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Post by Honor on Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:53 am

I'm trying to find an article explaining how tires have improved in the last several decades, but I can't find much. Or someone just tell me in detail because I don't know much about it. Why do they say old muscle car tires, etc. were crap compared to the ones today?
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Post by Tailhappy on Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:22 am

Bias ply vs. Radial.

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Post by thewalrus on Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:38 am

No idea. I'd imagine the usual. Better material, better tread design, better design inside... all leading to things like better balancing of performance and safety, run flat ability, great reliability, etc. etc. etc.

I have no idea about specifics though. I'm sure there's an article on the internet somewhere....
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Post by SBF on Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:36 am

Bias Ply Tires were horrible in many ways. Construction, compound, design, etc.
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Post by Pennzoil GT-R on Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:08 am

Old tyres generally had massive sidewalls, which combined with their non radial construction meant there was a lot of lateral movement.

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Post by ryguy79 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:38 am

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Post by Honor on Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:02 am

ok, all up to speed. from what i read the only advantage bias ply have is authenticity for old car owners. other than that they suck sacks compared to radials.
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Post by Honor on Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:06 am

seems like alot of old muscle cars came with inappropriately narrrow width tires toi considering their weight and hp and torque. if you compare the performance, gas mileage and comfort of say a 69 camaro on oem bias ply lifesaver tires vs the same car on wider radials, its probably like night and day huh?
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Post by Honor on Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:13 am

oem width for a 69 z28 was 205mm! in a rwd 300hp+ car??? i think 205 is the same or less than what modern 4 cyls such as the altima or accord get.

that combined with the bias ply, sounds like it was like the stone age of tires..
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Post by 1300ZUK on Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:34 pm

Bias ply tires are good for off-road

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