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15” tires question again

I have a set of BFG T/A’s on the car now. 235 front and 295 rear. They are 12 years old and I’m thinking I should change them out.

Car is a MK3 with Team III wheels. 15x10 on rear and 15x8 fronts.

What are you guys running? I own a shop and sell tires so I can pretty much get whatever.

I can go back with the current size but only tire offered is a BFG, Cooper cobra, and a Mickey Thompson.

Is there another size you guys are running? Maybe a wider rear?

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The Cooper Cobra's are acceptable for normal street driving. If you want true high performance in a 15" tire, your only choice is Avon, but they cost $$$$$

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I’d consider me a normal street driver. When I drive it. Lol

Car is 12 years old and has @13k on it. So about 1k a year.

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Would you change a 12 year old set of tires?

No problems at all with the tires.

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Would you change a 12 year old set of tires?
Only if I planned to drive it!!!!!

I don't let anything go more than 5 years, even trailers, regardless of mileage. OK, I take that back---the lawn mower and wheelbarrow tires are older than 5 years.

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Would you change a 12 year old set of tires?
Only if I planned to drive it!!!!!

I don't let anything go more than 5 years, even trailers, regardless of mileage.


Lol Jeff. I sell tires and I already knew the answer but at about 100 miles a month it’s hard to justify.

I am planning on going on a pretty lengthy ride with a Cobra group out of Charlotte.

First time in 12 years. My father always wanted to go and he passed away 4 years ago and I’ve been saying I would go and take his car. Business has always interfered with the dates but this year it didn’t.

I’ll get a set put on this week.

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I replaced my Radial T/A's w/a set of Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T. 235/60-15 fronts & 295/50-15 Rears.

Much better traction, IMHO, than the BFG's...

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I replaced my Radial T/A's w/a set of Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T. 235/60-15 fronts & 295/50-15 Rears.

Much better traction, IMHO, than the BFG's...

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I have access to the MT from my tire distributor. They are a little more money but if they are worth it over the Coopers I can go that route.


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I thought Mickey Thompson was owned by Cooper?

Pretty sure the sportsman st and the RS3-S are the same tire.


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I put Cooper Cobras on mine and like them. Normal street driving and long trips.

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How about the rain?

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Yes, better traction than the BFGs, wet & dry.

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Cooper Cobras for me. I'm on my 4th(?) set of them. I drive my cobra way more than most folks drive theirs? Coopers work just fine for my long types of driving in all kinds of weather. But than again, I drive 'Ol#1437 a lot! 180,000mi +/-. Just saying--lol
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I changed out my BFGs after @ 9 years on the road and MAN were they hard. It happens so slowly you just don't realize that you're driving around on hockey pucks.
Went with Cooper Cobras and been very happy.

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Ok I’ll try a set. Thanks guys

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Now to decide on Blackwell or white letter out.

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Finished my car in 07 Originally I had the same tires, swapped them 5 years ago they would be the same age do you drive aggressively once in awhile?
The BFGs are ok and and predictable on sweeping turns and one of the few choices in 15. I am looking for better choices and am forced to go 17.

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Finished my car in 07 Originally I had the same tires, swapped them 5 years ago they would be the same age do you drive aggressively once in awhile?
The BFG’s are ok and and predictable on sweeping turns and one of the few choices in 15”. I am looking for better choices and am forced to go 17.
I’ve been looking around and i really like the look of the 17” wheels and tires.

I could then go 315 for the rears. I’m gonna call North Race cats today and explore my options.

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I started autocross and the 15 tire problems made themselves plain. I actually love the big bologna tires they look correct to my old eyes
There are some nice less expensive packages at American Muscle for the grippy setup I am looking for

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Here is my view on the 15 inch tires. Had BFG's with age and hardness changed MT SR's. Love em and stick pretty good. Better stick than the ST's and Cobra tires. The Cobra and ST's are the same tire. Anything is better than the BFG's IMO. I have heard the Cobra"s work very well for street driving even with high HP and torque. 26 lbs in SR's seem to work best for me.
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Here is my view on the 15 inch tires. Had BFG's with age and hardness changed MT SR's. Love em and stick pretty good. Better stick than the ST's and Cobra tires. The Cobra and ST's are the same tire. Anything is better than the BFG's IMO. I have heard the Cobra"s work very well for street driving even with high HP and torque. 26 lbs in SR's seem to work best for me.
About time for new tires for me...Looking at their site I can't make sense on how they measure their tires > https://mickeythompsontires.com/stre.../sportsman-s-r . Right now I'm running BFGoodrich Radial TAs.
Up Front-P/235/60R15.
Rear-P275/50R15.
Do they make em my size ? Thanks much.
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