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What are the best cheap tires with a narrow white wall?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lt1tyrell, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. lt1tyrell
    Joined: Sep 7, 2009
    Posts: 87

    from Canada

    Seems like years ago, most cheap radial tires had that narrow whitewall. What is the cheapest tire you guys have found that still has one? Thanks
  2. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,225


    pep boys has a bunch of great ones.
  3. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,336


    The tires will be made in CHINA or INDIA........what do you value your car and safety at ?????
  4. 1959apache
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627


    That is kind of dumb seeing that a lot of repop parts are made overseas and a lot of rubber you use comes from the same two places you mentioned. I am pretty sure me putting 40k mile tires on something I use sparingly would have a better chance on rotting off before they go bad because of quality
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  5. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Pep boys. Drove the first set to Chicago and back to S.F.on Route 66. I put them back on after my Cokers split open. Still driving on them.

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  6. '41 Chev
    Joined: Feb 23, 2013
    Posts: 76

    '41 Chev

    I'm running PepBoys narrow wsw radials on the '41 with no problems.

    After all, the Japs bought Michelin.
  7. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,146

    Rusty O'Toole

    Walmart Marshal 791. They are a good 2 inches narrower than name brand tires of the same size and are close to the old bias ply in width and appearance. They have the narrow white wall, are cheap, and look good on old cars. They are probably about 5 times better than the tires a fifties car came with.
  8. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 689

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal

    I swore I'd never buy tires that said kook on them, but when I was broke a few years ago I bought a set of 4 Hankook tires. They've done me fine but I'm not proud of them. Pinner white wall on them still looks good.

  9. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,676

    from Oregon

    Hankook has an economy line that's less expensive, but still great quality. It's got a 1" whitewall and I just got a pair mounted and balanced for $160. I'm not running the whitewalls out on mine, as it doesn't fit the look on my car. The size I run up front (185-75-14") are a little spendier, as it seems they don't sell enough 14's in this size. If you run 15" they are actually cheaper.
    They're Milestar Touring brand.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2013
  10. fedsrule
    Joined: Sep 5, 2011
    Posts: 27


    I have the milestars on one car
    and Pep Boys Futura's on the other. both have small white walls.
    Drove from PA to TX and back one year. Never had a problem
  11. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    Cooper Trendsetter.
  12. Rob68
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 495


    I've been considering the Cooper Trendsetter

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  13. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,123


    I run Cooper's and have had great success. I even use them on my Tear Drop Camp trailer. No problems in more than 36,000 miles to date.
  14. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    I have Trendsetters on my 61, P215/75R15 with the WW in. I'm very happy with them, plus they're US made to boot. If there's a Big-O tires by you, get them there since they're suppliers. That's where I got mine.
  15. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,342

    from Indiana

    I had the Coopers also and they worked great. I think the WW on mine was 5/8" which was the narrowest I could find for my old 64' Dart wagon lowrider.
  16. Does anyone know if there's a narrow whitewall tire out there for a 16" wheel? I've been trying to find a set, but all I can find are motorcycle tires and ones for 15" wheels.
  17. matthew mcglothin
    Joined: Mar 3, 2007
    Posts: 970

    matthew mcglothin

    Cooper trendsetters here too. Discount tire - got a whole set of 235/75/15 for $330 bucks
  18. 54Buick48D
    Joined: Jan 25, 2013
    Posts: 208

    from Maryland

    I run Cooper exclusively on my daily drivers. American owned for starters. Darn good tires to boot.
  19. I just started running the Cooper Trendsetters as well. I think I read somewhere this is the tire that Diamondback shaves their whitewall into.
  20. db300
    Joined: Oct 16, 2012
    Posts: 98


    Has anyone shaved the whitewall on these to make them bigger?
  21. Uh, NO. Michelin is still a French owned, publicly traded company that also owns BF Goodrich, Uniroyal, Kleber and Riken among others. They are the largest tire manufacturer in the world (Bridgestone is second)
  22. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,181


    i run coopers on mine. nice tire lasts a long time and gives a nice ride.
  23. Falcon Sprint
    Joined: Oct 1, 2012
    Posts: 203

    Falcon Sprint

    Last year I bought a set of Sears Guardian Plus whitewall tires, good tire for a good price.
  24. LOWDUG37
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 861


    I've had 2 sets of Hankooks with no problems.

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  25. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,234

    Model A Gomez

    Hankook from PepBoys, had them on my TBird for several years with no problems.

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    Cooper Trendsetters. I like them well enough that I'll replace this set with another set.
    Great ride quality.
  27. 3 pedals
    Joined: Dec 29, 2012
    Posts: 52

    3 pedals
    from Ohio

    I had a set shaved once, long time ago. Didn't come out very smooth, but looked ok from a distance and after scrubbing them a few times to clean em, started scouring through the white at the outer edges of where they had been cut wider.
  28. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    Hankook makes very good tires, they're Korean.

    Cooper Trendsetters are bargain basement el cheapo tires.
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  29. jcs64
    Joined: Apr 25, 2005
    Posts: 528


    I know Ill get hate for these tires, but its the best my budget could do and Im happy.
    Federal runway 205-75-15
    $320 for 4 shipped!

    They wont hit the road for a couple more months so I cant report about them except the WW are 1.25"


    just add the spider caps and there ready to roll

  30. Stangilac
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 3

    from Orlando FL

    My 68 caddy came with some hankooks prematurely worn from bad front end alignment and dry rotted from age. They said made in china which is not my choice tire country. Apparently nobody buys whitewalls anymore so choices are slim. Went to discount tire and bought the same hankook model. Was pleased to find out they were made in korea instead of china but was not pleased at the sidewalls with exaggerated large "hankook optimo" written on them with the ridge texture instead of smooth.

    Heres a pic of their ugliness [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2013

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