Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Re: 1966 galaxie 16" vs 17" wheel and brake combo
This sounds like a classic case of analysis paralysis.By the described use of the car a performance tire is not needed. I certainly understand the desire to think that a performance tire will enhance the feeling and coolness of the hot rod we love so much, but it is mostly in the mind on a cruiser/driver vehicle. I don't think tires alone will do a great deal to improve cornering, for that you need suspension work. New, big sway bars will help with body roll, but then that may put even more lateral pressure on the sidewalls, which could lead to great enhancement with shorter side walls.
I currently run 225/75R15's, used to run 235/70R15's, but didn't want to spend the money for them the last time I needed tires. They kind of look a bit like pizza cutters, which has a lot to do with them being on the original 5.5" wheels. I think the narrow rim allows for more lateral movement than you would get from the same tire on a wider rim. My wish list includes a sway bar upgrade, bigger front bar and add a rear bar and then new wheels and tires, probably 17, or 18's. I think these old cars look better with some sidewall on the tires, no rubber bands please, so 18's will still provide 5" sidewall height for my 28" overall diameter, which seems pretty good.
Pick a tire you like the look of and the price of. You can't look at them when you're driving and everyone else will just see black circles around your wheels as you go past.
1970 XL, 351W originally 2V, now 4V
670 Street Avenger, Edlebrock Performer intake, Comp XE262H, Flowtech Headers