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Are there any good 13 inch street tires left?


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I have a deposit on a very nice 72 02' and was wondering if I go through with the purchase what my options are in terms of tweaking the car for taught handling? I would like to keep the appearance close to stock, so nothing over 14 inch, with 13's preferred. Ideally a 185 looks to me like it would fill the fenders nicely and add some rubber.

Trouble is, I suspect no one makes good 13 inch rubber for the street.

Not looking for the harshness of a track tire, and it has to work in 45f temps in the fall. I plan on refurbishing the suspension and linkages completely as the car is still close to 100% original if the sale goes through.


Bob S.

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I have only ran 13 inch wheels on my 69' over the past 8 years.

Current wheel and tire combos:

13 x 6 MOMO's wrapped in Sumitomo HTR 200 215 50R13's

13 x 7.5 Lenso's wrapped in Kumho Ecsta V710 215 50R13's

For reference, check out the links below.

Ireland Engineering sells these.


Aardvarc Racing sells these.


69' 1600 Satin Black/Orange heavy street mod

74' 2002 Chamonix Automatic

03' e46 Alpine White daily driver

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Federal 595's

'76 2002 in Malaga (110k Original, 2nd Owner, sat for 20 years and now a toy)
'86 Chevy K20 (6.2 Turbo Diesel build) & '46 Chevy 2 Ton Dump Truck
'74 Suzuki TS185, '68 BSA A65 Lightning (garage find), '74 BMW R90S US Spec #2

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Toyo still makes the RA1 in a 185, don't they?

That's a really good street tire if you want stick.

It's a shitty street tire if you want 60k miles out of a set.

it's all in how you define good...


"I learn best through painful, expensive experience, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth." MattL

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I don't care how long they last, but often race tires have very stiff sidewalls which may or may not like the rest of the suspension. Looking to keep some of BMW suppleness, but want the steering very communicative and quick. tire should also be quiet and good in the rain. Tramlining is something I hate. Smooth turn in is a priority .

Bob S.

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Toyo RA1 no longer avail ...not in Australia replaced with 888 i think.

72/2002 Inca

72tii/2002 "Apple"

70/2002 "Five "

73/2002 "Freeda"

2007 Lotus 7 Replica

2011 Ford xr6 Ute

85 E30 325

70 1600-2 "Orange"

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Seems like you are looking for a stock/close to stock tire. I have used Falken Sincera in 185/70 13 since last fall, excellent rain/dry tire for daily (spirited) driving:




- 1970 Colorado 2002, 1982 323i, 1972 Porsche 914, 1956 Porsche 356A Coupe replica, 2003 Mini Cooper S


- 1980 320is Turbo, 1972 Malaga 2002tii, 1973 Polaris 2002tii, 1973 Sahara 2002, 1981 Alpina C1 2.3, 1989 M3, 1984 Hardy & Beck 327S

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Sprint + vintage tire series, if your preference is for a tire with more of a vintage appearance. The biggest 13" tire currently available in the Sprint series is 165; the only 13" tire currently offered in the Sprint+ series is 205/60.

I've e-mailed Vredestein with a request that they consider producing a 185/70x13 Sprint or Sprint+ - certainly wouldn't hurt for them to get additional requests for this size.............

Barry Allen
'69 Sunroof - sold
'82 E21 (daily driver), '82 633CSi (wife's driver) - both sold
66 Chevy Nova wagon (yard & parts hauler)

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