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  This topic is about my 1968 Triumph TR250
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sampattr250 Sam P
Harwinton, CT, USA   USA
Almost halfway through a resto on my TR250. Its been in my wife's family since 1968 but been sitting since 1991.

Frame done, Trans rebuilt with correct A type overdrive, and engine is back from machine shop awaiting reassembly.

Santa was good to me this year. Got a new dash and gear shift knob from C&G Woodcraft and a steering wheel from moto lista.

Beginning to look into wheels and tires. Car originally had 60 spoke painted wire rims. unfortunately none of the five are salvageable car was a rolling basket case.

Will the Coker 185 15s fit properly on 15" x 4.5" 60 Spoke rims?

If so are the ones from moss adequate or should I spring for the dayton, and will both work with tubeless tires?

Thank you for all your help.



Sam

1968 TR250
1972 MK IV Spitfire



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Bpt70gt Brian T
Westmoreland, NH, USA   USA
Great work Sam, when I got my TR about 20 yrs, ago it had the standard painted wire wheels. They were pretty much shot so I purchased Dayton 72 spoke wheels but mine are tube type. I think Dayton now supplies tubeless also. They've been great for 20 years. Some suppliers get their wheels from India but I doubt they are the quality of Daytons. I have had a couple flat tires over the 20 years, the tubes move around a bit and eventually wear a hole. If you can, get the tubeless would be my suggestion. I'd have to go out and check what size my wires are. I am using 185-15's but not Cokers. I had them way back when but I found them to be a hard rubber compound and didn't handle well. They lasted so long I had to replace them because the sidewall's cracked from age.
Looks like your car is Valencia Blue--nice.

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TR250Guy Tim Moore
Dayton, OH, USA   USA
1968 Triumph TR250 "TRminator"
The Coker tires will work if that's the look you are going for. I went with Dayton Tubeless 15x6 wheels and 205/70R15 tires with redlines from Diamondback tires. I think it fills the wheel wells nicely. The tire is a Michelin Defender with the redlines vulcanized on. The car also has 1" lowered springs.



1968 TR250 "TRminator"
Owned since 1980
Frame off rotisserie restoration completed in 11-2014 by myself and my brother



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Bpt70gt Brian T
Westmoreland, NH, USA   USA
Nice side stripes Tim. Previously I said I have 185-15's. Meant to say 205 70 15's. The Cokers I had were the 185 Redlines and they did look good. This last time I couldn't justify the Coker price.

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sampattr250 Sam P
Harwinton, CT, USA   USA
I concur with the nice side stripes!

Will they fit the 4.5" rims?

Moss has previously recommended a 165 80 15 or a 175 80 15

Only tires I have found are "classic" in the 165s with a review by a MGB driver and the Sprint Classic by Vredestein.

None in 175 80 15



Sam

1968 TR250
1972 MK IV Spitfire

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Bpt70gt Brian T
Westmoreland, NH, USA   USA
To be safe, talk with your tire supplier , they will tell you what size rim their tire will work with.

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Bpt70gt Brian T
Westmoreland, NH, USA   USA
Sam, here is another thought. Originally some of the TR250's came with Goodyear G800 tires. They had a nice dog bone shaped tread. Universal Tire makes a redline tire that has a similar tread pattern and they have it in sizes that fit our cars. Price is about the same as a redline Coker tire. Just thinking.

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sampattr250 Sam P
Harwinton, CT, USA   USA
Thank you. I'll look into that.



Sam

1968 TR250
1972 MK IV Spitfire

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Bpt70gt Brian T
Westmoreland, NH, USA   USA

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Re: Tires
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M. Pied Lourd Pied Lourd
ON, Canada   CAN
Sam,

Although I like the look of the Coker redlines, they are not very good tires IMO. They are expensive for what they are.

I would look at other options personally.

I have no experience with the Universal Tires but I do like the Vredestein .

Although its expensive, there are companies out there that will vulcanize a redline on just about any tire.

Cheers
Tush

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carpecursusII Drew H
Oklahoma City, OK, USA   USA
I am running the Universal's on my 250 in original 185SR15. They are a nice and sticky tire for a stock ride.

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sampattr250 Sam P
Harwinton, CT, USA   USA
Drew

What size and type of rims are you running?



Sam

1968 TR250
1972 MK IV Spitfire

Re: Tires
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carpecursusII Drew H
Oklahoma City, OK, USA   USA
Stock 250 4.5x15 steel rims.

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