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New Tire Suggestions For 1973 Bmw 2002


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Hello!

 

I just got my 1973 BMW 2002 on the road and needless to say...I am in love with this car.  She is my primary daily driving car.  Yes, she's in that good of shape.

 

She is alive and running but needs a little bit of work.  First things first, she needs new tires.  I could rush out and get her any type of tire, but I wanted to reach out to anyone here to see where would be the best source. 

 

Her 13" rims are in great shape and I'd love to get her some great tires that are recommended but are not going to empty my bank account.   :unsure:

 

Thanks in advance for any response!  Here she is: 

 

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Stu's suggestions look to be in line with what your car appears to be wearing now: 185/70s. But if you wished to return to the original size, 165/80, Vredestein is an excellent choice and available for $84 per tire.

https://www.universaltire.com/vredestein/165hr13-vredestein-sprint-blackwall-tire.html

Various forum members use them -- search on "Vredestein" -- and seem to like them. The original Michelin XAs, of course, remain available in 165/80 through the Michelin Passion division (Coker Tire is the sole U.S. distributor) but they will break the bank: $300 per tire!

Good luck,

Steve

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1976 2002 Polaris, 2742541 (original owner)

1973 2002tii Inka, 2762757 (not-the-original owner)

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Stu's suggestions look to be in line with what your car appears to be wearing now: 185/70s. But if you wished to return to the original size, 165/80, Vredestein is an excellent choice and available for $84 per tire.https://www.universaltire.com/vredestein/165hr13-vredestein-sprint-blackwall-tire.html

Various forum members use them -- search on "Vredestein" -- and seem to like them. The original Michelin XAs, of course, remain available in 165/80 through the Michelin Passion division (Coker Tire is the sole U.S. distributor) but they will break the bank: $300 per tire!

Good luck,

Steve

Steve,

I just ordered a set of the 165/80R13's from Universal Tire for my newly acquired 1600. Thanks for the tip.

T.R.

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Steve,

I just ordered a set of the 165/80R13's from Universal Tire for my newly acquired 1600. Thanks for the tip.

T.R.

Great! They have the original proportions and appearance (although modern sidewalls are a bit "busier" than original '70s sidewalls) and are from an old line European (Dutch) company -- admittedly owned by B.F. Goodrich during the '70s-'80s.

If you're new to 02s, the front strut suspensions are fairly sensitive to imbalances in the front rims and tires. I don't hear much about this longstanding complaint any more, so perhaps modern tire balancing technology has resolved the issue. But I tend to be a stickler for getting my tires balanced on the car, with special attention to the front tires. (This could be a pain if your car is a daily driver, with frequent tire rotations; I drive mine only on weekends and errands.)

Your car, by the way, looks great! Enjoy!

Regards,

Steve

1976 2002 Polaris, 2742541 (original owner)

1973 2002tii Inka, 2762757 (not-the-original owner)

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Your choices are somewhat limited; here's what I found on e-bay so far.

Stu.

 

I really love the true stock look with the tall, 165/80's.

I always do it right the second time.

1970 2002 Chamonix (Fiona)

1976 2002 Chamonix (Blanche), '73 2002 Colorado (Nemo), '72 2002 Riviera, '74 2002 Atlantik, '71 1600 Sahara (Binkley) all sold

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Great! They have the original proportions and appearance (although modern sidewalls are a bit "busier" than original '70s sidewalls) and are from an old line European (Dutch) company -- admittedly owned by B.F. Goodrich during the '70s-'80s.

If you're new to 02s, the front strut suspensions are fairly sensitive to imbalances in the front rims and tires. I don't hear much about this longstanding complaint any more, so perhaps modern tire balancing technology has resolved the issue. But I tend to be a stickler for getting my tires balanced on the car, with special attention to the front tires. (This could be a pain if your car is a daily driver, with frequent tire rotations; I drive mine only on weekends and errands.)

Your car, by the way, looks great! Enjoy!

Regards,

Steve

I've been into 02's for a while Steve. Agree that properly balanced wheels/tires are key. I look forward to receiving the new Vredesteins. Thanks again.

T.R.

'72 polaris 2000tii touring

'72 inka 2002

'69 bristol 1600

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