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Wanted : (2) 245/50/15 tires

Looking for a good set of this rare size (245/50/15) for my rear wheels (15x8 ) Fuchs. Currently running 215/60/15 but they are too narrow! Thought about 225/50/15 but they are low profile.
Any ideas? Leads? I don't want to go with 16" rims.
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Old 01-04-2003, 12:23 PM
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Last time I looked for this size tire, nobody but Hoosier was making them, and if they're for street driving, you don't want Hoosiers (until they come out with their new steelbelted DOT tires, possibly). I have gone with 225/50-15s on my 8" Fuchs just because I can't find anything else. Let me know if you're successful.
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Old 01-05-2003, 09:28 AM
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There is one tire available in that size: the Dunlop SP8000. It's an older design, but was considered a pretty high performance tire in its day.

I currently have old BFG Euro T/As in that size on Fuchs 15x8s and they are really too wide for the wheel--they look very "bulged", as you can see.

They also bounce too much and have very little stick compared to a modern "ultra" tire, so I will be replacing them this spring with a 225/50. One thing to consider is that tire sizes vary widely between manufacturers. If you look at a few possibilities:

My 245/50 Euro T/As - 10.2" wide = really 259mm
245/50 SP8000s - 9.6" wide = really 244mm
225/50 BFG KDs - 9.2" wide = really 234mm
225/50 S-03s - 9.3" wide = really 236mm
225/50 Yoko ES100 - 9.0" wide = really 229mm

So, depending on the brand you choose, a nominally 225 width tire can be only a few mm narrower than the "monster" 245s. Plus, you'll get 2-3% lower gearing, which I know I can sure use.

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