Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby action » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:04 am

The latest set I bought the w/w measures out at a 1/2" wide. Looks good to me.

It isn't an expensive tire. There isn't a means to custom make the white wall. Os some option. This is a very inexpensive mass produced production tire.
Either you buy something else that is far more expensive. Custom make the white wall larger. Or go with the narrower white wall.

For double or triple the money Coker will sell you a 1" wide w/w tire.
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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby autostick » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:02 pm

Thanks guys. I verified with the sellers that the Hankook Optimo is a 3/4 inch whitewall. That is what I have now. I guess I just wait until somebody makes a one inch whitewall, I still have plenty of tread on the Kuhmos. I still have my one inch whitewall 9.50 by 14 dangerous bias ply tires, but nobody recaps those anymore.
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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby JonW » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:19 pm

I just installed the Kumhos on my BB car. Balanced out pretty well, and I'm not running weights on the outside. I'm a bit concerned about leeching, as I'm seeing a little bit of that already. Time will tell.
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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby Gerald F. Chase » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:58 pm

A 2019 update regarding my experience with P215/70R-15 Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP IIs [whitewalls!] on my two 1980s Town Cars: I find them to be truly excellent. They handle good, and wear quite well. I was doubtful... but my tire man in Providence [RI] that I strongly trust, said that these were made in a Michelin plant (due to the purchase of Uniroyal), and that he had a number of customers that tried them... and all were happy. I have become another happy customer.

Yes, that's the biggest size they make.. so those who need P235s or P225s must go elsewhere, as described here.

I used to think that BFG T/A radials were great.. and worth the high price. I'm not so sure, anymore. I put a set on my '89 Caprice w/ F41 sport suspension, P225/70R-15s.... and they are not smooth: they 'bounce' a lot. Since the non-F41 Caprices were shod with P205/75R-15s, I'm going to put said Uniroyal P215/70R-15s on my Caprices (have two now). Said UniRoyals are great----especially compared with the BFG T/A radial's HIGH price: close to double!! And, yes, they're not whitewalls: they're "raised white letters".

Seemingly all the 80s T.C.s now are expensive & good.. or cheap 'cause they've been abused. 1980s T.C.s are now scarce.. at reasonable prices, that is. "The march of time"
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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby linc64 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:17 pm

I recently purchased Uniroyal Tiger Paws, 215/70R15 for my '88 Mark VII Bill Blass and am unhappy with them. They were manufactured 3 months prior to my buying them. The only way I was able to get the whitewalls white was to use 800 grit sandpaper with a sanding block. Yes, I first tried Wesley's Bleche White, Brillo/SOS pads, mineral spirits etc. Sanding them got them pretty white, but they started getting brown again within a day, even when not driving and stored indoors. Maybe I got some defective tires or "seconds". They were certainly cheap enough, $303 for a set of four, but I'm reluctant to ever get another set. My car had 4 year old Michelin Symmetry tires when I bought it, and they had less than 4,000 miles on them, but the whiewall was too narrow and I didn't know if I could trust them on the 1500 mile round trip to Albuquerque last October. I've been told that Firestone FR710s are good tires, so maybe I'll try those next.
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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby Gerald F. Chase » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:06 pm

Mr. Ayres, I guess that said UniRoyal tires are more suited to daily drivers, given your disappointment with their propensity for the whitewalls to turn brown much too quickly. They have been less trouble for me.. than most any tire that I've ever owned, FWIW.
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Re: Where are people getting new Michelins with WWs?

Postby JonW » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:35 am

I just bought Hankook wsw tires for my '79 Bill Blass. They balanced out well, but not perfectly. But I'm not running weights on the outside. I think I'll clean up whatever balance issues are left with beads. My complaints are about the whiewall color and the fact that they are already leeching in spots. The color is hard to describe. It's a very "cold" white, sort of like the bluish-white you see in some headlights. It doesn't have the "warmth" that the whitewalls on my turquoise car have. I don't know if that makes any sense or not.
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