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Old 09-04-2006, 07:21 AM
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Good Traction 15" /70 Series Tires ???

What are you guys running for 15"/70 series tires on your rods? I've heard/read good thing about the Firestone Firehawk 500 & the Yokohama Avid S/T, especially on the TireRack. I know there are better tires available in 16" & up &/or 60 series but I like my rims & need to stay w/my current set up.

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Fred, you know my rods and they are not too far from the same weght as yours. I am running 205/75R15s on both mine and am happy with the weight to foot print ratio. Hydro planeing is not bad and they grip the ground pretty good. I am using Michelin Harmony All Season tires which deals with the wet roads well. These are high dollar (90,000 mile tires) that will last forever on our light vehicles. Quiet and smooth and I don't think there is more than 1/4 oz weight on any of them. The down side is the high initial investment, but cost per mile is going to be hard to beat.

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Trees, Thanks for the reply. You're right about the Michelin Harmony,another friend has them on his Volvo & they have vg wet & dry traction,tread life, etc. Only problem for me is they aren't available any bigger than 215/70 in 15". My car has a nice stance & I'd like to keep that profile as much as possible so I'm thinking 225/70-15 on the rear & 215 or 205/70-15 on the front.
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I would take Yokohama over Firestone any day, also Nitto, and Khumo. Nitto has some very aggresive tread patterns that excel in wet weather.

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I recently put 255/70-15 Avid S/T's on the front of my Suburban, and they seem to work pretty well. They replaced Goodrich Radial T/A's which were falling apart. I'll probably use them on a car next time I need tires, if they have the right size.
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I've heard some people say the BFG T/As aren't what they used to be? Since I've never owned a set before now I can't answer.

But I do know the 225/70/15s I have on the back of my 150 Wagon are decent tires. It is possible to break the back tires loose while shifting but that's just the beast under the hood doing that....... right?
(or I'd like to believe so)

I didn't want the same tires I'm already running on my other BelAir Hardtop but Tire Rack had the BFGs at a good price and at my front door the vey next day.

I do the pre-runner to the Firestone 500 tires, the Firestone Firehawk SS skins on my '86 LS Monte and they seem to be good tires, too. They were put on in 06/-/00. They still look good with about 5,000 miles on them.
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Good info, thanks to all.
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Just put a set of Nitto NT404's 265/r65-17 on my wifes Tahoe. Man those things grab, the Tahoe feels like a sports car, quite a switch from the OEM Bridgstones.

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FWIW, I found out Toyo is making a SUV/pick-up type tire for Highway use called the Open Country H/T (Highway Tire). It's available in many 15" 70 series sizes & some of them are H & T speed rated. According to comments I read on various Boards they have good wet/dry traction, are quiet & have a 640 mileage rating.
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