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Robert K
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From: Nashville, TN
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posted 06-26-2002 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK I know this is a subject that gets worn out around here but here we go. I want to go with the 225/60's on my 65 fastback but the fit is very tight in front. I might have to roll the front fender lip some to make sure they don't rub. I know the 225/50's would fit but according to my calculations they would be shorter than the 195/70-14's that I have on the car right now.
The 50's are quite a bit more expensive and the 60's are already mounted on the wheels I'm going to use.
I somewhat concerned about the amount of open space in the rear wheel well that the 50's will show. I like the tires to fill up the wheel well's. I just think it looks better.
I know that Mustang Monthly did an article in this months issue where they put 50's on a fastback but sometimes there just is no substitute for actually looking at a real car instead of a picture.
So what do you think ? Go with the 60's ? Or spring for the 50's and have the added cost of de-mounting/mounting and balancing ?

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Moneymaker
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posted 06-26-2002 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two other sizes to consider Robert.
1) My favorite on a classic Mustang is a P215-65x15
or2) an "off brand" P225-60x15 such as a Delta, or Armstrong. They are usually much shorter than the name brands.
We recently replaced the Goodyears on Tony's XR-7 with some Phantoms from Discount Tire ($200 for 4 installed)and they were considerably shorter.

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kcode
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 06-26-2002 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,
I had 215-65-15 BFG on my car, since you seen it last I changed to 225-60-15 Yokohamas with no problems. Thats with 15x7 rims with 3.75" backspacing. Your rim offset can have alot to do with the fit and rubbing.

Mike

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Robert K
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posted 06-27-2002 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert K   Click Here to Email Robert K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to go with what's already on the wheels (225/60-15) and see what happens. I might have to tweak the front fenderwells a bit but the tires look soooo good on the car and really fill up the wheel wells nicely. I believe I have the same wheels as you (15x7 torq thrust D's)
I'll post pics as soon as I have them on the car.
Kcode, Do you have power steering ?
I've got a feeling that with the bigger tires it will be good exercise to drive the car.

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65fastback 302/4sp

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