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Where have all the 14's gone??? :( by Kitskaboodle
Started on: 08-25-2015 10:50 AM
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I was contemplating using my 85 GT as a daily driver. I currently have 17x7s on it. As luck would have it there was a local Fiero guy giving away various items for free. He just happened to have a full set of 85 GT Tech wheels so I grabbed em. Bad news is P215/60R14 tires are NOT easy to find and when you do they are quite pricey! I know smaller tire sizes are going away but I didn't know it was this soon.
Don't believe me that they are hard to find? Go to Discounttiredirect.com and check out what they have for this size. (recommended size for this wheel according to Pontiac) They have one tire only and it's $141.00 each! Ha! I can get 17x7's all day long for way less than that.
Where can I get inexpensive tires for these wheels? Anyone run a different size profile on Tech wheels? And yes, I thought about used tires from the local PNP's but I wanted to see if I could get new ones inexpensively first.
Thanks, Kit

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I think that if it was my car, and I had to run14" tires on it (no 17" wheels), I would get 195 70R14 tires. I know that's not the recommended size, but it's a taller tire, and would look better in the wheel well. And they are readily available.
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Report this Post08-25-2015 11:30 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2.5Send a Private Message to 2.5Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Nexen is probably junk but
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW...em4d3706fef4&vxp=mtr

Riken may be too
http://www.summitracing.com.../rik-99159/overview/
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You could search other sizes with an outer tire diameter of approx 24.2 inches. But handling and looks could change.

205-60R14 - 23.7
185-70R14 - 24.2
225-60R14 - 24.6
195-70R14 - 24.7
185-75R14 - 24.9

http://www.angelfire.com/on/geebjen/tires.html

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Originally posted by TopNotch:
... I would get 195 70R14 tires. I know that's not the recommended size, but it's a taller tire, and would look better in the wheel well. And they are readily available.


Oddly enough when we were looking for tires for our 86 2m4, it took a 25.5 inch outer diameter tire to make the speedo accurate.
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Tell me about it. Trying to find 185/50 R13s for Wifey's Sprite. Still looking...
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Report this Post08-25-2015 12:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Read the specs on those 14" and 13" tires closely. Many are designed and sold as trailer tires.
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I went with 195 70 14. Because I was tired of looking for a reasonably priced tire. Many options are available in the size above

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Yeah, this is starting to become a problem. I'm in the market for new tires on my 88GT.

The 215s and 205s 60 / 15 are getting hard to find as a performance tire. I don't want winter or all season
tires.

I guess big tire companies are making the lower profile tires as for the cars made today. Not to many new cars
are equipped with the 80s style tires.

I remember RossT posted a pic of his new Gereral Tire brand that still are available. I might have to go that
direction for new tires for my 88GT.

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Not telling anyone else what to do, but I gave up on using size 14" tires years back. The Chinese single ply sidewall tires are still available but I would not trust them for higher speed highway use.
If you like the look of the wide sidewalls, you could always find 15" Fiero wheels and use 15" tires but even they are getting harder to find.
Wheels with the proper lug pattern and tire sizes of 16" and 17" are readily available and offer good alternatives.

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I have 27k miles on my set of Nexen's on my 85' GT - zero issues thus far, wearing evenly and grippy.

I got them from Victoria Tire.
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If you have 15x6 to 15x7 rims...
You could use 205/60R15. Check actual tire spec to find "Rim Width Range" (tirerack).

Very close to 195/70R14 that many Fiero came with so speedo and ECM are accurate.

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Report this Post08-28-2015 06:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
When I rebuilt my SuperBee, It had 14" wheels stock. I searched for period correct AR Torque Thrusts in a 14" and stock 6" width. It took AR 5 months to get a set...from China. I got 215/70/14 Redlines for it from Coker. They did only have radial at the time, but think they even offer bias ones now. If I remember they were only $85 each with an S or H rating.
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quote
Originally posted by theogre:

If you have 15x6 to 15x7 rims...


Hypothetically that would be great, but he does not. As the thread title is asking for 14" tires. to fit the WHEELS, not the "rims"

As jediperk mentioned, the "KUMHO SENSE Grand Touring All-Season" seem like a good price at $57 each. I know nothing about them, but they are inexpensive enough to replace if they do not last as long as some of the more expensive tires.

On a totally different thought.... Just so I am following you....You received a free set of stock 14" wheels, so now you want take off your current wheels and tires, to spend money to put tires on the free rims? Sounds like something I would do LOL! As my thinking to justify it would be "But the wheels were FREE!"

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Yes , I got the Tech wheels for free. My current tires, 225/45/17 are just about gone so I'm going to have to buy some kind of tires, be it 14's or 17's. For the first time ever I am contemplating using one of my Fiero's as a daily driver. This is why I am considering doing this swap. It's about gas mileage, easier steering and riding. I can always take them off and put my 17's back on if I choose to stop using it as a DD.
Kit

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