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122S Stock Wheels 15X4 - 165R15 tires hard to find 4 years 11 months ago #544

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122S stock wheels p/n: 670429 15X4 with tire size 165R15

Having difficult finding new tires. What will fit (safely)?

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Re: 122S Stock Wheels 15X4 - 165R15 tires hard to find 4 years 11 months ago #545

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1969122S wrote: 122S stock wheels p/n: 670429 15X4 with tire size 165R15

Having difficult finding new tires. What will fit (safely)?


Ontario - allows studded snow tires?

In the all-season/light snow tire any 165, 175, 185 and 195 will be "safe" but the larger the contact patch the more difficult the steering wheel will be to turn at no/low speeds on a dry hard surface. Stay with a 65, 70 or 75 profile as wider will rub the fronts on steering lock and the rears on full suspension travel on one side.

185-65-15 is an easy size to find in an all-season tire.

Good and cheap...

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...best but not cheap...

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...or go shopping...

www.tirerack.com/index.jsp

For snow or studded tires (few owners drive their classic Amazon on ice) most folks buy four salvage wheels and run cheapo 185-65-15 in the salt.

George Dill

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Re: 122S Stock Wheels 15X4 - 165R15 tires hard to find 4 years 11 months ago #547

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Check out Coker tire:

165R15 selection

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Re: 122S Stock Wheels 15X4 - 165R15 tires hard to find 4 years 11 months ago #548

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Thank you George. I have followed the links. I will take your suggestions to a reputable tire shop. I have a concern about putting a tire with a minimum rim width of 5" specification on a 4" wheel rim. I will post my findings later.

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Re: 122S Stock Wheels 15X4 - 165R15 tires hard to find 4 years 11 months ago #549

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1969122S wrote: Thank you George. I have followed the links. I will take your suggestions to a reputable tire shop. I have a concern about putting a tire with a minimum rim width of 5" specification on a 4" wheel rim. I will post my findings later.


Back in the bias-ply tire daze exceeding the recommended tire width more than one inch could result in poor handling/braking and eneven tire wear as the outer treads could make minimal/no contact with the macadam.

Given the relatively "soft" sidewall on a 65 profile radial tire one can safely and confidently run a 5" wide (bead) on a 4" steel wheel for many miles and in any season.

At one time a popular option was to run 122 wagon wheels which are 4 1/2" wide. Others cut the 4" wheels then rewelded them to produce a 5"-6" wheel - dangerous if done by an amatuer.

If this were 1958-62 we could visit a salavge yard and pick up four perfect Desoto 15X6 wheels which would bolt right up with correct bolt pattern and offset.

Again, given the availability/size limitations of the current market the 185-65-15 tire is a go for the 15" wheel on the Amazon, 140/160/P1800 Volvo.

Cooper is an excellent tire, made in the USA and found most any Sunday going 'round-n-'round with E Jr.

Coker tires are made in many places.

George Dill

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