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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 07, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Recommended Tires for a 68 (Driver)?

I need to replace the tires on my 68 Camaro Convertible. I currently have 205/75/R14's and want to keep the original knock off rims. My mechanic said I could probably replace with 215/70/R14's if I can't find suitable 205's. The car is a "driver" with a rebuilt 350. It's got the original 2 speed power glide and I only drive it on nice weekend days, so I don't mind buying a softer tire that might have superior performance.

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Re: Recommended Tires for a 68 (Driver)?

B.F. Goodrich Radial TA 225 70 14 or 235 60 14 will work well.
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original knock off rims?
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B.F. Goodrich Radial TA 225 70 14 or 235 60 14 will work well.
Traction T/A's and Comp T/A's are nice too! I've cot the Traction T/A's but they only come blackwall
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Traction T/A's and Comp T/A's are nice too! I've cot the Traction T/A's but they only come blackwall
I don't even think they make either of those anymore.



Or Firestone Indy500s if you can't find the BFGs. Or Dunlop GT Qualifiers. The 215/70/14 is a good call, just about the same height. 235/60/14 will be shorter, a 245/60/14 will be taller.

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I am running P225 60 R14 on mine. BF GR TA's. I like em for what its worth.
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Re: Recommended Tires for a 68 (Driver)?

Bradley,

CnC is correct.

Just my 2 cents here...The shorter aspect ratio "60 series" tire will improve your cornering, handling & braking over the taller "70 & 75 series" But there is a trade off. The lower the aspect ratio the stiffer the ride. A P215/70/R14 or P225/70/R14 may be able to absorb the bumps a little better. Case in point: Compare a 1987 5.0L Z28 with P215/65R15 tires and a 1987 5.0L IROC-Z with P245/50/R16. Even if you have the same speed rating on the sidewall in an apples to apples comparison in dry cornering, dry traction, dry handling & braking the 65 series will lose to the 50 series.

Bottom Line: It's not like I intend to drive my 1969 Camaro in a blizzard. I did that some years back one day with my old one and it $*cked. I prefer a better handling car with the antiquated suspension & braking on these things. That means a lower profile tire. I went with a P235/60R15 this time around. On my old one I had P245/60/R14 on the front and they cleared. But with a 1968 or a 1967 I would advise nothing wider that a P235/60/R14 if you want to keep the 14's.

Here is a helpful link on tire diameter http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCal...?action=submit Just plug in your tire size and go. Good Luck!!

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I don't even think they make either of those anymore.



Or Firestone Indy500s if you can't find the BFGs. Or Dunlop GT Qualifiers. The 215/70/14 is a good call, just about the same height. 235/60/14 will be shorter, a 245/60/14 will be taller.
They make all three...I just had a set of traction T/A s put on my front.The biggest problem I found was availability.Since so many people are going to 17's and up on wheel size the 15" radial T/A's are not availiable in 225/60/15 raised white letter,at least not in my area.I had to go with the traction or comp T/A black wall only and turn my 235/60/15 rears around to blackwall out...kind of a bummer really and because of this I'll probably go with a different tire that is availiable in white letter and all sizes next time...pretty short sighted by Goodrich I think.
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They make all three...I just had a set of traction T/A s put on my front.The biggest problem I found was availability.Since so many people are going to 17's and up on wheel size the 15" radial T/A's are not availiable in 225/60/15 raised white letter,at least not in my area.I had to go with the traction or comp T/A black wall only and turn my 235/60/15 rears around to blackwall out...kind of a bummer really and because of this I'll probably go with a different tire that is availiable in white letter and all sizes next time...pretty short sighted by Goodrich I think.
I didn't see tractions or comps on their web site anymore. I agree, BFG is dropping the ball.

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When I couldn't find the right sized Dunlop GT Qualifers locally I went to http://www.tirerack.com and got my tires at a very reasonable price. If your buying non stock tire sizes then don't tell them what vehicle they are going on or they will want to confirm that you are ordering the right tires. Just saves a few minutes of headaches.
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Look into what Coker sell's for our old cars nowadays too!!!

But they may still be bias-ply??

I don't remember if Coker kept the stock rubber look but uses radial casings or not??

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Coker doesn't sell anything I'd put on a daily driver.

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Re: Recommended Tires for a 68 (Driver)?

Why? They are fine BUT not MODERN is all. They will only last less than 20,000 just like back then too!!

Mine came stock w/ D-70/14 Firestone Redlines!! Just like the one's Coker is re-popping nowadays!!

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I second the Firestone Indy 500's.


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