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Old 02-04-2004, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default What size tires for my 69

Just picked up a 1969 convertible. Keeping everything stock what are the biggest tires I can put on without interference or modding anything. Can I do 255/60 R15? Please make recommendations.
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (jacobsed)

I ran 255/60/15 in the rear and 235/60/15 in the front when I used ralley wheels. We tried fitting 255's in the front, but they would rub the body on hard turns so I had to go with the next smaller size that he shop offered.I hear that 245/60/15 fits all the way around and that is what I would try to get if I where you.
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (jacobsed)

I'm using 225/70-15's they are they same rolling diameter as the original F70-15's...if I was doing it over I would go for the 245/60-15's all around.

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Old 02-04-2004, 10:59 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Anyone have pics of that size on their vettes? Please post!
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Old 02-04-2004, 11:21 PM   #5
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (jacobsed)


I run 255/60R15 on all 4 wheels on my '68....
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Old 02-04-2004, 11:52 PM   #6
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (GrandSportC3)

I've got 235/60s and I don't like the way that they look. The diameter is too small.
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Old 02-04-2004, 11:58 PM   #7
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If your front suspension is in rebuilt or otherwise very good condition, you can probaly do 255s all around. If you like fat tires, you'll definitely be happier with there than those piddly little 225, 235 things :jester
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Old 02-05-2004, 05:45 AM   #8
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Why does a fairly new suspension make the difference? I definately don't want to end up causing some sort of damage.
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Old 02-05-2004, 03:05 PM   #9
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (jacobsed)

I have BF Goodrich Radial TA's:
front: 245/60/15
rear: 255/60/15

no problems at all.
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Old 02-05-2004, 03:39 PM   #10
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i have 255/16/50 on teh rear and 245/16/50 on the front..the front rub a bit if you crank the wheel over all the way..

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Old 02-05-2004, 03:41 PM   #11
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245/60/15's all the way around on my '70...no rubbing at all
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:14 PM   #12
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215/65/15 front 255/60/15 rear.

yeah, I was going for the muscle car stance :steering:
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:28 PM   #13
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (jacobsed)

Look at http://www.corvettefaq.com under "misc." and read "More Bite For Older Sharks (Wider Tires)".
I did this change and I'm running 255-60-15's (front) and 275-60-15's (back) on stock rally wheels with great success. Looks very good IMHO.
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:56 PM   #14
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I have 295s on my rear, and make my 68 look kick butt- like a hot wheel car!
See if you can get to my pic:
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Old 02-05-2004, 04:59 PM   #15
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (jacobsed)

The fender/wheel well is shaped differently on 68-69 cars and are more restricted in terms of tire size in the front. I could not get the 255/60/15's to fit before OR after I rebuilt the front suspension on my 69.
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:19 PM   #16
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Default Re: What size tires for my 69 (Zack Wenning)

If the fenders are not a problem, suspension condition can matter because old rubber control arm bushings and old balljoints will let the wheel move out of it's "ideal" position, and thus it can move closer to the frame and rub more. My 255s rubbed very slightly on the front before my rebuild, I haven't tried again since then, but I will find out when my new Pirellis arive.

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Old 02-05-2004, 10:34 PM   #17
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I have BF Goodrich Radial TA's:
front: 245/60/15
rear: 255/60/15
no problems at all.
Me too. :D
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Can anyone post pictures of this combination?
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Old 02-06-2004, 05:58 PM   #19
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I have 245/60/15 all around,just bought new tires works great!! :yesnod:
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Old 02-07-2004, 09:52 AM   #20
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Anyone have good pictures of their vettes with 245/60/15 all around?
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