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Old 03-08-2004, 07:29 PM
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1989 300te needs some tires

1989 300te...15" wheels...I need a 3 season tire for the NY area. It has been suggested that I go with the 215-60-15 rather than the 195 series...Any thoughts there?
Bridgestone Potenza re-90, Yokohama (don't recall what model)...Any thoughts there? recomendations?
The suspension is stock...I want to be able to have a tire that corners well, holds the road, quiet...Under $100 each.
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Old 03-08-2004, 11:02 PM
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Don't use the 215's. They are too tall and will throw the rear alignment out just enough to wear the rear tires on the inside.

Use 205/60 15's. They are a little wider than the 195's, but virtually the same diameter.

Living in Texas I'm not very knowledgable about Winter tires. You're on your own on that part. We need them only an average of probably 3 or 4 days a year at most.

Good luck,
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Old 03-09-2004, 03:49 PM
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Depending on the tire model, a 205/60R15 tire is anywhere between 24.5 and 24.7 inches in diameter.

The OE tire was a "V" rated Pirelli P700 195/65R15 it had a diameter of 25-inches, and more importantly a load/weight rating of 91V (approx. 1356 lbs and a stiff "V" rated sidewall).

The wagon is a heavy car, so I would install a minimum of a "V" rated tire with a load rating of 1356 lbs. or more.

Going to a 205/65R15 will also work (diameter 25.3-25.4) and in a V-rated tire you will get 92 (1400-lbs) load-rating. If you carry a big load or lot's of people, even occassionally, I would go for the 205/65's.

Dunlop SP Sport 5000 Symmetricals will run you $71-75/each and
Yokohama AVS dB S2 $69-72/each, from Tire Rack in the two "205" sizes listed above.

Note: load rating is also very important when doing a "Plus 1-3" upgrade on any car. That is, keep the load rating the same or better compared to the OE tire.

:-) neil
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