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Largest Size tire on 15x6.5 fan wheel

What is the largest size tire i can run?
I used to run 265/65/15 on my 1st tbird 94 lx v8 sport, but those wheels were 15x8 aftermarket.
I now am puttin 2 new tires on and want some tires with white writing on the side b/c i have b/f goodrich radial t/a that are 2.5 yrs old and still have about 3/4 inch of tread left in the rear, but the front are shot, i never rotated them b/c the rear is wearing the tires so good its amazing. I will be putting the new tires on the rear and i want to get even wider this time so what is the absolute widest tire i can fit in the rear on the 15" fan wheels? Its a non sport package.

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theres a guy on sccoa who put 275's on the 6.5 wide rims....I don't know if they were 275/60's, or 275/50's.

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i've got 235/60/15's on my fanblades........

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i had 245's on my old fanblades. 255+ would look too buldgy
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245 by what porkchop, do you remember? I remember Shadowdragon said he had 245's but im not sure what aspect ratio. 245/65/15 or what? also any brand you know of that makes tires in that size. (i know i can look around but if you guys already know it would save me a little time)

Also porky or SD? did you have 245 all the way around or just in the rear?

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i got pepboys supersport tires 245/60/15 on the last car.

back then it was 280 total (tires/mounting/etc)
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theres a guy on sccoa who put 275's on the 6.5 wide rims....I don't know if they were 275/60's, or 275/50's.
Wow....that's kind of foolish. Talk about walking the wheel. That sucker musta handled like a mid-70's Oldsmobile.

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I have two new BF Goodrich 255x60x15 that I got off an 89 Mustang I had (it got hit in the front and was totalled) and went to two tire shops and they refused to install them! Any thoughts on whether I should keep trying to find a place to install them. They're like new--only had them two months before the wreck :<(

I have a 95 xR7 w/4 wheel disc and the rim is not the fan blade it looks like a spider web of sorts.

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I'd either look around for a set of wider aftermarket wheels, or put them in the local bargain hunter and use what you get from them towards a set that will fit your wheels. Even 235's are pushing it on a 6 1/2" wheel. Getting too wide will prove unstable and unsafe at high speeds and aggressive cornering.

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i got pepboys supersport tires 245/60/15 on the last car.

back then it was 280 total (tires/mounting/etc)
ordered mine online......total= $255.00
installed at a "mom n' pops" used tire shop......total= $28.00
total =$283.00

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I'd either look around for a set of wider aftermarket wheels, or put them in the local bargain hunter and use what you get from them towards a set that will fit your wheels. Even 235's are pushing it on a 6 1/2" wheel. Getting too wide will prove unstable and unsafe at high speeds and aggressive cornering.
i've never had a problem or felt unsafe w/ my 235's.
now if i had 275's i'd be afraid to drive it.
255's i would be a little worried.

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i've never had a problem or felt unsafe w/ my 235's.
now if i had 275's i'd be afraid to drive it.
255's i would be a little worried.
I didn't say 235's weren't safe, I said they were "pushing it"....as in to the limit. That's the widest tire recommended for a 6 1/2" wheel. For radial tires used primarily on the street, you want the tire mounted just a little better than flush with the edge of the rim. Ideally, a 7" to an 8" wide wheel would be better suited for a 235mm wide tire. That way, it provides you with the best overall compromise between ride, handling and traction....not to mention provides a little bit of added protection for the rim in the event you get a little too close to the curb.

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The accepted largest size on stock 6.5" wheels is 245/60-15. Dozens of us have run them with ZERO issues. They're also the exact right height so there there are no speedo problems. I ran three different sets on my car before going to 17's. And I drive as hard or harder than anybody I've ever known....not to mention all the curvy roads around here.

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thanks alot sir willy, ive got 225/70/15 on there right now and it doesnt handle too great. thats compared to 245/45/17 on the 95. Its my sister's car and she kinda drives like i do, well like everyone in my family. Malin drivers are crazy. Thanks for all the help, now to find some decent tires with white lettering on the side, ive got about 2000mi to find em. Who does everyone recommend for 245/60/15's? The BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires i have now i would recommend to everyone, they are great tires.
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I ran the Dunlop GT Qualifiers. Great tire at a great price.

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I ran the Dunlop GT Qualifiers. Great tire at a great price.
you know those are the same ones i had on my old 94 with the 15x8 aftermarket, i had 265/65/15 and they were massive, but handled great.

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I'm running 255/60/15's.

They fit but are too big looking. Minor rub issue on passenger strut rod at full tilt.

Go with the 245's.
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i ran 275/60r15's on fan blades out back. NOOOOO ISSSUES!!!! I don't know how many times i have to repeat myself. get some airbag helper springs to insure you do not rub in loaded conditions. only issue is premature wearing oof the center of the tire just keep the tire pressure a little low
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I think I gots 235's on mine. JUST wide enough so I cant spin them from a stop

Gotta fix that problem some day.

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you gotta repeat yourself often when stuff like this isnt sticky or in a writeup.
245 is wide enough for me! thanks guys. I want to eventually get 4 matching tires so i can rotate em. Thanks for the info.

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i had 245's on my old fanblades. 255+ would look too buldgy
can you send a pick of what the 245's look like on the fan blades?
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ive got 255/60/15s on the back of mine on the stock wheels and i have so issues what so ever
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ive got 255/60/15s on the back of mine on the stock wheels and i have so issues what so ever
I want to see how they look with that tire profile. . . please
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they really don't look that different . . . does Cooper make a "COBRA" tire that size?

I will be in the market for them mid summer.
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im pretty sure cooper does make a tire that size. thats a pretty common size that alot of people run.
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nice they look good on there. are the big tires only on the back?

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245-60-15's will work fine as do the 255-60-15's. You will notice a bit more center wear at recommended tire pressures. But they work well, especially on the rear of the car.

I've had both sizes on my car since the original's were on there with no problems.

For Racing purposes, I've used the 275-60-15's MT and BFG Drags with no problems either but they aren't really good for daily driving, though I have.

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Steve,

What size rear tires and wheels are you racing with now ?

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