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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 10-20-2002 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got to get new tires. There's no way around it since I had one go flat because the entire side wall sepatated. Ok. Here's my problem - I've got really rusted up 14 inch chrome plated steel wheels that I've got to do something with. My friend at the tire shop is looking for me some Cragar SS blem's in 14 x 7 or 15 x 7. Should I go with a new set of 215/70/14's and tell him to just look for 14's or should I get a used set of tires to get me by until he can find me some 15's? Is there a performance or handling improvement between 14's and 15's or is it more a matter of preference? I was going to go with 235/65's on the 15's.

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lyle29464
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From: Mt. Pleasant S.C.
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 10-20-2002 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lyle29464   Click Here to Email lyle29464     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
15's would let you upgrade your brakes some day.

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Lyle
69 rag top
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98 f 150
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"If it has boobs, tires, chips or a prop sooner or later it's going to be trouble."

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Big D
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From: WELLS, NEVADA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 10-21-2002 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will the 235's fit under the front of a '69.. I know they won't on a '66..

Don

[This message has been edited by Big D (edited 10-21-2002).]

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Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 10-21-2002 01:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depending on the rims backspacing, a 235 60 14 or 15" tire may or may not fit. On my 69, 235 60r14`s, on 14x7 Magnum 500`s would rub into the raised white letters on the upper ball joint.

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69 Sportsroof
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From: Valley, Alabama, USA
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posted 10-21-2002 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like I should go 225/65/15. Right now I'm looking for some wheels in order to decide what I'm going to do.

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GTRocks
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From: Lusby, MD, USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 10-21-2002 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks   Click Here to Email GTRocks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I upgraded from 14's to 15's on my '66. I also increased the width significantly tho. It made a world of difference, but I'm guessing more of it was due to the new tires being about 1.5 times the width than it did with the increase in rim. One of the best mods I've made in my opinion.

I upgraded the whole suspension, and really wasn't overly pleased until I moded the tires. I couldn't utilize the increase in the suspension's abilities with radials!

Anyway, the two mods paired is awesome! That '66 handles almost as well as my '93 GT now!

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wvcat
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From: New Cumberland,WV
Registered: May 2001

posted 10-21-2002 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wvcat   Click Here to Email wvcat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The way I understand it is that if you have two tires that are the same with the only difference being the rim size, the larger wheel will handle better due to less flex on the sidewall and the smaller wheel will ride smoother because the sidewall will cushion the bumps. I guess its a matter of how you drive your car.
John

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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 10-22-2002 02:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For optimum control, as I understand it, go for 14-inch wheels with lower profile tires. I'm switching back from 15 inchers to 14 inchers and higher profile tires because the roads around here are full of pot holes.

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