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What tire width for 5.5"-wide wheels?


OldSkool

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Will 195/60/13's fit? Or are they too wide for the wheel?

I don't want the Super Marshmallow look, with the tires bulging obscenely off of the wheels --- but a little bulge is Ok.

185/70's look like they might be a bit too tall... ? Visually, that is.

-Old Skool-

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195-60-13s seem to fit just fine for me for a couple years. I never really pay attention to appearances when it comes to tires, though.

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1974 2002, 1965 Datsun L320 truck, 1981 Yamaha XS400, 1983 Yamaha RX50, 1992 Miata Miata drivetrain waiting on a Locost frame, 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser

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I vote for 185/70-13 on the stock wheels. Just enough cushion for a smooth ride, yet the 70 profile provides good handling.

Aren't the 70-series tires a little tall, to look at? I also thought the 60's might be a little faster-responding.

-Old Skool-

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Keep in mind that a 185/70 tire is nearly just as tall as a 165/80 tire. The 80 or 70 in this case is relative to the width of the tire.

In 13 inch you can easily use: 165/80, 185/70 and 205/60 tires. They are all almost the same diameter as stock.

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Hi,

I have 195 60 R13's on my 13x5.5 rims and I like them just fine. Not too fat, not too thin. I have had 205's on my rims a looooong time ago and they felt a bit like the wheels floated... could have just been me.

If you want photos let me know and I will snap a few.

Moving forward I want to try to go stock size on the car, I know Paul Wegweister always says the skinnier the better for a fun ride and I have to admit that is most likely true.

-Jason

1973 2002tii (2764167), Baikal, sunroof, A/C, 5spd OD, 3.91 LSD, etc. Rebuild blog here!

In the past: Verona H&B 1973 2002tii (2762913); Malaga 1975 2002; White 1975 2002

--> Blog: Repro tii cold start relay;   --> If you need an Alpina A4 tuning manual, PM me!

 

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Hi,

I have 195 60 R13's on my 13x5.5 rims and I like them just fine. Not too fat, not too thin. I have had 205's on my rims a looooong time ago and they felt a bit like the wheels floated... could have just been me.

If you want photos let me know and I will snap a few.

Moving forward I want to try to go stock size on the car, I know Paul Wegweister always says the skinnier the better for a fun ride and I have to admit that is most likely true.

-Jason

Thanks for the reply!

Absolutely, YES, I'd love to see some photos of the 195 60's mounted up, and the clearance from the fenders. What is the offset of your wheels?

I am thinking about the same - going with a more stock size, to retain the original '73 handling (albeit with stiffer shocks + springs, haha).

I might do 175 70's --- not as tall as the 185 70's, and still slightly wider than the 165 80 stockers, while still close to stock size and not too much speedo error.

And, tire technology has come a LONG way since the '70's --- I bet the Sumitomo HTR 200 performance tires way outshine whatever tire was available back then.

-Old Skool-

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Here ya go! Sorry the photo isn't shrunk down.

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Tires are 195 60 R13s Sumitomo HTR 200.

Rims are borrani 13x5.5 steelies. Not sure of the offset (just looked, didn't say), but tires don't rub unless very hard turn. Rears never rub. I didn't roll the fenders.

Struts are the alpina green dot, which I understand has some camber built-in, also car has the camber plate for an additional little bit of camber.

Don't know spring! It doesn't sit low or high...

Hope this helps! Let me know if there is another photo that would help.

-Jason

1973 2002tii (2764167), Baikal, sunroof, A/C, 5spd OD, 3.91 LSD, etc. Rebuild blog here!

In the past: Verona H&B 1973 2002tii (2762913); Malaga 1975 2002; White 1975 2002

--> Blog: Repro tii cold start relay;   --> If you need an Alpina A4 tuning manual, PM me!

 

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Here ya go! Sorry the photo isn't shrunk down.

Tires are 195 60 R13s Sumitomo HTR 200.

Rims are borrani 13x5.5 steelies. Not sure of the offset (just looked, didn't say), but tires don't rub unless very hard turn. Rears never rub. I didn't roll the fenders.

Struts are the alpina green dot, which I understand has some camber built-in, also car has the camber plate for an additional little bit of camber.

Don't know spring! It doesn't sit low or high...

Hope this helps! Let me know if there is another photo that would help.

-Jason

Great picture, thanks!! Very helpful!

Definitely looks like the 195's do fine on a 5.5" wide wheel --- but you say you're going to go back to a skinnier tire? Looks like maybe 185 70 or 175 70 will be best, after all.

I'd like to see more pictures, but that's just coz I'd like to see more of the car - it looks great from this angle :)

-Old Skool-

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With the amount I drive the car (work from home) it will be 5 years b4 I make a change, if then!

Thanks for the nice words - here are more photos...

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-Jason

1973 2002tii (2764167), Baikal, sunroof, A/C, 5spd OD, 3.91 LSD, etc. Rebuild blog here!

In the past: Verona H&B 1973 2002tii (2762913); Malaga 1975 2002; White 1975 2002

--> Blog: Repro tii cold start relay;   --> If you need an Alpina A4 tuning manual, PM me!

 

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Nice pics! Just a minor thing... loosen your clamp for the Ansa muffler and twist it just a little so it's parallel to the bumper, then tighten the clamp.

My car's Ansa was turned the other way so much it banged on the crossmember on start-up and shut down.

Jim Gerock

 

Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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Hi!

Thanks! Ah, but if only it were that easy! Mine is 1 piece to the 3 bolt joiner in the middle of the car. And if I turn it so it's level, it actually bangs on the rear subframe (over the differential). Man, I tried and tried to find the magic spot. I need to bring it to a shop and have them add a location for twisting it, or just have them reweld it straight... :-)

It drives me nuts actually.

-Jason

1973 2002tii (2764167), Baikal, sunroof, A/C, 5spd OD, 3.91 LSD, etc. Rebuild blog here!

In the past: Verona H&B 1973 2002tii (2762913); Malaga 1975 2002; White 1975 2002

--> Blog: Repro tii cold start relay;   --> If you need an Alpina A4 tuning manual, PM me!

 

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So your muffler is welded to the resonator pipe? Bummer. Good luck with the "twist and re-weld" method. My car had a broken front bracket on the muffler which I had re-welded where I work. More support but next time I'll buy a stock tii muffler.

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Jim Gerock

 

Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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