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goodyear RWL versus 215/65/15 BFG'S

I have a 68 Z and wanted to put the "Goodyear RWL Wide tread GT" tires
(E70 x 15) on. However I am told they don't ride too good and would be better off with 215/65/BFG's .

I put about 1-2K miles / year on the car.

does anyone have input on this?

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Re: goodyear RWL versus 215/65/15 BFG'S

I just replaced my Goodyear Polyglas F-70-14s with B.F. Goodrich 245-60-14 Radial T/As and the ride difference was greatly improved. I was surprised what a nice smooth ride the new tires gave compared to the Polyglas tires. Keep the Goodyears for show and the B.F. Goodrich for cruising.

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Re: goodyear RWL versus 215/65/15 BFG'S

What's up Tory? I hope all is well.

tr68z, The P215/65/R15 is a very common size. It was also used as OEM and 1982-1987 Z28 Camaro's and 1985 - 1990 IROC-Z's with the 305 engine and rear drum brakes. You will also find that size on the Buick Grand National and even on FWD Cutlass Supreme, FWD Grand Prix and Regals once they became FWD circa late 1988. On your 1968, they will clear the fenders without issue. If you want it to handle a little better and still clear, go with P225/60/R15...The 60 series size was OEM on 5.0L Mustang GT's & LX's from roughly late 1986 well into the 1990's and that size can still be found a plenty. P225/60/R15 Goodyear "VRS" Gatorbacks which were used for road racing competitions will be "fun" on that car if you like to take corners fast.

I run P235/60/R15's on my 1969 all the way around on 15x7 wheels....But in my experiences over the years you can get more tire on the front of a 1969 then a 1967 or 1968 and more tire on the back of a 1967 or 1968 than on a 1969.....FWIW, I worked as an assistant service manager and/or service writer for new car dealers, corporate Firestone, Goodyear and other places for about 9 years until 1998, so I have seen what works - at least back in the day....... Here are 2 helpful links where you can check overall diameter http://www.turbinecar.com/tires.htm (bias to radial) and http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCal...?action=submit Good Luck and I hope this info helps!

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Re: goodyear RWL versus 215/65/15 BFG'S

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I have a 68 Z and wanted to put the "Goodyear RWL Wide tread GT" tires
(E70 x 15) on. However I am told they don't ride too good and would be better off with 215/65/BFG's .
I put about 1-2K miles / year on the car.
does anyone have input on this?
Tks
TR
if its a show car go to the E-70x15 repops. if its a driver buy a good radial tire the ride is so much better - I sure wish you could still buy V or Z rated 15" tires anymore. I have goodyear gator backs 225/60 and 255/60 on my 69 and they help handling ALOT those old car tires were good in the day but not anymore. FWIW I worked at Goodyear and Firestone for over 20 years combined- one of my customers bought a set of discontinued Godyear Wingfoot tires and weve been best buddies since.

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