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Getting New Tires 1997 Camaro

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Tony, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Tony

    Tony Administrator Staff Member

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    Well it's about that time. I have 3 sets of wheels and tires here at the house, and I have run through just about every set of them lol. This does not include the set of 18's I have on my Camaro. The wheels are factory firebird 5 spoke (came on my car when I purchased it), Factory Camaro wheels (Salad Shooters, stock on the wifes car) and a set of Chrome Snowflakes. I purchased the snowflakes from a guy for a bill or so, and ran the crap out of them until I put the 18's on. That is when everything went wrong.

    The wife was driving somewhere that had a crapload of trash in the road or something because almost every week, we were taking the car in to have a tire patched. Well, our luck finally ran out and we have to put a new set of tires on her car.

    I have it narrowed down to two because of the prices of these tires.

    Primewell


    Falcon


    The falcon has a better treadwear rating (360 vs 280), but the falcon is H rated whereas the Primewell is W rated. Now, she is not going to be hitting the track anytime soon, but the last time I put H rated tires on my car, it felt as if I was on ice. The sidewalls wouldn't hold worth a crap. But, that was with a 70 series, and not a 50 series.

    I really like the look of the Primewell, and with what I want to do to the wifes car, I think they would be the better match. Unfortunately, I will need to get new wheels to complete it lmao. Yeah, that's not going to happen for a while. We are just going to stick the chrome snowflakes on it and call it done. I do still need to find out where that upper end knock is coming from when it's cold though... That's a whole nother thread lmao. Let me know your opinions.
     
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  2. Paulster2

    Paulster2 My VTEC Won't VTEC...

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    Something to remember about treadwear rating is you cannot judge them between two seperate tire companies, as they do not equate. The only way you can use them is within the tire company's models. As for the two brands you are looking at, I don't know much about either, though I've actually heard of Falcon. Something else to consider is how they are on snow/ice/rain. While someone on here may have some direct experience, I would take a look at their ratings on Tire Rack. There customer reviews of the tires are pretty good. As an aside, I put Khumos on my wifes car (60k tires) and really like them. We have over 15k miles on them and they continue to remain quiet (which is a REAL plus in my book). They were relatively inexpensive as well. You might want to take a look at them before you make your choice. I'll take a look at these two sometime this weekend and give you my "expert" opinion (lol!).
     
  3. Tony

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    True dat. One thing we have to take into consideration is the price. Both of those tires are the cheapest around here in the stock camaro size. Mounted and balanced it's under $500. I will more than likely look at what they have when I get there, and make my determination on how they look. Meaning, how well the grooves look, how and where they will channel the water and so on. I know she wants the wide tires with the aggressive look, so I'm stuck there lol. I really liked the Bridgestones we had on there before, but they were the small stock size for the v6 cars.
     
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    hey have you got tires yet? i was just wondering i can put in a call just tell me what size you need and what brand:cool1:
     
  5. Tony

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    They are already on the car.
     
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    what kind did you get?
     
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    Primewell 245/50/16
     
  8. Tony

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    still have these tires... They are just sitting around rotting away...
     

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