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medium compound tires for muscle car

Howdy guys!

I've got a 68 firebird that has a brand-new rebuilt 455 in it. Needless to say, it produces gobs of torque and I find my current tires to be too hard--they spin with the least amount of pedal

As fun as that may be, I'd like to find something that is a little softer so I can drive around without burning the tires all the time.

I've got 15" wheels and don't want anything narrower than a 50 or 60 series tire. Do you guys know any specific tires that might fit what I'm looking for?

Jerry

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Old 02-16-2006, 05:51 PM
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B.F. Goodrich tires are made with soft rubber and get a good bite. The Radial T/A is what you need.
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BFG Radial T/As (S rated) are fair when new. I have them now. The rubber gets harder after about a year (as every tire does), and my limited traction got worse. They are to the point that they just spin, they almost don't squeel anymore. I have 80 % tread left.

I watched lots of T/A cars at the strip, and none seem to have tremendous traction.

T/A drag radials are better, but there is very limited wet traction and minimal tread mileage.

I have no other back to back comparisons.

Some guys swear by the Hoosier Radials. GoodYear GT+4 were the worst I ever had.

What I plan to do in the future is to buy a durometer and go around punching people's tires to see what happens in the real world.
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I have been through about six sets of BFG T/A radials and have had issues with all of them. Nitto and Toyo have excellent tires that can be had in different rubber formulations to suit your needs, some so soft they will wear out in no time.

FWIW, I will never ever own another set of BFG T/A Radials . Most over rated tire in automotive history.

Vince

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Thanks guys,

I've heard good things about the Nittos don't know much about the others. If anyone else had opinions, please keep them coming!

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I guess that I should have added that wear and traction are mutually exclusive.

I also went from H rated tires to S rated T/A tires and the handling got noticably worse in cornering and also when driving straight roads with the "semi-truck tire-ruts". The car feels squirmy now, not stable as it tries to follow the ruts and the ride is no better than the stiffer speed rated tires. I saved about $ 30 per tire which was false economy in my opinion.

Tire parameters are a compromise of balancing one desired result against loss of another virtue.
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