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who still makes 205/55/16 and 245/45/16 steet tires?

Anyone know who still makes 205/55/16 and 245/45/16 street tires for my Turbo Fuchs? From what I am discovering, many tire manufacturers are phasing them out.

Thanks.
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Tires

Still several to choose from, go to Tire Rack.
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Thanks jly535. Checking on Yokos now.

Timc, Tire Rack and Discount are both telling me the f/r combo is getting hard to find and it'll get worse in the future. I've been on the phone with them.

Example: Discount's website shows nothing at all when searching for ANY tire measuring 245/45/16.
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There are MANY manufacturers making tires in those sizes (not sure why people post-up that the tires are becoming hard to find for the OEM rims) . . . Tirerack.com shows Perelli, Bridgestone and Yokahama among others . . .

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Ronnie, not sure why? Because the guys on the phone here at Discount are telling me ... and as I just posted, Discount's site gives back nothing at all. That was surprising to me.
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A048 Advans were what I was using on my VR4 in 245/45/16
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Hello Bob - I didn't mean that as a dig toward you! I've only been reading this board for about a year, and have seen many times where people have commented that the OEM tire sizes are becoming scarce, so I recently did a search and found many to choose from. Maybe compared to the past the current selection is scarce? Anyway, sorry for the offensive-reading post of mine . . .

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Hey, Ronnie, not a prob bro, but thanks for the good word.

All, I just got off the phone with the Yokohama rep and was told they are not making the 245/45/16 size any more, and whatever I see in the warehouses is all there is -- believe it or not.

Time to invest in a few for the long run, or major punctures -- as I had at 90MPH when I hit a bolt on the freeway near LAX and blew out the left rear. I can't find a replacement for my SP9000 Dunlop anywhere.
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Hey, Ronnie, not a prob bro, but thanks for the good word.

All, I just got off the phone with the Yokohama rep and was told they are not making the 245/45/16 size any more, and whatever I see in the warehouses is all there is -- believe it or not.

Time to invest in a few for the long run, or major punctures -- as I had at 90MPH when I hit a bolt on the freeway near LAX and blew out the left rear. I can't find a replacement for my SP9000 Dunlop anywhere.
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Bob, would you mind describing the rear 90mph blowout experience? Just curious what one could expect if ever...

Thanks - bummer to hear. Mine's got Fusion ZR-i's on it in OE size FWIW. Bridgestone owns them I guess. Cheap, decent. Good luck.
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You should be able to find 205's,but for rears all I could find were Continental Sport Contacts. I am told nobody else makes them anymore... At least they are N (to suit Porsche) rated.
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Have Blue: I drive this car a lot. As you know these cars wear rears out 2 or 3:1 to the fronts, so unless I get prepared to have to toss the fronts every time I need new rears, I need to find a brand in both sizes that will be around for a while. Get this: as a workaround, the guy at Discount Tire suggested that I get something else to drive and keep this car for weekends so I don't wear out the rears so fast. Cretin!

krasuskyp: Okay, here's the story: 5:15 AM on a weekday, northbound on the 405, I was booming along in the fast lane (90+ MPH) trying to get to Malibu ASAP (my video crew was waiting for me -- shooting started at 6:00).

As I am approaching the 105 cloverleaf (by LAX), at the last split second I saw a very large carriage bolt laying perpendicular to my direction of travel. Twitched the wheel, and my front tire missed it, but my left rear nicked it. Next thing I felt/heard was a fast-growing vibration and rumbling sound. The car was starting to wander and it was obvious the tire was gone. I had to quickly get across five+ lanes of fast morning traffic in a big hurry. I ended up here in no-mans land:



Got out to smell burning rubber. The tire was smoking, and the sidewalls were almost non-existent, but it was still on the rim. A few more seconds at speed and it'd have come off.

I put on the collapsible spare only to find the OE compressor was dead! Odd -- it worked the last time I checked it. Turns out later one of the brushes had fallen out. The assembly line in Mexico used tape to hold in the brushes!?

Oh man, I'm screwed. Cars/semis flying past. Two CHP go by w/o stopping. Then ten minutes later, Los Angeles Metro Freeway Patrol stopped and pumped my spare. He refused a $20 tip.

Back to the subject of the thread: I had my PA call all the tire shops in the Santa Monica/Malibu area and not one had a replacement in stock (Dunlop SP Sport 9000). Stranded 90 miles form home, I had to grab a hotel and wait for a special order to arrive the next day.
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I had a great almost new set of Michelin PS in the front, but they phased out the 245/46/16 in the rear, so I had to store a perfectly good front set and go to a complete set of the Bridgestone Potenza RE 750 and the staggered fronts. It seems that a number of the manufacturers discontinue certain tire sizes periodically....but there are usually three or four manufacturers that will have the 245/25/16's.
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There are MANY manufacturers making tires in those sizes (not sure why people post-up that the tires are becoming hard to find for the OEM rims) . . . Tirerack.com shows Perelli, Bridgestone and Yokahama among others . . .

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tire rack DOES not have pirelli or bridgestone in the 245/45/16 anymore. trust me, i have been through this and it is well chronicled on the other site.

the fronts are not a problem and avail in virtually all manufacturers.

toyo proxes has a tire for the front and rear. that was the route i went and they are quite good. very quiet, very round and very, very sticky! proxes ra1 100 treadwear rated but not shaved depth...full depth thus fairly decent wear characteristics.

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I have a set of bridgestone 245 45 16 and I think 205 for the front if anyone is intersested. They came off my honda S2000 a while back. I have 5-600 miles on them when I decided to get 17 " wheels. never got around to selling them, I am too lazy.
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are they s-03's by chance? i may be interested. please let me know which bridgestone they are.

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No, they are S02s 205 55 16 fronts and 225 50 16s for the back.
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Pete: I bought the complete set of my tires about four months ago from America's Tire...the Bridgestone Potenzas......are you saying that in the space of four months, they are out of stock everywhere? These 245's are a PIA to keep in stock from the same manufacturers....
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Hey, I just put those Ventus R-S2s on. Not bad at all ... nice turn in. When they have a few miles on them, I'll see how they do when pushed hard in the twisties.
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