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Default DiamondBack v. Coker on '61 Bird

I am seeing mixed reviews regarding Diamond Back Radial and Coker's American Classic Radials.

I am preparing to replace my tires. The Cokers are appealing because they come in 8.00-14, OE size, but is the handling that much worse than the DB 215 75/R14?

Plus the DB's are about $22 each less expensive...so if anyone has any further reviews would love to hear about them.
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... The Cokers are appealing because they come in 8.00-14, OE size, but is the handling that much worse than the DB 215 75/R14? ...
The 8.00-14 would be bias plays, not radials, and I think they would not handle as well as the radials of either brand.
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Default American Classic Radial 8.00-14

American Classic Tires offers an 8.00-14 Radial.

I found a local (Fallbrook, CA) supplier who also sources these tires, and similar.

Because they are local, I will be going through them and saving myself $'s in shipping by picking them up myself.

Below is Coker's link:

https://www.cokertire.com/american-c...whitewall.html
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Default Exploring going 15" Wheels

Hi:

Instead of going with 14" wheels, I am considering keeping the 15" wheels, and going with 215/75R15. The diameter of those tires more closely matches the 8.00-14:

According to Coker:
the 8.00-14s are 7.7" wide & 27.59" tall

The modern sizes can be calculated[1], although there is some variation:
the 215/75R14s are 8.46" wide & 26.69" tall
the 225/75R14s are 8.85" wide & 27.28" tall

the 215/75R15 are 8.46" wide & 27.69" in diameter. Theoretically that should work.

I currently have 15" Rally Wheels with 215/65R15's, whose diameter is 25.998" (hence my speedometer reads fast). The car came with these.

From a handling perspective, I'd prefer the modern size on the 15" wheel, and going with 215/75R15's.

Any thoughts?
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I think that's a good plan. Closer in height, not too much too wide. It should ride and handle well and look great.
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Hi DGS:

Yes, that's my thought as well. Everything then is in OEM spec (or close to it). I'm picking up on Friday, will post pics once I get them mounted on the car.

Thanks for all of your help.

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Do you know what the width & back spacing is on your 15" rim? Scott.
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Default Backspace on my 15" Wheels

I believe they are 3.25".
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Default New Wheels

15" TrueSpoke Wire Wheels
215/75R15 American Classic Radials.

Because Front Drums have weights, I had to put 5/16" wheel spacers in the front. I had to make sure that I had at least 5 full threads on the lugs. I have 6. I most likely will find a machine shop to help me replace the lugs with longer lugs to be 100% sure for safety reasons, but for now, with the local driving (very little if any highway) I should be OK with the current lugs, tightened to 80 ft-lbs. There should be enough thread to hold.

I also removed the fender skirts to show.




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