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What happened to all the 245/45/16 tires?

I just spent half an hour scouring the Tire Rack site for 245/45/16 tires for my 9" Fuchs, and hardly anything good comes up! Where are the Bridgestones? Michelins? I'm not getting any of the good ones....these brands used to be available in this size...are 245/45/16's disappearing?
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I believe Bridgestone, Toyo and Hancook make decent tires in this size, but it is a shame when you don't even see these tires listed in ads placed in Porsche magazines.

I'm think it must be a matter of demand in the general market, although I do know some plus one conspiracy theorists.
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lol I have 4 semi-new Fuzion ZR1's that I got for a song sitting in my shed @ work. But you're right, 16's are getting scarce so I may move up to 17's soon.
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If you are looking for a high end, high performance tire the best one I know of in a 245/45/16 is the Toyo T1R. They also make both 205/55/16 and 225/50/16 for the front.

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Yeah, the Toyos are good. But I'm dismayed to find that neither Bridgestone nor Michelin nor Pirelli nor Goodyear make high performance tires in this size anymore.
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As has been stated on Pelican before, this size is starting to become extinct(245/45/16_.

Try looking for lesser known brands if you don't need a super sticky tire.

I have used both fuzion ZRi's and Sumitomos and I liked both. They are very inexpensive and stick well for a street tire.

Think like a "ricer" when looking at online tire sights. What I have found is that this size tire is still OEM on some of the imports.
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+1 for tires-easy. I just purchased some Toyo Ra1's from them. Also try www.edgeracing.com . I've purchased my last 6 sets of tires through them...

Consider the Hankook RSz212. Best street tire IMHO. You didn't say what type of driving you do. The Kook's are awesome on the street. Good for AX, but don't stand up to very many heat cycles for DE's or track use. Good for maybe 10-12k miles of street use. Also, the Falken 452. Very good grip, quiet, and good for +20k miles. Kuhmo MX is also very good, but I've never run them...

Don't even think about driving any of the above mentioned tires in the snow though!!!
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Continental is the only european manufacturer to sell a 245 in the US, from what I see.

This is odd, as I'm sure they sell them overseas.
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Dave,

What tyre did you end up with?? I'm leaning towards Toyo R1R, with the R888 as a second choice. Do you know if Toyo Rcae tyres are noisey?

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JP, I decided on the Toyo T1R because of the great testimonials I had heard, and the fact that my car is now only street-driven and I want a tire that gives good performance but lasts a while.

The R1R looks very aggressive and I considered that one too, but like with most DOT-R compounds you kind of have to get them hot before they exhibit maximum grip. If they had a better treadwear rating I might well have gotten those.

As far as noise, I'm not certain as I have no direct experience with any of their race tires, but I've never heard anything but positive comments about all the Toyo tires.
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Thanks Dave,

I meant to write T1R, the R1R doesn't have our sizes yet. So I gather you're pleased with them?? If there was an unusual amount of road noise, you'd hear it. Thanks again for you input.

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Ps. I noticed the T1R has a rim protector feature, which seems to make the sidewall a bit thicker; did you have any rubbing problems with the front? I'm running 7's on a narrow body Carrera and to this point haven't had any rub without rolling the fender lips...

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Yes, I'm very happy with them. I'm running 205/55/16 on 7" in the front with no rubbing and 0 camber. In the rear, I have 225/50/16 on 8's and they fit perfectly on the rim. They aren't noisy at all, but I only have about 500 miles on them so far.

I previously ran 245/45/16 on 9's in the rear (Kumho Ecsta 712 tires), and I can't tell any difference in the handling after switching to the narrower setup. But that's street driving...I would probably notice the difference on the track.
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Thanks Dave!!
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I was looking last year for some Bridgestone Potenza's in 225/50/16's and 245/45/16's and was told to check out Tire Racks' website. I didn't see them listed on the site, so I decided to call them just to see (because not all places update their websites with current inventory). Lo and behold, they had them! They didn't say they were running low (last year) either.
Not saying that they would still have any at all, but word to the wise...don't go by what the website says. Call the place to make sure. I'm glad I did.

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Thanks Wurls.
Tomorrow time permitting the calls will start to see what's available, I may be quite surprised...

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245/45/16 Tires

I had the same problem with my 83 SC, looking for 245/45/16 all weather tires.
No luck.
Was at Firestone with my daughters car and saw the size listed on the wall index.
PRIMEWELL PZ900, 40,000 mile, W speed rating, 94 load index. I never heard of them either! So, did some homework, bought a set and personally, quite/dry-wet performance, holds the curves and 20K later.................LIKE! Still searching but that size seems to be, like our cars, OLD.
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