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Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 21, 2016 01:48PM

Gonna need stickier tires than that, Billy. :)


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Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 21, 2016 10:30PM

Billy - typo? I see 235/60/15 T/A radicals, but doesn't appear they come in a 235/50/15.


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bill gaulin
harrisville R.I.
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1974 MGB V8 LS1 5.3

Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: billymgb1000
Date: April 22, 2016 04:02AM

No your right rob 235/60r15. you think so carl? I thought these were sticky enough, I haven't run them yet, I will be painting my car this week end then it's putting her all back together.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 22, 2016 10:50AM

Yours are UTOG (treadware, traction, & temp range) 400, Rob's are 200, mine are 100. Lower the number the stickier & the quicker they wear out.

Of course, with that 5.3L, I'm sure you will wear them out plenty fast. ;)


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 23, 2016 01:31AM

I've had UTQG 400 tires on mine since I built it. For daily driving, they're fine. But even with my mild 302, I could spin the tires in the 1st two gears when I wanted to - 3rd gear too once they got a little older and started to harden. Your 5.3L will make it even a bit easier.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 23, 2016 01:40AM

By the way, I ended up changing my order to the BFG Rivals. They are on their way; should be here Thursday. If you need to buy tires, check philstireservice.com. Very helpful and responsive + they had the best prices. They are racers with a tire shop.


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Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 07, 2016 06:56PM

Got my wheel with the slightly bent lip fixed - was interesting to watch... they simply heated the back of the wheel lip with a torch & then worked it with a lead headed hammer. I was surprised how little force was required. Took 2 re-heat/hammer cycles but when he was done, you can't tell it was ever bent.

Also got the new tires mounted & balanced. Wow!! Way more traction on these BFG g-Force Rivals than there was with the Falken ZE-912's. Granted my tires were old, but there's no comparison!



roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 27, 2016 02:08PM

Ok, How about the Mickey Thompson ET street radial, R2 compound, 3753R, will take a 7.5-9.5" wheel width x 15"wheel . 26.1: dia. and 10.5" tread. How about cornering use ? They are - $40. ea./Jegs, now. Thanks, Art.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 28, 2016 10:37AM

Did you misread that ad, Art. This link says savings of $39.09 in red. Don't really like the way they make that stand out more than the actual cost.

[www.jegs.com]

That tire is a street drag radial. Besides weighing 31lbs, it is specifically designed to be heated & hook up in a straight line. Usually that requires giving up some lateral grip. No way I would mount a tire that big on a 7.5" wheel.

Personally, I have no experience with it, but I would be surprised if it could keep up with a tire designed for cornering.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 30, 2016 11:26AM

Subliminal Message : Don't be so cheap-Art, get tires for drags and tires for corner burning. I suppose a 31lb tire, NOT the best way to get ballast/lol. art.


19742500205gt
warren b.
on track looking for the next apex
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1974 mgb gt 1989Dport big valve head on a 2.5 lema short block

Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: 19742500205gt
Date: October 01, 2016 08:47PM

steer clear of BF goodritch TA radials they are not a proformance tire outher than size.use a 200 tread wear by falklin 615K or a 100 treadwear by nito NTO1. tires should allways cost more than your deductable.lots-o-sizes in 14 inch. saving money on tires and brake pads is a fools erend .my queston is the search for fender flairs on chrome bumper mgbgt the rear flairs are not bad in a 70,s group 8 style look. as to the front havent seen a flair I like. allways open too new IDEAS.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Ran across a couple of interesting tires for 15" tires
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 03, 2016 09:15AM

There are better choices than the Falken RT615K. The Nitto NT01? Not sure I would want to be caught in the rain with that one. I really like the Toyo RA1 for a 100 treadwear tire.

For the 200 TW. I would use the Bridgestone RE-71R, or Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec.
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