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Username Post: front tire recommendation        (Topic#365112)
66cayne 
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05-05-21 08:26 AM - Post#2819301    

just ordered a set of steel 15x5 'stock type' wheels for the front of my Biscayne (replacing the stock 14x6 wheels and tires). Need a radial tire recommendation. I want a narrow and tall tire. Does anyone make something taller than a 70 series?



 


aghaga 
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05-05-21 01:36 PM - Post#2819324    
    In response to 66cayne

Here is a good link for tire sizes. http://www.jekylhyderacing.com/HeightofTires.htm




 
GreatNorthWoods 79
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05-06-21 03:55 AM - Post#2819375    
    In response to 66cayne

I'm running a 165:80 R15 on the front of my 1930 DeSoto. These are 80 series tires and are still available at some places. The original application was for early Volkswagen Beetles (70s).

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Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto Business Coupe- 350 Chevy V8, EFI, 4-wheel disc brakes, Wire Wheels, TH400, S-10 Rear, A/C


 
65_Impala 
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05-06-21 07:35 AM - Post#2819381    
    In response to 66cayne

205/75R15
https://tiresize.com/tiresizes/205-75R15.htm

Seems to be lots of tires available in this size. At 27" in diameter it won't look too small on the front either.

To me, the 165/80R15 would be one rather small looking tire when put on one of these cars at 25.4" diameter.

Here's the link to find the size you want yourself.

https://tiresize.com/chart/





 
GreatNorthWoods 79
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05-07-21 02:17 AM - Post#2819426    
    In response to 65_Impala

I agree, but it's a narrow and tall (high profile sidewall) tire...just what he's looking for and the height doesn't matter on the front for the look he wants.

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto Business Coupe- 350 Chevy V8, EFI, 4-wheel disc brakes, Wire Wheels, TH400, S-10 Rear, A/C


 
65_Impala 
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05-07-21 05:10 AM - Post#2819433    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Yes, they certainly are tall for their width. They fit that DeSoto very nicely.

I've got 26.6" diameter front tires and to me they still look small in the wheel wells when looking from the side. Going from 25.4" tall to 27.1" tall will make a significantly difference in how tall the tires look from the side of the car.

The section width or total width does theoretically increase by 1.5", but using the skinny 5" wheels will pull the 205 tire sidewalls in a bit lowering it's section width.






 
jayoldschool 
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05-09-21 06:48 AM - Post#2819553    
    In response to 65_Impala

205 or 215 75 15 will work and look fine. 225 or 235 will be too fat.

Jason

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