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    What are folks running for tires?

    It seems like a lot of the good tire choices have become very scarce. What types of tires are people running on their betas now? I have a set of Sumitomo HTR A/S in 185/75 r 14 I am going to try. They were on closeout due to being discontinued.

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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    195/60 Sumi A/S P01s on my Zag. Yes 195/60s. They fit. Plenty of perch clearance. That's (size)
    THE max w/a stock suspension/wheel setup. As for the tires themselves ... they're okay.

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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by QYKSLVR View Post
    It seems like a lot of the good tire choices have become very scarce. What types of tires are people running on their betas now? I have a set of Sumitomo HTR A/S in 185/75 r 14 I am going to try. They were on closeout due to being discontinued.
    I think you may have clearance issues with those. Stock size was 175/70-14or 185/65-14,
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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1,6 HF View Post
    I think you may have clearance issues with those. Stock size was 175/70-14or 185/65-14,
    Thanks Ed. I had a typo. I checked and they are 185/65-14. I wish we could get some more modern compounds made in 14” tires.

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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Im running Falken 185/65x14 on my Zagato

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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Shopping online is the way to go for good selection. TireRack prices are decent enough, but right now OnlineTires.com seems a bit better-priced and has a better mail-in rebate offer on some models; shipping charges may make the difference for you. Have them shipped to your home, then bring to a local mom'n'pop indie tire shop or mechanic to have them mounted and balanced.

    I've been running Pirelli P4 Four Seasons 185-65R14s for the past 3 years; I like them plenty, though I've started to notice they're not quite as grippy as the General AltiMAX RTs I had before (and the BFG Traction T/As before that), a bit less stable and more squeal in hard cornering.

    If I were buying now, I'd prolly go with the General AltiMAX RT43 T-rated; over the past several years, the General AltiMAX series always seems to dominate TireRack's all-season comparison tests in most of their evaluation categories and run a close second in the few exceptions -- check the spider charts here:
    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests...y.jsp?ttid=215
    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests...y.jsp?ttid=208
    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests...y.jsp?ttid=195
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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Federal ss595 for my cheap tires. 195/60/14 size.

    Will go to dunlop ZII or the new Falken rt615k+ next summer most likely.
    The ZII are 185 still while the rt615 are 195
    Both are 200 tread wear.
    I really need a $500 rusty Beta to turn into an italian track car.
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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Haven’t been doing any auto crossing lately, but I’m quite happy with the Altimax 185/65 14 in the twisties.
    Johnny Keppelman, 1.3 Fulvia coupe project, 81 Beta Coupe (original owner)

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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Just my opinion but I don't think that 195/60 on the standard wheels is great, they are on the edge of overwide for the fairly narrow standard rim. I'd stick to 185/65 or change to 15inch wheels with wider rim

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    Re: What are folks running for tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by rossocorsa View Post
    Just my opinion but I don't think that 195/60 on the standard wheels is great, they are on the edge of overwide for the fairly narrow standard rim. I'd stick to 185/65 or change to 15inch wheels with wider rim
    Fitting a 195/60R14 depends on the model of tire, if it runs small for its rated size and/or has little sidewall flex. A wider rim would need to put all the extra width on the outboard side, which in turn moves the scrub radius, resulting in deadened steering feel/feedback and reduced self-centering.
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