I have two different types tires on on the Boxers. One has BF Goodrich 215/60/VR15 front and 255/60/VR 15 rear and the other Michelin XWX 215/70/VR15 front and 225/70/VR 15 rear. The gaps on the BF Goodrich tires in this case are not to bad and I have to admit the ride/handling is better.gma365 said:I had a look at this when trying to decide on new tyres for my boxer about 12months ago. Most of the options run 60 series tyres which don't look quite right. Some boxers I've seen on lower profile rubber subsequently have unsightly gaps between the wheel arch and tyres. In the end, as I don't take my car to the track, I settled on new XWX's as per original. Car drives and feels great on these compared to what was there(15 year old XWX's!). I sourced mine through Lodestone tyres in the UK. They shipped them to Australia in a couple of weeks. Thoroughly recommend them
Great piece of information which has resulted in my finding out that the front tires aren't 7 years old but 17 and the rears are 8. Yikes. Guess what the 512 BB is getting for Christmas. :-?gma365 said:You can work out the age of your tyres by deciphering the code on the sidewall. I thought my tyres were 10 years old but they turned out to be 20! I found the following posted elsewhere helpful:
To determine a tire's age look on its sidewall (usually the back side) for the letters DOT followed by one or more ovals containing numbers. The last oval will have three or four digits. If there are three digits, the first two are the week of the year and the last digit is the year of manufacture (the digits 229, for example, would indicate the tire was manufactured in the 22nd week of 1999). To distinguish between the 80 and 90 decades, tires manufactured in the 90's will have a triangular mark to the right of the manufacture date. Beginning with the year 2000 there are four digits. The first two are the week of the year and the last two are the year of manufacture (2301 indicates the tire was manufactured in the 23rd week of 2001).
Boxer, be careful driving at high speeds with cracked tires. The "cuts" expand as speed rises. Getting a blowout can be fatal ! When I went racing for fun at an open event on a track with my MR2, the officials checked all our tires, and ever prevented some people to go on the track because of that. An old Lotus Esprit right hand drive.Boxer said:front tires aren't 7 years old but 17 and the rears are 8. Yikes. Guess what the 512 BB is getting for Christmas. :-?
The surprising part is that the treads look almost new and other than the scratch marks on the right front tire, there really is no other indications of the age.