What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" tire?

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Re: Tires for 65 C

#391 Post by David Jones » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:24 pm

I do agree that the Vredestein tire is probably a better choice but being a cheapskate and not driving my cars in the winter I decided to buy the Sumitomos for 50% of the cost of the Vredesteins and accept the limitation and the increased RPM.
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#392 Post by Al Zim » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:06 am

I first started using Michelin tires in 1963 on my Volvo PV544. I have never changed brands. The tires are round! That is important. The finish on the tires are excellent, and they usually do not deteriorate quickly. For the 356 my last purchases were the Michelin Defender 205/65X15. This tire is a little wide for a 4.5 inch rim. The edge of the tires will not be flat on the road unless you use factory inflation pressures. Reproduction Michelin tires manufactured by a tire company in the U.S. use a different case than the Michelin company uses and the construction is not the quality of Michelin. My Opinion al zim 2018/08/30
 

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Re: Tires for 65 C

#393 Post by David Jones » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:16 am

Al, I found that 185's rubbed badly on the rear of the inner fenders and limited lock when parking and also made the low speed steering heavy. I imagine 205's would be even worse. Hopefully one does not have to negotiate too many hairpin bends in Texas.
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#394 Post by Ashley James » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:36 am

165 x 15 Vredestein T Tracs on my Healey 3000 and soon my 356C. IMO wider tyres spoil the ride and make steering heavier. Trouble is that they often feel better than worn out tyres they replace so you may not realise.

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Re: Tires for 65 C

#395 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:58 pm

Tire rack has a "house brand" . It's called the Classic All Season, I've been using them and I like them. The price varies, I've gotten them for $65 each, but had to buy one last week and paid close to $90.
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#396 Post by David Jones » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:36 pm

Adam, What appears to be those classic tires are on amazon for $56. and here for less but more for shipping.https://simpletire.com/cordovan-p165-80r15-cpt08-tires
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#397 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:56 pm

David Jones wrote:Adam, What appears to be those classic tires are on amazon for $56. and here for less but more for shipping.https://simpletire.com/cordovan-p165-80r15-cpt08-tires
Wow, that's even better.
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#398 Post by David Jones » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:46 pm

Adam, where are those classic tires made and what manufacturer does it say on the sidewall?
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#399 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:06 pm

Made in China, isn't everything?

No names, just Classic radial.
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#400 Post by Brad Ripley » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:41 pm

Actually, made by SHANDONG LINGLONG TYRE CO., LTD. 0U ZHAOYUAN CITY SHANDONG CHINA

To read the code, the first two digits after "DOT" , unless you miss the words "Made In China" that Adams photo'd. -- see http://www.tiresafetygroup.com/tire-dot ... lant-code/

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Re: Tires for 65 C

#401 Post by PaulLima » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:15 pm

I'm with Al Zim. I don't like paying the higher prices, but with Michelin I've always gotten excellent quality. I'm going to try the 195-65 15 Premier A/S next (on my 5.5" wheels). This isn't the ultimate sports car tire, but an all around tire (emphasis on Round) with an outstanding reputation. https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... mpare1=yes

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Re: Tires for 65 C

#402 Post by Bob Morris » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:08 pm

Thanks for all the advice. Went with the Vredestine Sprint from Tire Rack. Will be here next week.
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#403 Post by John Clarke » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:03 pm

Hi Bob,
What a good choice you have made. We have The Vredestein Classic Sprints on both our cars in 165 x 15 .
I can't recommend them enough. Good looks for any Classic car, superb performance , both in wet and dry and at a very reasonable price ! David, didn't know there were tires that you couldn't use in cold weather .
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Re: Tires for 65 C

#404 Post by David Jones » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:00 pm

For what it is worth Jay, here is a write up on summer tires.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech ... techid=220
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Re: What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" t

#405 Post by PaulLima » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:46 pm

Update on my Roadster tires; I found some Bridgestone RE960 A/S Pole Position in 195/65-15; these are what I had on the car and they are excellent performers (I think the euphemism is "spirited driving")

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