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Tire recommendations for 1963 Riv?


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While on a leisure drive from Detroit to Dayton, I suffered an irreparable flat (left rear puncture, wheel undamaged). Good news: the spare is working nicely. Bad news: the spare doesn't match the other three tires (it's a wider whitewall), and I have no idea how old these tires are (but they appear in good shape). Suggestions?

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First thing: Check the build date on the three remaining tires. If their seven years old or older, replace all of them before another catastrophe happens and you're not as lucky. Looks can be deceiving. Dry rot doesn't always show its ugly face and can start within the tire. Better safe than sorry. Buying four new ones also gives you a lot more choices.

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Guest dwhiteside64

Hey Adam sorry to hear about your unfortunate event. As far as the age of your tires, there should be a date code on the side wall (probably on the inside due to them being white walls):

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11

While tires may look fine and have little wear, they have a 'shelf life' so to speak and need to be replaced after so many years even if mileage is low. Problem is you hear many opinions concerning how old is too old. By the way, you running radial or bias ply on your ride?

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Scroll down to page 13 in the Diamondback catalog.

http://www.dbtires.com/2013_catalog/2013_DBTiresCatalog_Web_Hi.pdf

Universal also offers some nice white side wall choices.

https://www.universaltire.com/

Or at Wally World:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hankook-Optimo-H724-Tire-P215-75R15/17792286

or just Google: "215/75R15 white side wall" (or what ever size you want) and look to see who offers what. There's actually quite a bit out there if you're not set on having "name" brand tires or wanting an 80,000 mile warranty on them.

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http://www.cokertire.com/

Tires and brakes are nothing to be frugal about.

Was traveling down the freeway in my '63 at 70-75 MPH, and blew the rear driver tire. Yep, tires were old but plenty of tread left. The tow truck guy and the tire guy were amazed that I didn't sustain any damage beyond the rubber. Whew!

No brainer... I replaced all 4 immediately. My spare is an original spare -- for show only, and will never be put in service. Too old to trust. Too nice to use. :)

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  • 2 weeks later...

I second the Hankook Optimo suggested above if you are not looking for a 100% correct white stripe. I have a set on my 63 Avanti and also had a set on a 64 Lincoln. Also the Cooper Lifeliner radials are good, I have a set on my 66 Cadillac. Both tires are smooth and quiet. My 64 Rivy has Kumho Solus'. Great tire but they are no longer available with a white stripe.

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