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    Default 15" tires - What to get?

    I need new tires and There is a lot of chat about what to get. I have a McLaren and I want to keep the stock rims, so I'm stuck with getting 15" tires. I understand that the cars came out with Gatorbacks or some similar performance tire, but you can't get anything like that in 15s. I wanted BF Goodrich Com T/As, but, again, they don't make them anymore and the G-force sport wheels aren't available in 15".

    So what's wrong with BFG Radial T/As? Besides the price, of course. I hear a lot of people are going with Cooper CS5 ultra touring, which seem to be about the same but half the price.

    Any advice?

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    I haven't bought any 15" tires other than some rollers in years, so I might be wrong. My understand is the first the BFG Radial T/A is a very old design from a technology aspect. Not a big deal for the Show Car or occasional good weather cruiser. They are round, they hold air, and they will fit your wheels, so they work. The other issue I have heard is the molds are getting old and worn down and the tires being produced are less crisp and true for lack of a better term. Again I have NO Experience with this first hand, just what I have heard from others and seen posted on the internet.

    Nothing wrong with BFG and I have had good experiences with them over the years. With that said, I like Cooper tires also and have had good experiences with their products too. There are also offerings from Kumho and General although nothing is really a Performance Tire. I would look at all the options and go from there, but honestly I think BFG would be last on my list unless you just want a tire that looks somewhat "Period Correct". Good Luck!
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    Thanks! The mold issue is news to me! I have a 67 Mustang as well, and I am a big BFG fan on those--old technology. The side walls are rounder on the Radial TAs but I remember that they have a much better ride than the Gatorbacks did. My car is a pretty rough ride as it is, so maybe the BFGs would dampen that some?

    Seems like the 'new' trend is to put a ton of crap on the sidewalls, now, too. So.. Looking hard at the Coopers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 86McLarenCapri View Post
    Thanks! The mold issue is news to me! I have a 67 Mustang as well, and I am a big BFG fan on those--old technology. The side walls are rounder on the Radial TAs but I remember that they have a much better ride than the Gatorbacks did. My car is a pretty rough ride as it is, so maybe the BFGs would dampen that some?

    Seems like the 'new' trend is to put a ton of crap on the sidewalls, now, too. So.. Looking hard at the Coopers...
    Agreed, the sidewall stuff seems to come from the offroad tires and has trickled down to performance and passenger tires.

    If you have a good local tire shop or Discount Tire have them order in a set of the BFG's and look at them. If you are happy with the tires in regards to how they look, design, and decent mold quality then I say go for it. I don't LOVE the tread design of the BFG, but then again none of the other options really excite me either.

    You can compare all the wear ratings, etc between the tires and see if one is that much better than the others, but I doubt you will notice much difference in ride quality between any of them. They are all the same 225/60/15 size I assume so unless over inflated the ride should be pretty soft compared to most lower profile tires.
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    I have 225/60/15 BFG's WWL's on my 88 Turbines and 225/60/15 General Tiger Paws on my 85 10-holes. Bought both sets from Walmart online. Both have been fantastic tires with good road manners. Heck the first set of BFG's on my 88 lasted till 60000 miles and I drove that car all year long including snow.

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    OK, I know this will sound terrible but: For my daughters 83 Capri with 10 holes, I purchased Nankang SP-9 Cross Sports in 225/60/15. They seem to get good reviews and they have a very square profile like the old Gatorbacks did. I do not like the looks of the Coopers because they have a more rounded profile.

    She has put around 5,000 miles on them so far. They seem to work great in dry and wet (won't use them for snow). They are not expensive and have no panache', but they look right and ride nice. As a side note, only 1 tire took more than 1 oz to balance (it was still less than 2 oz total). That is fairly uncommon in most tires.

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    I bought Falkin 912 a few years ago when I ran into the same problem. Looks like a Touring tire and performs better than expected.
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    Get the BFG's. A great period correct tire. I like to mount black side out, as I am not a fan of RWL on a fox. Shop around and you can find great deals on the T/A's.

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    Had regular T/A on my Ranger. 245/60/15, black walls out.
    Got rid of them. Looked good but too many issues.
    Flats, broken belts. Flat spotting. Thread cracking. Air loss.
    Old tech, high price. Traction, handling, wear, nothing special. Many avail sizes a plus.
    Now have Firestone Precision Sport blackwalls on car and white letter out Destination LE on truck.
    Great price, great handling and all weather traction especially on wet roads. No air loss.

    Cooper Cobras were just ok.
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    I have been on 10holes and Cooper cs5s for 4 years now. They are holding up well (20000 miles) and ride great. Autocross not so great but they didn't roll off the rims either. I think they look good for the style. They also clear the skunks and raccoons. That said... The 225 45 15 federals I use for autocross are awesome. They look odd, of course, but the ride and handling for even grocery runs or highway is excellent. For my next set of tires I may be looking that way. Not sure if a 225 50 or 55 even exists.
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    I have about 500 miles on new Cooper CS5s this summer. These are great tires- highly recommend them!

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    Go old school, radial t/a's
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