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Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

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Re: Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

Postby dogshit on Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:49 pm

Nothing gives a better musclecar look then the 245/60s on those rims IMO. The 25.6" tall almost perfectly matches the factory original tire height of 25.5" so your speedometer and odometer stay correct. Yes you have to watch tire inflation pressure so that they wear nicely but thats not too tough. If you want a taller tire the 215/70 or 225/70 work but serve to make the already too tall gearing.worse ie making acceleration even slower.
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Re: Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

Postby snotrocket71 on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:56 pm

yeah, definetly true on the tall tire/gearing bit. it also may depend on what the purpose of the car will be; hot rod, show car, daily driver etc. theoretically wouldnt you get better mileage with the narrow tall tire? less rolling resistance? if youre trying to squeeze the balls off of the thing for DD mileage then that MAY be something to consider. doesnt handling also take a hit from a wide tire on a 6" rim?
...i'm not saying any of this to criticize opinions, just get the facts on it, these are all things i've heard and have affected my tire decisions
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Re: Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

Postby FE3X CLONE on Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:48 pm

snotrocket71 wrote:doesnt handling also take a hit from a wide tire on a 6" rim?


It's supposed to but if you look at it this way, your going from a 215/70 that has a section width that is 8.5" wide to a 245 which is 9.6" wide. In my experience the wider tire made up for any handling issue from the wider tire.
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Re: Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

Postby snotrocket71 on Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:05 pm

FE3X CLONE wrote:
snotrocket71 wrote:doesnt handling also take a hit from a wide tire on a 6" rim?


It's supposed to but if you look at it this way, your going from a 215/70 that has a section width that is 8.5" wide to a 245 which is 9.6" wide. In my experience the wider tire made up for any handling issue from the wider tire.

i cant argue that, it looks awesome so i'm sold on that point alone. if i was keeping my 14x6's i'd definetly have that combo, thankfully i got a steal on nice chrome 15x7 rallyes
mfpeters, you decide on what youre gonna run? i'm curious to see how it looks
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Re: Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

Postby mfpeters on Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:09 am

Thanks again for all who responded. I'm going with the BFG's 215/70/14. Tires are on order. I'll post a pic after install for any future tire size reference/inquiries.

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Re: Proper tire size & look for '87 Salon

Postby snotrocket71 on Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:34 pm

glad to hear, cant wait to see the results!
1987 Cutlass salon- T-tops, 307, 2004r, 2.56 lsd, black ext. burgundy int.
1986 442- In family since new, All original
1971 Cutlass- 461, TKO600, 8.5 3.73 posi, palm green black vinyl top, half restored

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