72 2000 Spider Veloce
Blew out a tire sidewall this week, turns out my tires are very old. Had a set of Michelin XGT V4's. Don't think they're available any longer. Any suggestions?
Good info. Thanks a bunch. I like the 15" Panasports, will see what's available to fit them. Now I know why the speedometer reads high and my steering box started leaking (more) of late. Makes sense."Best Tires" can be very subjective. There are several threads on the subject, see below. The 205's are pretty wide for that car and according to some will put undue stress on the steering box. Most folks would fit 185's since are readily available at most tire shops and close to the original size.
My 1990 Spider Veloce has 15" rims which I put on in 2002. At that time, I also bought a set new of Bridgestone Potenza RE950 to go along with the new rims. I had decided to slightly oversize the tires, increasing the recommended size of P195/60R15 to P205/60R15. Since the rim/tire upgrade, I...www.alfabb.com
The box could also be cracked. There are plenty of threads on the BB about cracked steering boxes.Steering box leaks just because the seal is old, has nothing to do with tire sizes.
I have a set of Dunlop Direzza on my Milano race car, and now on my Berlina and I really like them. They held up really well during an endurance race and have great steering feel.
Have to agree, always thought of my Spider as a GT rather than a sports car, however the biggest improvement was when I fitted CN36's, brought the steering back to life and allowed hugely enjoyable blasts A to BTo be fair, the choice of tires for any car, and particularly an Alfa Spider, is far more subjective than an engineering question.
105/115 Spiders are not really brilliant performers. They are, however, pleasant.
A scenic drive, top down, on a pretty day, in the right company is a satisfying experience, and requires no great performance from the car or tires. It is probable that many of us here on the BB suffer from delayed maturation, and seek thrills that our gentler companions may not appreciate.
Those that fit mundane tires to their Spiders may miss out on one possible experience, but will possibly outstrip the rest of us in the quantity and responsiveness of their shared experiences.