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Old May 10th, 2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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Best Tires for 1971 Cutlass Supreme Converbile, SSII 14x7

I need to replace the tires on my 1971 Cutlass Supreme convertible with SSII 14x7 rims. I want something sporty, yet classic-looking.

i) Which tires do you recommend?
ii) Which sizes look best? (I'm replacing Goodyear Eagle STs, 225/70/R14)
iii) Should I get larger tires on the back?

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Old May 10th, 2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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I have the same car as you. I like the look of the super stock wheels also, but the 14" are getting harder to find. I switched to 15" many years ago when the 15" were all over the place and cheap. I know you can still get BFG Radial T/A's in 14"s. I recommend using the same size all around but some like the look of bigger in rear. I had different sizes on my Cutlass and then couldn't rotate them and the fronts wore out a lot sooner. Now I have 245/70-15's and like them. Welcome to the site..
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Like Greg, I have identical car as yours. I had Eagle STs like you did and kept that size when I changed to my current BF Goodrich Radial T/A 225/70R14. I liked the way both sets looked on the car and would not change. Welcome to site. Glad to have another 71 convertible owner on board.
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Old May 10th, 2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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Just replace your Goodyears with BF Goodrich Radial TAs (white letter out of course). I would get the same size in front and back, that way you can rotate them properly.
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I need to replace the tires on my 1971 Cutlass Supreme convertible with SSII 14x7 rims. I want something sporty, yet classic-looking.

i) Which tires do you recommend?
ii) Which sizes look best? (I'm replacing Goodyear Eagle STs, 225/70/R14)
iii) Should I get larger tires on the back?

Thanks, Todd
If you are stuck with the 14" wheels, you don't have a lot of choices any more. 225/70-14 is the closest to OEM diameter you will find and fills the wheelwells nicely. There are wider 14" tires, but they are much smaller in diameter. The 245/60-16 BFGs, for example, are the widest you get reasonably get but are an inch smaller in diameter than the 225/70-14s. They just look funny on A-body cars with so much daylight between the tire and the wheel opening.
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I have BF Goodrich Radial T/A's on my 14x7 rims. Definitely good tires with that classic look.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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I just put on Cooper Cobra 225/70/14.. couldn't be happier with the look
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Thanks for the advice. everyone. I really appreciate your input and kind welcome. Best wishes, Todd
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I also have the radial T/A's they look great. They are the perfect look for these cars IMO
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Old May 16th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #10
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Original 68 Wheels

My 68 is all original, and has 215X75 14 white side walls with full wheel covers. I'm thinking about changing sizes, but I like the original look and the white walls. That locks me into the 14" rims, so I'm wondering what tire size I can go up to, and I haven't found any white wall tires at any size.

Tire Rack didn't have any white walls that I could find.

Anybody have any ideas?
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Old May 16th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #11
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I'm surprised that the 215/75/14s appear to be gone.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/hkt-11333/overview/

Summit shows a Hankook 225/70/14 whitewall for $108 & it was mentioned above or in another tire thread that Discount Tire carries this tire also. Can anyone confirm that this is indeed a whitewall? How wide?

IMO ..... 4 of these would look great on a stock a-body with wheel covers.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #12
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http://www.onlinetires.com/products/...ii+98s+ww.html

Here they are on-line, cheaper (but NO free shipping) & it looks like Sears, Wallmart, & Big-O all carry it.
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My 68 is all original, and has 215X75 14 white side walls with full wheel covers. I'm thinking about changing sizes, but I like the original look and the white walls. That locks me into the 14" rims, so I'm wondering what tire size I can go up to, and I haven't found any white wall tires at any size.

Tire Rack didn't have any white walls that I could find.

Anybody have any ideas?
https://www.cokertire.com/tires/styles/whitewall-tires/maxxis-narrow-whitewall-radial.html
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Uniroyal radial TA----225 70 14

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Oops.....BF Goodrich
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Old August 12th, 2017, 06:13 AM   #16
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Fyi

Best solution is to set the 14" rims aside. Put them in the corner of the garage with your pet dodo bird & your Beta player.


Purchase 15" rims & install tires that provide the handling & stance you want.


If you must stay with 14" rims the BFG tires are hockey puck hard. The Cooper Cobra is a better tire in my opinion. If you buy 15" rims then move up to the Mickey Thompson SR Radials. They are better than anything from BFG or Cooper.
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Uniroyal radial TA----225 75 14
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Oops.....BF Goodrich
Are you certain those are 75 series tires? My guess is they are 70 series.
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Best solution is to set the 14" rims aside. Put them in the corner of the garage with your pet dodo bird & your Beta player.


Purchase 15" rims & install tires that provide the handling & stance you want.
15's are going the way of 14's now. Limited choice & getting pricey. You can go 17's and have more choices and the tires will be less.
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15's are going the way of 14's now. Limited choice & getting pricey. You can go 17's and have more choices and the tires will be less.

There are many 15" tire choices & there will be for many years to come.


70 series 215 & 225
60 series 235 245 255 275
50 series 295


Surely you can pick 4 good tires from that group?


15" rims are perfect on our cars. 17s looks ridiculous to these old eyes.
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Kenneth, good catch.....they are 70 series, not 75.....guess it's time for the cataract surgery
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