I have a 1988 gt with 10300 miles on it....i,m driving it to indy from atlanta for the 30 th....it has the original gt +4 tires on it......i,ve had 2 goodyear dealers check the tires..had them all balanced...checked out fine....no cracks....anyone else out there have the original tires on theirs ????
It is recommended by all major tire manufacturers to replace your tires every 6 years. The tires on mine now are going to be replaced as they are right in at the end of that time period and are showing external cracking. The idea behind replacing them is that even though there aren't cracks on the outside, the internal integrity of the tire could be compromised. If I were you I would replace them. Will the Goodyear dealers cover your damages if one of your tires catastrophically fails? If by chance you get lucky and they fail in a manner that allows you to pull over doing 65 on the highway, you'll still be in for a headache. For the safety of yourself and the drivers around you please replace them. I know $400 is a lot for new shoes but it is better than lawsuits or a damaged vehicle. Just my $0.02
I tried driveing to Las Vegas on a tire that was out of balance.I wanted to get new tires when I got back home. Well, I made it there fine,but comeing back the tire started bounceing like a basket ball, no matter what speed, I drove. Well the tire blew...Bring a flash light (make sure the batteries work).Be sure to get gas along the way and make sure, you know of any long streaches of road that have nothing (no gas stations). Allways remember there is usually an autoparts store near by.A tool kit would be helpfull.
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Originally posted by James Bond 007: I tried driveing to Las Vegas on a tire that was out of balance.I wanted to get new tires when I got back home. Well, I made it there fine,but comeing back the tire started bounceing like a basket ball, no matter what speed, I drove. Well the tire blew...Bring a flash light (make sure the batteries work).Be sure to get gas along the way and make sure, you know of any long streaches of road that have nothing (no gas stations). Allways remember there is usually an autoparts store near by.A tool kit would be helpfull.
Sounds more like you broke the belt(s). Broken belt can act like out of balance tire. Too low/high pressure, hit a big hole, etc, can break/de-laminate tread belts.
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Put a hitch on the car, buy a small trailer, get a spare set of rims/new tires, mount them on the car. bring the originals on the trailer, mount them when you get there, If is important. to be 100% at the event
I'd be interested to see what you end up going with as replacements. Mine still has tires that are either original or at least later GT +4s, with 56k miles... definitely time for some new ones but there doesn't seem to be much discussion about tires for the stock 88 wheels...
Thanks for all the input....after much thought I,m going with new tires...going to save the old ones....going with the Kelly charger gt.....goodyear eagle doesn,t make a matched set anymore...and Kelly is a division of goodyear...
Fiero owners should absolutely have no problems at all, driving at highway speeds, on old tires until their first blowout.
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I hadn't seen the Kelly before, it looks interesting! Mostly been looking on sites like Tire Rack and Discount Tire where the most interesting options seem to be a Bridgestone or Firestone, but nothing that's really a summer tire which I'd prefer. At least I can get the Kellys at the local Goodyear store I usually get tires and oil changes for my other vehicles...
Wanted to follow up since there doesn't ever seem to be a lot of discussion about tires for the stock wheels. Just had a set of Kelly Chargers installed on a Black Friday special, and what a difference! No more vibrations at highway speeds, my Wrangler was far more stable above 65 until now. Once we got the old GT +4s off and had a good look at the date codes on the back, it turned out they were from 84