Smoke Em' if you got Em' - Pontiac GTO Forum
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Smoke Em' if you got Em'

Hi All,
My never ending build is a 1969 gto running a 428 under the hood. 405hp and 490ft-lbs. I currently have 255/70 15 tires on the back but am looking for a more aggressive wide tire. I have wheel hop stoppers on the back with elevated springs so the car has a bit of a rake. I am getting new tires and rims when i install a 5 speed this spring. I do quite a bit of burnouts in the Goat so i am use to going through tires.

My question is whats my best option for a wide tire that has a decent depth tread? I have been looking at 295/65 15 as they have the width and height I want but Mickey Thompson ET street radials are the only tires i find that actually have some tread. Any suggestions?!

Thanks, Mike
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	goat.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	77.5 KB
ID:	88217  
69-GOAT is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 09:09 AM
curtis.smith68's Avatar
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
I've been going back and forth on the rears myself. M/T and Hoosier have a couple good options in that size that are DOT and radials. It is so damn hard to find something in a 15" wheel and 295 or more as a radial. I've settled on a more reasonable choice for daily driving and I've heard they have good performance, Cooper Cobra's. Less expensive than Bfgoodrich Radial TA's and most reviews I've read comparing the two have said the Cooper's perform better. I plan on stuffing in 235/60-15 up front and 295/50-15 in the rear. I wish they made the 295's with a 60 or 65 aspect ratio for the height to fill up my wheel well gap but the 295/50 will have to do. I've heard this should work with 5.5" or 6" back spacing on a 10" wide wheel and not need to roll the lip on the wheel well. I should be doing this this summer and plan on making a dedicated post with lots of pictures as this is a hot topic and there are few examples, that I can find at least.
curtis.smith68 is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 06:11 PM
GTO44's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 347
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
If you’re looking into drag radials... the Mickey Thompson ET Street SS is the steel belted treaded version for street driving and with the intention of racing at the track. That one actually has tread compared to the other track oriented flavors like the ET street R or Radial Pro’s that you can drive on the street.

If you want something like that with a lot of tread depth, look at the Nitto NT-05R. Deep tread compared to MT’s. Longer street life, still an R compound tire you can heat up at the track. I have these on my gto. Not the best for a stick car though.

You could also look at the non R version, NT-05 for longer tread life but with less traction, or the older tire that still does pretty well... NT555R. I’ve got a customer we did a coyote swapped fox body with a vmp blower and he drives to the track, runs 10.2 @ 134 and drives home with NT555R’s. They have more of a “street” type tread. His size is 275/50/15.

If you want to keep it street tire only and looking for a deal... the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500’s are a great tire. Deep tread depth, ultra aggressive looking, on the cheaper side for an extreme summer tire, and they have great straight line traction. My buddy daily drives with these on his 94mustang and runs 12.1 at the track with them on a 125 shot of nitrous.

2006 GTO M6

Motor - Stock with Vararam
Bunch of suspension
Bunch of brakes
Stock tune

365/368 std
12.81 @ 110.6 2.03 60'
GTO44 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Pontiac GTO Forum > The 1964-1974 Pontiac Tempest, Lemans & GTO > 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO Wheels & Tires

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pontiac GTO Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
smoke out of breather! Seol21 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Technical and Electrical Wiring 8 02-03-2013 06:03 PM
white smoke Topkat 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO General Discussion 8 01-31-2012 01:02 PM
Blowing smoke suthin_man 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Technical and Electrical Wiring 7 11-11-2008 01:22 AM
cluch smoke burnz Drive train, suspension, alignment and brakes. 5 08-31-2006 11:04 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome