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Old 06-16-2014, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Tires/wheels for a 78 242 GT

Folks,

Am in the process of restoring a 1978 242GT. It has the stock 14" wheels and while I like the look of the original wheels and would like to stay with them, the tire selection in 14" tires absolutely sucks. Stock is 185 and from what I can find here on the board, the best option is 195/70/14.

Anyone running 14" wheels and if they are what tires and sizes are you using?

I really hate to go to the newer 15" Turbo wheels but that would really open up the tire selection from what we have with the original tires.

Thx, Joe
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:54 PM   #4
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I have 14inchers on mine and I have that same tire size. I plan to stick with them for a couple reasons, one being that when I drop the car I can get max-low without much rubbing issues and I want the car to ride like the rally cars that they raced up the hills etc in Europe. I want the car to ride extra low but still comfortable.
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Old 06-16-2014, 08:37 PM   #5
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VOVO,

Thanks and what kind and size of tires are you using? I am finding a lot of cheap brands that are rated "all weather touring" and here in Arizona we rarely have rain and never have snow and would rather have something thats a bit stickier for a sportier ride.

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Old 06-19-2014, 08:50 PM   #6
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Some of the old 14" Volvo alloys were absolutely beautiful. The more I see big rims these days with LP rubber the more I'm attracted to taller more vintage looking sidewalls.

Maybe check out some less aggressive racing tires with good street treads. I know they were out there a couple of years ago when I was trying to find 13" tires for a BMW.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:05 PM   #7
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BM,

Thanks for the comments and good suggestion. Totally agree with todays 20-22" rims and not the look I want either...

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Old 06-20-2014, 12:36 AM   #8
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I've been thinking Omegas with GT or Virgo center caps would look great on a GT, especially with some 10mm spacers.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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Well pulled the trigger on a set of polished Virgo's. Had a trip to SFO and met with Redwood Chair and picked up the wheels from him.

So now am looking for a set of 15" tires. From what I can find on the internet that really opens the search window over what I was finding with the 14" wheels. (also the stock 14" GT alloys will be coming up for sale/trade if anyone is interested.)

Everyone I talk with says 195/65 (or 70) will work or if I want go up to 205's.

As this is not a race or rally car am not trying to see how wide I can go, just want something that drives nice and as I live in the desert (Arizona) could care less about "all season" or "wet traction" tires will prolly stick with the 195's for now.

Suggestions?

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:17 PM   #10
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I just bought 4 of these http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ohtsu-Made-b...42f31a&vxp=mtr

and have been very happy with them especially for the price of $232.00 for all 4 including shipping. 480 treadwear, A traction, A temperature rating. They have holes for wear indicators instead of tread bars, like my Hoosiers. Good wet traction too, not that you care, but it must rain there once in a while
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:21 PM   #11
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Good deal on some 195-65-15 tenzies HERE.
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:36 AM   #12
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Is anyone running 205/65/15's or are they too large for the car?

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Old 08-28-2014, 12:42 AM   #13
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Virgos are not wide enough for 205s stick with 195/60/r15

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:42 AM   #14
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Is anyone running 205/65/15's or are they too large for the car?

Thx joe

Yes I tried it with some Jy wheels and they were too tall.

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Old 08-28-2014, 01:00 AM   #15
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Thanks guys, just what I needed to know.

Been off at work the last 3 weeks and not able to do anything Volvo related but now looking for tires and found a better selection of 205's but if they are too big will go with the 195's.

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Virgos are not wide enough for 205s stick with 195/60/r15

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
thats bullsh!t. 205 fits pretty nicely. no problems at all. dont ask me how i know..
my current tires are 215 60 r15 and the car is lowered -40mm. front is ok-no rubbing, the rear is a tight fit.. so i have to roll the fenders and then i will be ok.. i think everything up to 215 55 r15 will be ok..also depend what ET are your rims..

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Virgos are not wide enough for 205s stick with 195/60/r15

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
And where do you get this alleged knowledge? I can't count all the people who have run 205's on their Virgos, do you really think that slight difference in width from the OEM size will make them not wide enough?
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #18
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I have raced with Draco's, Virgo's and Multi-X's in tires sizes 195/55/r15, 205/55/r15 and 205/50/r15
True the 205/60 will fit just fine, I have just found that on the narrower wheels such as the dracos(15x6) and virgos(15x6) 195s have less sidewall squish while running a 205 on a multi-x(15x7) fits really nice.

So in my experience 195/60/r15s are the best fit for the 15x6 Virgos
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Next question is, any reason to use the 65 series tire or would the lower profile 60 series be a bit more sporty with its handling?
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The 60s will feel more sporty and I think the stock size from Volvo for the Virgos is 195/60/r15
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Yes I tried it with some Jy wheels and they were too tall.
Hey look. A bunch of redwood chairs on redwood chair's volvo.

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Next question is, any reason to use the 65 series tire or would the lower profile 60 series be a bit more sporty with its handling?
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I ran 205/65 R15s on the Virgos on my old 244 and never had an issue. It wasn't optimal and I wouldn't recommend them over the stock size, but it didn't hurt anyting.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:27 PM   #25
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I've got some decent virgos with 2 new 205/60/15 falkens on them cheaper than you'll pay for 4 new tires.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=299738
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