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Tire Selection for an 88 TC
JohnOsborn Offline
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Forgive me if this has come up before but I've done a search and can't find anything.

I've got a stock 1988 Turbo Coupe that uses 225/60 R16 tires. The ones on the car now are pretty bad and I'm looking to replace them but it's proving to be a bit tricky. Tires are certainly available in that size but when I read reviews most of the recommended tires are not. What are you guys using and would you recommend it?

My current thinking is Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season, but I'm open to other ideas. I'm in the south so snow isn't an issue.
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vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
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If you have a Discount Tire near check them out... I have the Road Hugger GT's on my 87 TC (225-60-16) and also on my wife's Lexus ES330 (215-60-16). They all balance up with minimal weight and drive nicely, especially on the highway.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS
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Jeff K Offline
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FYI, 245 50 16 fit fine with no rubbing, etc. and have virtually identical diameter to the stock 225 60 16 so the speedometer still reads accurately. I have been running 245 50 16 for years with aftermarket Cobra R replica wheels that have the same backspacing as the stock TC wheels.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
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RC Martin Offline
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Hah, you should try looking for 205/70R14s for me. There's about two choices, excluding the generic crap.
Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, Bright Canyon Red TuTone, Desert Tan Interior; 1 of 7 in this combo in 1984 according to Marti.  1 of 13,361 TCs in 84.
   Rebuilt, 3-Angle Valve Job, SYB37 "OE/Small" Slider Cam
   Full 3" Stinger Exhaust to Flowmaster 40, Gnari FMIC/Recirc/BPV, MBC @ 18psi, RF-E6 Manifold, Remote-Mount TFI, PC1 and Flowed 35# Injectors, Inline Walboro 255HP, Kirban AFPR
   Rebuilt Suspension -- KYB & Energy Suspension
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anasazi4st Offline
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(08-22-2019, 02:59 PM)JohnOsborn Wrote: Forgive me if this has come up before but I've done a search and can't find anything.

I've got a stock 1988 Turbo Coupe that uses 225/60 R16 tires. The ones on the car now are pretty bad and I'm looking to replace them but it's proving to be a bit tricky. Tires are certainly available in that size but when I read reviews most of the recommended tires are not. What are you guys using and would you recommend it?

My current thinking is Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season, but I'm open to other ideas. I'm in the south so snow isn't an issue.

For the past several years I’ve been getting tires at—of all places—Walmart. They have 225/60R16s by Goodyear (the Viva 3 model) reasonably priced; I think I paid about $350 for all 4 a couple of years ago. Snow is not an issue here either; still, these are considered to be all season radials.

They offer free rotation for the life of the tire, and free tire repair (when possible), but I think most good tire shops offer both of those. Neither my wife and I have had any issues; she had a tire with sidewall damage (no reputable shop will attempt to repair that), but we’ve had several flats on her car and they were taken care of with no problems, other than they’re often very busy so there’s usually a wait.

Since I got the tires for my TC I’ve put about 15,000 miles on them; they’ve worn evenly and offer pretty sporty handling for an inexpensive tire. I have only good things to say about them.
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1987 Turbo Coupe w/T5OD, 8.8 axle, grey smoke; most options. Got it in 1991 with 41K miles: 3 turbos, 2 heater cores, 1 T5OD full rebuild, 5 clutches, 1 head gasket, 2 Teves II ABS units, etc. later....
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