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 Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap

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PostSubject: Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap   Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:52 pm

These tires were on the set of wheels I got off of Crovo, he had them on his Impala. (The fronts were 255s)

I ran them last year for a while until I removed the chrome wheels for the winter and put my skinny steelies back on. I just bought a new pair of Firehawks in 255 form to match the fronts, so I can rotate them as a set, and have these left over. They actually looked cool, but I wanted the tires to be all the same size.

Not perfect, not terrible. They have about 50 percent tread overall, I guess, it's hard to describe- they are more worn in the center 3"~ of the tire than the rest. I think it's just to do with them being as wide as they are and having been on an 8" rim, and not being able to be rotated.
I had no real problems in the rain with them on the back of the car as far as wheelspin or skidding goes, they worked just like the other three sets of tires I've had on the Caprice...and my car is a peg-leg rear end too... the tread is fine on the outer 3 or so inch areas inboard of the sidewalls. They are not down to the wear bars yet in the center either. Still have life left and I'd say would pass inspection.

I was going to just put them away in case I ever wanted them for something, but I don't think I'll be able to use them because the Firehawks are now on the Impala. That car can't take anything in back over a 255 on the 15x8 wheels because of the backspacing, the tires would nail the quarter panel lips.

If anyone's interested let me know. $50 obo for the pair of them. I'll take a pic of the tread tomorrow.



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PostSubject: Re: Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap   Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:59 am

I have some 15x8" suburban wheels. How does the backspacing on those compare to what you were using? I'm thinking about these on a 95 9C1 with the wider WX3 axle.
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PostSubject: Re: Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap   Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:14 pm

booth9C1SS wrote:
I have some 15x8" suburban wheels. How does the backspacing on those compare to what you were using? I'm thinking about these on a 95 9C1 with the wider WX3 axle.

I never checked, but I THINK I remember Bill saying these wheels are 4" backspacing at all 4 corners. I always figured that was what the Suburban rally wheels were too but I think they might have a little more backspacing to tuck them in more...unless the rally wheels I saw on a few 71-76 cars were the 15x7 rally wheels... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap   Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:01 pm

Here's a couple pics, tires are both in basically the same condition:




Yesterday when I was looking these over, I found the severed tip of a sheetmetal screw (the business end of it) in one of the tires. I felt around inside the tire before I pulled it out, and couldn't' feel anything so I don't think it passed through, but I would definitely put one of those inner tire patches over the area where it was since the tires are loose.


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PostSubject: Re: Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap   Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:57 pm

Oh, and I'll let them go for less because of the screw...best offer takes them Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pair of 295/50/15 Firehawks, cheap   Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:23 am

Sold!

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