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Curtis Batchelder
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53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#1 Post by Curtis Batchelder » Fri May 12, 2017 3:25 pm

I have a 53' Coupe #512xx in metal restoration, the rear fender profiles were enlarged by a previous owner. It is time to consider the rim size and tire combination, has anyone used the new "Model A's from HRBB" either the 16" x 5.5 or 15" x 5 Aluminum Rims? Any ideas or comments on radial tire sizes for stock fender profiles?

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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#2 Post by Greg Bryan » Sat May 13, 2017 11:30 pm

Curtis - I'm sure someone will speak up with info regarding your question.
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#3 Post by James Davies » Sun May 14, 2017 8:04 am

I would not go with a wider rim size if you want to keep stock fenders. There just is not enough room. With the original 16x3.25 rims, you can go with a 550R16 Michelin or Avon radial. Hard to get on, but it will fit. Anything larger probably won't fit.

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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#4 Post by Jules Dielen » Sun May 14, 2017 6:18 pm

James Davies wrote:I would not go with a wider rim size if you want to keep stock fenders. There just is not enough room. With the original 16x3.25 rims, you can go with a 550R16 Michelin or Avon radial. Hard to get on, but it will fit. Anything larger probably won't fit.
+1 i just went from a 5.00x 16 to a 5.50 x 16 on my 52/53 and was surprised about the tight fit. I am running 185x70 on my A without problems.
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#5 Post by Hendrik Moulds » Tue May 16, 2017 4:25 am

Can't remember without looking but I think I have 5.25 crossply tyres on my standard wheels.
They fit fine in the wheel arch although there's not much room for manoeuvre.
I can imagine anything more will be very tight.
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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#6 Post by Curtis Batchelder » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:32 pm

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Re: 53' Pre A 16" Rim Questions.

#7 Post by James Davies » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:59 pm

Looking really good Curtis!

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