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    Current TIRE Source?

    I looked but didn't see a thread for this,
    but what is everyone doing for tires?
    What is the current source of tires?
    Does anyone make a matching set of 15/14 tires?
    Cooper USED to, but no longer.
    Let me know what the best solution?

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    AFAIK there are no matching sets of tires available in the stock front and rear sizes. I don't even think there are any matching tires in the 225/60R15 and 195/60R14 sizes, which was a popular option for owners who bought the Michelin Pilots back in the day.

    The availability of tires in the stock rear size P235/60R15 is pretty limited. BF Goodrich still makes the Radial T/A in that size. Furthermore, Cooper, Mastercraft and Mickey Thompson all have tires available in that size. Finally, I found two other options named Milestar and Hercules. I believe both are made in China.

    With that said, I have been very happy with the Futura Super Sport P235/60R15's that I purchased from Pep Boys for the rear of my DeLorean. In fact I liked them so much that I bought 4 more for my Bricklin. The Futura is a private label tire made by Cooper in Mexico. The

    There are quite a few front tire options from various manufacturers.

    Hope that helps.

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    I'm running the Radial T/As. 215-60r14 in the front and 245-60r15 in the rear.
    The fronts rub a corner of the front lower valance when the wheel is at just the right angle and suspension loading. Not enough to leave a mark on tire or trim... Just makes a little noise from time to time.
    BTW - I have stock suspension.

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    The PO of my car put brand new tires on before I picked it they match and stock size front and rear 'Toyo Extensa' is the tyre name and brand.
    They looked every bit brand new to me now they have 3,xxx Miles I on them I would recommend them I never bothered to look them up yet.
    If anyone is interested I can take picture of the tread and close ups of the side walls.

    I just reused pictures from 'Wheels thread' for now
    EDIT
    I just saw my rears are 225 60 15r so smaller than stock.
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    Copied from one of the previous tire discussions. I've got the Generals on and so far Im rather happy with them.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr_maxime View Post
    I'm about to purchase some tires and after some digging I found a couple more matching tires with 195/60R14 and 225/60R15. Just noticed the "add different sized rear tires" on some sites.

    These were rather easy to find
    -General Altimax RT43 - 65k mile warranty (these are what I will be going with after reading reviews)
    -Fuzion Touring - 40k mile warranty
    -Ohtsu FP7000 - no warranty found
    -Nankang SP-9 - 50k mile warranty
    -Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring - Depends on the variant
    -Toyo Extensa A/S - 65k mile warranty (This is what is on my car. They lasted around 2Xk miles) As far as reviews went, these had the worst wet traction reviewed. Since I daily drive my car, wet traction is pretty important to me.

    These did not have the rear in stock when I checked
    -Falken Sincera Touring SN-211 - 80k mile warranty
    -Vredenstein Sportrac5 - no warranty found

    These showed up on only one site I visited
    -Maxxis MA-P1 - 40k/50k mile warranty depending on series
    -Federal SS-657 - 50k?

    I wanted to get the Kumho Solus KR21 based on DMC's tech page and the reviews, but I could not find a matching set from the same vendor nor could the garage that will be installing my tires. They found the Uniroyal tires mentioned above, but I hadn't heard of anyone putting these on. Searching Uniroyal led me to this post, so I figured I'd update with what is currently easy to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by videobob View Post
    I looked but didn't see a thread for this,
    but what is everyone doing for tires?
    Here is the most current thread on that topic - besides the one you just started, that is......LINK: What tires are you running on?

    The previous thread on matched-size tires for our cars started in 2013 and trailed off in 2014.

    My understanding is that, as noted already in this thread, downsizing the rears to 225/60-R15 opens things up for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
    The availability of tires in the stock rear size P235/60R15 is pretty limited. BF Goodrich still makes the Radial T/A in that size. Furthermore, Cooper, Mastercraft and Mickey Thompson all have tires available in that size. Finally, I found two other options named Milestar and Hercules. I believe both are made in China.
    Also General, Nankang and Pirelli.
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    If you step down to 225s for the rear Cooper still makes an almost matching set, just checked their site (unless they discontinued and not updated their site).

    Front: Cooper CS3 Touring 195/60R14
    Rear: Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring 225/60R15
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