Tire options on first generation (1966 - 1970) Oldsmobile Toronados
Schools of thought on Toronado tires:
When my tires wore out this past spring (2004), I decided to go with school of thought #2. I had to call around to several Discount Tire shops in San Diego because most shops only had truck tires in the 255/70 size.
Finally, the Discount Tire in National City came through for me; the guy who answered the phone recommended the Road Hugger Radial GT which he had used himself on a 70s Camaro. So far, I've been very happy with the ride from these tires. They look pretty meaty, and as you can see in this shot, fill out the wheel well nicely.
- 1) The stock-size replacement would be a 235/75 series radial, preferrably with a white-wall side. Any decent-name all-season modern radial should serve you well. Some people here will give you the names of what they use.
- 2) You can't put too much rubber under an early Toro; therefore, 255/70 series tires, preferrably with raised white letters (RWL) are the largest tires that will fit under a stock Toro on the stock wheels, and are therefore a good bet. Two models that I know are happily in use are the General XP2000 II's (Sparky) and the Dunlop GT Qualifiers (me), though there are others brands out there.
- 3) more More _MORE_! One guy has put 275/60 series radials on steel wheels that he had widened to 8", but this required raising the car's suspension about 1".
Some of the content of this page were originally posted on www.toronado.org by Bob Barry in 1997, the site of the Toronado
Owner's club. I've updated some of the content and mirror it here. As of this
writing, Toronado.org is mostly offline.
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