Raised White Letter Tires - How Can I Get the Classic Look Back?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Doc Horvath

Throughout the sixties and seventies, the popular choice for muscle car and hot rod owners was a raised white letter tire. At that time, 14" wheels were considered the norm, and 15" wheels were the low profile alternative. Now that fewer cars are being equipped with either size wheel from the factory (and as fewer muscle cars are on the road), availability of raised white letter (RWL) tires is getting tough. Goodyear, Firestone and Dunlop have all ceased production of their RWL options, leaving BFGoodrich to carry the banner with the popular Radial T/A

Radial T/A tires feature the familiar RWL design on one sidewall (plain black letters on the other) and a quiet symmetrical tread design to allow for maximum flexibility for rotation. Its all-season rubber compound is designed for predictable handling and light snow traction, but with an emphasis on long treadlife. The high modulus sidewall stabilizers are designed to improve steering response without a sacrifice of comfort. Just like most muscle cars, the Radial T/A isn't intended for ultra high performance driving and handling. 245/55R18 Radial T/A tires feature the classic redline stripe, but just like the RWL tire, there aren't plans for production in additional sizes.

View all available sizes for the BFGoodrich Radial T/A and see if one is a match for your vehicle.

Comments on Raised White Letter Tires - How Can I Get the Classic Look Back?

Sunday, July 14, 2013 by kevin rumski:
I must have found the LAST set of rwl from Tirerack ( Goodyear Eagle#1 Nascar ) for my 16" rims on my mustang 4 yrs ago. Now , I can't find ANY ! ! ! Please Help ! Where can I find 4 ?
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by doc:
Please call in with your tire size for best results... Goodyear stopped producing your tire some years ago.
Monday, July 22, 2013 by JD:
Looking for RWL BFGoodrich tires for my Monte Carlo.The Goodyears on it now are 22560R16. Is there anything available?
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by doc:
From the tire vendors we work with, we would not have any options in any 16" sizes unfortunately. You may have to look at a brand like Cooper for other options.
Sunday, August 4, 2013 by Kevin:
ANY 16" rwt would work for me !
Saturday, August 24, 2013 by Ernest:
Hi, I'm trying to find a white letter tire this size 205/45/17 dor my 2004 mini Cooper
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Doc:
Unfortunately BF Goodrich can only get us raised white letter tires for 14" and 15" wheels. Sorry !
Sunday, October 13, 2013 by erick:
205/75r15 where can i get some with solid letters?
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Doc:
Unfortunately, we cannot offer a single Raised White letter tire in your size (from any of our 16 tire vendors) Sorry !
Sunday, October 27, 2013 by Rick:
!981 corvette w/ Goodyear Eagle S/T. Any out there, Please.
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Doc:
As far as I know, the Eagle S/T has been gone for many years. You may want to check with your local Goodyear Auto Service Center for more information
Sunday, December 29, 2013 by jerry:
looking for goodyear eagle gt2 white letter in 15"
Friday, January 3, 2014 by Doc:
As far as I know, Goodyear tires with raised white letters have been gone for many years. You may want to check with your local Goodyear Auto Service Center for more information
Sunday, July 27, 2014 by Mark Kramer:
I am having some difficulty in finding 4 RWL 215 / 55R16 tires for my 2010 Chevrolet HHR. Can you help me out?
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Doc:
BF Goodrich is the last vendor we have that supplies us with RWL tires (Goodyear, Firestone and Dunlop gave up long ago) and they do not offer anything in the size you mentioned. I'd have to send you to another supplier that would have a different selection of vendors. Sorry !
Sunday, August 10, 2014 by Ritt:
Need 18 and 19 RWL for 2004 Corvette
Saturday, August 16, 2014 by Doc:
We do not have access to any RWL in the lower profile sizes you would need (not enough room to squeeze in the white). Sorry
Sunday, August 31, 2014 by Sgt Rock:
I am looking for Raised Black Letter on sidewall. Solid black letter like the BF Goodrich Raised White Letter is solid. Not like the Raised Outline White Letter. What does the T? Radial look like on the other side? Is it a full blakc letter?

Monday, September 29, 2014 by kevin:
looking for white raised letter tires for my 1983 280ZX
Friday, October 3, 2014 by Doc:
The closest we can get to stock size is a 215/60R14, but you'll need a 6" wide wheel (or wider). Our notes list your stock wheel as 14x5.5".
Monday, January 19, 2015 by Mike:
I have 225/60R16. What would it hurt to go with225/70R16?
Friday, January 23, 2015 by Doc:
The 225/60R16 averages 9" wide (at the widest point) and 26.6" in diameter for reference. The 225/70R16 will have the same width, but would average 28.4" tall or 6.7" taller. That amount of change will cause issues with any ABS or traction control systems your vehicle may have, requiring the car to be reprogrammed for the larger tire diameter to be safe.

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