Tyre pressures 165 R14

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Tyre pressures 165 R14

Postby DaveC » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:35 am

Hi folks
My van is riding on a set of Primewell PS850 Radials on van rims, size 165/70 R14 Radial 81T. The vans used to be 24F 26R but reading some posts below I see that the pressure should be higher, could anyone advise me what the correct pressure may be for a 1/4 ton van with these tyres please?
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Re: Tyre pressures 165 R14

Postby MickEssex » Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:38 pm

I think with any change in wheels or tyres from those originally fitted, it is a case of trial and error. All you can do is try a pressure say 30psi and then see how it handles, adjust up or down front and rear until you find a pressure that feels right. Once you find comfortable pressures just keep an eye for abnormal tyre wear and if necessary adjust the pressures accordingly.

Hope this helps Dave.
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Re: Tyre pressures 165 R14

Postby DaveC » Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:09 pm

Hi Mick,

yes that's great thanks. As you say I thought it would be trial and error, but I just wanted an idea of the pressure from someone who may have experimented already. It seems that 30 to 34 is what most sites quote for 165 R14 for a vehicle of this weight, so I tried 30 front and 32 rear today, and she seemed to motor a lot better with lighter steering which centered, no loss of traction and no wandering.

I hadn't realised that under pressurised tyres cause overheating, blowouts and aquaplaning. I'll keep an eye on the tyre wear ;)

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Re: Tyre pressures 165 R14

Postby Panky » Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:54 pm

Sorry late to this but I'm running the same sized tyres on 5 1/2" rims on my Traveller with 30psi all round. It's been like that for the last year or so without any problem and suits the car and my driving style (plenty of grip :) )
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Re: Tyre pressures 165 R14

Postby DaveC » Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:23 pm

Thanks Panky
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Re: Tyre pressures 165 R14

Postby MM » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:28 pm

Yes, me too; LP917 van rims with 165/70R14 tyres, running 30psi all round on a 1970 Traveller. Seems to suit it pretty well.
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