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    10 ply/E rated tires or a better/best passenger car tire?

    every single early i ever seen has passenger car tires. my van is 3400 lbs. so never worried about it. despite many, many hours and thousands of dollars trying to get it to handle better, it still handles like an overloaded work truck! first thought was stiffer springs. local spring shop said my 50+ year old springs were fine, but tires was issue. after he pushed the van side to side and pointed out the tire flex, no spring movement, it was pretty obvious! tire shop also confirmed that in about 2 minutes time! put 215/70/15lt's on the front and can not believe the difference, i will NEVER run anything less up front again. the rear isnt near as much a concern but inclined to use them out back anyways. still sporting 14"s in the rear, new rims are on the list. i can get either 15" or 16" rims to match with backspacing where i want it, however, widest 10 ply is a 235 and both are 28" tall. 235/70/15 or 235/60/16. the 16" is rated much higher. what i really want is 255/60/15's, bf goodrich TA's claim to have a stiffer sidewall and have a higher rating than my mastercraft avengers but not sure if it is just salesman hype. anyone running these? or advice on wide rear tires that dont roll under while cornering?
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    Thumbs up BFGoodrich all the way

    BFGoodrich radial T/A's have always been my #1 choice. Anytime I bought any other tires for my vans or my classic muscle cars I was disappointed. You pay a premium, but you receive a premium tire. My favorite tire sizes are 295/50r15 on 15x9 out back, and 235/60r14 on 14x7 up front. Thats what I've run on the wikivan for years, and I love it.



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    Michelin

    I don't much care for some of the politics of the French but damn they can make a tire. Highway cruising and the ability to rotate the tires for longer wear is my goal. 215/70 15 on all 4 corners inflated to 44 psi. It doesn't give you that raked look unfortunately.
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    BFG TA's all around....255/60/15 out back. I love em. My van rides great despite running (all) original leaf eye & shackle bushings. Sorry bout sideways pic.

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    Wink This or ^^^That^^^

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    always buy the best i can afford, sometimes that is the cheapest available. as my rear tires are like new, i can wait a little longer and buy the best. best meaning best handling and proper stance/look. best handling (for my needs) would be the 16" 10 ply and i could live with the 235's. best look is definatly the 255-60-15. already knowing a wider, lower profile tire will help, and that my jello like tires in the rear dont seam as critical, probably go for the ta's.
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    hey Steelyvan what size are you front tires?
    54 chevy panel truck 355 tpi 700r4 325/9in
    64 chevy 90 5.7 tpi 700r4 336 8.2
    69 chevy panel van 5.7 tbi 700r4 336 8.2

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    Quote Originally Posted by panelmanrd View Post
    hey Steelyvan what size are you front tires?
    215/70/14 ........Doin bigs and littles with wheels

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