I've had 185/70-R15's on my BJ7 for 21 years (Bidgestones first, now
Yokahomas) and I generally use 30psi front, 28psi rear. Seems to give a
pretty good compromise between ride, handling, and wear. Even though your
car is a bit lighter, 23psi sounds low to me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Snyder" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, December 26, 2004 1:07 PM
Subject: Tire Pressure
> Hello List,
> What is the collective wisdom out there on the best tire pressure to use
> 185/70-SR15 Vredestein tires mounted on reproduction MiniLite wheels
> w/ 23 psi pressure? The idea was that since these tires are wider than
> original and have a higher load rating, they should be run at a lower
> than normal. My freshly restored BT7 MK2 has this set-up. It has what I
> would describe as a "bouncy" or "jiggly" ride on pavement that is less
> smooth. The entire front suspension has urethane bushings, but this feel
> seems to come from the rear as much, or more, then the front. All four
> have less than 1600 miles on them.
> This ride became more noticable to me when as an early Christmas present
> myself I took back to back drives in the above car, my freshly restored
> MK2 and my BT7 (MK1). Both those cars have 60 spoke wires and 165 tires.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated. TIA
> John Snyder