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: pro street tire recommendation


novamob
Apr 20th, 11, 12:49 PM
Can anybody give me a recommendation for street radial tires? M/T's, BF Goodrich, Hoosier or any comparible brand ??
I'm running 15X7 steel wheels on front and 15X12 on the rear.
Thanks

DOUG G
Apr 20th, 11, 12:56 PM
For looks or performance ?

novamob
Apr 20th, 11, 02:05 PM
Just some hwy, back roads driving....no plans to race it (was a drag car from 69-2009)
thx

JR67RS
Apr 20th, 11, 02:09 PM
Hoosier :thumbsup:

novamob
Apr 20th, 11, 06:17 PM
Hoosier :thumbsup:

Why and which one in particular....Quick time drag D.O.T. or Pro street radial ?? Better than the M/T Sportsman S/R ? Don't want to make a mistake cause they ain't cheap

1969ProStreetCamaro
Apr 20th, 11, 06:43 PM
Why and which one in particular....Quick time drag D.O.T. or Pro street radial ?? Better than the M/T Sportsman S/R ? Don't want to make a mistake cause they ain't cheap

Jude,
The M/T Sportsman S/R draws mixed reviews form what I've seen.....some say the radial lacks traction if you've got some power to put to the ground. I have the 'ol M/T Sportsman bias ply's on the rear of my Camaro. I would run the Hoosier tire but they are not manufactured in my size of 19.50 wide.

Kind Regards,
David F.

68rs406
Apr 20th, 11, 08:19 PM
I ran BFG drag radials for a couple of years on my daily driver back when they first came out. They actually handle decent, and traction is much improved. I would use up a set in a year, 12-15000 miles. I took it easy on them driving but did race it a lot too, they like a good burnout so that uses them up. Traction gets scary in the wet though.

The Mickey Thompson et drag radials are much better at the track, but rain use would be really scary and they don't last as long.
I have heard positives about Nitto d/r on the street as well.

My guess is tire size needs will determine what to use also.

camaroman7d
Apr 20th, 11, 09:50 PM
What size tire are you looking to run? Don't overlook American Racer Tires (formerly McCreary) and also M & H Tires.

DOUG G
Apr 21st, 11, 02:31 AM
For those wide tires you'll only have a handful to pick from.... Hoosier and MT look to be the most popular :yes:

novamob
Apr 21st, 11, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the input, guys. When the wheel width is 12" the selection gets much more limited. Looks like only Hoosier Pro Street radial(about $300) and M/T Sportsman & S/R(about 275) are avail according to what I see on Summit & Jegs

novamob
Apr 21st, 11, 06:54 AM
I shoulda searched this section a little more before I posted this question. Looks like 'pro street Gary' had the same question & answered it with a couple pix. The Hoosier Pro Streets look great on his Camaro and should work for my 69 just fine.
I appreciate all the help

camaroman7d
Apr 21st, 11, 07:39 AM
Another option http://www.mandhtires.com/store.php?crn=70&rn=292&action=show_detail

novamob
Apr 21st, 11, 08:48 AM
Those M&H's look great too. Have you used them?
Now it's the 'section width' that I'm having trouble with. I took off 32 X 14.32 slicks and the Hoosier, for a 12" rim, (#19300) has a section width of 16.0". That M & H is closer to what may fit...the BS of the wheel is 5 "

camaroman7d
Apr 21st, 11, 09:03 AM
I have used M&H tires in the past, but not those specific tires. I can tell you the people at M&H are good people. I have heard those tires work very well, they just have limited sizes, so you don't see many out there. M&H has been around for a LONG time and were the first with a "cheater" slick.

DonCasanova
Apr 21st, 11, 09:38 AM
Novamob - Last year I switched from M/T 31x16.50-15 bias ply Sportsmans to 31x16.50R15LT Hoosier Pro Street Radials on my 69.

The Hoosiers don't get the flat spots from sitting, and "wander" less while driving.

The M/T's were also a very high-pitched "squeally" tire (especially during right turns in summer).

These were mounted on the same 15x12 Welds.

It did take some getting used to the outer "corner" of the tread of the hoosiers visually. The outer edge stills reminds me of a dirt track tire.

Hope this helps.....................DC

novamob
Apr 22nd, 11, 07:51 AM
Thanks for the recommendation DC. That's good enough for me

bensrat
Apr 24th, 11, 06:40 AM
I run the MT Sportsman S/R...running skinnies up front and 31x18.5 out back. No noise issues, handle well, and one night i found myself in a rainstorm and was pleasently surprised how well the car did. Only down side is they dont hook. So race days i change my rear wheel combo to my MT Drag radials...but for cruising they offer a nice ride.

novamob
Apr 29th, 11, 09:25 AM
Anybody have any good/bad experiance with wheel spacers?

prostreet69camaro
Apr 29th, 11, 11:34 AM
Anybody have any good/bad experiance with wheel spacers?

It depends on how thick they are and how long are your wheel studs.

Why do you have to run wheel spacers?

novamob
Apr 29th, 11, 12:23 PM
The tires are en route to Summit in Ga, so I really won't know if I'll need them til they're mounted. I'm figuring that I only have 2" from the back of the wheel to the frame and not sure how far the tire may bow out. Probably have some room to fill on the outside between tire & the fender. It has long wheel studs

prostreet69camaro
Apr 29th, 11, 01:21 PM
What tires did you end up buying? The SR radials are a flat side tire and dont bow out much. I had problems with the SR Radials that I had on my car. They are a great cruisin tire though.

novamob
Apr 29th, 11, 01:39 PM
Hoosier pro street radial 31X16.50 X15

novamob
Apr 30th, 11, 05:04 PM
here's what it looks like now
http://i52.tinypic.com/ofqzqp.jpg

novamob
May 10th, 11, 06:22 PM
Mo' better now, but still a few things to tweak...drivers side hits frame rail by a hair and I need bigger tires on front.
Thanks to all ya'll for the help :beers:
http://i51.tinypic.com/2hx4rjo.jpg

1969ProStreetCamaro
May 11th, 11, 05:08 AM
Mo' better now, but still a few things to tweak...drivers side hits frame rail by a hair and I need bigger tires on front.
Thanks to all ya'll for the help :beers:
http://i51.tinypic.com/2hx4rjo.jpg



Looks awesome !!!! I also like the COPO style widened & painted rims:thumbsup::thumbsup::yes:

David F.

prostreet69camaro
May 11th, 11, 06:09 AM
Mo' better now, but still a few things to tweak...drivers side hits frame rail by a hair and I need bigger tires on front.
Thanks to all ya'll for the help :beers:
http://i51.tinypic.com/2hx4rjo.jpg

So are you going to install wheel spacer?

I agree it looks good.

novamob
May 11th, 11, 01:17 PM
Thanks. It's the 1st time I've tried to convert a drag car to a street car, so there's a lot of trial & error. I put 5/16" spacers on today (hope they work) and will re-adjust the coilovers tomorrow to lower the back a little.
Can anybody recommend the best size tire for the front without rubbing ...235x75x15 maybe?

nhra_crazy
May 11th, 11, 06:32 PM
Any side pictures of this.. It looks awsome

novamob
May 12th, 11, 06:25 PM
Today I dropped the coil springs an inch or so, put some 3/4" spacers on and raised the front a bit. The build has stalled because it's running and I can enjoy driving it (unfinished) while I work out the bugs & I'm also tapped for $$$ and will have to wait to do the interior. Thanks for the compliments so far :beers:

I'll start a new thread with some before/after pix. It is not a frame off restoration....hell, I haven't even wiped off the bottom of the car's vintage burnt rubber & engine/exhaust oil & grease. It is, what it is :thumbsup: