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#1
Hello,


      Have a 73 convertible with Magnum 500 wheels and currently BF Goodrich Radial TA's.  Have one bad tire and all the tires are 6-7 years old.  Although they look fine and only have 5K miles on them, I am told that for safety/age reasons they should probably be replaced.  The Coopers are raised white letter just like the TA's and cost app. $200 less.  Any opinions on which tire to go with ?  I drive the car app. 1000K per year and it is garaged.  I could just replace the bad tire with a new TA which would be much cheaper, but I would still have 3 tires that are 6-7 years old. Also, any opinion as to the appearance and appropriateness of one tire over the other.  Thanks very much !


Steve
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(08-25-2019, 06:22 PM)naa10104 Wrote: Hello,


      Have a 73 convertible with Magnum 500 wheels and currently BF Goodrich Radial TA's.  Have one bad tire and all the tires are 6-7 years old.  Although they look fine and only have 5K miles on them, I am told that for safety/age reasons they should probably be replaced.  The Coopers are raised white letter just like the TA's and cost app. $200 less.  Any opinions on which tire to go with ?  I drive the car app. 1000K per year and it is garaged.  I could just replace the bad tire with a new TA which would be much cheaper, but I would still have 3 tires that are 6-7 years old. Also, any opinion as to the appearance and appropriateness of one tire over the other.  Thanks very much !


Steve

I have both, new in the last couple year's. The Cooper's for the money are the better value IMO. They ride just as good or better then the BFG's. The raised white letter's on the Cooper's show as well also, just do not have the iconic history attached to the brand.  If i budget is an issue, you are good to go with Cooper's IMO...
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I have been running the coopers for years. I really like them. I just ordered a new rear set and will be installing them this week.

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(08-25-2019, 07:14 PM)7173Vert Wrote:
(08-25-2019, 06:22 PM)naa10104 Wrote: Hello,


      Have a 73 convertible with Magnum 500 wheels and currently BF Goodrich Radial TA's.  Have one bad tire and all the tires are 6-7 years old.  Although they look fine and only have 5K miles on them, I am told that for safety/age reasons they should probably be replaced.  The Coopers are raised white letter just like the TA's and cost app. $200 less.  Any opinions on which tire to go with ?  I drive the car app. 1000K per year and it is garaged.  I could just replace the bad tire with a new TA which would be much cheaper, but I would still have 3 tires that are 6-7 years old. Also, any opinion as to the appearance and appropriateness of one tire over the other.  Thanks very much !


Steve

I have both, new in the last couple year's. The Cooper's for the money are the better value IMO. They ride just as good or better then the BFG's. The raised white letter's on the Cooper's show as well also, just do not have the iconic history attached to the brand.  If i budget is an issue, you are good to go with Cooper's IMO...
THanks for the info.  Can you explain what the "iconic history " is ? Thanks 
steve
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(08-25-2019, 09:09 PM)naa10104 Wrote:
(08-25-2019, 07:14 PM)7173Vert Wrote:
(08-25-2019, 06:22 PM)naa10104 Wrote: Hello,


      Have a 73 convertible with Magnum 500 wheels and currently BF Goodrich Radial TA's.  Have one bad tire and all the tires are 6-7 years old.  Although they look fine and only have 5K miles on them, I am told that for safety/age reasons they should probably be replaced.  The Coopers are raised white letter just like the TA's and cost app. $200 less.  Any opinions on which tire to go with ?  I drive the car app. 1000K per year and it is garaged.  I could just replace the bad tire with a new TA which would be much cheaper, but I would still have 3 tires that are 6-7 years old. Also, any opinion as to the appearance and appropriateness of one tire over the other.  Thanks very much !


Steve

I have both, new in the last couple year's. The Cooper's for the money are the better value IMO. They ride just as good or better then the BFG's. The raised white letter's on the Cooper's show as well also, just do not have the iconic history attached to the brand.  If i budget is an issue, you are good to go with Cooper's IMO...
THanks for the info.  Can you explain what the "iconic history " is ? Thanks 
steve

I have Coopers on my 71 as well and am very happy with them. 

The Radial TAs have history as they've been around since the late 70's. Not sure when Cooper introduced the Cobra, but they've been making tires a long time as well. Honestly, I could care less about any history with the Radial TA, since they seem to be capitalizing on their brand and "street cred", charging ridiculous sums for a low-tech basic radial tire.


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#6
So long as the other tyres are good I'd just replace the bad one, tyres should last at least 10 years.
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#7
Who told you tires only last 6-7 years? Guess it doesn’t matter, but they are safe up to 10 years. Unless they are really dry rotted and full of cracks they are fine. If they still have good tread left on them then don’t worry they are fine.
I was kinda in the boat as you, but I needed 2 tires. So I just got 2 new BF TA’s. I’m sure the Coopers are a good tire too, but I do like the way the TA’s look on the car. I can definitely feel the difference with new tires in the back. Hooks up better and now I’m not sliding around sharp corners. My old rears were getting pretty worn down. But I gotta take it easy, don’t want to burn up my new ones, for now, lol.

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(08-26-2019, 07:27 AM)jpaz Wrote: Who told you tires only last 6-7 years? Guess it doesn’t matter, but they are safe up to 10 years. Unless they are really dry rotted and full of cracks they are fine. If they still have good tread left on them then don’t worry they are fine.
I was kinda in the boat as you, but I needed 2 tires. So I just got 2 new BF TA’s. I’m sure the Coopers are a good tire too, but I do like the way the TA’s look on the car. I can definitely feel the difference with new tires in the back. Hooks up better and now I’m not sliding around sharp corners. My old rears were getting pretty worn down. But I gotta take it easy, don’t want to burn up my new ones, for now, lol.


Thanks all for the good advice !
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#9
(08-26-2019, 07:27 AM)jpaz Wrote: Who told you tires only last 6-7 years? Guess it doesn’t matter, but they are safe up to 10 years. Unless they are really dry rotted and full of cracks they are fine. If they still have good tread left on them then don’t worry they are fine.
I was kinda in the boat as you, but I needed 2 tires. So I just got 2 new BF TA’s. I’m sure the Coopers are a good tire too, but I do like the way the TA’s look on the car. I can definitely feel the difference with new tires in the back. Hooks up better and now I’m not sliding around sharp corners. My old rears were getting pretty worn down. But I gotta take it easy, don’t want to burn up my new ones, for now, lol.
Tires can rot from the inside out due to the air inside oxidizing the rubber. However, i dont know if there is research showing the relationship between the interior versus the exterior condition of aged tires. There is also air on the outside off course. There are many factors that will affect tire aging. Due to these unknowns, the 10 year max rule of thumb is used. I guess the thought is that it is better to be safe than sorry.

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#10
Recommendations I've seen range from 6~10 years. How long they last really depends on the environmental conditions and how they're stored. If your car sits a lot in a garage with the tires flat on the concrete, 5~6 years is probably it before they permanently flat spot. If it's driven a fair amount and you use the "tiresaver" curved parking pads, then you can probably go ten years.

IMO, if you have one bad tire and they are already at 6~7 years old, just replace all four, use one of the old ones for a spare and sell the other two on Craigslist. New tires are good insurance, spending the couple hundred extra beats changing a blowout on the side of the road, or having the tire come apart and wrecking a fender or quarter.


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