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14" tyres for 308?

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My 77 vetro is due some new tyres. PO installed tyres on there now must be pushing 8-10 years old and they are real hard now.

Is there a view on a readily available 14 inch tyre option that suits the car?

Btw the spare looks like an original figment.

Thanks for thoughts

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-06-2014, 07:14 AM
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14 inches tires are almost impossible to find. Since you have a vetroresina and they are now worth very good money I'd suggest you go with the original Michelin tires from Coker tires or Longstone tyres. They are expensive but gives the car it's original look. My 77 was originall equiped with XWX 205/70R14 which I have keep for the fun of it.
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Put the 14 inch wheels in storage and get a set of 16's to drive the car.
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Put the 14 inch wheels in storage and get a set of 16's to drive the car.
That's what I ended up doing and while the grip is much better I get the feeling that the car is now "over tired".
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Put the 14 inch wheels in storage and get a set of 16's to drive the car.
Not a bad advice, depend what he intend to do with the car. If there is more showing than driving the XWX is the choice.

I'm myself going with 16'' to drive and will keep the 14'' for show purpose. Maybe with my old XWX.
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That's what I ended up doing and while the grip is much better I get the feeling that the car is now "over tired".
Nah, it just needs more HP. Your car with a fresh suspension overhaul and 16" wheels/tires is the poster child on what these cars are supposed to handle like.

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Nah, it just needs more HP. Your car with a fresh suspension overhaul and 16" wheels/tires is the poster child on what these cars are supposed to handle like.


I'm just not brave enough to explore the new higher limits eh?


"Cars got so much grip I dunno what the handling's like"
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I'm just not brave enough to explore the new higher limits eh?
"Cars got so much grip I dunno what the handling's like"
Both great points; Enroll yourself in a driving school/track day event and explore the limits safely. It doesn't even have to be a "Ferrari-event." I learned high-performance driving techniques at the Bertil Roos school in PA...After many other school events, I ended up teaching performance driving techniques for 10+ years at Watkins Glen. There's nothing quite like watching/experiencing the rear of your own car passing you in the side mirror. Ooooops!

I hear that BMW has a great M-school in the Carolinas, as well.

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Both great points; Enroll yourself in a driving school/track day event and explore the limits safely. It doesn't even have to be a "Ferrari-event." I learned high-performance driving techniques at the Bertil Roos school in PA...After many other school events, I ended up teaching performance driving techniques for 10+ years at Watkins Glen. There's nothing quite like watching/experiencing the rear of your own car passing you in the side mirror. Ooooops!

I hear that BMW has a great M-school in the Carolinas, as well.
Thanks.
Now that I'm a man of leisure (all be it one with no free time) I may just do so.

In any case I have the sixteens with new rubber plus a set of fourteens and a set of TRX's ready if I want to revert.
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Thanks Guys - are there any thoughts about modern rubber in 14". I've heard a rumour that Kumho do a reasonable option.

Otherwise maybe I need to shop for a 16" wheel/tyre combo and put the 14"s in the shed

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David- My Euro 78 GTS came with 16 in wheels and P7s and they worked great. 308s look and handle better with the larger wheels and tires.

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David- My Euro 78 GTS came with 16 in wheels and P7s and they worked great. 308s look and handle better with the larger wheels and tires.
Did the GT/4 ever come with sixteens?
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David- Not sure if they could be special ordered or not. 7.5" wheels were a regular option.

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David- Not sure if they could be special ordered or not. 7.5" wheels were a regular option.
Thanks.

The larger wheels and tires along with the suspension work that Dave did transformed the handling of my car so don't get me wrong, I'm not sorry I made the change just wondering what the handling would be like on period rubber and wheels.
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Hi all,
My 77 vetro is due some new tyres. PO installed tyres on there now must be pushing 8-10 years old and they are real hard now.

Is there a view on a readily available 14 inch tyre option that suits the car?

Btw the spare looks like an original figment.

Thanks for thoughts

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Try these http://www.summitracing.com/parts/bf...FeMSOgod4HUA1A
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Will also be looking at 225/60 14's
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kk61, the old 225/60's on 14"wheels are scares but will be great if you can find them, I know stock used to be 205/70 but I think the 225/60's will look better,,,if you get them in a soft gripping rubber instead even better, much softer drive, less road feedback on the steering...

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I have 225/60-14 on my 308 and they fit great and also look good.
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