Winter Tyres

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Winter Tyres

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I need to put winter tyres on my '67 4 door saloon, but my lovely local mechanic can't find any 155/80r14 to match what's on there. He has asked me to check with you if 165/70x14 would be a good alternative? Thanks for your help :)



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He has probably used something like this.

https://tiresize.com/comparison/

If you put your sizes in you will be down around 3 mph on what you have now for any given rpm.
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Thanks Sean, other than the mph being slightly "out" (and I'm driving on small country roads so speed really isn't an issue) they would presumably be fine then? Forgive my ignorance, I had no understanding of what difference it would make...I thought he was checking about sizes :oops:

thanks for your help :)



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I had some 165/70 14 winter tyres on standard rims, as long as they are regarded as strictly 'winter rims' it'll be fine, 165 is really too wide for a standard 3.5" rim, but they never looked out of place on mine, maybe luck of the draw. As I say, as long as they are purely for winter driving (and driven as such) they will be fine.

My Traveller, a couple of winters back, was perfectly capable with the winter tyres as above and a slot of cardboard wedged in front of the radiator. And a spare few breeze blocks in the back for ballast. Even in snow drifts 3 feet high, it never once complained, passing even a Range Rover, who had given up. It did give the front number plate a pasting though, it eventually broke off, to my dismay, perhaps something to think about!



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Thank you mecanglais, that's really helpful - I will show all of this to the mechanic and we'll take it from there, I am learning fast :D



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You might want to check with your insurer. A 155 section tyre is already wider than recommended (although lots of owners use them) but a 165 is wider still and definitely should NOT be recommended ;)



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Thanks Old English White, I have decided that I'll replace the 155s with all season tyres - I've seen a couple of makes advertised in the right size so they will hopefully be easier to get hold of! Is it likely that someone would want to buy the old ones do you think, they're very nearly new so I don't want to junk them if they could be useful to someone...

Sorry for the delayed reply and thanks again.



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