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Old 04-12-2019, 11:59 AM
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Its time to switch from bias ply tires to radials for my "63. So I settled on Diamondback Auburn Premium. They offer the closest match too the original tread pattern and overall look. My question is, will this tread pattern give me a better ride and handling or should I go with a different pattern and forgo the “original”look. Does anyone have any experience with this particular tire that they can share?

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Old 04-12-2019, 12:14 PM
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Regardless of the look, just switching from bias ply to radial tires is going to make a big difference in the ride and tracking, I'm sorry this does not answer your question with regard to original thread pattern, your changing the look just by switching to a radial. the issue of the pattern is moot IMO. you wont be sorry you went with Diamondback.
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What are you doing with your old recaps?
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Youll be glad you did..have bias plys on the front of mine (for 1/4mi), not sure most would tolerate them. Drive ok but rock hard in comparison to a radial...dont even talk about flat spotting.
More than 1 week stationary and its like driving Fred Flinstones car for the first few minutes.
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Not sure what I'm going to do with them but I won't pitch them that's for sure.
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Have you bought your Diamondback Auburn Premium tires yet? This is the tire that Diamondback has recommended for my 66, but I can't find any reviews on them.
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:11 AM
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Tread pattern has little to do with ride and handling, which is primarily a function of internal design and rubber compound. "All-season" tires typically have a lot of "siping" which are the thin slits that create more biting edges on snow. Summer high performance/ DOT legal racing tires typically just have wide grooves for good water evacuation, but no siping. They are not designed for snow.

Tread pattern does have a lot to do with noise generation, but on a vintage Corvette there are so many other noise sources that tire noise tends to be washed out. Typical replacement sizes for OE Corvette 15" wheels have all season tread patterns .Going with a "vintage" tread pattern should be no problem at all.

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I have Diamondback Classics 205/75/15/02/100 ( DB II 2.5" White Wall). I did a lot of research on the tires when I started the restoration and Diamondback radials was always the clear winner. I love the ride and the looks.
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I just bought Diamondback IIs with 5/8" whitewalls for my 66 Conv. I would highly recommend them they ride and handle great. I have a few hundred miles on them now and no issues with the whitewalls staying clean.
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I just bought Diamondback IIs with 5/8" whitewalls for my 66 Conv. I would highly recommend them they ride and handle great. I have a few hundred miles on them now and no issues with the whitewalls staying clean.
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You makes the Diamonback brand tire??
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Originally Posted by Rdelvalle View Post
I have Diamondback Classics 205/75/15/02/100 ( DB II 2.5" White Wall). I did a lot of research on the tires when I started the restoration and Diamondback radials was always the clear winner. I love the ride and the looks.
I ran them for years on my 61 - they are "the best".
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Why is everyone so obsessed with Diamondback for a tire source? In the OPs case it appears he is looking for white walls and they can generally be purchased locally for less. I get it if you are looking for radial red or gold lines if that is your thing but not white walls?
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Why is everyone so obsessed with Diamondback for a tire source? In the OPs case it appears he is looking for white walls and they can generally be purchased locally for less. I get it if you are looking for radial red or gold lines if that is your thing but not white walls?

Most tires that are made today in the sizes we need have had many issues with the whitewalls having black bleed through and are difficult to keep clean. I looked at Coopers, Cokers, Tigerpaws etc all have a history of whitewall problems.
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Another vote for Diamond Back.

I have over 13k miles on mine and have seen speeds over 100 mph with no issues (on a closed course, mind you...).

Ordering was a snap and I gave them the dimensions for white walls that I wanted.

Not afraid to spend a few bucks on quality tires since I drive my car.
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The reason for me is to find a whitewall tire that will stay white. In the last few years tires are made differently and the black will weep through and turn the whitewall brown. I tried to save some money by buying local tires and learned the hard way.
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Originally Posted by CorvetteMikeB View Post
You makes the Diamonback brand tire??
Purchased my set of Diamondback "Classic" P205/75R-15 red line tires 3 years ago - great tire! Mine were manufactured by Toyo. Toyo tires in this size can be had in whitewall, don't know how the whitewall will hold-up, but my red lines have had no problems at all.
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