Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

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Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by B^2 » 09 Mar 2018 08:40

Looking at picking up a set of 15x6.5 wheels and looking at getting some 195/50/15 tires. I know I could go 205 for the tires but I want to make sure I give myself plenty of room to avoid hitting the strut when I upgrade to 280zx's in the future. Car is driven in New England in only the warm months so what tire should I be looking at?

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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by Dave Patten » 09 Mar 2018 10:31

Go to one of the online tire shops and search by size. Look around, you can buy them for $50 to $200+ each.

It depends on what your needs are and what fits those needs the best. Performance tires generally are more expensive, have higher grip levels and wear out faster. Cheap tires are generally all the opposite.

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Tire Rack https://www.tirerack.com/con
Discount Tire Direct https://www.discounttiredirect.com
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1010 Tire http://www.1010tires.com
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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by B^2 » 09 Mar 2018 10:44

Yea, I've used tire rack before. Car will be driven on the street mostly but I'd occasionally like to do some auto-x. I know that the most expensive tire isn't always the best so I wanted to learn from the experience of others.

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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by icehouse » 09 Mar 2018 13:39

I daily my car with R888R's (treadwear 100) they last about a year autoXing a ton. It turns out lower tread wear tires don't wear much until you do some fancy driving. Sam autoX's way less then me but drives more miles per day, his tires lastest twice as long as mine. I personally would run 200 tread wear or lower.
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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by RMS » 09 Mar 2018 15:26

I love my federal UHP 595ss they are great in the rain and can easily wrench your neck @ autox. they are a 460 tread wear but are available in a 195 45 r15
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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by funwithmonkeys » 09 Mar 2018 15:30

I am currently running Yokohama A048's and love them. They are 60 treadwear. I have a set of Nankang AR-1's on the way to test out. They are about half the price of the Yokohama's so if they feel close to them in performance I think they will be my autox/trackday tire.
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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by B^2 » 12 Mar 2018 12:46

funwithmonkeys wrote:I am currently running Yokohama A048's and love them. They are 60 treadwear. I have a set of Nankang AR-1's on the way to test out. They are about half the price of the Yokohama's so if they feel close to them in performance I think they will be my autox/trackday tire.

Looks like they make it in a 205/50/15 but not a 195/50/15. Was thinking about going to a 195 because I'm afraid the 15x6x5 +15 wheels will hit the strut on a 205 tire.

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Re: Need recommendations for 195/50/15 tires

Post by funwithmonkeys » 12 Mar 2018 12:55

You can always use a spacer to get it in the right spot. There are lots of billet spacers on EBay for cheap. That way you get the wheel just where you want it.
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