89 15 inch tires

Mar 13, 2019
10
2
13
Pittsburgh PA
#1
About to pull the trigger on an all original 89 GT convertible. I want to keep it as close to stock as original. It has the original 15x7 "turbines" on it that are in good shape and I like the style of those wheels. The tires it has on it are decent but 10 years old and showing dry rot ( the original owner hasn't used it much in the past 10 years).

I see my options as this ( besides paying LMR $325/tire for original Gatorbacks!):

-If I want to stick to the turbines (which I prefer), I'll have to use an "off-brand" Asian tire from Nankang or something like that if I want the V speed rating. Not that I plan on running it to those speeds, but just for the fact a V speed tire should have the same handling characteristics as another V tire
- I can do a touring tire from Cooper, Falken, etc. with an H speed rating.
- As much as I love the turbine wheels, upgrading to 16" Pony wheels seems to be the best bet and going for 16" tires. But they aren't as distinctive as the turbines, but they do brighten the appearance of the car.

Really, my only objection to the Asian tires is that putting unfamiliar or off-brand tires on any car has never been my thing. And something about a Mustang wearing Nankang or Ohtsu tires seems off to me. But if I want to keep the stock look...

Any help and feed back on any 15" street tires you're familiar with is appreciated. Thanks!
 
  • Sponsors (?)

BlakeusMaximus

Mustang Master
Jul 12, 2017
1,251
470
123
#2
I would go with BFG Radial T/A's with the white letters out. Classic look
 

DSB88GT

Active Member
Nov 6, 2016
128
26
38
46
#5
I'm in PGH and currently have Pony's on my 88 GT. I've been thinking about picking up some turbines, so if you want to trade yours for some Pony's with newer rubber let me know!

Good luck!
 
Mar 13, 2019
10
2
13
Pittsburgh PA
#7
Only S-rated (112MPH)



Wow, the selection of 225/60/15's sure has gone downhill. I ran Kumho's on my car back when I had 15's....many years ago.
I remember this car being new ( one of the reasons I want a Fox, 10 year old me would be proud.) and when 225/60/15 were everywhere. Now, not so much.
 
#8
You can always try contacting tire manufacturers directly. This isn't a cheap option, but I've dealt with some of them directly in the past and if they had tire designs on file they would custom make them. I don't know if that's a practice they still do.

I want to say one of the manufacturers was BFGoodrich, another may have been Michelin. My memory is a bit fuzzy on the details, but I have a set of 225/60ZR15 Michelins for my '87, so I know they used to make them.
 

General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
Mod Dude
Aug 25, 2016
10,866
3,331
193
polk county florida
#9
Check in Puerto Rico, my friend grabbed some wide 13" tires over there and had them shipped back here, the size he wanted was not available in the states. Was not that expensive.
in reality how often you gonna run over 110 mph anyway, unless it's the tread design your try'n to match.
 
Mar 13, 2019
10
2
13
Pittsburgh PA
#11
Check in Puerto Rico, my friend grabbed some wide 13" tires over there and had them shipped back here, the size he wanted was not available in the states. Was not that expensive.
in reality how often you gonna run over 110 mph anyway, unless it's the tread design your try'n to match.
That's an interesting idea, Puerto Rico. Not planning on running it that hard, but yeah, trying to match the tread and handling dynamics more than anything. Although, a current H rated touring tire could be just as good as a V rated performance tire from 30 years ago.
 
Mar 13, 2019
10
2
13
Pittsburgh PA
#12

General karthief

wonder how much it would cost to ship you a pair
Mod Dude
Aug 25, 2016
10,866
3,331
193
polk county florida
#13
I had cooper cobras on my convertible, 300 tread wear, and they didn't last 20k, I never drove the car aggressively most of those miles where highway miles, alignment was good too. I always thought they should have lasted longer. Not saying they are a bad tire just didn't last very long.
 
Mar 13, 2019
10
2
13
Pittsburgh PA
#14
I had cooper cobras on my convertible, 300 tread wear, and they didn't last 20k, I never drove the car aggressively most of those miles where highway miles, alignment was good too. I always thought they should have lasted longer. Not saying they are a bad tire just didn't last very long.
They aren’t even available anymore, at least not in this size. I had a set of Cooper Zeons on my Mazda 5 and they were decent for what I paid for 205/50/16 with a W speed rating. I wish BFG made their Traction T/A in this size.
 

John Dirks Jr

5 Year Member
Jun 28, 2013
2,173
807
174
54
Maryland
#15
Those coopers I linked have 640 treadwear rating. I have them on the front of the vert.
 
Mar 13, 2019
10
2
13
Pittsburgh PA
#17

Blown88GT

Founding Member
Nov 13, 1999
1,209
153
104
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
#18
Last edited:

mikestang63

SN Certified Technician
Aug 27, 2012
9,729
6,453
204
In the garage
#19
now I've run General ( owned by Continental) Altimax RT43 tires on several cars and loved them
got at least 40-50K miles, great ride and grip in the rain and not expensive
They are on my 2013 Mustang, 2012 and 20017 Altimas
I may put them on my 86 Gt when the BFG's wear out