Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

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Daryl Bertram
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Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#1 Post by Daryl Bertram » Sun Mar 13, 2022 3:55 pm

Our '54 Cab has Michelin 550 R 16 radial tires on it's original rims and I'm not sure what tire pressure to use front/rear. Help Pre A wizards!

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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#2 Post by Daryl Bertram » Wed Mar 16, 2022 1:06 pm

Sooooo, no one is running radials on Pre A 16 inch rims?

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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#3 Post by John Brooks » Wed Mar 16, 2022 7:46 pm

Daryl

I have not had 16” wheels in over 50 years, but 32 pounds rings a bell. I can’t remember if they were radials, probably not. Our online Service manual says 20 psi front & 25.5 rear on page T-29 and W-5. I think the higher pressure I remember was for a high speed freeway trip the the car full of stuff.
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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#4 Post by george kehler » Thu Mar 17, 2022 8:17 am

Using my bias Dunlops, I use 23 pounds in front and 26 pounds in rear.
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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#5 Post by Alan Hall » Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:00 am

I have 165-16 AVON radials on my '53 and I usually run around 25 front 29 rear.

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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#6 Post by Martin Benade » Thu Mar 17, 2022 2:16 pm

Is that car pretty eager to oversteer? I mean in general, not criticizing your pressures, which are about what I run on my B.
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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#7 Post by Daryl Bertram » Thu Mar 17, 2022 9:14 pm

Thanks all and thank you Alan. I'm currently running 32psi all around but will try 30psi back and 28psi front for a start.

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Re: Tire pressure for radial tires on 16 inch Pre A rims

#8 Post by Mark Todorovich » Thu Apr 21, 2022 12:15 pm

I am running 16 inch bias ply Heidenaus on our 52. What pressure do you suggest?
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