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O.K. Folks, you are all pretty much aware of the engine/tranny mod I'm waist deep in, a 95 Camaro 3.4 V-6 with a 92 S-10 T-5 tranny. Last week I finished polishing one of the wheels and had the old tire put on it. Yesterday that tire was flat, so I pumped it back up and today it's flat again. I know I'll need new tires and wasn't going to get them until after the car was done, but that's out the window now. I've got to get at least one tire. So here's the question for all you folks, knowing the engine and tranny going in the car, and for good handling and traction using a 6 inch wide 13 tire, what's a good tire to put on my GT? All input will be considered. TIA.

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Ron;
Since you're using a 13X6 wheel, I have had great performance out of 205/60R-13's If you punch this number in on www.tirerack.com you'll get a few different manufacturers, one is Sumitomo. I have a set of these I just put on my Sportwagon and the run and handle great! :) :)
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I hace Sumitomos on my Bitter and they rock. 225/50r15

Genes recommendation of the 205 is perfect, hard to find a much bigger street tire in 13"
 

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Ron, I was going to suggest you get one of the racing guys to sell you a used set of racing tires, as they tend to hold up better in storage than regular tires, but I found something else I think you (and the rest of us) should jump on instead.
Tire rack currently has Kuhmo Ecsta V700 175/60-13 racing tires listed at $37 each. This price is so strangely low as to make me wonder if it is a typo, but I think they would be perfect for your car. Sure they're a little short, but man they'll be fun to drive on and the price is pretty darn good....
 

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I guess I should have added the size tires on the car now are 185 X 70 X 13, and on locked hard right or left they do rub the fenderwell just barely. I'm not that much up to speed on the aspect ratio so I'm going to guess that the 205 X 60 X 13 will be a little taller tire and may aggravate the tire rubbing. Also the speed rating of the tires may be a little low for what I've got as a possible top end. Still looking for suggestions, although the ones I've got so far have been good. Thanx, I really need the input.

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I would assume since you are putting such a big engine in, but not upgrading the diameter, etc. that yours will be mainly a stop light type of racing car and one that sees daily driving highway use. Nothing agressive.

In that case the the 205/60 Sumitomos shoudl be fine. I think its funny the only negative comment is a Porcshe 911 guy that is RACING on them and not happy.. duh its not a racing tire.

THe racing tires Ron mentioned will be .7" shorter than the 185s you have now and grip really good. Just won't have as large a patch, but the sidewalls will be shorter so that may be a bigger benefit than the 10mm difference in tread. Actually with the shorter sides it may also "look" wider than the 185s you have now.

Its hard to tell. A lot of this depends on what you plan to do to the suspension, etc..

If it were me I would go with the 205/60r13 HTR 200 Sumitomos they are actually .3" shorter than your 185/70r13s. Which is almost a perfect match for the original diameter tires.

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