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Old 01-20-2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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Currently I own 195/60r14 tires, my UTQG is somewhere around 300. I have been trying to find a tire that will have this longevity and is wider. The wheels i will be pairing them to will be 14x7 et 19 RPF1's

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Currently I own 195/60r14 tires, my UTQG is somewhere around 300. I have been trying to find a tire that will have this longevity and is wider.
If those are literally your only criteria, then go to TireRack and search for tires with a width > 195 and a UTQG > 300. Problem solved.


(Hint: none exist. There are a lot of 205/55-14s, but they're all racing tires.)


Or are you actually interested in something other than just those few numbers, like cornering stability, wet traction, hot dry grip, and so on? There are still a few good performance tires available in the 14" size, but you'll have to let us know what you're really after. EDIT: Wow, forget I said that. Been a while since I looked, but it would appear that there are, in fact, no decent performance tires left in the 14" size, short of the few race-only tires intended specifically to cater to the stock-class AutoX crowd.
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15s.
/\/\ All kinds of this. And people wonder why I "wasted money" on a set of stock NB 15x6's when I first bought my car. TONS of 195 & 205 options in 15" sizes.

If you are going to buy rims, from experience I'd recommend a 205 on an 15x8
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I suspect OP may have already bought the rims, and is now realizing that 14" is pretty much an obsolete size.
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Actually, it's even kind of depressing to me how some of the tires which I'd have normally assumed to be available in 15" fitment aren't even there anymore.

But then... how many performance-oriented vehicles have shipped with a 15" wheel in, say, the past decade?

(Answer: none at all that I can think of.)
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Been a while since I looked, but it would appear that there are, in fact, no decent performance tires left in the 14" size, short of the few race-only tires intended specifically to cater to the stock-class AutoX crowd.
You can still get Azenis in 195/60/14, but that's the only thing I've found when looking for a tire for my stock wheels. Probably a little quicker wearing and narrower than the OP was looking for though.
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I can't even figure out what you're attaching a 14' wheel to, let alone try and find a tire to fit it. In fact, the biggest tire I was able to come up fits a wheel only slightly larger than 5'.



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You can still get Azenis in 195/60/14,
Ah, yes. I forgot about the RT-615- good tire, and historically one of the popular choices for aggressively street-driven Miatae. (And I also forgot that TR doesn't sell Falken, which is why I overlooked it.)

That said, it's time to move to a 15x7 or 15x8 wheel. 949 Racing - 15x7 6UL
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Actually, it's even kind of depressing to me how some of the tires which I'd have normally assumed to be available in 15" fitment aren't even there anymore.

But then... how many performance-oriented vehicles have shipped with a 15" wheel in, say, the past decade?

(Answer: none at all that I can think of.)
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They went 16" in 2003.
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Dunlop starspec
Federal595
Toyo r888 if u want really grippy tires

Vulcantires.com
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205/55 would be the widest I'd go on a 7" wide wheel.
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They went 16" in 2003.
Damn, just under a decade. Uh, uh... ND MX-5? :v
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Damn, just under a decade. Uh, uh... ND MX-5? :v
Given automotive trends, my guess says the ND will have at least 17's.. Unfortunately.
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I have searched tirerack, but only came up with drag/autocross tires.

I chose 14' rpf1 because of the flat spokes, i would prefer them always to the curbed spoked rpf1's. i might just have to stick with 185 dunlops

Plus at 8lbs a wheel? who wouldn't want a smaller tire lol

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If those are literally your only criteria, then go to TireRack and search for tires with a width > 195 and a UTQG > 300. Problem solved.


(Hint: none exist. There are a lot of 205/55-14s, but they're all racing tires.)


Or are you actually interested in something other than just those few numbers, like cornering stability, wet traction, hot dry grip, and so on? There are still a few good performance tires available in the 14" size, but you'll have to let us know what you're really after. EDIT: Wow, forget I said that. Been a while since I looked, but it would appear that there are, in fact, no decent performance tires left in the 14" size, short of the few race-only tires intended specifically to cater to the stock-class AutoX crowd.
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Thanks, might end up with the dunlops or yokohomas

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Dunlop starspec
Federal595
Toyo r888 if u want really grippy tires

Vulcantires.com
Discounttiredirect.com

205/55 would be the widest I'd go on a 7" wide wheel.
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Dunlop ZIIs are pretty much your only choice for 14" wheel if you want a street tire and to still go fast.
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