In a message dated 98-03-04 10:12:16 EST, you write:
> Something everyone overlooks when they go to 195 series tires - if you
> are running an MGB-GT, the spare tire/wheel will no longer fit under the
> load floor. I now have a permanent circular groove in the vinyl
> material above the spare in my GT V-8 - irritating to say the least.
> Now I am on a quest to find some 175-14s, the OE tire size for the V-8.
> Also, the 195s make the car steer like a truck, particularly in parking
> maneuvers. I know that all of the boy racers out there will come back
> with discussion of adhesion and turn-in and contact patches, etc., but I
> prefer the original size tires, both for looks and overall "feel".
> Remember that I'm into general touring and not autocrossing, etc. YMMV.
I just got some 175/65R14 Michelins from Sam's Club. They look minute compared
to the blimps the DPO had on the car. They handle much better and I swear even
the brakes work better. With a smaller diameter tire the road has a shorter
oppose the brakes, less foot pounds. Does this make sense?
Bob Donahue (Still stuck in the '50s)
EMAIL - BOBMGT@AOL.COM
52 MGTD - under DIY restoration NEMGTR #11470
71 MGB - AMGBA #96-12029, NAMGBR #7-3336