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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2012, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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My Tires are Ancient!

Just got this link from Eric out of an unrelated thread:

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Interesting. Just went out the garage to check out my tires.

No 3 or 4 letter codes at all. Tires are TIGAR 185/70 R14 86S. Small print says made in Yugoslavia.

Yugoslavia disintegrated into Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia etc. back in 1991.
Zoinks! So my tires my tires are at least 21 years old, but they look practically new.

Good news : I think my odometer reading of 61k has just been verified as accurate. This car has barely been driven for the past 20 years. Also suspect the car has been garaged almost continuously as the sun and the elements degrade rubber tires pretty quickly. These tires appear new.

Bad news: gotta buy new tires, because old tires rot from the inside. (See the link)

I'm running the original 14" Turbinas. What should I buy? Budget is smallish. I will only drive a few thousand miles per year, so tires should be soft and sticky. Durability is not important.

(And no, Bianchi, I'm not going to put Ford Focus 16" wheels on the car.)

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2012, 01:03 AM
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My old ones go on project cars to move them around in the garage until they are titled. Just put a 1973 GTV on the road after 26 years along the side of a house up in LA, Mandeville Canyon. Upshot of all this? New tires, of course! Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S, 195/60R-14 86H RRBL. Totally transformed the ride and handling. Good luck.
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I agree, no Focus wheels, but Contour SVT's are nice.
Waiting for wheeel adapters to arrive this week and likely going to buy the General's that Bianchi won't stop talking about.
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So my tires my tires are at least 21 years old, but they look practically new.
I picked up a '65 Vespa a few weeks ago. Tires that were on it were made by CEAT and say "Made in Italy." A little online research tells me that CEAT opened a plant in India and stopped producing tires in Italy by the early '70s. These might very well be the original tires the scooter came with. Needless to say, they were quickly replaced. I'm going to hold onto the originals in case a collector might want them, as long as they promise not to drive on them. Surprisingly, they didn't look all that bad.

[FONT="Century Gothic"][B]Bob Farace[/B]
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There are not a lot of options for 14 inch rims. I didn't see any sticky HP tires in 14 inches and bought all season radials. After a few hundred miles I like my Pirelli P4s very much. Compared to 20 year old tires, whatever you choose it will transform your ride. Check out tirerack.com for options.
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Hi Steve, I have Falken Azeni's for my Spider. great tires, very sticky.
Just picked up a new Spider today with some 15 in wheels and tires. tires are old but wheels look great. Lets catch up soon.

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Neil,
What sort of wheels are on it? Is it a parts car or what?

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I have 4 14x6 Panasports with 185-70-14 Michelins that I am not using $1000.00 and I am close to you!

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Thanks for the heads up. My Pirelli P400s looked brand new. Went in today and had them checked. They were at least 17 years old. New Goodyear tires on now and wheel alignment. What a difference in ride and safer now. Thanks again.

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Plea from an old Paramedic.

Spend as little as you like on the body, engine, gearbox, trim, etc; but never scrimp on brakes or tyres. Buy the best you can afford. If it's a choice of buying new rims and old "dodgy" tyres, or a decent set of tyres and keeping your old rims for a few years, then keep the old rims.

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