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I'm looking to replace the nearly 20 year old tires on my '65. Although they they look to be in great condition with no outward signs of deterioration it is probably a good idea to replace them for safety. What I'm looking for is a reasonably priced 225/75-15 radial with at least a 3/4" wide whitewall. I know the choices are limited outside of the pricey Coker and Diamond Back tires. My car is a nice survivor, not a perfectly restored show car so it is hard to spend over a $1000 for a set of tires. It seems like most other whitewall tire choices out there either are no-name brands or have some undesirable appearance characteristics. Cooper Trendsetters are a decent looking tire but do not come in the correct size. Hankook is also a good tire but the sidewall is ugly with the huge name and weird texture. I've also read about Suretrac and Vitour but is seems that they don't get such good reviews. I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who has recently purchased tires for their Riviera and has been happy with them.

 

 

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I thought that I had read somewhere that the Cadillac guys were giving the Suretrac tires a good review.

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3 hours ago, 48Super said:

I'm looking to replace the nearly 20 year old tires on my '65. Although they they look to be in great condition with no outward signs of deterioration it is probably a good idea to replace them for safety. What I'm looking for is a reasonably priced 225/75-15 radial with at least a 3/4" wide whitewall. I know the choices are limited outside of the pricey Coker and Diamond Back tires. My car is a nice survivor, not a perfectly restored show car so it is hard to spend over a $1000 for a set of tires. It seems like most other whitewall tire choices out there either are no-name brands or have some undesirable appearance characteristics. Cooper Trendsetters are a decent looking tire but do not come in the correct size. Hankook is also a good tire but the sidewall is ugly with the huge name and weird texture. I've also read about Suretrac and Vitour but is seems that they don't get such good reviews. I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who has recently purchased tires for their Riviera and has been happy with them.

 

 

Hi Mike,

  Your call but you detailed your butt off and your car is so nice why not a set of the repro triple whites?

Tom Mooney

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That would be the icing on the cake. 

  IF the tires are actually 20+ years old they may just predate the time when tires started dry rotting on the self. The reason they have a "Usable" life span today.

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Try Cooper tires.   I got my set from Pep Boys.

Nevermind...you stated they don't come in your size.  Move along, nothing to see here.

 

Chris 

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I pulled this from the internet but I recognize the garage floor.  This is a DB that Gord Wolfgang had made for his 1965.  True authenticity.  Go for it, you're only young once.

 

 

New Tires for my 65 - Buick Riviera - Riviera Owners Association ...

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Wow, you guys are tough! I have seen the DB version of the original Riviera tires and I've always thought they looked great but at $265, its not an easy decision to make. Truthfully, I'd love to get a set of these on my car. If I could only find a way too keep the wife from knowing how much I paid........

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IMHO, you've also got to consider how much you're going to drive it.  If you spend $1000 on a set of tires that lasts 5 years, that's $200 per year.  If you only drive 200 miles per year, that's $1 a mile.  And remember, you can't see your tires when driving.  If you're in the driver's seat, it doesn't matter what they look like.

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Mastercraft 215 75R15 Made in USA...75 each mounted and balanced last year

They don't come in 225s, though, which is the most popular choice for 1st gens on the World Wide Web (which repeats the same info over and over til forever).

In real life these are about a half inch shorter or in other words the same height as a 225 with miles on them and 10 millimeters less wide. I think that's 1/3rd of an inch. Big whoop.

 

Oh, and EDIT: No frame rub like on the 225's...……………….

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I got four of the American Classic Auburn 710 R 15 for my 63. The tires are radial with a bias look. I have a one inch white wall. They ride real good.

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2 hours ago, 48Super said:

Wow, you guys are tough! I have seen the DB version of the original Riviera tires and I've always thought they looked great but at $265, its not an easy decision to make. Truthfully, I'd love to get a set of these on my car. If I could only find a way too keep the wife from knowing how much I paid........

 

 

1 hour ago, Turbinator said:

I got four of the American Classic Auburn 710 R 15 for my 63. The tires are radial with a bias look. I have a one inch white wall. They ride real good.

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Those really do look like a bias ply tire Bob, mission accomplished,

Tom

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You'll not be going as fast as your speedometer says and you'll have more revolutions per mile - more wear per mile.  What about the weight limit per tire?  The "75" is an aspect ratio of tire width based on height.

 

225/75r15 vs 215/75r15 Tire Comparison Side By Side

 

 

                  225/75-15                    v s                                   215/75R15                      

Diameter (Height) inches (mm)28.29 (718.5)          27.7 (703.5)-0.59 (-15) -2.1%

Width inches (mm)8.86 (225)                                     8.46 (215)-0.39 (-10) -4.4%

Circum. inches (mm)88.87 (2257.23)                       87.01 (2210.11)-1.86 (-47.12) -2.1%

Sidewall Height inches (mm)6.64 (168.75)              6.35 (161.25)-0.3 (-7.5) -4.4%

Revolutions per mile (km)712.97 (443.02)               728.17 (452.47)15.2 (9.45) 2.1%

 

 

Speedo Reading Actual Speed
20 mph (32.19 km/h) 19.58 mph (31.51 km/h)
25 mph (40.23 km/h) 24.48 mph (39.39 km/h)
30 mph (48.28 km/h) 29.37 mph (47.27 km/h)
35 mph (56.33 km/h) 34.27 mph (55.15 km/h)
40 mph (64.37 km/h) 39.16 mph (63.03 km/h)
45 mph (72.42 km/h) 44.06 mph (70.91 km/h)
50 mph (80.47 km/h) 48.96 mph (78.79 km/h)
55 mph (88.51 km/h) 53.85 mph (86.67 km/h)
60 mph (96.56 km/h) 58.75 mph (94.54 km/h)
65 mph (104.61 km/h) 63.64 mph (102.42 km/h)

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I went with the Venezia classic 787 whitewall p225-75-R15 two years ago. They are wonderful....ride smooth as glass

at all speeds, the whitewall stays nice and white without yellowing, and they only cost about 77 dollars, lettering is small, unobtrusive   not like the hankooks.DSCN0358.thumb.JPG.c111da534d58a9214cfe781e13d58994.JPG 

 

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20 hours ago, 48Super said:

Wow, you guys are tough! I have seen the DB version of the original Riviera tires and I've always thought they looked great but at $265, its not an easy decision to make. Truthfully, I'd love to get a set of these on my car. If I could only find a way too keep the wife from knowing how much I paid........

Depending on what you like or not like about bias versus radial tires maybe a consideration. If and only if you like the look of bias tires And the handling of bias tires you can get the simple bias white walls at an attractive price. This is just a thought that may be an option for you.

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