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Old 04-03-2021, 02:05 AM
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w123 tires 2021

I have been on the search for quality tires for my 1982 240d. My current set are Michelin 195/70/14 from Costco, which have been discontinued. Does anybody have some solid alternatives? I visited Discount Tires recently and the clerk suggested the Falken Pro touring. I cannot seem to get much feedback from these. Also it seems 14" tires are going the way of the dodo. Your recommendations appreciated!

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Old 04-05-2021, 02:17 PM
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I went with the TOYO's from Discount Tire. Extensa's I think they are called.

Noisy on the chip seal pavement but nice on fresh asphalt.

Coming from 4 mismatched different sized tires it was a nice upgrade.

No rain / wet performance to report as it's a fair weather weekend car until I can
get everything sorted.

$75 a pop
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Old 04-05-2021, 07:10 PM
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General Altimax RT43's. Is the 195 an OE size? My '77 was a 175 or 185.
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:01 PM
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I went with the TOYO's from Discount Tire. Extensa's I think they are called.

Noisy on the chip seal pavement but nice on fresh asphalt.

Coming from 4 mismatched different sized tires it was a nice upgrade.

No rain / wet performance to report as it's a fair weather weekend car until I can
get everything sorted.

$75 a pop

What size?
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:09 PM
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General Altimax RT43's. Is the 195 an OE size? My '77 was a 175 or 185.

Yes, according to the owner's manual the correct size is 195/70/14. I did end up going with the General Altimax RT43, so we'll see how they hold up. Also General Tires is giving out a $50 rebate, which is nice.

*edit, the sticker on the car has a recommended tire size of 175 SR 14*
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Old 04-13-2021, 08:26 PM
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I went with the TOYO's from Discount Tire. Extensa's I think they are called.

Noisy on the chip seal pavement but nice on fresh asphalt.

Coming from 4 mismatched different sized tires it was a nice upgrade.

No rain / wet performance to report as it's a fair weather weekend car until I can
get everything sorted.

$75 a pop
I have those same Toyo tires on my 85 300D. They were C$100 each when I bought them several years ago.

I bought same tire in 205/70-14 for my R107 350SL.

Then recently, I bought 215/55-16 Toyo Celsius tires for our 98 W210. These tire are rated as All-Weather tires and are suitable for winter use in Canada.

Seems I am into Toyo tires! I used to use Michelins, but they were not available in sizes needed for the W123/R107.
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Make sure your suspension bushings/ball joints are fresh and also put on new bilstein heavy duty shocks on all 4 corners.....after you do that then ANY brand of new tires will ride like a dream. Picking a "brand" of tires won't make much difference if the fundamentals are not taken care of first. And I mean ALL of the bushings, not just the easy to get to ones. Front sway bar bushings, lower control arm bushings, guide rod bushings, rear subframe mounts, differential mount, etc.

With tires, the higher the aspect ratio, the taller the tire and the more cushion you'll get, in my experience and my customer's experience. Yup, it's not stock, but if you bump up the aspect ratio, then the ride will be noticeably more comfy.

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Old 04-16-2021, 02:17 AM
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I've heard good things about these. https://www.vredestein.com/classic/tyre-finder/tyres/product/3/990-sprint-classic
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Old 04-20-2021, 06:15 PM
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195/75-14

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