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Dakota Boy 10-27-2009 09:31 AM

bias-ply or radials?
 
My car has some ancient Mickey Thompson Indy Profiles on it right now.

I really like the way they look, but they need to be replaced this winter.

I'm on the fence as to just sticking with the bias-ply Indy Profiles, or join the 21st century and get some drag radials like the ET Streets.

Would it be silly to have new-tech radials on an old-tech '58 ?

Just fishing for opinions.
Most guys at the car shows say to "go radial".

Anders 10-27-2009 04:43 PM

What´s "bias-ply" ?:confused:

protourbird 10-27-2009 04:56 PM

I wouldn't run a bias ply unles I was showing for a concurs judging. The handling, ride, and stopping ar almost night and day. Go with the radials they are light years safer.

Gold Bird 10-27-2009 05:18 PM

Greg, First up, your car is very cool looking with the big tires out back! Like others have said radials are the way to go today, you will notice the difference. I know that either in Summit racing or Jegs they have radial street/drag tires. Check them out online. Good luck, and how about some more pictures of the car, love to see that 460 monster under the hood!:cool:

Dakota Boy 10-27-2009 05:53 PM

You know, now that you mention it, I took very few pictures of the car last summer. At least no decent ones anyways.

I'll be more prepared for photo opportunities next summer.

The car is up on jack stands in the garage right now...

1. New tires ($$$$. Ouch.).
2. fix or replace radiator (slow leak).
3. new rubber bushings in the rear leaf springs (cheap).
4. new weatherstripping, etc, everywhere around the side windows (they rattle something fierce. this job scares me...).
5. proper coolant catch can to replace the Miller High Life tall boy that is my current catch can.
6. Gauge panel where the junk stereo was (volts, oil psi, water temp).
7. do a better job of glueing down and fitting the carpeting.
8. Fix the emergency brake so it is operational.

But FIRST: FIND A MONEY TREE...

Dan Leavens 10-27-2009 05:53 PM

Greg my two (2) cents on this subject. Definitely radials for rideability and handling. I would call / text several tire manufacturers and give them the specs on what you have now?? You never know they may have just what you are looking for.

YellowRose 10-27-2009 05:53 PM

bias-ply or radials?
 
Hi Anders,

Here is what wikipedia has to say about radial vs bias ply tires.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_tire

Dutchbird 10-27-2009 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by protourbird (Post 38495)
I wouldn't run a bias ply unles I was showing for a concurs judging. The handling, ride, and stopping ar almost night and day. Go with the radials they are light years safer.

Hi Greg, I agree 100% on this one!


Quote:

Originally Posted by Dakota Boy (Post 38481)
I'm on the fence as to just sticking with the bias-ply Indy Profiles, or join the 21st century and get some drag radials like the ET Streets.
Would it be silly to have new-tech radials on an old-tech '58 ?

You're not sillier as most people with old cars I know over here, if you go that way.........

saverio 10-27-2009 07:21 PM

radials
 
Hey Buddy,
take it from me I JUST SWITCHED FROM BIAS TO RADIALS AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE DIFFEERENCE. sorry for shouting,but I am excited over the handling and ride of the new tires,it's almost like driving my 2009.

almost!

sal

Dakota Boy 10-27-2009 07:41 PM

Mickey Thompson makes their "ET Street" tires in a radial version.... Very very close in tread width and diameter as my old Indy Profiles. I think this is what I'll be going with then:




Fatties on the back, narrower ones up front...

I found out last weekend that my car definitely has a Detroit Locker in the rear end. That explains that racheting noise that freaked me out when I first got the car.... It also has ladder bars, making the whole rear end pretty stout. Some shorty headers and some cylinder head porting should get me around 450 HP pretty easily.


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