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    Need new tires

    The Cooper Cobras I have on the van are old and tired, and the alignment guy says they're shot and that's why I'm drifting off to the right. New tires were "on the list" anyway because they were on the van when I first got it in 2012 and I have no idea how old they were then. They have OK tread but are dry and cracked, the shop said the belts are gone on at least that one passenger tire.

    So anyway, What I have on there now is:

    The 225/70R14 Cooper Cobra Radial GT has a diameter of 26.26", a width of 8.9", mounts on a 14" rim and has 790 revolutions per mile. It weighs 24 lbs, has a max load of 1675 lbs, a maximum air pressure of 44 psi, a tread depth of 11/32" and should be used on a rim width of 6-7.5". I don't know the rim width on these American Racing Torque Thrusts are because I've never had the tires off.

    I was thinking of going to a 15" rim to help fill out the wheel wells. I have a line on a set of 15x8 mags but have no idea what tire size that would be. and at 8" wide I'm wondering if that will make steering harder with a wider tire up front. But maybe that is what I already have?? Also, I had my 108 Sportvan in Discount Tire one day before I sold it and inquired about some lower profile tires. It had fairly tall generic truck tires on it. They said they would not sell me the same Coopers as that is not what was in their computer and they can only mount what their system shows. Liability I guess. So I'll need to find a less uptight tire shop...

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    I picked up the Cragars yesterday. These are my favorite wheel of all time. They are all 15x8. The seller said he has some 15x6 and 15x7 just as nice buried deep in his stash. He said he would swap them out for the front of the van if I don't find tires I want for the 15x8's. I think I'll just go ahead and take him up on that asap if possible.

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    Great choice ! Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by BILLS66 View Post
    Great choice ! Bill
    Sweet!!! That's what I'm looking for. What rim and tires sizes are you running?

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    Out back 255/60/15 tires on 8 1/2 wide .Up front 205/65/15 tires on 6 inch wide . Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by BILLS66 View Post
    Out back 255/60/15 tires on 8 1/2 wide .Up front 205/65/15 tires on 6 inch wide . Bill
    Thanks - very helpful!!

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    Cool

    Ok here is the deal.
    Tire store will not sell you any thing that is not listed on there computers.
    a deep dish wheel like the Cragers you posted will need a wider 60 series tire.
    I all ways ran a 60 series tire on an 8 inch rim.
    While a lot of guys on these forums run a 60 series tire up front.they do make steering in tight places considerably harder..
    They can also give you more "Bump Steer"
    You can sell off two of the deep dish Cragers and buy two new Cragers from someplace like Summit Racing.
    Bill is running the correct back space on his 1st gen



    Also make sure you have the correct lug nuts and washers for those Crager SS's
    If you do go with these wheels you might need flares to cover them...
    Test fit the wheels on your van to see how far the outer edge of the wheel comes to the fender wells of your van..
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    buy the tires you want online and have them shipped to you.

    Find an independent mexican tire place and have them mounted there. They are not going to turn away cash business.



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    Both our 66'' have generals [from on line], that's the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    You can sell off two of the deep dish Cragers and buy two new Cragers from someplace like Summit Racing.
    Yeah, I was hoping to not have to go this route, but it might take a while to find a used set. My seller said he had some narrower wheels buried in his pile of stuff, but so far he hasn't responded back. So live and learn on getting too excited and buying too many shiny objects!

    Appreciate all the tips from everyone!

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