View Full Version : I'm retarded and I have BFG P225/60/R15 TA's... Help!!! :)


RJ Amort
08-03-2011, 02:49:10 PM
I just got my 79 inspected for the first time since I bought it in March, and it just needs two tires to pass...
My issue is that I have BF Goodrich p225/60/r15 TA's now, and since I'm replacing the back tires I wanted to keep the same kind, but they are apparently back ordered nationally.
So, I know I have to stick with a 15in tire, and I know I can't get BF Goodrich's to match..., but is there a bigger (taller/wider) bfg tire that I could buy that would still fit?
I don't know anything about tires, and the guys at sears said they only dealt with new tire sizes and couldn't help me with a 15inch rim. .

81BirdMan
08-03-2011, 04:49:12 PM
What width (and type) are your rims, I assume 7 inches? A 235/60/15 should fit just fine, Sears.com lists those as in stock:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_09561294000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=L1

Rene Melten
08-03-2011, 04:57:29 PM
the guys at sears said they only dealt with new tire sizes and couldn't help me with a 15inch rim. .
Strange, 15" is not that old, is it them or us?

wayback
08-03-2011, 05:27:13 PM
If you haven't had any contact issues with your current tires, 235/60/15 should work well. Shop around on the web for the best price.

There's nothing wrong with us, apparently the guys at Sears don't know much about tires.

Me_n_my_z
08-03-2011, 05:41:14 PM
The answer is yes. you can fit 255-60-15 on the rear with no fitment problems... Thats what I run all around.... I run Firestones though same height and with though...

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n563/nasty77z28/IMAG0051.jpg

80-z28
08-03-2011, 06:14:42 PM
I had 245/60/15 on mine with no problem. They fit very good, not too wide or too tall.

fast12
08-03-2011, 06:44:46 PM
275/60/15's will fit on the rear with no problems.

my24ktrat
08-03-2011, 06:58:35 PM
...Go with 255 60 15's rear , you won't be sorry, and also 245 60 15 for fronts,that's what I have on factory Z 5 spokes, just my .02, DC:bowtie:

F-Bodypilot
08-03-2011, 07:49:55 PM
I run 255/60 15's on the rear as well, on a stock 7" five spoke rim.

wayback
08-03-2011, 08:20:14 PM
245/60/15 or larger tires on the front could rub. On some cars they don't and on others they do.

If you try one of the larger sizes and they scrub the inner fenders, move them to the back. 235/60/15 would be a safer size if you prefer to rotate your tires in the future.

quick79z
08-04-2011, 12:41:06 PM
275/60/15 looks best, period!!!

BonzoHansen
08-04-2011, 02:45:19 PM
275/60/15 looks best, period!!!
That is one opinion. Not mine.

BondoSpecial
08-04-2011, 03:50:44 PM
255 or wider on a 7" rim looks like a fat donut and has an unreasonable amount of sidewall flex....Been there, done that, won't do it again. You really want an 8" rim for those kind of widths. I don't want to make these cars handle any worse by adding that much sidewall. A 235 or 245 on the rear would be fine if you are married to the 7" wheels.

Marks71BB
08-04-2011, 03:54:55 PM
Yer not retarded; the dood at Sears whom you spoke with is retarded.

Go with what Steven (bondo) says, I agree 100%

BondoSpecial
08-04-2011, 03:58:13 PM
It just bugs the hell out of me when people put hugely wide on tires to "upgrade" their cars but overlook the unreasonably-narrow rims they are putting them on. "Looks only" upgrades are okay but since tires are such a functional item that just does not seem to be the right department to be making looks-only upgrades....whatdoo I know though. Look at what all the years of engineering have yielded for wheel/tire combinations on modern cars....that should tell people something about the importance of wheel and tire sizing...of course modern extremes don't need to be transplanted directly onto old cars but at the very least, please don't make your sidewall flex worse-than-stock. Rant off (for now)

Blu-By-U 79Z
08-04-2011, 04:38:12 PM
You can run up to 255/60s safely on a 7" wheel. Granted its not everyones cup of tea. I have been running 255/60s on the rear with 215/65s on the front (temporary until i buy all new tires) Ive had no issues nor any insane sidewall flex and the car still handles well. Granted im not a race car driver or anything. Its all in preference. I personally think it has a nice look without looking like a steam roller (which isnt always a bad thing :cool: )

But if you really want to eliminate side wall flex buy some 24s and put some rubber bands on them :crazy:

F-Bodypilot
08-04-2011, 05:53:21 PM
You can run up to 255/60s safely on a 7" wheel. Granted its not everyones cup of tea.

But if you really want to eliminate side wall flex buy some 24s and put some rubber bands on them :crazy:
Lol :eek:

THOMAS81Z
08-05-2011, 02:30:16 PM
I had 245/60/15 on mine with no problem. They fit very good, not too wide or too tall.
+1

gramps
08-05-2011, 09:03:08 PM
235/60/15 should be an easy tire to find, im thinking they are among BF t/a 's most popular sizes. i run them on all 4 corners, and no rubbing, handle as nice as a 32 year old car can handle with wornout bushings and whatnot. im eager to see how much better it does with the all new bushings ive put in.

bottom line, TAKE THE CAR SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! obviously if they dont know how to up the size 1 notch they probably shouldnt be working on your car. its not like you were asking some kid to convert a FR70-15 to a newer number, new numbers are stupidly easy.

david.rosol
08-06-2011, 12:53:57 AM
If I'm not mistaken, 225/70/15's are what should be stock size for your car if you have a Z28 w/ the 15 inch wheels... I know my 80 came with the 225/70/15's as standard size, and I think they looked great... here's a picture of it before I sold it... yeah, I was a dumb @$$ for selling her... but a 225/70/15 is taller than a 225/60/15... just slightly narrower.
http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/DMR77/DSC07748.jpg
I had the BFG 225/60/15's on my 77RS, but after they wore out I bought a set of Good Year Eagle GT II's last year in 225/70/15... I went with the 70 instead of the 60's because I thought the 60's didn't look tall enough... yes you could increase to a 245/60 or a 255/60 to compensate the tallness lost from a 225/60, but I wouldn't go bigger than that or they start to get the doughnut look - and look too wide and bulgee lookin on a 7" wheel. I like the 225/70's personally, but that's my opinion... not too fat, not too tall either. Here's a picture with them on my 77.
http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/DMR77/DSC00275.jpg
This past spring, I put a set of BFG's on my 69 Chevelle in 225/70/15's as well... so you can get the BFG's in that size... The BFG's look a tad "not as tall" looking than the Good-Years on my Camaro, even though they're the same size. Here's a pic of that - just because we all love pics... but yes, I'd agree that the guy at Sears is a knuckle-head.
http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af104/DMR77/DSC00862.jpg

Sir 4 speed
08-06-2011, 01:49:46 AM
I had a pick up not tubbed or anything just a 55 style bed and it had 295/50/r15 couldn't find them anywhere a local person had a set luckily god luck with the tires

sevitz5
08-06-2011, 07:07:37 AM
Just throwing this out there.....when I just went and bought tires last week, I wanted BFG t/a radials. The local tire store told me BFG is discontinuing the t/a radial at the end of this year, that is the reason behind the national back order.

scot1074
08-06-2011, 09:44:42 AM
I believe I have a 225/65/15 on the front. Just a little taller than the 60, but I don't know if bfg makes that size. I wanted to keep my car with the same hieght all the way around (26") 225/65/15 X 7" rim front - 295/50/15 rear X 8" rim Good luck! Its a camaro, Its gonna look good whatever you put on it!

Jason7504
08-07-2011, 01:16:52 PM
I had 245/60/15 on mine with no problem. They fit very good, not too wide or too tall.

what BS would you need on front wheels to fit 245/60's without rubbing issues?

ctchap70
08-10-2011, 06:52:13 PM
Just throwing this out there.....when I just went and bought tires last week, I wanted BFG t/a radials. The local tire store told me BFG is discontinuing the t/a radial at the end of this year, that is the reason behind the national back order.

I ordered two 275/60/15 BF Goodrich from Summit Racing. They back ordered them with a " should be here " date. I called them an canceled them an ordered the Mickey Thompson S/T radials. They said BF goodrich is getting hard to come by. Said the mickey Thompson's are readily available. The mt's came in quick. A good looking tire but have no experience with them. Anyone else have mt's? Sorry to jack ur thread. Lol