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15 inch Rims

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by BillyG, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

    Does anyone know of a tire company that makes a more traditional looking tire for a 15 inch Panasport rim. My current tires are Continental 175/55/R15’s and the tread pattern looks like it doesn’t fits the car. Any suggestions?
     
  2. todd reid

    todd reid Gold Level Sponsor

    I am running 195/60-15's. They pretty much fill the wheelwells.
     
  3. PROCRAFT

    PROCRAFT Donation Time

    255/15 Rear 195/55 Front Yokoonos.
     
  4. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks
     
  5. racerguy99

    racerguy99 Bronze Level Sponsor

    I had Dunlop Direzza 205/50-15 on mine. They worked and looked great.
     
  6. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

    Did you have to modify any sheet metal for that wide of tire
     
  7. Barry

    Barry Platinum Level Sponsor



    Series Alpines are small cars and were designed for small tires (about 22.5" diameter and 5.6" to 6.0" section width). The available lateral space for rear tires on an un-modified Series Alpine is only about 9 inches and a 205 mm section width tire is typically about 8.25" wide. Putting an 8.25" section width tire in a 9" space is not difficult; the issue is what happens when the rear suspension moves.

    205 mm section width rear tires can (and have been) used on un-modified Series Alpines, but the wheel / tire must be precisely located to prevent rubbing on either the outside of the leaf springs or the inside of the fender lips.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2021
  8. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

     
  9. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

    Sounds like I should Stay away from a 205, maybe 185. With that in mind what would the Aspect number be for a 185? My current tire being 175/55/R15 I feel the side wall is too short.
     
  10. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    After looking at every tire combination at SUNI, I have settled on 195/60, but I have 14" wheels.
     
  11. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

    Thanks
     
  12. Barry

    Barry Platinum Level Sponsor




    As noted in post #7, Series Alpines were originally equipped with 5.60, 5.90 or 6.00-13 tires which were about 22.5" in diameter.

    Your current 175/55-15 tires have a very short sidewall and an overall diameter of about 22.6".

    A 185/55-15 tire has a diameter of about 23.0".

    A 185/60-15 tire has a diameter of about 23.7".

    A 185/65-15 tire has a diameter of about 24.5".

    In my opinion, a tire diameter of about 24" looks good on a Series Alpine, but it's your car and your choice.
     
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  13. BillyG

    BillyG Silver Level Sponsor

    I appreciate your input. I personally think it’s the short side wall is make the tire look out of place.
     

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