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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 09, 2:52 PM Thread Starter
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What 15" front tires for best handling ?

Going for an upgrade in the suspension department soon, spending about 2000-2500 dollars on parts. My goal is to get a more modern sportscar feel, so the parts I`m buying will be focused on handling capabilities not drag.
I have lousy front tires on now.
BF radial T/A in the back.
Going to get some drag radials in the back soon.
I know I should get some 17" or 18" inch and improve handling big time with that swap alone. But I`m not going to...
I love the old muscle car look and could never put glossy chip foose wheels on my car. I like the guy though :-) just not his wheels

Big fat tires with a lot of rubber is what I love....

So... what would be the best handling front tires to be used on 15" wheels?
something around 235/60-15 or something...
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

What year of car you working on?

I have 235/60x15 on the front of my '71, 295/60x15's on the rear. BFG radial T/A.

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

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Was hoping there was a tire out there with r-compound made in 15"
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

You can get a BFG g-force in 225-50-15 that'll work well. I have some of these tires on my BMW and they stick very well.

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

You're going to have a hard time finding any tall tires meant for performance... most anything you'll find will be 50 series or shorter, and meant for much smaller cars. I parted out a Caprice state-patrol car a few years ago that had some pretty sticky Goodyears on it, but they might not make anything anymore since even those haven't been in regular use for years.
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

Right now I have 275/50/15 MT ET Street Radials on my rear and I've been very impressed with thier performance on dry and even rain (expected to just die instantly but got home fine). Like you I want to keep my 15" rims and I want my car to handle well so I'm thinking of trying ET Street Radials 235/60/15 on my front as well. They won't last long in terms of mileage but if you get them warmed up they should handle like a dream just like the rears. Sure they probably won't have as much sideways stability as a thin tire but still probably the best for a 15" rim on our cars. Definatly better than my 10 year old Cooper Cobras. Good luck.
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

got BFG 235-60r-15 at all four corners on my 67 bb car. like to be able to rotate the tires. also looks great with the marina blue paint. somewhat low stance. very happy with thier performance - street car...1.125 front sway bar, .875 rear sway bar....
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

235/60s for sure. Goodyear Eagle GTII is pretty good rubber, similar tread pattern to the BFG T/A, which is good too.

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

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So... what would be the best handling front tires to be used on 15" wheels? My goal is to get a more modern sportscar feel,
I'm gonna go with none.
Beg barrow or st....xxx
Go get some ultra budget used 17's.
Salvageyard. local paper. buddy that stock piles rims in an empty house full of them.

Dont 17" IROC wheels fit?

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

I have cooper cobra 245/60r15 up front and 295/50r15 out back. with all the suspension upgrades, driving around town and take the curves in wine country, it feels like a sports car. I know that if I took it to a track and drove the snot out of it, it probably would be noticeable. But, if the suspension is right, and the steering is tight, you can get pretty darn close to the feel. You'll never get dead on because of the increased sidewall height.

While shopping for my tires I noticed another pattern, it's VERY hard to find high speed ratings in 15" tires. I did notice alot of the ones for suv's seem to have a pretty high speed rating, you could check out hankook or toyo for their suv line. They probably have a stiffer sidewall too.

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

if you musst have a 15".
Go see them in person.
Grab the side wall with your fist and flex it.
Pinch the side wall and check for thickness or lack of.

When you get to the HD truck tires you may find one
rated for uber loads that will have a thick stiff sidewall.
You may find a taller tire with a stiffer sidewall due
to some engineer and marketing ppl saying:
"we need a truck tire for F250s and 2500s to haul tile and drywall"

I nexted the tire guy at sears on about 10 different tires for the parents mini van.
They keep killing tires from using the side wall as a parking stop on our hill.
Pop asked me later what I did to make the Grand Sport MiniVan handle so well.....

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

Well its definatly not impossible to make a strong tire with a thick sidewall, take a look at Nascar and Formula One tires.
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

Well that`s exactly my thought too bzack, it`s definitely not impossible to make one..

Onovakind67: your 225-50-15 tires are probably the best way to go for now, not too high but still have some rubber, could have been higher though, for looks, but performance wise probably the best way to go if no one else has a better idea?

I`m definetely NOT going with IROC 17" wheels, if I were okey with going 17" it would be american racing wheels for sure. Had those on a car but it`s not the style I`m looking for now. Got really tired of those flashy alu thingies. Iron all the way for now..
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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

y not 16s?

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Re: What 15" front tires for best handling ?

Do they make rally wheels in 16" ?



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