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14 inch performance tires?
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  This topic is about my 1981 Triumph TR8
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Carb-Dave Dave Mundt
Cedar Falls, IA, USA   USA
I'm struggling to find any 14 inch performance tires that I could trust on the street in sizes 205/60/14 or 215/55/14. Nothing.
Anybody know if such a tire exists anymore? Seems the motor sport crowd primarily supports the 13 inch comp tire options.
Reason I ask is that there are a few good deals on 14 inch Panasports floating around and I like a meatier tire - looks more period correct to me..
Thanks,

Carb-Dave (now EFI-Dave)

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robtr8 Rob Stephenson
Lake St Louis, MO, USA   USA
There's some Chinese 205/60-14's on 1010Tires.
It looks like 215/55-14 don't exist.
Correct Plus One is 195/60-14. The Rack and Discount are showing Azenis RT615k's in that size.
Can you run Wilwood's inside 14's? If not, I'd jump to 15's for sure.
Plus Two is 205/50-15. A ton more performance tire choices.
I'm running NT-05's in that size. Can't say I'm 100% happy with them.



1980 TR8 - MBT-RX, Overdrive Plus, GM-D9605, GS62, TS-SW2502S4 (2X), Glenn's Wilwood kit, Ted's everything else.
2006 XC90 V8 - AVH3300NEX, PDX-F4 (2X), PDX-M12, GB10, GB25, AR6K, GB12D4 (2X), Craven, IPD.
2008 328xi - AVH7800BT, GM-D8604, GM-D9605, MT230, GB40, XE 200, Primo 12"
2011 XC60 T6 RD - She won't let me.

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19861977 Paul Horanoff
Hartford, WI, USA   USA
1970 Porsche 911 "911porsche"
1973 Porsche 944 "My Wifs’s Ride"
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500
Try these. I have them on my car. Love them
Paul

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LaVerne LaVerne Downey
Fruita, CO, USA   USA
1954 MG TF "Green Hornet"
1969 MG MGB
1979 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
In reply to # 1601312 by robtr8 There's some Chinese 205/60-14's on 1010Tires.
It looks like 215/55-14 don't exist.
Correct Plus One is 195/60-14. The Rack and Discount are showing Azenis RT615k's in that size.
Can you run Wilwood's inside 14's? If not, I'd jump to 15's for sure.
Plus Two is 205/50-15. A ton more performance tire choices.
I'm running NT-05's in that size. Can't say I'm 100% happy with them.

What are you unhappy with? I was considering a set of these for my project.

https://www.discounttiredirect.com/buy-tires/nitto-neo-gen/p/40306?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pla&kpid=40306&cid=e54344c2-b0b2-4b7d-927b-e7bda5425297&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=Cj0KCQjwjpjkBRDRARIsAKv-0O2VTlz3JrEN4jVRE3yDxa5nB3glZX2WEWQ7LVj7NqJ1KSjcieh_m9kaAm0REALw_wcB

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robtr8 Rob Stephenson
Lake St Louis, MO, USA   USA
The NT05's don't meet my expectations, traction wise. They just don't seem to hook up.
It could well be that my expectations are unrealistic given the TR8's limitations.

The Neo Gen's are popular with the "stance" crowd because of the harder inner edge.
I've had other Toyo and Nitto tires. They just don't perform as well as Bridgestone or Pirelli, IMHHEO.
Can't rationalize a set of Trofeo R's at this point.
I'm thinking about trying RE-71R's this summer.



1980 TR8 - MBT-RX, Overdrive Plus, GM-D9605, GS62, TS-SW2502S4 (2X), Glenn's Wilwood kit, Ted's everything else.
2006 XC90 V8 - AVH3300NEX, PDX-F4 (2X), PDX-M12, GB10, GB25, AR6K, GB12D4 (2X), Craven, IPD.
2008 328xi - AVH7800BT, GM-D8604, GM-D9605, MT230, GB40, XE 200, Primo 12"
2011 XC60 T6 RD - She won't let me.

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LaVerne LaVerne Downey
Fruita, CO, USA   USA
1954 MG TF "Green Hornet"
1969 MG MGB
1979 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
Thanks Rob... I have had but one set of Pirellis.... never again. Bridgestones have come on several new car and were just fine but I put a set on my MGB and they have sucked since day one. Never had a set of Toyo stuff. I'd prefer a set of Michelins if they made them in the size I want...but it appears they do not. No track stuff for me, just a good all season tire with some occasional spirited driving.

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ozkippy Michael Kip
Emerald, Victoria, Australia   AUS
1976 Triumph Stag "Staglet"
1978 Triumph TR7 "Yellow Wedge"
1979 Triumph TR7
Paul has some good advice with those Federal 595 semi slick tyres.
And to add insult to injury the price is a lot cheaper in the US than what they cost in OZ sadly sad smiley
They also have a NSR 595 version which are pretty well a track tyre and good value for that use. smiling smiley))

Michael

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Carb-Dave Dave Mundt
Cedar Falls, IA, USA   USA
I've decided not to go with the 14 inch wheel option solely based on tire availability. Seems like it is a dead wheel size. Too bad.

Although if you look at the customer gallery on TheWedgeShop, you'll notice that at one time the 14 inch Panasport was the go to wheel - and with what appears to be 205/60/14 tires, filled out the wheel wells very nicely. I actually like the look better than most of the 15 inch options currently available. Chunkier is better on vintage Brit cars..
(I know I'm extremely picky but...Its all about the proportion of tire side wall height to wheel diameter to wheel well opening that gives the car the correct look.)
Here are a couple examples posted on TheWedgeshop. To me these represent the 'sweet spot' for proportions on a wedge:

Carb-Dave (now EFI-Dave)



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JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
I guess you can go wider on the newer cars. I think 185 is about it, for a GT6.



Home of the 1969 GT6+ MK II resurrection project
and a sorry looking 1968 GT6+ parts car trying to stay whole.

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robtr8 Rob Stephenson
Lake St Louis, MO, USA   USA
I don't see anything wrong with some tasteful upgrades.



1980 TR8 - MBT-RX, Overdrive Plus, GM-D9605, GS62, TS-SW2502S4 (2X), Glenn's Wilwood kit, Ted's everything else.
2006 XC90 V8 - AVH3300NEX, PDX-F4 (2X), PDX-M12, GB10, GB25, AR6K, GB12D4 (2X), Craven, IPD.
2008 328xi - AVH7800BT, GM-D8604, GM-D9605, MT230, GB40, XE 200, Primo 12"
2011 XC60 T6 RD - She won't let me.



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SpitWankel Mike C
Dallas, TX, USA   USA
Thanks for this post Paul, ordering a set.

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19861977 Paul Horanoff
Hartford, WI, USA   USA
1970 Porsche 911 "911porsche"
1973 Porsche 944 "My Wifs’s Ride"
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500
Your welcome. This is what they look like


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SpitWankel Mike C
Dallas, TX, USA   USA
Nice! I'm gping by Paul Geitner's spec on his site... perfect setup for a Spit. That very dark BRG looks super too!

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19861977 Paul Horanoff
Hartford, WI, USA   USA
1970 Porsche 911 "911porsche"
1973 Porsche 944 "My Wifs’s Ride"
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500
I also went with the 12mm wheel studs they were easy to install. Pound out old and use a spacer and nut to draw in the new. The tire and wheel combo needed no spacers. Looks great. Tires are always in stock

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Carb-Dave Dave Mundt
Cedar Falls, IA, USA   USA
In reply to # 1601780 by robtr8 I don't see anything wrong with some tasteful upgrades.

I don't either - those are good looking wheels. Revolutions? Original B.C.D? What tires are you using? I may have to look into them.

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