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    Default Any Thoughts on New Tires?

    Time to put rubber on my new 15" wheels and get them on the car.

    I'm thinking of 205 x60x15". In this size there aren't too many performance choices, but the car will be lowered 1" and I don't want any rubbing problems associated with wider tires. I'd even consider scaling down to 195x65 tire.

    Bridgestone's RE-960AS Pole Position looks pretty good, but I'm wondering what other's can recommend.

    I'm looking for a good "dry" performance tire that will also work in the rain. No requirement for snow or ice. I want something that rides reasonably and is not noisy on the freeway. I like the look of a directional tread, but this is secondary. Yes, I know, I want it all...

    My usage will be street use, (no street racing), and the occasional "fun-run" autocross.

    Any insight you can share?
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    For a wider selection of performance rubber, you might want to consider 205/55-15 as well. Yes, it's a bit shorter than stock, but not too much. Still no clearance problems.

    If you do go 205/55, I'm partial to Toyos, either Proxes 4 or Proxes T1-R.
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    Arne,

    What do you think about Cooper tires? If I remember right you used to be in tires??

    Just curious,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne View Post
    For a wider selection of performance rubber, you might want to consider 205/55-15 as well. Yes, it's a bit shorter than stock, but not too much. Still no clearance problems.

    If you do go 205/55, I'm partial to Toyos, either Proxes 4 or Proxes T1-R.
    Thanks for the input! I'll check them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyZ View Post
    What do you think about Cooper tires? If I remember right you used to be in tires??
    Yeah, I was. For over 20 years. But that ended just over 10 years ago, so my knowledge of any brands that I haven't personally used lately is rather dated.

    That said, 10 years ago Cooper was a very conservative company, no true performance offerings at all. Most of their tires were quite durable, but they also tended to be heavy, and not overly grippy.

    Not sure that my observations mean much today,, as much has changed in the past 10 years. FWIW.
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    I've been researching this question for a few months now, because I'm planning on upgrading my rim size when my current tires are worn out.

    The Pole Positions are definitely the all-around best that I've found.
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    I should note that I currently have 14 inch wheels and will be looking to upgrade to 16 inchers, so I don't quite know what all is available for 15 inch rims.
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    The attached photo shows Bridgestone's RE-960AS on a 15" x 7" wheel. The Tire Rack felt this was the best tire available in the size and catagory. In a few months I'll find out how good they are.

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    Default Falken Ziex ze-912's

    Just reasearched this myself, so I can share my thoughts. Nothing much new here, though.

    The Falken ZE- 912's were recently well-reviewed in Grassroots motorsports. I agree with Arne on the Toyo's if they meet your budget. The Falkens would be a less expensive tire, and they come 205/55/15 or 225/50/15, both of which should fit well. Many folks run 225's without rubbing trouble, but a few have reported a bit of rubbing, so it depends on the exact tire, your car, wheel offset, camber settings, etc.

    It seems like 225/50's and 205/60's are the most popular (street) sizes folks run. The 205/60's will be taller (larger diameter). 205/55's are a more rare size, but lately there seem to be quite a few tire options.


    It looks like you've got 15x7 Panasports pictured there (or perhaps Rota RB's?). The Panasports are usually 0 degree, and the Rota's a very close, +4mm ET I believe), so any of the three tire options should work for you (with the 225's could be tight - caveat)

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    Default Ordering today

    After questioning Arne and researching this forum for several days, I am pulling the trigger and ordering 225/50/15 tires today. My '71 is lowered about an inch and I have read that "some" have rubbing problems, but I guess we will see. I had to go to 15 inch wheels since I've added bigger brakes and really didn't want to go to 16 inch. I'll let ytou know in a few days if there are rubbing issues. I hope not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixitman View Post
    The attached photo shows Bridgestone's RE-960AS on a 15" x 7" wheel. The Tire Rack felt this was the best tire available in the size and catagory. In a few months I'll find out how good they are.

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    I'm running gForce Sport tires on my car (225/50/15's) and have no issues with rubbing. My car has Tokico springs and shocks, and Konig Rewind rims.

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....=g-Force+Sport
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    That's good to hear, BRE..., That is the same setup that I have and it is comforting to hear that you have no issues. Same setup even down to the Rewinds. Thanks

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    One other thing that will affect whether they rub or not is whether you have a stock valance or an air dam. Air dams typically have more clearance.
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    I have Dunlop A2 Sport 205/60/15's on 15x7 Pannasport rims. The tires and rims have been great. My car is lowered about an inch as well with no rubbing at all. I bought my tires from tire rack. Just my two cents.

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    I'm running 205/60-15 Kumho's on Swastika rims and I get a small rub if I'm backing up and turning to either side. If I'm careful and don't turn too much, then I have no rubbing at all. My car currently has the stock ride height, and the tire is rubbing at the back of the valence. I plan to eventually change to 16x7's, lower profile tires, and lower the car, so I don't expect future rubbing.

    My input anyway.

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    I am running 195/65/15 and have no rubbing issues with stock ride height. Plus, the speedo is spot on with this size tire.
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    bridgestone 205-60/15 very sticky, quiet, and feels like I'm on a cloud

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    Nexan's 5000 are nice as well as all Falkens I have tried.

    Quiet, sticky, good in water. The falkens wear faster.

    I have Yokohamas on my S2000. Scary in rain and Rear's have worn in the middle. I dropped pressure from 32psi to 28psi and still centre wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Nexan's 5000 are nice as well as all Falkens I have tried.

    Quiet, sticky, good in water. The falkens wear faster.

    I have Yokohamas on my S2000. Scary in rain and Rear's have worn in the middle. I dropped pressure from 32psi to 28psi and still centre wear.
    What kind of Yokohamas do you have? I just bought 205/60/R15 Yokohama Avid Envigors (haven't put them on yet). Hopefully I have better luck.

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    Yokohama AS430. Made in USA. Maybe Japaneses ones are better.
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    I have the Bridgestone tires 205/55/15, but I not tested them on the track or in the rain. My car hasn't seen since app. 1989.
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    I have the Bridgestone tires 205/55/15 but I have not tested them on the track or the rain. My car hasn't seen the rain since app. 1989.
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    try toyos
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    Howdy to all,
    I am planning on putting on "CenterLine Rims-Fuel Model" in 15" by 8" wide. stock bolt circle. Then I am going to run Pirelli P6000 tires in 225/60-15 front....and 235/60-15 rears.
    Right now I have the stock rims 14x7 with BFGoodrich TA/Radials mounted in this configuration: Fronts = 225/60-14 and Rears = 235/60-14 and it has a nice stance to it with those tires on it. So I'm basically just going up in size 1" taller and 1" wider in rims. It's the tire profile that is going to be the deal maker or breaker in fit. 50 series tires should be no problem if we don't go over 9.5" wide and 26" tall. Of course there's more leeway on the rears since they don't turn. My current 225's in 14" don't rub at all..

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    Thumbs up Center Line Rims for a 280ZX

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    Default Falken Tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Oiluj View Post
    - good "dry" performance tire that will also work in the rain.

    - No requirement for snow or ice.

    - rides reasonably

    - not noisy on the freeway.

    - I like the look of a directional tread,

    - street use, (no street racing), and the occasional "fun-run" autocross.

    Any insight you can share?
    You forgot low cost. The answer is:
    FALKEN ZE-512 @ $69
    (you have to ignore the morons who review...especially the ones who say it is a bad snow tire lol)
    The wear is not so great but that is the only drawback. As they cost so little, it does not matter.



    btw I just ordered Falken tires from this company online monday got tires yesterday. Low price, low shipping and 3 day shipping time: http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/home.do?

    You can also get them in 55 profile as mentioned above. Here are the Falken's with others @ 55 profile
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