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what is a good modern size tyre for a stock 914?

wve got a nice restored 914 and this car needs new tyres. the current 195/70-15's rub on bumps. i know the oem tyre is a 165r15, but thats hardly an acceptable size for a modern auto. only a hybrid could appreciate such a skinny low performance tyre.

ive looked at tyre size calculators, and those are great but they wont tell you what tyre sizes are available and what ones are not.

so im wondering what size tyres you people in the "real world" are running.

by the way weve got 15x6 cheapie aftermarket alloys.
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195/60/15

205/50/15
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I have 205/60-15 on now, I'm going to try 195/65-15's this time around, mostly for TX road shock absorbsion. I would go 185/70's if I could find them.
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I run four 15x7 Fuchs with 205/55/15 or 205/60/15 on a non-flared '73 with rolled fender lips.
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right now i have 205-55-15 on 6" mahle's

a little tight on steering lock up front and some periodic rub on inside rear, but no need to roll the lips on fenders

195-60-15 should be pretty common and easy to find. same size as my subbie takes
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I have 205-50-15 these are very small but it is a track car. I would suggest 195-65-15 for a car used on the street.

Try www.tirerack.com for size and pricing
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Which car do you run on the track? Ever tracked the 912E? Just curious about your thoughts.
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Dave,

Just getting started with DE in the 914. I bought the car because the 912E is in nice shape and did not want to take it to the track.
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i have the orginal tire size on my car. (i have the actual orginal spare for the front). they are rolling on the mahles, and i get good traction still, and with a small drop on thefront end, it fits well too. (rims tend to enhance the look more thaan tire size, and some tires still have preety good performance, and i have no rub
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New 914 onwer....
I am going to be putting new tires on mine real soon too.
The mahles I have are 5 1/2 x 15 would it be right to assume that the 195/65-15's are the ones to get? Or could I throw 205-55-15s on them?
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Either will work. The 205s sometimes require a little bit of adjustment to one rear fender or the other; the 195s pretty much never do.

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Well I looked at my tires on my 914 just to get an idea of what size is on there now prior to placing an order and I am stumped???

The size of the tire reads 165 SR 15.
So how do I find out the Sidewall ratio?
The tire is a Michelin XZX.
These must be old tires.....
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When no "aspect ratio" is specified on those older tires, the assumed number is 80. So those are 165/80-15.

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I put 195-60's on mine. IMHO, wider than that on 5.5" wheel is too much. Really wide tires on not so wide wheels will tend to roll over onto the sidewall, unless you have hella stiff sidewalls.

Really can handle better than you think on skinny little 165's, flat ran away from 240 Z in the inaugural Alpine 500 in my super beetle on a windy road. Skinny tires just make you have to work a little harder.
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When no "aspect ratio" is specified on those older tires, the assumed number is 80. So those are 165/80-15.

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Thanks Dave.

"I put 195-60's on mine. IMHO, wider than that on 5.5" wheel is too much."
I agree with you on this too. I was lookin at a spare set of Fuchs that are 6" with 205/55 and even those look like they have bulgy side walls so a 1/2" smaller would not look good or function well.
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