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What size were the original Tiger tires?

Discussion in 'Sunbeam Tiger' started by tylerite3124, Jul 31, 2020 at 6:08 PM.

  1. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    What size were factory issue tires on the 1966 Tiger Mark 1A? My original wheels are 13 X 4 1/2" so I'm just trying to find out what size the factory issue tires were back in the day. Thanks for any help.

  2. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time


    You want the original size or current modern tyre in closest size to original?

    Tigers used the same tyres as the SIV/ V alpines with the optional dunlop RS5 as a value add.

    Dunlop nylons were 6.00x13 ( rolling radius 23.28)
    The dunlop RS5 tubeless was a 5.9x13 ( rolling radius 23.14)

    The current best option is a 165/80/13
  3. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    There's a chain of tire stores called Tire Discounters that stretch from Alabama up thru the mid west. They're based out of Cincinnati and at last count I think you'll find they have available something like 15 different 13 in tires available. Maybe three sizes and various brands.
  4. Warren

    Warren Silver Level Sponsor

    Having driven on 5.60 bias belted tires and having searched out couple of sets it is not easy to find a non economy tire Arnie sold a stock red Tiger on BaT those looked the part. I recall a restorer driving his Tiger on stock wheels and it looked like they were going to come apart. They still discourage the use of them. Be careful as many are sub standard trailer tires. If money is not a consideration a MK2 buddy got some nice red line tires.
  5. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    Tire discounters lists trailer tires in a separate section.
  6. MikeH

    MikeH Platinum Level Sponsor

    Have you tried Coker Tires
  7. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Gold Level Sponsor

    I just received 4ea "Milestar", P175/80 R13, whitewalls from Walmart, of all places. I ordered on-line.
    They fit really good and look nice. About $54 each I think.
  8. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    Maxxis also offer a 1.25" whitewall in the 165/80/13 that performs reasonably well. Quite a few sunbeam and Sprite/spitfire etc owners he use them.
  9. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks for the good information Michael.

    Hi Jan:

    I actually run those same MILESTAR P175/80/R13's on my Series II Alpine. Being new to Tiger ownership, I wasn't sure if there was a difference in original Alpine and Tiger tires.

  10. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks, Warren.

  11. tylerite3124

    tylerite3124 Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks for the lead.

  12. Warren

    Warren Silver Level Sponsor

    The UK arm on another online tire retailer has many other 13"s for LBC's
    Let's add about 475 lb to an Alpine and go beat it around.
    What's the joke in the Tiger world about how do you make a Tiger stop ?
    You turn the wheels....
    Taking a tiger into a turn throwing it into it and sliding the front end is completely different then a car without Ackerman angle.
    Sorry if you may think this goes off topic but I tell you, I can't imagine how bad the car would handle with banana skins for tires. I've had 13s with big side walls 14's with big sidewalls
    and 195 55 15's and 205 55 15's in the rear. Clearly the most comfortable are the 13s with some sidewalls and at least a five and a half inch wheel..
    Otherwise it always is a good idea to carry two shirts in the car especially if you're drinking coffee and hit a pothole.

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