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Old 10-05-2016, 03:07 AM
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Replacing the old Goodyear Eagle GT II tires with RWL on the 62 and finding out that not to many RWL tires are out there including the Goodyear Eagle GT. The BF Goodrich Radial T/A is about the only tire you see on old cars with the RWL. Have the 15 X 7 Torque Thrust II wheels so would like to stick with 15 inch tires. Anyone have any other good looking 15 inch RWL tires on their car?
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lots of RWL tires out there, but they don't have the 'cool factor' of a name like Goodyear, Radial T/A, etc...

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My 2016 Ram has Goodyear Wrangler RWL tires.
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I found the same lack of RWL options when I needed to replace the tires a couple of years back on my '71. The only decent options in my view were the BFG Radial T/A and Cooper Cobra. There are some off brands that make RWL tires such as Mastercraft, but didn't have that cool factor you referenced. I went with the Radial T/A over the Cooper but have heard from others on the C3 forum that the Cooper is a nice tire and cheaper to boot.

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I just put these on my 442 last year.
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I'll always associate the Goodyear Wrangler RWL's with 80's and 90's Jeeps; Wrangler solidarity!


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I found the same lack of RWL options when I needed to replace the tires a couple of years back on my '71. The only decent options in my view were the BFG Radial T/A and Cooper Cobra. There are some off brands that make RWL tires such as Mastercraft, but didn't have that cool factor you referenced. I went with the Radial T/A over the Cooper but have heard from others on the C3 forum that the Cooper is a nice tire and cheaper to boot.
Mastercraft is part of Cooper Tire. They also make a nice 3/8" white wall great for Mid-Years. I have a set on my '66..., good tires that are Made in the USA.
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I always have my tires installed blackwalls OUT. If I buy new tires of a different brand or size for either axle, they match!

+10 on BFG T/A's for wet or dry street use.
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I've got the BFG T/A's on the 64 and like the look with the side pipes and the K/O wheels. Good riding tire as well


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WOW!.....what a beautiful 442! love the color combo. My brother has his 72 W30 ragtop sitting in his garage, slowly rusting away.
His is gold with beige top and interiour. Had it since it was new.

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WOW!.....what a beautiful 442! love the color combo. My brother has his 72 W30 ragtop sitting in his garage, slowly rusting away.
His is gold with beige top and interiour. Had it since it was new.

Gorgeous 442, drop top as well! I have a 72 Cutlass Supreme hardtop, also original owner, with the Cooper Cobras and like them so far.
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Always loved the Gorgeous 442. The 65 is my favorite. I will take a look at the RWL recommended tires. I like the BFG radial TA but the size I want is the size not available. Have 225-70-15 tires now but want to go to a 205-70-15 for clearance and height. Lowered the car a bit and need the new size to fit and still have the revs per mile as the 225-70-15. I may have to get a wheel with 4 inch back space to make the 225 do the job. Have the AR Torque Thrust II with 3 3/4 inch back space but the same wheel is not available in the 4 inch back space. Always something but will keep working on it and thanks for the suggestions.
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I also have the Cooper Cobra Radial GTs on my wife's 79 Z28.
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This is my 3rd. set of TA's on my 67. I like the smooth sidewalls.
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Radial T/As are the only way to fly! [anymore] Lucky to still be able to get those!
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I did what Plaidside did last month with my '67 GTO. I replaced the 22 year old Eagle ST's with Cooper Cobras....I like them a lot. Driven them on a couple of long trips, and they are a nice quiet tire and handle very well. I suspect, though, like the Goodyears, they will expire from age long before they wear out. I personally don't care for the BFG Radial T/A's....not then, and not now. They tend to be harder tires with less traction and increased road noise due to tread design. Liked the Eagle ST's the best for musclecars, but no longer made. The Coopers in 225/70/14 were $81 each from Los Angeles.
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I have a NOS set of Goodyear ST's I bought for my 66 GTO 30 years ago...215 70 14...And I have a used set off my 69 Chevelle SS 215 60 14...


Not sure why I felt compelled to share that....
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WOW!.....what a beautiful 442! love the color combo. My brother has his 72 W30 ragtop sitting in his garage, slowly rusting away.
His is gold with beige top and interiour. Had it since it was new.
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Tell you brother to get the car out and drive it!
Mine has the 455, 370hp and a 4 spd. It is a "gentleman's" muscle car.
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Yes, raised white letters are getting hard to find. So are leisure suits, bell bottoms & mullets, and for the same reason!
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