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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:03 pm 
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Flat towed tires should be fine. Old tires are dangerous! Or any tire that sits for yrs -- will develop a flat spot. All tires are date stamped. I throw them away after 5 yrs.
42psi on a 35 psi max is 20% over! Beware.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:08 pm 
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Gasoline Fumes wrote:
Trailer tires? :twisted:
Some people will say you'll die with trailer tires on a car. I don't think that's true, but I have no evidence or experience to back that up. So don't put hard, skinny trailer tires on your car and get better mileage. :wink:


Its not worth it. I got some at work for $20.00 and put on the back of the metro. At 35 psi they were ALL OVER THE ROAD. Went up to 60 psi---still swervy. They are rated at 1400 lbs @ 109 psi, but I dont wanna go any higher.

My $.02

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:29 am 
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bmg_customz wrote:
Gasoline Fumes wrote:
Trailer tires? :twisted:
Some people will say you'll die with trailer tires on a car. I don't think that's true, but I have no evidence or experience to back that up. So don't put hard, skinny trailer tires on your car and get better mileage. :wink:


Its not worth it. I got some at work for $20.00 and put on the back of the metro. At 35 psi they were ALL OVER THE ROAD. Went up to 60 psi---still swervy. They are rated at 1400 lbs @ 109 psi, but I dont wanna go any higher.

My $.02

OK, maybe it's not a good idea. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:55 am 
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here's a question....
anybody try these....(125R-15)
http://www.performanceplustire.com/prod ... prodAnchor

on a set of accord spare donut rims

used on old VW's....still available, saw some yesterday


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:17 pm 
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thinnest tires ??
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:08 pm 
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[quote="werase643"]anybody try these....(125R-15)
http://www.performanceplustire.com/prod ... prodAnchor
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you may have something here! ad says 23" O.D. which is the diameter of a 175/65R14 or 165/70R14. My 185/70R14 on GT wheels rub too much but might be alright with new springs. I may try this 125R15 if i get some wheels with proper offset. Thinner tire has less air resistance :D but the 15" wheel will be heavier :( and it will not grip as well in corners :evil:

125R15 FIRESTONE F560 BLACKWALL TIRE
several retailers $79-81
SKU 55593
Construction: rayon/steel
Load Capacity: 1355 @ 35 psi
Tube Type: Tubeless
Overall Diameter: 23
Cross Section: 5
Tread Width: 3.75
Weight 12.00 lbs

Radial F560
Prod.No. Size
55589 145R13
55592 155R14
55593 125R15 TBLS
55597 135R15 TBLS
56044 145R15 TBLS
56047 155R15 TBLS

This could be a high mpg tire for 14" wheels
155SR14 FIRESTONE F560 BLACKWALL
SKU 55592
http://store.coker.com/155sr14-fireston ... kwall.html
Construction: Radial
Load Capacity: 990@44psi
Tube Type: tubeless
Overall Diameter: 23.80
Cross Section: 6.20
Max Inflation: 44
$84.00

and there is a MICHELIN ANTIQUE TIRE 125R15 By MICHELIN $123

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:02 am 
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Holy crap, I couldn't get rid of the stock 155-13's fast enough, they're so small they scared me. I can't imagine putting anything smaller on, you guys are crazy.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:41 am 
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Woodie wrote:
Holy crap,... you guys are crazy.

We are crazy guys driving crazy cars to crazy places at crazy speeds! :lol:
I felt safe on the 155-12" and the cars came with 145.
125 is 15% less tread than that.
i can feel the increased drag of the 185 even at over pressure.
I'll likely settle on the 155SR14 FIRESTONE F560 because i like the corners. :D

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the time i mispent in my youth

daily driver: red 1991 Metro 3cyl 5sp, roof rack, 8 degree advance,
got 61 mpg combined on 14" tires but i prefer 12"

completed frame up restoration: black 1994 Swift GT 5sp -- like new ! 45mpg


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