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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 16, 3:25 PM Thread Starter
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15 inch Tires - hard to find?

Went looking for new tires this AM. And except for Radial T/A's nothing much was available locally. I've read that 15 inch tires are getting harder to find. Now I believe it.

Are 17 inch wheels/tires the way to go?

I'm currently running 15X7 Rallys with 4.25 back spacing and 245x60-15 tires. A calculator on line shows that a 245X50-17 tire would have the same diameter, True?

I'm leaning toward anthracite Torque Thrust M wheels, does anyone know of problems with these wheels? TIA

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 16, 6:09 PM
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Went looking for new tires this AM. And except for Radial T/A's nothing much was available locally. I've read that 15 inch tires are getting harder to find. Now I believe it.

Are 17 inch wheels/tires the way to go?

I'm currently running 15X7 Rallys with 4.25 back spacing and 245x60-15 tires. A calculator on line shows that a 245X50-17 tire would have the same diameter, True?

I'm leaning toward anthracite Torque Thrust M wheels, does anyone know of problems with these wheels? TIA
I think 17s are the way to go personally, although Im sure there will be a whole string of posts here soon saying how you should stick with 15s and youll ruin the look of the car with 17s....
But when I can get a better performing 17" tire at the same price or cheaper than a 15" tire its a no brainer to me.
I just swapped out my 15" rallys for some 17x8s and 9.5s with 225/50/17 (26") front and 275/50/17 (28") rears (Nitto nt450)
Yes a 245/50/17 will be the same overall height as your 245/60/15s, this site makes it easy to compare sizes and how they will fit the car https://www.rimsntires.com/specspro.jsp

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Re: 15 inch Tires - hard to find?

Actually 18s are the norm, 17s don't have near the availability of tires that 18s have.

Why not just order 15s from Summit?

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 29th, 16, 10:35 PM
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15 inch tires are getting harder to find.

Are 17 inch wheels/tires the way to go?
I'm thinking the same since I'll be buying wheels and tires here shortly.

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Re: 15 inch Tires - hard to find?

I usually have luck at pep boys or discount tires for 15" tires. Jim

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I ordered a set of 15" Mickey Thompson S/T radials from summit earlier today. Only $116 each. I've never had trouble finding 15" wheels or tires...



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Re: 15 inch Tires - hard to find?

Lots of choices for correct looking radial 15" tires at Coker or Diamond back tires ........

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Lots of choices for correct looking radial 15" tires at Coker or Diamond back tires ........
FYI, there are a whopping 2 choices for Rick's tire size on Coker. I didn't waste my time checking Diamondback.

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Re: 15 inch Tires - hard to find?

More to it than just a "correct looking" tire. You can step up to 17" and lose little of that "look" with a decent sidewall depth and at the same time have a performance tire that actually delivers performance.

The only reason I went to 18" was the inability to source wheels in 17" that had the width and back spacing I needed at a price I deemed acceptable.



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FYI, there are a whopping 2 choices for Rick's tire size on Coker. I didn't waste my time checking Diamondback.
I'm not a fan of Coker but it is an option DB will do just about any size / brand and or sidewall style redstripe etcetc you want lots of us here use DB to get modern perf while retaining the era correct look lots of experience here who have been thru this on many projects so just passing along ........ if maintaining the correct musclecar look is not what some want then go for the 18's but the OP did ask about 15"

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 16, 11:53 AM
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Re: 15 inch Tires - hard to find?

How about 17's that look old....






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