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Tires: Anyone still uses 165/80/13?If not why not!


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Much of it depends on your driving style. The demands you put on the car, steering effort tolerance, handling capabilities, etc.

I run 185-60 13s on a lowered 2002 that I flog mercilessly like a track car, and I'm pleased with the compromise. 185-70 is very popular - and even 205-60 will often fit (depending on wheels).

After driving an original 67 Lotus - I went back to skinnier tires - but not 165 (that's WAY to antiquey for my tastes). 175-70 was a really crisp feel in city driving - but lacked handling on fast, curvy roads. If you don't drive aggressively - and like cheeky city handling - the 175-70 might suit you. I'm putting a set on my own car soon - because I want it to look a little nerdier.


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Thanks Paul.

I do more driving on secondary roads and avoid the highways as much as possible. I am in NY and winters are sometimes very bad. Reason that skinnier feet might be good. But from your experience the 175/70 might be a better choice. Tire Rack sells the 165's for $25 each, a good deal. I'll check to see how for the 175's.


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I was told that the original tires are the best for the car in many respects.

Your input is appreciated since I am contemplating buy new tires for my factory 5J 13 slotted steel rims.

I think this is the way to look at this:


Originality Performance

The tires available in the 165/80-13 size are in the stone age WRT performance/technology. If you go to a 185/70-13, you will have an infinitely better choice of tires, performance wise. The spectrum above ranges from 13" to 15". There are problems with the large, wider wheels and tires, including fitment, steering effort, wear on steering and suspension components, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, etc., etc. People have fitted >15" wheels to 02s, but the problems described above are incrementally increased, and IMHO, >15" wheels exceed what I would describe as "period credibility."

Chris B.

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I've used either the stock 165/80/13 or almost the same 165/13 (78?) on several 1600-2, works great, nice ride, better theoretical performance in rain. On the otherhand, when lowered and wih increased power, the bigger tires give better dry pavement handling.

RK in OC

ex- 67 1600ti/Aplina


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