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1973 911 Tire choice

Guys, I looked into this last fall and never made the move. Here we go, I have a somewhat stock looking 1973 911. Although it is modified, not much in appearance. It was an autocross and track event car in the 80s and 90s. It has stock Fuchs 15" wheels, (And no I don't want to change them) It currently has 2:05-50-15 Yokohamas on it. I'm tired of the high revs at cruising speed, bottoming out, rough ride, etc. So I am turning into that old sissy driver that I never wanted to be! I have owned this car for 39 years, we have been through a lot together. I just want to drive it. In the back of my mind, I would still consider 1 autocross a year, (Maybe), Soooo that being said I am thinking 2:05-60 15s,(Tire rack won't guarantee they will fit!) I swear I used them years ago, anyway a little taller, less revs, softer ride. I have unaltered fenders and body work) So anyone have any experience with fit??? Not sure about tire brand. I would still like something a little sticky. How about some ideas of size and brand??

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P6 fit back in the day

When I had P6s on my 73, I ran 205-60 on front and 215-60 on the rear with 15 x 6 Fuchs and no rubbing. Finding a performance 15 tire is a bit challenging these days.
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I think you are right, I believe the 205s would fit. I just looked again on the tire rack, boy, there isn't much of a choice of tires. I don't think I want to do the Yokos again. They are so bumpy and noisey, but if not its just high performance all season. Although there is a Dunlop ultra high performance, BUT they are only in 2:05 55 15, but the 55s aren't much taller, so still high revs and rough!
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I run 205/60/15's on my stock '74. You might have to adjust the height up a little bit, but if you're going for more comfort that may not be a terrible thing.
You can always get a second set of wheels / tires for the AX or track days.
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I feel your pain. I tried a set of 205/55-15 tires for a while. when back to stock OD.

My 1973 ran 205/60-15's for many years. As long as you stay at no less than "Euro" height, you should be fine.
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So you are saying that as long as I have not lowered it below Euro Specs, the tires won.t hit the tops of the wheel wells? OK.
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I run 205/60-15 on deep sixes on all four corners with no problems (1970T) Factory height
A friend runs the same size wheel / tire combination with Euro height with no problem
Tire Rack shows 37 choices for this size
Michelin A/S Premier is a good all around running tire.
Have this on several other cars (not Porsche), quiet and does well in the rain and dry
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I currently have a "comfy" 195/65-15 front, 215/60-15 rear set on my 77, nice for some of our rough street roads around here.
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Guys, I looked into this last fall and never made the move. Here we go, I have a somewhat stock looking 1973 911. Although it is modified, not much in appearance. It was an autocross and track event car in the 80s and 90s. It has stock Fuchs 15" wheels, (And no I don't want to change them) It currently has 2:05-50-15 Yokohamas on it. I'm tired of the high revs at cruising speed, bottoming out, rough ride, etc. So I am turning into that old sissy driver that I never wanted to be! I have owned this car for 39 years, we have been through a lot together. I just want to drive it. In the back of my mind, I would still consider 1 autocross a year, (Maybe), Soooo that being said I am thinking 2:05-60 15s,(Tire rack won't guarantee they will fit!) I swear I used them years ago, anyway a little taller, less revs, softer ride. I have unaltered fenders and body work) So anyone have any experience with fit??? Not sure about tire brand. I would still like something a little sticky. How about some ideas of size and brand??
back when that car was new a popular stock tire was Pirelli CN36 185/70 x15. Thes have recently been reissued in a new modern construction w/ Porsche N4 stamp of approval but w/ the same optics as the original.

Pirelli CN36
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I went with 205/55/15 all the way around on my 71. Not many choices, but so far I like the Dunlop Direzza DZ102 that I chose.
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I would bite bullet and buy 16 Fuchs. Far greater tire selection and fills out the wheel wells better. Use the 15's for autocross, that way you can put slicks or very low profile, super sticky tires on there.

205 55 (and 60's) 15's all around will fit. May need to add max neg camber to prevent rubbing (just an alignment setting).

You will not like the higher profile tires. Completly changes the car from gocart fun handeling to average, at best.

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate all of the input. I'm still not sure what I am buying. I'm just not doing the 205/55, its too close to my 205/50s. It's probably 2o5/60s, but I don't know if I can stand the Yoko comp tires, just to noisy and rough.(Boy, I know I'm getting old!) My wife said if I don't buy something soon, she is going to buy them for me! If you have anymore thoughts, I appreciate your opinions. THANKS
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Thanks guys, I really appreciate all of the input. I'm still not sure what I am buying. I'm just not doing the 205/55, its too close to my 205/50s. It's probably 2o5/60s, but I don't know if I can stand the Yoko comp tires, just to noisy and rough.(Boy, I know I'm getting old!) My wife said if I don't buy something soon, she is going to buy them for me! If you have anymore thoughts, I appreciate your opinions. THANKS
You are welcome.

Tire Rack has some nice selections. I would go with the BFGoodrich Radial T/A.

I ended up going with 16x6 Fuchs for my street tires and use my 15x6 cookies for my track tires (205/50-15).

My car "evolved" as follows.

My '73 with 205/60-15's on cookies before lowering:



My '73 with 205/60-15's and lowered:



With 205/55-15's and lowered:

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Current street setup of 205/55-16 on 16x6 Fuchs and further lowered
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Because of how lowered my car is, I needed to roll the fenders and install Turbo Torsion Bars. If you go with a more "normal" ride height, I doubt these changes would be needed.

By the way, how about a nice picture of your car?
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Not a good pic but I've just put R888Rs in 205/50-15 all around. Never driven a 911 on good tires but I believe everyone should track their car at least once. Was on 185/70-15 Fuzion garbage.
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Thanks for all the pictures. I went with 205 -60 15, and I did a High Performance all season Sumitomi. Decided that I didn't need the Yoko sticky tires , My car is at a friends shop for a couple of days. I'll post a picture when I get it back! THanks
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As another members suggested, the Dunlop Direzza tire is excellent for the price point. I've also had a lot of great experience the the hankook ventus v12 evo tires.


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As another members suggested, the Dunlop Direzza tire is excellent for the price point. I've also had a lot of great experience the the hankook ventus v12 evo tires.


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Dmitry,

I checked on tire Rack.

The Dunlops do not come in a 205/60-15. The best they have in a 15 inch is a 205/50-15 which the OP stated they did not like.

The Hankook's do not come in a 15 inch at all.

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