tire the size of the smaller front tire. I would prefer to have a tire the same size as the rear is due to the rear being limited slip, but such is lifeo_O
    Joined: Sep 11, 2007
    Posts: 850


    11EDC16F-523B-4CAA-8CCC-837B63972080.jpeg Tall n’ skinny. But I wish they(Coker) made a shorter skinny for the front.
  5. RockyMtnWay
    Joined: Jan 6, 2015
    Posts: 72


    IMHO - If it’s a hiboy it’s gotta be big’n’littles.
    No goofy rubber bands or steamroller fronts .
    I still like the look of the tall fatties on the rear, but I have found the more miles I put on, the more I like tall skinnies. They track better on grooved roads and don’t get so greasy on metal bridge decks.

    Sold this set a few years back:
    165r15 on the front and 285/70r15 on the rear.


    And along with other never ending changes, these days I’m on Excelsiors.
    5.00r16 on the front and 7.50r16 on the rear.

  6. deadbeat
    Joined: May 3, 2006
    Posts: 484


    For us we have to take into consideration the cost and time involved to get a decent looking tyre down here, unless of course you have pals heading up there regularly. Also our roads are crap, cheers 44708841_2198730183675300_3742573208256118784_n.jpg
  7. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,696

    from Michigan

    I likes'em tall and fat!:confused:..... The tires that is.....o_O
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2019
  8. But back in the day we would paint the letters on tires white.:cool: It was the cool thing to do.:rolleyes:
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  9. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,530


    My 39 Chevy sedan had small and skinny 14" on the front and tall & wide but not too wide(78 series) 15" on the rear. Had to fill the fenders. I'm a big fan of Bobby Alloway's work, but can't stand the big 19-24 inch tires that go on the street rods of today. I mention Bobby Alloway because he was the 1st builder I saw using those big tires on a car. I'll stick with my 14"-15" combo thank you.
  10. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,142


    For me it doesn't matter as long as it fits and suits the car. :)
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  11. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 842


    I just never got into the tall/skinny wheels/tires. To each his own though.
    I am however going to change to four inch on the front end of my Ford as soon as I convince myself to shell out for new Truespokes ...........&..........the tires. I'm hoping to get a little relief from the armstrong steering :eek::( required at times.
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  12. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,194

    from oregon

    Join AAA.
  13. OLSKOOL57
    Joined: Feb 14, 2019
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  14. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 1,709

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

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  15. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,389


    IMG_0883.jpg IMG_0790.jpg I have two sets of wheels and tires for my roadster. Kelsey's with 500 and 760 x16 bias plys, and a set of artillery wheels 4" front with 600Rx16" and 6" rear with 235-85Rx16". I like the looks of the bias plys but the radials ride much better and they go on for long distance travel.
  16. deadbeat
    Joined: May 3, 2006
    Posts: 484


    Still is for me,,
  17. grdra1
    Joined: May 20, 2013
    Posts: 231


    I have two sets of wheels / tyres, both American classics and the same size, black wall and white wall. Glen P1010895.JPG P1010899.JPG P1011104.JPG P1011105.JPG
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    Tall and fat in the back...short and skinny in the front. I'm putting together a set of IHC steelies and skinny bias plys as a secondary set for the car.
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  19. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,480

    from Tampa, FL

    Just seen on the hill climb thread. From this angle, they almost look the same, but I don't think so. Great looking car.
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  20. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 130

    from CA

    I like the look of tall fat tires in the rear. I don't really care to be period correct or not, I just like the look.
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