1984-88 Corvette Tires

If you're the proud owner of a C4 Corvette, particularly between the years of 1984 and 1988, you are well aware of the scarcity of 255/50R16 tires for your car. This is the only vehicle that uses this size and therefore, there aren't many manufacturers who make a tire in this size.

Today, the only street tire Tire Rack carries in this size is the new BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2. There are other options available in the 255/50R16 size, but they're only meant for competition use. BFGoodrich has a long history of outfitting American muscle cars, including the Corvette. We went for almost two years without any tire for this vehicle. Fortunately, BFGoodrich stepped up to the plate and put their best foot forward with this Ultra High Performance Summer tire.

The g-Force Sport COMP-2 features BFGoodrich’s Performance Racing Core (PRC) internal structure that includes twin, high tensile steel belts reinforced by an enhanced ETEC System (Equal TEnsion Containment) of spirally wound nylon that stabilizes the tread area to optimize the contact patch for traction at speed and in hard cornering. Also, g-Control sidewall inserts featuring up to a 40% higher sidewall stiffening structure help improve lateral stability and cornering precision. A new silica-infused COMP-2 compound that's derived from racing technology delivers a sharp steering response and grip in wet and dry conditions without sacrificing treadwear.

Watch "Testing Ultra High Performance Summer Tires" to see how the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 could improve your classic Corvette.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by fred alonso

looking for 86 vette spare rim and tire size and availability
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Steve

Hi Fred,
If you're referring to a compact spare tire and wheel, we unfortunately don't carry anything like that.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Carl Yaegel

I have a 1985 corvette it has 16" tires on it now can I put 17" dia and would it work better on a C-4 than the 16" what was stock when it came out?
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Carl, Either size can work just fine, however switching to 17" wheels and tires will give you more selection. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Skip O'Rourke

Unfortunately or fortunately I own a c4 1987 corvette ( 51,000 original miles) tires are a problem. I am just about ready to replace the tires and found it very difficult to locate what I need. Do you still handle the bfGoodridge g force comp 2 ? Are you able to help me or steer me in a productive direction? I really like my car and I hope there is some type of remodeling of tires that can solve my problem? Any help would be appreciated....

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