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245/45/16 (yet again)

Okay so there appears to be absolutely no street tires available in the U.S. in 245/45/16 anymore. Apparently though, from what I hear, they are readily available in Europe.

So, is there interest in a group buy for tires from Europe (to save on shipping)?

Or, maybe a custom group order from a U.S. company like Goodyear?

Again, talking about street tires, not R-comps.



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i bought tyres(thats what they call them over there) last year and the shipping was really not bad. I had a set of yokohama shipped from somewhere in England on a thursday and it was at my house on monday? it took longer to get the front tires from the east coast.
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Really? Can I ask what the shipping per tire is? (You can PM if you 'd like).

Thanks for the tip.

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I am curious and semi interested. The last set I bought were difficult to find (about 2 years ago). They are Falkens. Nothing really special, but they were all I could find in 245/16's. I kinda was beginning to accept that I would need a set of 17" or 18" in addition to new rubber next time around.
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eBay is showing some 265 Kuhmos in Gerogia, Nexens from Florida, and Proxes and Kuhmos from the UK. Not too many choices in brands anymore, that's for sure.

This really depresses me, as I have no desire to deviate from my stock Fuchs wheels....for originality reasons as well as the $$$ hit.
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This really depresses me, as I have no desire to deviate from my stock Fuchs wheels....for originality reasons as well as the $$$ hit.
One option for you guys is to backdate to earlier size turbo wheels. 78-79 930s ran 16" wheels 7" in front and 8" in back. Oem tire size is 205 in front and 225 in the rear. I have a decent choice of rubber in these sizes.
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One option for you guys is to backdate to earlier size turbo wheels. 78-79 930s ran 16" wheels 7" in front and 8" in back. Oem tire size is 205 in front and 225 in the rear. I have a decent choice of rubber in these sizes.
So you are saying that "size matters" but in reverse?
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Mark, what's the size 265 you use? Does it not look too wide for the 9in wheels?
Currently I have 245/50/16 in the rear and 225/50/16 in the front. They have a bit too much sidewall in the rear but I think they are more readily available...
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So you are saying that "size matters" but in reverse?


205/55 in front 225/50 in the rear. These are Yokohama Advan Neova AD08s which are regarded as one of the best street/track tires around. My car sticks just fine with these and has a classic look

Size does matter though...and I have a set of 18" Fikse FM5s on order in 9" and 11" widths.
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Well I've been dealing with this issue for many years now...I think I bought the last set of Fuzions on tirerack, at least that's what the sales guy told me.. They're discounted.. Im really anal about keeping her stock, so any help on a set would be great... J930 what shop in England did you use?
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So you are saying that "size matters" but in reverse?
That's what SHE said....or used to say anyway.

At this point I'm about to lay in a lifetime's supply of tires to fit my stock 16" wheels. When people run across me 20 years from now in 2032 (presuming, of course, that I'm still alive) they'll look at those ancient 16-inchers and wish they had some.
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i understand these are not exact matches for your inquiry but i run 8's and 9's on mine . discount tires as a source. as to the rears i run a BF Goodrich Gforce sport 255-50-16. the current cost is 146 usd. they have the same tire in the Gforce sport comp 2 for 167usd. both are z-rated and have a 340aa compound. mine perform well in all weather(except snow which we do not have here). hope this helps.
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Accept reality, and go 17"s, there some nice 17" wheels out there... and no problem selecting tire size.
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Just bought 3 sets of 245/45/16 Nexens last month....I called them, they have/had plenty at the time...
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Looks like tires-easy still has a selection of tires.
Our selection of 245/45 R16 - tires-easy.com
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Looks like tires-easy still has a selection of tires.
Our selection of 245/45 R16 - tires-easy.com
I've tried to find matching fronts for all those types, and can't find any. Any tips?

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Accept reality, and go 17"s, there some nice 17" wheels out there... and no problem selecting tire size.
Yes there are, but can't really afford anything like the beautiful Zuffenhaus replicas. And the Euromeisters are made in China, and have a lightyear-long waiting list. And the Rotas seem be made not very well. But I guess "beggars can't be choosers" and maybe the Euromeisters are the best practical solution? Trying to keep the "Fuchs" style.

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My car sticks just fine with these and has a classic look
jwasbury - you have a beautiful car! Spectacular!

To all, be safe, have a good evening!

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Hi all, long time lurker first time poster...

I was going through the same dilema about finding a matched set of street tires for my 1987 and found the an earlier thread that had a link to tires-easy.com, took a look at the site and found the Nexens in both the 205/50/16 and 245/45/16.

I pulled the trigger on the order on a Sunday night and by Thursday I had two sets of tires sitting in my garage and on Friday one set was on the car... It has only been a couple of weeks since I got them so I can't report a whole lot about thier performance but I have done a little bit of canyon running around here with them and they seem good so far... Time will tell, but they do fit the car nice.

Oh and since this is my first post here's a pic of my ride, sorry for the hijack but I understand that it is the proper thing to do.

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Wait a minute...wait just a minute while I run down to the garage to see if my white '87 is still there or if maybe someone stole it.

Yep, still there. Seems you and I have dead-ringers for cars, external appearance-wise anyway.

Thanks for the tip to tires-easy.com. How about a few more picts and info on your ride? Welcome aboard. Now that you've come out of the closet, no more lurking allowed.
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Hi Mark,

You are so right our cars are twin sisters, I have owned mine for a little over a year now and absolutely love her. She is a two owner car with the second owner being a dealer who bought her to sell her, bone stock 52,000 miles on the clock. I picked her up in the Seattle area and had her shipped to Southern California. The car is my decompression chamber, (it doesn't matter how much nonsense you are dealing with just climb in and get out somewhere where you can feel the boost and all of the other stuff just fades away...)

I don't want to hijack frenchtoasts tire thread too much but here is another pic of mine from the rear.

Thanks for asking about the car and a big thanks to everyone on Pelican for all of the information that they share, it truly is a great place to share info -like about tires...

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my yokohama 285 40 15 were 1007.00 shipped to my door. they don't break out the shipping cost on the receipt. i did not think it was to bad because they literally don't make that tire for the us anymore.
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