Coker also offers a couple of tire models that closely resemble a bias-ply tire, but feature radial construction. One example is the Coker Classic 16-inch radial series, which has the tall and skinny looks of a bias-ply, as well as a robust shoulder, instead of the smooth, rolled shoulder like most radial offerings. Radial internals make for great driving characteristics with the vintage looks of a bias-ply tire.

On The Road
Once you've made the tire selection, it's all downhill from there, right? Well, there are still a few steps to be made before you can start driving. First is mounting and balancing the tires to your existing wheels-this can make or break the way a vehicle drives. Inflating the tires is a straightforward process, but there are advantages to using nitrogen inflation, as opposed to regular air. Sometimes, regular air can pass through the sidewall of a tire, and eventually lead to a brown whitewall. The larger molecules in nitrogen lessen the chances of this occurrence, and it produces less heat buildup within the tire, which keeps pressure consistent.

Balancing is a critical part of the process and most everyday tire shops use a balancer with a hub-centric mount, which means the wheel is attached to the machine by the center hole of the wheel. It doesn't take much studying to figure out that balancing a tire and wheel that is mounted by the hub doesn't correlate with real-world driving, because the wheels are mounted by the lugs when on the vehicle. For a better and more accurate reading, specialty tire shops use a lug-centric mount, so the wheel can be mounted to the machine exactly how it would be mounted to the vehicle.

When it comes to balancing, many original steel wheels will be out of round, or have a slight warp because of the years of abuse. This makes it tough to balance the tire and wheel assembly, so lots of folks end up buying new steel wheels. These are also available through Coker Tire, so you can buy tires and wheels together and have the folks at Coker do the mounting and balancing for you. From our vantage point, this is the right play, because it greatly simplifies the process and allows you to reap the benefits of nitrogen inflation, and skip mounting and balancing all together. From there, just bolt them on and hit the road with your brand-new tires. Whether you choose bias-ply tires or radials, or make the always tough decision of black wall or whitewall, finding the right tires for your classic truck is a key element to enjoying your time behind the wheel.

Coker Tire
13187 Chestnut Street
TN  37402