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1984 Corvette Job One: Handling
Selecting the right tire is very important if the best handling is desired. Goodyear stepped up to the plate with a special tire designed just for the Corvette. The specifications were tough: reasonably quiet, good in wet weather, safe at a top speed of 145 mph, crisp handling feel and a life span of at least 10,000 miles even with enthusiastic driving. Goodyear used knowledge gained from Formula One racing to meet and even exceed these demands with the VR50 "Gatorback" tires. They were mounted on special 16 inch rims, also a Corvette exclusive. The RPO Z51 equipped cars featured 8.5 inch wide wheels in front and 9.5 inch wheels in the rear. Both the tires and wheels were directional meaning that they were designed to roll in only one direction. Since the front and rear wheels were of different size, a given wheel could only be mounted on one corner of the car. Modular wheels were popular at the time especially on European sourced cars. But they had an aerodynamic disadvantage with their surface close to the brake, so a design that was flush to the body surface was chosen.
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Right: The problem was severe enough that GM issued a 133 page "Squeak and Rattle Identification and Resolution Manual" to aid troubleshooting. Owners at the time reported that while there were many teething issues with the first C4 Corvettes, GM went to great lengths to resolve the problems.
One of the problems was with the Z51 suspension and the fact that many who ordered it did not know what they were getting in to. Despite its high price, nearly half of the 1984 production was Z51 equipped. Although it was a good idea for racetracks (which are typically billiard-table smooth) it had no place in the real world of potholes and speed bumps.