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PostSubject: Wide Whites   Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:24 pm

Well...I had a feeling something was going bad...terrible vibration up front last night as I was driving Green Christine. I took all the tires off today and noticed the left front had a 12" long huge bulge on the inside portion of the tread. WOW! I knew the tires were old...(Sears Guardsmen) and I wanted wider whites anyways....I was just hoping to get a few summers out of these. It would have been nice to get new tires at the same time I get her restored.

Anyways, what do you guys recommend? Radials are a must and price is a big factor to me right now.

The largest Diamondbacks avail. are 215/75r14: $229 x 4 + $95 ship=$1011

In Cokers, I can get 225/75r14: $209 x 4 + 0 ship =$836

I'm obviously leaning toward Cokers...because of the price and size ( I really want the larger size because I think they fill the wheel well better/look much better) but I have heard some neg. things about them...eg. the white walls yellow, they do not balance as well/ride as nice, sometimes they can't be balanced at all? Anybody have any advice or good alternatives?

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PostSubject: Re: Wide Whites   Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:47 pm

Here is a little better price for the Cokers including shipping:

http://www.widewhitetires.com/coker.html


P225/75R14
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2.5"
6 - 8"
1797 @ 35 PSI

6.04"

8.78"

27.62"

102P
 $219.00

$876

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/331395896758?item=331395896758&lgeo=1&ttle=Coker+American+Classic+Collector+Radial+Tire+22575-14+Whitewall+Radial+546090&vectorid=229466&tc=US&rmvSB=true

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PostSubject: Re: Wide Whites   Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:31 pm

Sorry to hear about your tires Bob.  Ive heard about the Cokers yellowing a bit too. But its strange. Some have had that problem and some haven't. Maybe it was just a bad batch of tires.  I would think these would balance out just fine. But if one tire could not be balanced I would just send it back. You don't want a excessive amount of wheel weights. Sometimes just rotating the tire on the rim helps. But Coker is a good brand. And I myself would like to go with radials of these. I just think the ride and handling would be much better. Smile

Just my 2 cents. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Wide Whites   Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:06 am

Maybe for the whitewalls yellowing, maybe try cleaners that are made specifically for whitewalls.
I just did some quick searching on Google to try to help you out and I asked Google 'what should be used to clean whitewall tires'.
I found out from peoples' different reviews or whatever you want to call it that the people out there stay away from bleach cause they say it can dry out your tires.

I personally don't know cause I don't own any whitewall tires.
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PostSubject: Re: Wide Whites   Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:32 am

Thanks all for your comments. I was hoping there was an alternative to Coker or Diamondback. I know John (Big M) used super cushions and they look fabulous, but I prefer the handling of radials. Although after much reading, perhaps I should start considering bias ply tires?

Yes Marc...$209 ea. seems to be the best price I found yesterday for the Cokers. Summit Racing has that price...so does E-bay. Actually, I think it was a Summit listing on E-bay I saw...plus the same price on the Summit website. No shipping is attractive but still...$836 is a tough pill to swallow all at once right now. Plus...I've been reading over at FL about WW tires. The guys there (highly) DO NOT recommend Coker tires. All kinds of problems too many to list at the moment!

Wayne...I see you mentioned port-a-walls in an older WW tire thread here in this section. Now, from what I gather, they would work with any new 14" tire that can be had at the local tire store...and they're $70-80/tire. BIG difference...But does anyone have any first hand experience with them? How do they look? Do they lay flat against the sidewall and if so, for how long?

Bob

PS...Just did some more reading on port a walls...very few say they work without problems...many say they can't even get them to stay on and they fly off at high speeds! Looks like Green Christine will stay up on jack stands for now. Has anyone heard of Calli Tire in California? They're in your neck of the woods John...link below

http://callitw.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=1_4&product_id=80

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PostSubject: Re: Wide Whites   Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:22 pm

Bob, what I have heard about port a walls is they only hold on with bias ply tires. They do not work on radials. Radials side walls flex too much and they fly right off.  But if your hearing bad reviews about Cokers then maybe one should use a bias ply tire. Wide whites in bias ply might be the key here. Johns (BigM) do look very nice on his 59 Wink  I will be watching this thread close. Im curious too see what you go with. I would have a hard time buying Cokers for that price if they don't hold up and start to show there age very early on.


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