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post #76 of 83 (permalink) Old 07-26-2019, 01:09 PM
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Mr Dougal, I'm not seeing a 195/60-15 on your list. Same diameter as OEM on a 105. For a 6x15 wheel.

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I think that's a much more "modern" size than Longstone usually carries. Lucas doesn't carry that size either. Yes, that was stock size for some late model Spiders, but a 105 wouldn't have been originally fitted with anything near that wide/low. Even for my 14" wheels the "newest" tire Longstone stocks originally ceased production many years before my 1990 was made. I think my car was originally fitted with some sort of Michelin gas-saving tire....

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Currently I have old Michelin XVS in 175/70-15, for a bit more footprint and a vintage fat sidewall. The DOT stamp says "015" (!)... so I'm thinking that was the first week of 1995. Static display only at this point. I remember them being quite hard and pretty entertaining in the rain in Seattle when new.

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I'll keep the skinny wheels for originality and to win Pebble Beach, but I'm working on some 6x15 steelies for an everyday, factory "sport" look. The slightly wider stance a GTA has.

There's a Vredestein Sportrac and a Quatrac in 195/60 - can't find a lot about them. People mention "comfort"....
Couple of Falkens, some others, but pretty limited. I just don't want old man Caprice Classic "Grand Touring" tires on this thing.

That said, is the handling of a modern all-season tire the equivalent or stiffer than a 60s OEM radial??

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The Sportracs look like they'd do a pretty good job. If you were to go up to 205/50 there are all sorts of high performance tires available.

That said, there is definitely something to be said for skinnies on an old car. It's more fun to drive a slow car fast than it is to drive a fast car slow.....

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Currently I have old Michelin XVS in 175/70-15, for a bit more footprint and a vintage fat sidewall. The DOT stamp says "015" (!)... so I'm thinking that was the first week of 1995. Static display only at this point. I remember them being quite hard and pretty entertaining in the rain in Seattle when new.

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I'll keep the skinny wheels for originality and to win Pebble Beach, but I'm working on some 6x15 steelies for an everyday, factory "sport" look. The slightly wider stance a GTA has.

There's a Vredestein Sportrac and a Quatrac in 195/60 - can't find a lot about them. People mention "comfort"....
Couple of Falkens, some others, but pretty limited. I just don't want old man Caprice Classic "Grand Touring" tires on this thing.

That said, is the handling of a modern all-season tire the equivalent or stiffer than a 60s OEM radial??
I just put new Falken Ziex tires on my Spider last month. The old tires had a date code of 1986 or 1996, most likely 86. The stems broke off when they checked them.
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Mr Dougal, I'm not seeing a 195/60-15 on your list. Same diameter as OEM on a 105. For a 6x15 wheel.
I only encourage people to buy tyres that will make a classsic car handle well.

fitting a 195/60R15 will not handle very well on a 105. The steering will become too, heavy, numb and slow. The ride will become harsh and the handling unpleasant and loose it's progressiveness. might as well buy a different car!

I do like the look of your XVS tyres though as a nice Antique museum peice.

We do also sell a 185/70R14 XAS https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/cla...helin-xas.html

Hopefully we will be getting a CN36 175/70VR15 soon from Pirelli, which will be much nicer than a 195/60
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I remember the Original XVS's, [185/70HRI4 ] still have the spare in the trunk, orig. campy Daytona, never mounted.

But the other 4 were deleted toute de suite, as they were death traps in the rain. Factory on my '82.

After that mostly Goodyear 205 gatorbacks ( autocross daze ), and Fulda 205/60R14 all seasons.

Currently Falken Azinis, 195/60R14 86H RT615K - good tires, just a bit too loud, but boy, do they stick.

Prolly take a good look at the Pirelli's CN36 at next change...

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We do the 185/70R14 XAS https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...helin-xas.html too.

Bu they haven't mad the 175/70 for a long time
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