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I took of my origenal telephone dial 15" alloys a few years ago, & fitted these some different alloys with 195/50/15 tyres.

I have found that these wander across the road a lot.

I recently bought & resparyed some new 15" alloys to replace the exsisting ones, but was wondering about changin g back to the origenal 195/60/15 tyres that it was origenally spec'd with.

what does everyone else run ?
anyone got different profiles front to rear ?
what tyre manufacturers do people use ?

other than a set of bilsteins, I dont want to change the factory spec, too much..........its a spider not a track car.
 

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(4) Bridgestone Potenza G009 205/55-15 on phone dial wheels. I use these tires - in various sizes - on all my cars (except in winter). Very happy with the wet & dry performance and quiet ride.
 

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I have the original 15" phone dial wheels on both our Spiders. I have run original size 195/60R15 Bridgestone Potenzas for a number of years. Irene's car has 225 series Potenzas, way way too big for the car. They ride well and stick (obviously), but they also rub at the rear.

The one big issue with retaining the stock size is that fewer and fewer really good tires are available in that size. You can get wuss tires (sorry, "touring tires");) all day long in 195/60R15, but you really have slim choices for something that sticks.

The option I'm going with very soon is 205/55R15, most tires in this size are within .250" of the original tire diameter, therefore the speedo/odo reading will be minimally affected.
 

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I just put on a set of Toyo Proxes T1R's . Size 195/55/14 on my stock rims. They handle superbly. I'll post a picture as soon as it stops raining here.
 

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225x40 Kumho Ecstas on Serpent Autosport 16in rims
whoa 16s?? i didnt know that was possible.

what does the 'offset' mm mean? im considering the Exip 5-stars with Alfa logo in 15" due to my running a hardtop and having the weight make me scrape pavement more often. (the original reason for the 15inch upgrade to quadrofolios).
 

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whoa 16s?? i didnt know that was possible.

what does the 'offset' mm mean? im considering the Exip 5-stars with Alfa logo in 15" due to my running a hardtop and having the weight make me scrape pavement more often. (the original reason for the 15inch upgrade to quadrofolios).
Check out the serpent web site: http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/showthread.php?t=31454 for 16 in wheels that were developed specifically for our Spiders. Charlie, who is also a member of this board, is very knowledgeable when it comes to wheels. The smaller the offset, the more the wheel sticks out.

Best regards,
 

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On the Phonedial wheels I currently have 205/55-15 Kumho Ecsta 711. I did previously have 205/50-15s on there. I liked them better but the catalytic converter wouldn't clear the speed bumps in my neighborhood if I had a half tank of fuel or more, or a passenger. the 55s give me that little bit more plus I think the Kumho tires are just bigger to start with than the 50 series Dunlops they replaced.

Wayne
 
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