: New tire option for 80s Cads!!!



jayoldschool
07-24-07, 04:19 PM
While running errands today, I spotted a mint 80s Delta 88, and it had the correct wide style whitewalls on it. I remarked on it to my wife, and she mde me turn around to take a look. They weren't original tires, they were a local (Canadian Tire) rebrand that isn't sold anymore. Besides, the tire was a M+S, and the tread would look terrible on a Caddy. Also, they were 235 75 15s, and they just looked too ballonish, if that makes sense.

HOWEVER, in the back seat of the car, there was a single brand new tire. I took a closer look, and I thought that it had the same 1.3" ww that I had been looking for (like on the Dimension IVs or Broadway Classics). I wrote down the brand and model, and hit the internet when I got home. It took me a few minutes, but I found them. Best part, they are DIRT CHEAP and you can get them in the correct Brougham size of 225 75 15!!!!!:thumbsup:

Runway Enduro-75
http://www.gititire.com/us/tiredetail.asp?tireid=54

They are made overseas (who cares). I found an online dealer: tires-easy.com and they have them for 44 bucks each! I am sure you can find them locally to avoid shipping.

Wait, the story gets better. I pop into my local parts place because I needed a couple of quarts of Syntec for my wife's 1.8T Beetle, and I mention that I am on the search for the old style 80s whitewalls. I mention Dimension IVs and Broadway Classics, and the guy stares at me like I am from Mars. SO, just for kicks, I say, "Have you ever heard of Runway tires?" He tells me, "Yeah, all the cabbies buy them because they are cheap - we stock them." I just about fall off my stool. I ask if, by any chance, he lists the 225 75 15, and he tells me that he's got two. I am just about to leap over the counter and kiss him, and he offers me a tape measure to check the WW. They grab one from the back, and sure enough, the WW is the exact same as the Dimension IV. I ask if I can get a set of four, and he says there are three more in the warehouse. Up to this point, we haven't discussed price. He makes a call, and I tell him that I am a good customer, and I hope that he can give me a good price. Remember, I am in Canada, and all car stuff is more here. He gives me the tires for 70 (CDN) each.

I am picking them up tomorrow. DO I SOUND HAPPY?:highfive:

Let me know if you want pics,
Jason

Benzilla
07-24-07, 05:41 PM
Hmm, let's see... HELL YES WE WANT PICS! That's awesome.

jayoldschool
07-24-07, 05:54 PM
There will be pics tomorrow. Maybe I'll drag one of my wire wheels out of the basement to pose with it! lol

It's funny, since you got me thinking about the Dimension IVs, I have been obsessed with noticing the correct width WW on 80s cars. I have even found a LeSabre with snow tires on the rear with the correct WW! I should get a pic of that, too...:crybaby:

Night Wolf
07-24-07, 06:22 PM
ahhhh....

If those are the same Runway Enduro that was on my '93 Coupe DeVille when I bought, then those tires are the biggest pieces of crap. Besides being noisy, fast tread wear and a horrible handling tire, the traction is pathetic... that was the worst, in any rain, the slightest blip on the throttle would bring wheel spin, when slowing dow in stop and go traffic in the rain, the ABS would go crazy to keep the wheels from locking up.

Horrible tire that I would never, ever use agian.... they are cheap for a reason.

jayoldschool
07-24-07, 08:07 PM
Wow, tell us how you really feel! lol

I don't care about most of the factors you cite. The car will be barely driven (I have 5 others), it doesn't see rain, it isn't supposed to handle, and my 81 6.0 has 140HP - there will be no wheelspin. :crybaby:

I understand that a cheapo tire is a bad choice for a daily driver, but for a occasional classic, I think they will be fine. The only concern for me was the WW size, the price, and the availability.:thumbsup:

For a car that does all of what you are looking for, I drive my modified 95 Impala SS. It is lowered, wears 18" racing wheels with very sticky tires, has a custom 6 speed manual transmission install, and has 4.10 gears and posi out back. Getting into the slow, smooth, quiet 81 is quite the different drive.

bicentennialcadillac
07-25-07, 12:05 AM
Sounds like a good deal, but the foreign origin is a deal breaker for me, not to mention the (apparent) shady build quality.

In any event, bring on the pics.

472
07-25-07, 12:59 AM
I've had great success with my Broadway Classic's (Made in USA) - PIC (http://web.pdx.edu/%7Ebtc/83/show/s4.jpg).

jayoldschool
07-25-07, 03:46 PM
Just picked them up. They look great. The specs on them are decent: treadwear 480, Traction A, Temp B... all you could ask for a bargain bin tire that will look fantastic on our cars!

Here are some pics. Note the width of the WW, the deep tread (deeper on the the 225s and 235s than the other sizes), and the comparison of the WW on this to the WW on my Roadmaster wagon (those are 235 75 15s on the wagon, BTW - they should be 225 70s, but I couldn't pass on the deal). Currently, my coupe has the same width WW on it. These are going to look fantastic. You guys in the US should be able to do a set of these for just about 200 bucks!

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Tires/Tires001.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Tires/Tires002.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Tires/Tires003.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/Tires/Tires004.jpg

Hope this helps someone out. I'm a happy Caddy owner today.

Jason.

Wheelman322
07-25-07, 04:18 PM
Congrats to you. Take some pics when you get them mounted.

Jonas McFeely
07-25-07, 07:30 PM
Wow, tell us how you really feel! lol

I don't care about most of the factors you cite. The car will be barely driven (I have 5 others), it doesn't see rain, it isn't supposed to handle, and my 81 6.0 has 140HP - there will be no wheelspin. :crybaby:

I understand that a cheapo tire is a bad choice for a daily driver, but for a occasional classic, I think they will be fine. The only concern for me was the WW size, the price, and the availability.:thumbsup:

For a car that does all of what you are looking for, I drive my modified 95 Impala SS. It is lowered, wears 18" racing wheels with very sticky tires, has a custom 6 speed manual transmission install, and has 4.10 gears and posi out back. Getting into the slow, smooth, quiet 81 is quite the different drive.

Pics of 6 speed please. :eek:

jayoldschool
07-25-07, 08:54 PM
Pics of 6 speed please. :eek:

Ok, only cause you asked nice.:thumbsup:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/SSfront.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/sunset.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/6sspeed.jpg

And just to prove that that car doesn't just look cool, here it is tearing up Shannonville Motorsports Park. On the back stretch, I was topping 4th gear at close to 120mph. I should have opened the windows, the car sounds nice.

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=6306278455555857370&q=one+lap+shannonville&total=7&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0

Stay tuned next time for my 65 Impala convertible, and my 71 Pontiac Parisienne custom. (everyone has seen my coupe already, and there's my Roadie up there hauling tires) :)

Jonas McFeely
07-25-07, 11:41 PM
I wanna be you when i grow up.

Benzilla
08-04-07, 10:36 AM
Well this is disappointing, I want to try a set on my '90, but I need tires by next Wednesday for a trip to the Biltmore I have planned, and I can't find one damn site that sells those! And I can't get them locally in Tennessee. I was going to use this opportunity to finally get wide whitewalls on the Brougham, but I guess I'll just have to get two more boring Michelin's...

jayoldschool
08-04-07, 05:40 PM
Ben, try calling them. I emailed them to see who has them locally, and they got back to me with the place that I found my tires at (I had already bought the tires). I would bet someone local carries them. BTW, the rep told me the WW is the exact 1.3".

Ask who carries "Runway" near you. The tire is the "Enduro-75"

Product Information or Sales Inquiry
GITI TIRE (USA) LTD.
10404 Sixth Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91730-5831
Toll Free number: 1-866-488-4737 (866 GT TIRES)
Main telephone number: 909-980-0968
Main fax number: 909-476-4028

You didn't want to order from tires-easy.com? They have them in stock for 44.70 each, with shipping of 18 bucks a tire.

Jason.

Benzilla
08-04-07, 06:10 PM
Cool, actually when I tried the website earlier it wouldn't come up, so I thought it was gone. I might get a set, thanks.

casciomichael
08-06-07, 12:39 AM
Benzilla,

I have been trying to locate a pair of Dimension IV's for my 78 coupe and I cant find them ANYWHERE!!! Everybody is out of stock. I also called tucker tire from ebay and they told me that they stopped making the tires. Did anybody else hear of this? Where should I look?

Thanks,
Mike

jayoldschool
08-06-07, 09:01 AM
Benzilla,

I have been trying to locate a pair of Dimension IV's for my 78 coupe and I cant find them ANYWHERE!!! Everybody is out of stock. I also called tucker tire from ebay and they told me that they stopped making the tires. Did anybody else hear of this? Where should I look?

Thanks,
Mike

I emailed Tucker Tire a bunch of times wanting to buy, and they never got back to me once. I couldn't find the Dimension IVs locally, so I kept looking for an alternative, and came up with the Runway.

I just checked National Tire's website (the manufacturer of Dimension IVs), and it is down. Not good news. Also checked Coker Tire (they carried them, as well), and the Dimension IVs are gone from their site.

You might want to consider the Runways. Also, you can get them in 225, where the IVs were either 215 or 235.

Jason.

Benzilla
08-06-07, 05:40 PM
I hadn't heard about the discontinuation of Dimension IV's, that's horrible, it was already hard enough to find a set of whites. I'd try Broadway Classics, Coker sells them, or you can google it for a bunch of sites. Same exact whitewall and I've heard a lot of good things.

Hopee that helps.

CaddyshackCadillac
08-06-07, 06:12 PM
http://www.nationaltire.com/catalog/tireDetails.asp?tID=9&tCatID=3&tireCat=Passenger

i found that link at national tire

CaddyshackCadillac
08-06-07, 06:13 PM
or check out this one

https://www.tiresavings.com/tireShop.php?action=findMan2&tirename=CLASSIC+CAR+WIDE+WHITEWALL&season=Regular

casciomichael
08-08-07, 06:22 PM
Although at first glance it looks like the tire are available, the tires at certain locations are out of stock for 215-75-15. At tire savings they do not say they are out of stock but when you call them on the phone they state that they are out of stock. When I called another place about Broadway Classics, they told me they are out of stock and possibly discontinued.

Does anybody know a place where I can definitely get comparable tires. I know the runway tires are not the exact whitewall size they are 1 3/16 wide versus 1.3 inches wide.

Any ideas or answers?

Thank you,
Mike

CaddyshackCadillac
08-08-07, 11:20 PM
that national tire place says they carry them in multiple locations.......