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White Lettered Tires: Yay or Nay?

Posted in Best of, Design, General, News by MrAngry | February 8th, 2012 | 11 Responses |

Raised White Letters

Back in the 1970’s I truly believed that white lettered tires made a car go faster. Granted I was a kid, but that didn’t stop me from visualizing everything from Ferrari’s to Firebird’s with those raised letters. Back them everything from Nascar to Formula 1 ran them and man-o-man did that leave an impression on this little kid from Brooklyn. Today it’s a rare sight to see cars toting the raised letter look, but I’ve got to admit, I still love them. Sure it looks great on muscle cars and on cars from that era, but honestly, I still think it has a place on today’s rides. Whatcha’ think – Yay or Nay to the white roundies?

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11 Responses

  1. djrosa says:

    as with everything it depends on the car and on the style of the car. example a 67′ cuda fastback with steel rims ultrawide reartires and hoosier on the side is about as arousing as scarlet johansen and christina hendix **** and **** with a **** and a rubber duck.

    while a honda civic with a five feet spoiler on the back and a huge bodykit with chrome alloys whith white writings on the tyre just isnt cool.

  2. sam says:

    Only if the raised white letters are on a rwd and the say hoosier

  3. Willhelm says:

    Always fantastic

  4. Set says:

    I went white letters out on my Jeep. I think it’s the right look for the car. But like all things, it all depends. Certain cars look even more sexy with the lettering, while some just look dumb. It’s a hit or miss.

  5. Canrith says:

    Just my $0.02, but as a general rule, I don’t think they belong on modern cars. A few cars can be enhanced by them(as evidenced by the pic of the c6 with yellows) but you are still taking attention away from the body and stance of the car itself.

  6. Pozz says:

    Old mucles and off-roaders – YAY

    Newer, JDM ou euro cars – NAY

  7. ptschett says:

    I think that if a car model was used in motorsports, then the white letter tires on the street car make it a little more menacing from the subtle link to its racecar version.

    For example, my ’96 T-bird. It got blackwall tires last month after having Firehawk Indy 500’s for a while, and it’s just not the same now.
    http://i50.tinypic.com/nrtid.jpg

  8. Ladon says:

    I love RWLs but they are so hard to find now days!

  9. Will says:

    I truly think your head on when it comes to raise white letters. I’ve been looking for these kind of tires for sometime. For some reason or anther I cant get a hold of the ones with the rasied solid white letters. I have only found the tires with the smaller white lettrs. I have a 95 pontiac sunfire. I’ve spent alot of time fixing it up. The only thing that will make this car complete are the raised soild white letters. Where can I truly find them? Can you help?

  10. Sid says:

    I’ve always liked the RWL look & I’ve had them on my car since 2003. BF Goodrich has stopped making the tires in the size I need and I’m seriously trying to make these ones last. Neither Goodyear nor Cooper makes them either.
    Pozz, I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you. I run 195’s in the front & 215’s in the rear (1986 Corolla GT-S) and I get compliments on the look. The car is 100% stock except for the addition of Bosch fog lights and a stereo.
    Set, I bought a 1996 Cavalier with Outlined White Letters and I counted the days until they wore out. You’re right about the hit or miss.
    I might have to resort to painting my tires. I say that as a joke but you never know…