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Old 06-23-2014, 04:33 AM   #1
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Default Excelsior Radial Tires

Two weeks ago I hit pot hole and destroyed one of my wheels which started a very expensive wheel and tire up-grade. All my wheels were not very healthy to begin with and I did have plans to either replace or have trued up. Hitting that darn Pot Hole has actually bought me a positive result.

My friend John told me he had some extra wheels in his barn some where and I would be welcome to them. Well he did have and they were/are in PERFECT CONDITION! these wheels were still the original color and the paint was only dulled the holes where the lugs go are also perfect they look like new. So I paid John $50.00 per wheel which he did no want to accept! brought them home sanded them down and gave them a fresh coat of "Apple Green" (Rustolium FERN) and wow do they look great!. I have been hearing how great the new Excelsior Radial Tires were.

A person I met at one of our local car shows had them on his sedan and told me he would never go back to bias ply because the car was tracking and handling so super. So I bit the bullet "was saving up money anyway" and bought a set. On Saturday it was raining so I mounted all the tires on my new rims and also installed "Balance Beads".

Yesterday my Wife and I took the car for a drive and guys I just do not have the ability to describe how much better this car is now. It does not wander, has a more solid ride and handles so darn well. If you are considering new tires drive someones car before you purchase and you may want to spend the extra bucks. My total tire cost was $1,174.00 with tubes from Mac's
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:23 AM   #2
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I too, use the Excelsior Stahl Sport radial tires from Coker.
For me, they provide a more stable, enjoyable, and safer ride.
Yes, they cost almost twice the price of a Model A type bias ply tire, but they are supposed to last twice as long as a bias ply tire, according to what a Coker salesperson told me. The tires are rated for inflation up to 44 psi and Coker told me to inflate them to 44 psi, but after experimenting, I keep mine at about 38 psi.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:29 AM   #3
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I have the Excelsior bias ply tires (good up to 144 MPH) on my roadster. Coker was selling these at a deep discount when they switched over to the radials. They are superior to anything I've had before and will go to the Excelsior radials on the next go around.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:19 AM   #4
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We have the Excelsior radials on a couple of cars, there will be an article on them in the next issue of the Times. We really like them for ride and handling, plus you get a lot more miles out of a set than the other brands. The picture is on a 1929 Fordor with 21" wheels.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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Depending on the age of the tires replaced, any new ones will be an improvement............
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #6
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I am ready to pull the trigger on some new tires and plan to go with the Excelsior radials. Checking with MACs and Coker, neither offer the radial tube with a metal valve stem. Coker will add them for an additional fee. My car is not show quality, but I like it to be as original as possible if I can. What has others' experience been when buying tubes? Coker is a tad more expensive, but that is with the metal stemmed tubes.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:34 PM   #7
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Default Re: Excelsior Radial Tires

I almost pulled this same trigger this past weekend. I'm still going to do it, just had to re-prioritize things.

The question that still lurks in my mind is what size to get? I'm leaning toward 550 x 19 for my Pickup. Also don't see matching radial tubes on their website. Metal stems would be nice, but everything I have now has rubber stems.

Freight is the killer coming to Alaska. Coker only wants to ship FedEx 2-day air to Alaska, which is a real big deal $$wise.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:49 PM   #8
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Wow, Carl. See what Mac's will do. I would hope that Coker would negotiate on that one.

I have found them and not found them on Coker's web site, so I just called. I did not find them on Mac's web site, so I called. I also read that Summit has them, but I did not find them on their web site. I have not called. Coker recommended the 500 x 19.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:58 PM   #9
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I'm working the freight thru a forwarder in Tacoma. I'll see how that shakes out. Coker does have a warehouse on the West Coast also.

I was only thinking of 550x19's because it is on a Pickup.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:11 PM   #10
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"I have the Excelsior bias ply tires (good up to 144 MPH) on my roadster".

That's one Helluva Overdrive and Healthy Squirt of Nitrous Oxide in a Model A!!!

Yes I know I took the Quote completely out of context, lol!
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:27 PM   #11
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Default Re: Excelsior Radial Tires

I have been thinking that very thing so I'm glad to read these results. I too was wondering what size to get, I don't use side mounts.

It also seems to me that I remember a mileage guarantee, 50K seems to ring that bell. That would kinda make them worth while.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:09 PM   #12
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Check out Jegs and Summit!! They both carry Excelsior Tires and I believe they come under Free Shipping Policy!! Get the tire numbers from Coker sight then search the Jegs and Summit catalog. Pete
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:22 PM   #13
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Check out Jegs and Summit!! They both carry Excelsior Tires and I believe they come under Free Shipping Policy!! Get the tire numbers from Coker sight then search the Jegs and Summit catalog. Pete
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Free Shipping & handling is valid on most orders $30 and over shipping via ground service within the contiguous United States only. Alaska doesn't count. Plus, tires have a $10/ea FedEx surcharge anywhere.

Summit is pretty much the same.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:02 PM   #14
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Maybe you could get them shipped via FASTENAL?? Are there any FASTENAL stores anywhere near you??
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:38 PM   #15
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Went from Excelsior bias to radials last fall. From a visual standpoint, the bias tires look better on the roadster, but the radials sure do perform better. Mine is the #3 car at the Georgetown Hillclimb last fall
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:27 PM   #16
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one fellow in our club replaced his 19'' bias with 19 inch Excelsior Stahl Sport Radials right after they became available. He has driven almost 30K miles on them before replacing them. They still had some meat left, but he's going across the country to the Lobsters and Lighthouses tour and did not want to change them on the way back. He figures they would have made it to 30K. I rode with him down the freeway right after he bought them. We were changing lanes at 65-70 in a '30 phaeton, and the car stuck like glue. I was amazed. When I wear out my Coker Classics, I will get Excelsiors.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:25 AM   #17
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Correct me of I'm wrong but aren't radial tyres only available in 19". Post 4 suggests they are available in 21" too.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:51 AM   #18
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https://www.cokertire.com/tires/bran...rt-radial.html

Says they have 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 inch tires
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:14 AM   #19
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$1,500 bucks for 5 21 inch tires.... OUCH!
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I want to say thanks for starting this post, I didn't realize they made radials for Model A's, so I've learned something today!
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