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Tires: Firestone Indy 500s vs. Radial T?A vs. Cooper Cobra
#1
I'm looking at getting some new tires for the M-code. Stock tire size is F60-15 which equates to P235/60 R15.

I found three (mostly) 3 brands turning up.

Firestone Wide Oval Firehawk Indy 500
BFGoodrich Radial T/A E4
Cooper Cobra Radial GT

I'm leaning toward the Indy 500s. Anyone have any experience with them? They get great reviews on the internet.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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#2
The coopers are hard as a rock and quite slippery in the wet. I love my BFG's. No experience with the Firestones though.

Mike
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Black 1985 GT
Yellow 1973 Mustang Mach 1
Black 2012 5.0 GT, 6-speed, Brembo brakes, 3.73's
Wimbledon White 1966 F-100 Shortbed Styleside, 390ci, Tremec 3550, FiTech EFI
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#3
Im going the vintage wide oval firestone with the raised white letters my self...I think they look too cool!! Not sure how good they realy are thou..So i won't be much help..lol..Besides i think they look fantastic..lol
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#4
I have run the cooper cobras on a few of my cars and on my 71. They are a good tire and usually a good price. My buddy has a tire shop and is a cooper dealer so i went with them for a while. When i got my new rims I ended up going with Stinger Radial GTS. They are a good tire too. But they were cheaper than the bfg's and coopers so i went that route because my rear tires never seem to last as long as my fronts??? go figure Big Grin I am on the end of my 2nd set now, and will be buying another rear set this winter once i properly remove the rest of the tread from my current tires! The front have about maybe 5000 miles on them and look like new.
Heres a pic of the Stinger radial gts.... i also like the white letter old school look.

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Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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#5
The last Firestones I had were Firestone Firehawk SS 22570R14 front and 24560R14 out back. I think the Indy 500 is a replacement for them. Loved those tires. I bought 24560R15 BFG TA for Dad's Q Code. They seem pretty good as far as ride and hadling go. Price of tires has gone way up since I bought them almost doubled.
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#6
Just take a look how awesome they look on stock rims...Just them tires alone will get you some wins at the local car showWink hehe...But they could also handle like poop...But i dout they are too bad.
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hyena429;88441 Wrote:Just take a look how awesome they look on stock rims...Just them tires alone will get you some wins at the local car showWink hehe...But they could also handle like poop...But i dout they are too bad.

The wide ovals are bias tires not radials correct? The Boss Dad just got still has bias ply tires F60-15 up front and G60-15 out back those things break loose pretty easy! Which is fun and scary at the same time!
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mweeps;88440 Wrote:The last Firestones I had were Firestone Firehawk SS 22570R14 front and 24560R14 out back. I think the Indy 500 is a replacement for them. Loved those tires. I bought 24560R15 BFG TA for Dad's Q Code. They seem pretty good as far as ride and hadling go. Price of tires has gone way up since I bought them almost doubled.

Ya!! Tires are getting out of controll...All sizes too...I had a little run around escort wagon...And was my daily driver for years...I remmeber when i first got tires for it....little 13's...It was only 18 bucks a tire new at les shwab....i finaly sold it last year to a freind with 300,000 miles on it..i couldnt kill it...we call it the tader..cause its light brownish gold and looks like a bake potato...lol..tires jumped from 20$ a tire...too 40$....to 50$....and last set i got for it..was 80$ a tire..{shakes head} even my little ford ranger..14 inch tires...they wanted 90 bucks a tire...my word..for a run around truck...lol



mweeps;88442 Wrote:
hyena429;88441 Wrote:Just take a look how awesome they look on stock rims...Just them tires alone will get you some wins at the local car showWink hehe...But they could also handle like poop...But i dout they are too bad.

The wide ovals are bias tires not radials correct? The Boss Dad just got still has bias ply tires F60-15 up front and G60-15 out back those things break loose pretty easy! Which is fun and scary at the same time!

Yup..seems you are right...lol interesting note...

there was a big reason that most muscle cars were equipped with bias-ply tires from the factory.

The Firestone Wide-Ovals and Goodyear Polyglas tires are bias-belted..Steel belted radial tires have been around since long before muscle cars gained popularity, but didn't see much use on performance vehicles (or any automotive applications) of the era because of safety reasons. Even though cars of the time would certainly have benefited from the strength and sidewall rigidity of a steel-belted radial, radials of the time were not able to withstand the heat of sustained high speed, and as this author can attest could blow apart doing body damage or at worst, causing loss of vehicle control at high speed. The causes of this problem have been debated, but in general terms the outer rubber plies of the tire would expand at a higher rate than the inner steel radial plies when heated by high-speed driving, eventually causing the outer rubber tread to separate from the tire. Modern radial tires are better engineered and speed-rated, ensuring they don't come apart,
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#9
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/COK-62480/
Bias Ply according to description here and $286 per tire!
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#10
Heck yeah those Wide Ovals look awesome! I wish Firestone would put that on the side of a modern tire.

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My Mustangs:
71 M-code Mach 1, Medium Blue/White Sport, 4R70W, 3L50, Factory Ram Air.
72 Q-code Mach 1, Pewter/Black Sport, 4-spd, 3L25.
65 Convertible, Britney Blue/White/White, more modified than original.
05 Convertible, Legend Lime/Tan/Tan, future classic??
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