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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, The official Whitewall thread in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Got new shoes for my 69 DeVille.... Here is the BEFORE: IMG_0671.JPG Here is the AFTER: IMG_0790.JPG American Classic 1.6" ...
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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    Got new shoes for my 69 DeVille.... Here is the BEFORE:
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    Here is the AFTER:
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    American Classic 1.6" whitewall

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    looking good! Gatta get me a set of white walls!

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    Both whitewalls make the car beautiful. The wider ones make the car more striking but I prefer the previous ones, as they are more similar to original. Congrats for your new tires. Your caddy is safer now.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    How wide were the stripes on the old set of tires?

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    They seem the same than mine: 1"

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    Yeah, the original stripe was like 1", maybe even 7/8".

    I haven't done many things to this car to make it no longer "original". But I had already taken the leap by putting on those spoked hubcaps so adding these tires seemed much more reasonable. I've convinced myself that Cadillac should have done it this way and that helps me sleep better at night.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    Oh man, those look so good.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    really super sharp car by the way.

    The nice thing about what used to be called "modern wide whitewalls" is that they leave a band of black between the wheel cover and the white rubber.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 69Chateau View Post
    Yeah, the original stripe was like 1", maybe even 7/8".

    I haven't done many things to this car to make it no longer "original". But I had already taken the leap by putting on those spoked hubcaps so adding these tires seemed much more reasonable. I've convinced myself that Cadillac should have done it this way and that helps me sleep better at night.
    I agree: these white walls match perfectly with wire hubcups.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    For the record....

    After test driving these a couple evenings since I had them installed, the warmer the tires got, the more of a pronounced bounce, shimmy or hop I could feel between 35 and 45mph. Seemed like the front but its tough to tell on a car this size. The whole car kind of wiggles! Alignment is great, I had an alignment a month ago and went back in yesterday for another. Still had the same wiggle afterward between 35 and 45 mph. Interestingly, I was told that caster was non-adjustable on my car? (Researching)

    Anywhoo... I'm going back in for a re-balance at Discount Tire and I'm hoping we learn more. Do these rims require lug-centric balancing or hub-centric?

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    I've never seen a machine that does lug-centric balancing. All use the hub. First thing to check is wheel torque (100ft-lbs), then air pressure. Should be around 30psi.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    I've never seen a machine that does lug-centric balancing. All use the hub. First thing to check is wheel torque (100ft-lbs), then air pressure. Should be around 30psi.
    Why 30 psi? Tires say 35 psi...

    I called Discount Tire and they have a 5x5 adapter for their balancing machine to do lug centric balancing. After a little research this morning, this appears to be the exact kind of balancing to do for these old style steel rims that might not have a perfectly centered hole in the middle.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    The spec on the tire is for MAX pressure, not the pressure that should be used.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    The lug-nuts should be re-torqued after about 50 miles of driving. That one of the reasons why I always tell the shop to leave the hubcaps in the trunk.

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    Re: The official Whitewall thread

    Shoot... I leave my hubcaps at home when I go.

    Well, not anymore. Now I'm on black steelies because I lost a hubcap and give up on them for life, but you know what I mean.

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