There are probably as many differing opinions about this as any other, but
my feel is that the stock MGB supension is totally outclassed by today's
performance rubber. For the average, road-going "B", I believe that going
to larger/uprated tires would result in loads being transferred to the
suspension that it's really not designed to handle. Remember that these
cars were designed for, and sold with tall skinny tires with limited
roadholding capability. Switching to a sticky, low profile, S or V rated
tire is overkill. I run an mid-range priced set of 185/70R14 tires on my B
and am very happy. I push 'em pretty hard too!
FWIW . . .
At 08:15 AM 9/22/97 -0500, John Steczkowski wrote:
>The tires on my MGB are so old (and mismatched, which really bugs me),
>that I'd like to replace them. My choices are:
>1) use stock sized 165r14s. Difficult to find, no performance tires in
>2) upgrade to 185/70/14, small choice of performance tires (continental
>is about it). I also might just put BFG touring T/As on it and have less
>performance but a smoother ride.
>3) go with 195/60/14s, lots of performance tires sizes, but 5%
>difference in diameter from stock, 2mph diff on speedo at 50mph, not a
>big deal, but I'm already revving real high on highways. (3700 at 70mph
>or something), more expensive than option 2
>4) go with 195/65/14s, fair selection of performance tires in this size,
>less than 2% difference in diameter from stock, more expensive than
>following the 70% rule on rim sizes, the 195s will work. I also thought
>the 195s would look good if and when I lower it 1" (it's a rubber
>questions: will the 195s work? As in, no rubbing, etc. Other things to
>look out for?
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