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Old 06-23-2014, 11:52 AM
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Last year the wife was lookin at the car and said "We need more meat on the rears". So I went from Uniroyal 225/70R/15 to BF Goodrich 255/70R/15. Had em on for 2 days..........again, NOPE, more meat !! So I went with Primewell's (offshoot of Firestone) 275/60R/15. This kinda satisfied her (almost). We ended up with a vibration and had them rebalanced by the owner of the tire store. The vibration was gone for a while but came back. The owner (been doing tires for 45 years) re balanced all 4 of our tires for free. It ran kinda smooth but not 100% perfect.

This year, 2 weeks ago on the way out to Bakers show we were on the expressway doin around 70mph and the steering wheel started shaking pretty bad. Slowed down to 60 and it wasn't too bad.

Two days ago on Saturday I told the wife I was gonna take the wheels off and take them to Discount Tire which is only a 1/2 mile from the house and have them check the tires for balance, out of roundness or what ever. Guy looked at the tires and said they were 14 years old and were starting to get ply separations on both tires. We ended getting Goodyear Touring 215/70R/15. Took it for a ride and now its smooth as silk.

Now she's saying the tires look too small in the opening and maybe we need shorter springs (I just put HD springs on the front last year) and we still need bigger meat on the back. I told her that I would have to get wider Cragars (I have 15x7 on there) for the rear if we went any larger. She replied (almost blew me outa my shoes) I don't care, I want this car to look BAD ASSSS !!
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:27 PM
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What they look like.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:31 PM
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I think it looks plenty BAD ASS .I like it .
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:51 PM
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Don't argue with the Mrs.. Tell her I said so !
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:48 AM
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14 year old tires?.....I would be having a talk with the guy that sold them.
That is downright dangerous
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:05 PM
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Actually the tires looked good, no dry rot, lots of tread, nothing bad until just lately. That day on the expressway was the first time this year we took it over 65mph. Glad we found the problem before we had a tire blow.

I had that happen to my 74 Monte, front left tire decided to have the tread come off on the expressway at 85mph. My inner fenderwell exploded, the tread was flappin all over, took off my wheel opening trim, bottom mldg on the fender and dented the fender real bad.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:26 PM
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That's crazy if they actually were 14 years old, lucky nothing happened on the freeway. IMO think the car looks pretty sweet as it sits now, but you could have her look at several car so she could show you the look she likes and start from there to help you decide on a tire/wheel size.
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Mrs Hayes is right.
Chevelle deserves at least 245 or 255 rear tires, on 8" wheels.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:46 AM
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Stormer, it does have 275/60/15 on the rear now but they are on 7" rims. I will take a couple more pics closer up.
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8" rims would be better, 7" is too narrow for a 275/60 tire. If you go any wider on the tires you may run into problems. Rubbing the fender or wheel well. You can always roll the fender lip, make sure you get the correct back set if you go with a wider wheel. You may not have a problem but I think 275 is widest tire that is pretty much guaranteed to fit.

215 on the front. I'm not a fan of skinny front tires, I know some people like them. I'm running 245/60/14s all the way around, stock rims, and they fill up the opening pretty good. My car is a big block though and I think the front my sit a little lower than yours. I also have a set 275/60/15s for the rear on 8" rims. Personally I wouldn't want anything bigger than that but that's just my preference.
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