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post #16 of 51 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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@Ranz - I think your post makes a lot of sense - great post!

On wheel size though, I am going from a 14x6 45mm offset to a 15x7 25mm offset (as my friend's car has), so that could be part of it.

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I’ve been happy with the Sumitomo HTR in 195/60-15. Good grip and reasonably priced.
Can you tell.me exactly which ones? Seem to be several variations. Thx.

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No need to spend big money here.
Why buy a long life high mileage tire for a vehicle that likely sees about 5000 miles a year.
They will be gassed out in a few years and have no grip but lots of tread. I learned this the hard way.

Now I buy soft, low tread wear tires real cheap every 3 or 4 years.
Agreed - now which tires do you recommend that are soft and cheap? 🙂

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The steering effort for GTV6s when parking, etc, was heavy, even with the stock tires. My wife had trouble parking either of our two GTV6s. Her Milano is effortless in comparison with it's decent power steering.

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Sorry, the Sumitomo HTR A/S P02. Those are the higher performance ones.
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@Ranz - I think your post makes a lot of sense - great post!

On wheel size though, I am going from a 14x6 45mm offset to a 15x7 25mm offset (as my friend's car has), so that could be part of it.



Can you tell.me exactly which ones? Seem to be several variations. Thx.



Agreed - now which tires do you recommend that are soft and cheap? 🙂
https://www.discounttire.com/buy-tir...ta-ast/p/33648

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Just ran through this conundrum of sizing and performance and steering effort. So many mutually exclusive factors, and my suspicion is lots of subjectivity that can make a person go crazy.

Given the tire listed in your OP, why not go with the similar but higher rated Eagle Sport AS in 195/60R15? The sizing is very close. That's where I ended up. I wish I could review but they are not on the GTV quite yet.
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Not intending to urinate in anyone's breakfast cereal, but Goodyear tires would never be on my short list for tires.

Having been Service Manager at both import and domestic new car dealerships, I saw many issues with Goodyear tires. They caused me numerous headaches over the years.

Plenty of good tires out there for less money that will outperform them.

and, having always been an spirited driver (in a good way), doing track days and such, the Kumhos, Dunlops, Hankooks performed superbly.

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Just ran through this conundrum of sizing and performance and steering effort. So many mutually exclusive factors, and my suspicion is lots of subjectivity that can make a person go crazy.

Given the tire listed in your OP, why not go with the similar but higher rated Eagle Sport AS in 195/60R15? The sizing is very close. That's where I ended up. I wish I could review but they are not on the GTV quite yet.
Your are right -- frustrating decision to make like almost everything on this car. Part of the fun, but also part of the misery. main reason was the RS-A has a 260 treadwear rating, which told me they were very soft. also, in checking the shipping weights on Amazon they were very light -- 2-3 lbs. lighter than another tire I was considering.

Thank you @slowcreek and I agree generally with your Goodyear feedback. Never liked them in the past at all, only considering due to the above factors.

I would definitely buy the tire you suggested, but they are not available in a 55 ratio. At 50, they are a full inch shorter than current plus I'm already going +1 form 14 > 15" wheels, so a bit hesitant to lose a full 2" of sidewall. Besides ride, my car is not low enough to pull that off lookswise I don't believe -- maybe easier on a spider.

Finally got a clear day yesterday and pulled out one of the wheels for a glamour shot. Shoudl look great on there. Thinking about painting the centers gold with plastidip vintage gold so it removable down the line if I tire of it or need to sell them.
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Well one thing is for sure, whatever tires you put on those wheels, your Alfa will be looking FLY.
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Mamma mia... makes me want to ride dirty and run from the cops through some narrow cobblestone back streets.
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OK, so I've researched tires into the ground....

About to pull the trigger on some 205/55r15s. Want to again get some reassurance that:

- The handling will be good with an old/stock suspension car with the only mod being lowered to euro spec and koni yellows on full soft. 185/70r14 was the original "sport" upgrade from 165/80s on this car. This is quite a jump.

- The steering effort is not going to go through the roof nor will I have dramatic ride quality problems in roof switching from 195/65r14 all seasons.

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Someone will likely have a more detailed analysis of handling based on experience, but using a tire size calculator like https://tiresize.com/calculator/ I also tried to weigh out the negative impacts of 205 vs 195. End of day, I felt unconvinced that an additional 1cm contact patch width could drastically change handling, or that 5mm of additional sidewall would be noticeable except at full limit. That said, i still got 195s because... alfa superstition.
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@zuker81 Ha, thanks...thats my trepidation. Anytime I use conventional wisdom or do what I'd do on my past BMWs the Italian Gods laugh in my face and make me pay double for my arrogance!

Which 195s did you end up buying?

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The 205/55-15 size is what we put on our Milano Gold with the Verde wheels. Nothing but good results with Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 which they don't make anymore in the 15 inch size, alas. Great tire.

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Simple: On 6" rims 195/60. On 7" use 205/55. Any name brand tire will be plenty good.
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