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Jim Gruber Avatar
Riverview, FL, USA   USA
What have you seen available in a13" tire with some decent performance thinking 175 x 70 x 13. or 165 x 60 x 13

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TheLastDeadMouse Tim Vollmer
Potsdam, NY, USA   USA
I run Toyo R888 185/60/13 on 5.5" VTO's. Probably too wide for steel wheels, but crazy grip.

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nonracer Gold Member Steve Codianni
AZ, USA   USA
Not much available in those sizes , the 70 series isn't going to be a " performance " tire since it's a tall profile mostly touring type , you would get better handling from the 165/60 because of its shorter sidewall but it's a really short tire .

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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
Jim, on a Bugeye you can go to a 185/60R 13 tire and it won't stick out too far. Although, it is a bit shorter than stock.

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Jim Gruber Avatar
Riverview, FL, USA   USA
I found Tire Easy has all of the Asian Mfg 13" Tires. Pick your choices of names you've never ever heard of before. I know with a BE I will not wear any of these out before they age out. I'll pick a 175/60/13 to go on 5" rims with a UTOQ rating in the 400's and should be good to go. New rims arrive Tuesday.

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earthur44 Eric Miller
Redmond-Bend, OR, USA   USA
Jim, you pulled the lever! great.. why did you go with 5 and not the 5.5's? curious

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AN5L8016 Mark Haynes
Nederland, CO, USA   USA
I'm still running old stock DOT Race radials, but the R888s are the only thing currently available other than Hoosiers (which are SO obviously race tires). I had them on my MKII. Not quite as sticky as full race tires, but d*** good nonetheless



'58 Bugeye
'05 Mini Cooper S

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Jim Gruber Avatar
Riverview, FL, USA   USA
5.5" were not available from the Vendor. However I did find that the same wheels at close to the same price were available direct from JBW - John Brown Wheels Web Site. Unfortunately I had already pressed the button on e-Bay for these Wheels. Delivered Price to Dayton was $436.00. They had 13" Wheel Widths in 5", 5.5", 6".and even a 9" or 10" Width IIRC. Wheels shipped today. Likely Delivered on Monday or Tuesday.

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Speedracer Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB Racecar "The Biscuit"
Google is your friend devil smiley

Also a 165/60/13 would look goofy small on a Midget.

Maybe look at 165/70/13, still smallish, or if a early SWA car 155/80/13, 165/8013

165/80/13
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&biw=1024&bih=653&tbm=shop&q=165%2F80%2F13+tires&oq=165%2F80%2F13+tires&gs_l=serp.12..30i10k1.26194.30561.0.33022.4.4.0.0.0.0.83.305.4.4.0....0...1c.1.64.serp..0.2.163...0i13k1.FdbpbaqlTh8

175/70/13 tires
https://www.google.com/search?q=175/7013+tires&espvd=2&rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUzMLIp5jSAhXMLyYKHcczAvcQ_AUICSgC&biw=1024&bih=653

185/70/13 works fine on a RWA car
https://www.google.com/search?q=175/7013+tires&espvd=2&rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUzMLIp5jSAhXMLyYKHcczAvcQ_AUICSgC&biw=1024&bih=653

OK, here's what happens when you are just messing around on Google and see if such a thing even exist.
185/65/13 H rated , can we all say hmmmmm at the same time, LOL smiling smiley

https://simpletire.com/sigma-185-65r15-5713016-tires?stmodel=doral-sdl-a&stcategory=performance&sttype=passenger&gclid=Cj0KEQiA25rFBRC8rfyX1vjeg7YBEiQAFIb3b1rtR6cvMoDQoEdFv-Gg2nWJDzAKYuGANsVS08wpdQAaAve88P8HAQ

Long story short, when people tell you they are no 13" tires available, then they really have not looked very good, because they are out there, just not at your corner tire store.



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Website: www.acmespeedshop.com
hapwaldrop@acmespeedshop.com



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2017-02-17 05:53 PM by Speedracer.


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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
According to online tire size calculator.

165/70R13 is almost the exact same rolling radius of the stock tires.
A 175/60R13 is about 3/4inch smaller in diameter than the stock tire.

Personally, I prefer the look of a slightly short/wider tire on these cars ... especially if the car is a bit lowered.

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Boze Silver Member Rick Bosak
Twin Cities, MN, USA   USA
1966 Austin-Healey Sprite "Time Machine"
Federal has some nice ones the drifters use
https://www.onlinetires.com/products/vehicle/tires/federal/185%252F60-13+federal+ss-595+80h.html



66 Sprite, "though she be but little, she is fierce"



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 2017-02-17 07:51 PM by Boze.

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taskadog Phil Burke
Tequesta, FL, USA   USA
I'm running Kuhmo 155/80's on a RWA '72 Midget.

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nonracer Gold Member Steve Codianni
AZ, USA   USA
In reply to # 3452308 by Speedracer Google is your friend devil smiley

Also a 165/60/13 would look goofy small on a Midget.

Maybe look at 165/70/13, still smallish, or if a early SWA car 155/80/13, 165/8013

165/80/13
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&biw=1024&bih=653&tbm=shop&q=165%2F80%2F13+tires&oq=165%2F80%2F13+tires&gs_l=serp.12..30i10k1.26194.30561.0.33022.4.4.0.0.0.0.83.305.4.4.0....0...1c.1.64.serp..0.2.163...0i13k1.FdbpbaqlTh8

175/70/13 tires
https://www.google.com/search?q=175/7013+tires&espvd=2&rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUzMLIp5jSAhXMLyYKHcczAvcQ_AUICSgC&biw=1024&bih=653

185/70/13 works fine on a RWA car
https://www.google.com/search?q=175/7013+tires&espvd=2&rlz=1C1AOHY_enUS708US708&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUzMLIp5jSAhXMLyYKHcczAvcQ_AUICSgC&biw=1024&bih=653

OK, here's what happens when you are just messing around on Google and see if such a thing even exist.
185/65/13 H rated , can we all say hmmmmm at the same time, LOL smiling smiley

https://simpletire.com/sigma-185-65r15-5713016-tires?stmodel=doral-sdl-a&stcategory=performance&sttype=passenger&gclid=Cj0KEQiA25rFBRC8rfyX1vjeg7YBEiQAFIb3b1rtR6cvMoDQoEdFv-Gg2nWJDzAKYuGANsVS08wpdQAaAve88P8HAQ

Long story short, when people tell you they are no 13" tires available, then they really have not looked very good, because they are out there, just not at your corner tire store.
Not sure if this statement was meant for my previous post ( no big deal if it was ) but none of those 175/70/13 are performance tires , they are all season touring tires . Jim stated he was looking for a performance tire .

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jimbenedict Silver Member Jim Benedict
Waterford, MI, USA   USA
Nankang CX668 tires have good reviews and are inexpensive. Rubber is soft enough for good traction in light cars. Available at Easy Tire.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-02-18 09:34 AM by jimbenedict.

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earthur44 Eric Miller
Redmond-Bend, OR, USA   USA
So much to judge... I will say that exceeding the max recommended rim width on any of these many dimensional casings will result in pancaking of the sidewalls.... some tires more than others depending on sidewall ply designs.. That becomes multidimensional especially on a quarter sprung car.... any or all of the following...inner sidewall of rear tire rubbing somewhere on trailing arm supports, if not constantly, then during high lateral stresses performing hard corners..damaged sidewalls not good... sudden weight shifts during transitioning requiring rapid correction... front tires rubbing on steering arms when in full lock positions.. increased risk of fatigued sidewalls resulting in breakdown and separation caused by stresses not engineered into the design. Those are a few of the issues...



Edited 11 time(s). Last edit at 2017-02-18 11:30 AM by earthur44.

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