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Which 14" Summer Tires???

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I just purchased a set of 14" E30 BBS wheels. I am looking for a set of summer tires in the extreme, ultra, or high performance groups. I do not drive the car in the winter or when it's raining (unless I get caught in it or I've paid for a driving school). Looking at Tire Rack I see Hankook Ventus R-S2 and Yokahama AVS ES100. The Hankook do not have any reviews and the yokohama's are either loved or hated. What do you think of these tires or any other suggestions. Thanks

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Yokohama ADVAN A048 is the best for summer and into the colder

times of year - street and TRACK, AND stick like glue in the wet

Go with the 185/60x14" size and enjoy the best performing tire

with easy steeriing, and STOP NOW braking.

I got many, many track days, years, and street miles on my set.

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NOT 195x16x14 !

- - - - and contrary to some - the 185/60x14

does not alter gearing OR speedo reading one bit compared to 195/60x14.

Speedo accuracy (according to many road side

radar speed monitors) is spot on if you own a 1976 with

correct speedo, original 4-speed, and original 3.9 diff.

If you have any of these item swaped or molested

during your cars former past - you will have speedo reading

all over the place. The steering wheel effort is a bit lighter

and more 'delicate' with the 185 vs the 195's, Absolutely no

tire touching anywhere with the 185's, And as you can see

by my track fact - no loss of grip at the limits of cornering.

Just the right amount of rotation induced by 'breathing' the

throttle at the right point when the chassis is loaded and

changing direction.

The 195 is fat for Touring , comfort, heavier steering

effort, and not the best for deep water.

A comfy chubby tire.

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....and p.s. - do not order 'shaved' tires.

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I have 195-60-14 Yokohama's mounted on 14 x 6 Superlite wheels and they are really terrific. No rubbing worries on my car (stock springs, front spacer removed). I thought I read where these tires are being discontinued, so buy them now.

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The smallest size I see the A048's in is 205/50/15 on Yokohama's and Tire Rack's site. Besides, $250.00 a tire is a little pricy. Keep the suggestions coming.

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Plus 1, got a set a few months ago when Discount Tire had a super deal going. They're really good.

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I. too, run Falken Azenis 195/60x14 and have been super satisified with them. Have 10 months of no rain here in So. AZ but when it does rain in the summer monsoon season I've been pleasantly surprized with how well they perform. And, CD not withstanding, the original tires on 2002s had a diameter of of 23.4". 195/60x14s have a diameter of 23.2". The 185/60x14s have a smaller diameter of 22.7", which will give you slightly better acceleration but will result in speedometer and odometer error. My ' 75 is lowered 1½" and I experience absolutely no rubbing (fenders have not been rolled).

Bob Napier

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I've heard that the Falken Azenis RT-615 are on back-order right now.... with all retailers... don't know that the deal is. but yeah, thats what I use and they're tough to beat.

For some fun, you can get Toyo T1-Rs in 195-45-14 (!!!), as well as other sizes.

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I am running 185/60/R14 Yoko avs es100 on bottlecaps and love'em. They grab real nice, are quiet, and seem to wear well. I drove from NY to NC two weeks ago and they where great. The have an awesome tread pattern , if your into that kinda thing.

Larry

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....and p.s. - do not order 'shaved' tires.

unless you know what you're doing!

Because racing a full- tread DOT tire (Hoosiers excepted) is like sex in a snowmobile suit... yes, boots and all...

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I wanted the AVS100's, but I ended up going with the Bridgeston Potenza's. They're wonderful and grip real nice.

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