Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

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Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby redneckgames » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:19 am

I know this has come up before, but searching has given me ideas, but not the discussion I need.

To start, 85 2wd s10. Good weather only truck. Street truck/cruiser only. Not a track truck, though it will probably end up on one at some point just for fun during test and tune.

I am trying to figure out what size front tire and what brand/make would be a good choice. Rear tires will be 275/60R15. Front wheel will be a 15" 4" wide with 1.75" BS.

I seen an 86 two weeks ago running the same rear and a 165/80 R15 front and I loved how it looked. I'm having problems finding a similar sized tire with a decent speed/load rating. I have seen the issue that can happen when you exceed that. I need help finding a similar sized tire that will be a safe choice.

Any input at all would be appreciated.
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby lowblazin94 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:53 pm

For street driving only it's better to go as big as you can. Do you have abs?
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby redneckgames » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:31 pm

No. I am open to all suggestions.

Right now I have a 235 and its just too big. Truck only sees 2-3k miles a year if that. I know bigger is better, but keep in mind this is pretty much just a cruiser. Atleast thats how it has been the past couple of years. Rarely on the interstate, mostly running 50 mph in 55 mph zones and so forth.
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby TORQ4U » Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:33 am

running skinnys on the street is tricky , its like stopping with pizza cutters .
plus i bent the heck out of centerline 3 1/2 wide rim in my youth .
i think my tires would fit a vw bug , 165/80-15 ?
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby redneckgames » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:56 am

Well I want the look, but I don't want to make it unsafe. Can a 7" wheel with the right size tire still have the right look?
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby Rickracer » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:14 am

Something like a 195/75 or 205/75 would take you in the direction you want to go, but still handle safely. A 5" to 6" wide wheel would work well with these tires sizes. 8)
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby redneckgames » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:14 am

Rickracer wrote:Something like a 195/75 or 205/75 would take you in the direction you want to go, but still handle safely. A 5" to 6" wide wheel would work well with these tires sizes. 8)


Thats my only problem. Already have rear wheels and the matching ones are only offered in 4" and 7".
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby springs » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:50 am

I know this will not go with the other posts but I know the look you want cause I am doing the same for mine! I am in my fiftys and the skinny front tire the VW bug runs is what we ran back in the day. Have had several cars with those and never had problem. But I never drove in ice ,snow,or rain. Mine were all cruisers for fun only. don't know if that helps or confuses you more, we called them front runners and they look good in my opinion.
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby redneckgames » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:58 am

springs wrote: But I never drove in ice ,snow,or rain. Mine were all cruisers for fun only.


Same here. I want to hear what everyone says. I want to hear both sides. It is nice to see someone agree.

I'm in no hurry, I plan on thinking this out.
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby Rickracer » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:13 am

A 185/75 or 195/75 would work on a 4" wheel.
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby redneckgames » Wed May 01, 2013 9:45 am

Well that helps. Been looking at 185/65 and 195/65. Is that what you meant? 75s hard to find. 65s should fit the 4" wheel too though right? Thanks Rick
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88 Iroc: 97 Vortec 350 w/lt4 hot cam, A4, 3.73
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby Rickracer » Wed May 01, 2013 10:50 am

The taller the better, I didn't search for any 75 series, when I did, I didn't find any, they do have 70s available though. 8)
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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby TomZ » Thu May 22, 2014 9:01 am

I'm running a 15x3.5 Centerline with a 205/70-15. It's a little stuffed on the rim but it works. The truck handles okay (especially since I cut a coil out of the 4-cyl springs), and stops well enough. I have manual brakes so by default it takes some good pedal pressure to stop, but she'll stop hard if needed.

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Re: Skinny Front Tires. Need input on size and brand.

Postby TomZ » Thu May 22, 2014 9:07 am

My tires are 26.5 inches (or so) tall. That's pretty close to the size of a front runner if that's the look you're going for. A 205/75-15 would be right at 27 inches, but the height of the sidewall makes them a handle a little less than I care for. The 70-series tire was a good compromise for me.
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