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tyres for 14in slot mags

Discussion in 'S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) Wheels and Tyres' started by istoo, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. istoo

    Z Club Member

    I am looking to replace the tyres on my car, have a very sketchy drive in the wet yesterday, Nexens are past their best, 0809 going on the date stamp.

    I have toyed with Rota RKRs and some good modernist tyres but I would really like to keep the car nearer original spec. So sticking with slot mags, they have really grown on me.

    Tyres! The choice wasn't overwhelming to be honest. A few budget tyres in 14s with correct or close to correct profiles then a colossal jump up to Michelin/Vredestiens classic tyres which come in at 250/corner. Are these any good for spirited driving?

    A pal recommended Cooper Tyres,
    However the size for these isn't OEM, options are
    215/70 R14
    235/50 R14

    anyone have experience of these sizes, i want to avoid rub.
  2. franky

    Z Club Member

    how wide are the wheels? Vredestein sportrac 5's get good reivews. you can get dunlop sport classics for £170 each also.
  3. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Yes, need to know how wide your wheels are. Also wide tyres are going to be worse in the wet - what size were your Nexens?

    Your comment brought a smile to my face:

    "but I would really like to keep the car nearer original spec." really 235/50/14!
  4. Paul_S

    Z Club Member

    I put Vreds on mine :)
  5. kev64

    Z Club Member

    I bought a pair of dunlop street response 195/70/14 they seem okay for £56 each this was a couple of years ago mind you !
  6. moggy240

    moggy240 INSURANCE VALUATIONS OFFICER Staff Member Moderator

    I would have thought Uniroyal would be OK
  7. datsfun

    Z Club Member

    You don't want to over-tyre the slots ...what is the width of the current alloys and also tyre spec?
  8. istoo

    Z Club Member

    Superb, choices!

    Right the car is currently on wolfrace slot mags:
    Rears - 7x14x .34 out on 205/60 (corrected)
    Front - 6x14x .105 out on 195/60

    Tyres are Nexen presse classics.

    From a bit of looking myself (and I have spent hours) there are Dunlop/Michelin/Vredestien offer classic tyres. £175 a bit closer to expectation, first sets I found where £500 each! Was anticipating around £100 a corner, but if 175 is where it’s at so be it.

    I do prefer well regarded/premium brand, not being snobbish, it is the contact point for our devices to work!

    Slightly OTT what tyres did these come with from new?

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  9. franky

    Z Club Member

    7" 195
    6 185

    odd that you've smaller wheels on the front(diameter)
  10. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Especially as the title of the Thread is 14".

    Anyway I'd stick with the sizes you have now. I've used Uniroyal and Vreds - both good wet tyres.
  11. istoo

    Z Club Member

    Divvy, sorry that’s 14s for front and back

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  12. istoo

    Z Club Member

    Is that the vredestien classics?

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  13. franky

    Z Club Member

  14. istoo

    Z Club Member

    So speaking out loud, my head is at the big three, answers a few questions ie its modern compounds in a historic style tread.

    I have never had Dunlop’s, last decade for the fleet has been vred/conti/Michelin and Yokohama.

    I am not old enough to remember 1973 (child of 74) so wondering what was factory tyre of the era? Dunlop seems to stick in my mind. Maybe as the local garage had a big Dunlop sign, but I am from the highlands so choice wasn’t a thing, still isn’t!

    Rob is on vred, anyone else using historic style tyres in OEM ish sizes.

    Also lastly, mine are staggered so I would like to maintain sizes.

    Currently 60 profile, will 70 still clear in 195/205 F/R configuration


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  15. chrisvega

    Z Club Member

    The 240Z on steel wheels were fitted with 175R14 tyres when new.
    R equates approx. to 80 (well 78 actually)

    14 x 6J Wolf Race/American Racing wheels dealer fitted to the cars when new look best on 195/70/14 if you are trying to maintain the period look.

    You are retaining the correct sidewall/radius/diameter (and speedo reading)
    Sidewall 5.4 inch
    Radius 12.4 inch
    Diameter 24.7 inch
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  16. istoo

    Z Club Member

    Mine have staggered F/R was going to maintain the 205-195, do you know if 205 70 14 clears the arches without rub on stock suspension?

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  17. jonbills

    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Moderator

    I'm running 205/60/14 Nankang NS2. About £45 a corner 2 years ago.
    Good enough for sub 13 sec 1/4 mile.
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  18. chrisvega

    Z Club Member

    I would imagine that tyre technology is much further advanced nowadays compared to when the cars were new in the 70's.
    Hence even the cheapest budget Chinese rubber will be equal to or better than the best premium tyres available that were available back in the day.
    Just hypothesising.......

    Assume you are thinking on your 7s for the 205x70x14 - on the rear, should fit OK on stock car. Will add just over half an inch to diameter over 195x70x14.
  19. AliK

    Z Club Member
    Staff Member Moderator

    FWIW after my recent falling off the road antic I started to look at alternate tyres in the 14” range and the best reviews I could find for wet and dry handling seemed to be The Bridgestone Turnaza T005. THe uniroyal rain experts get good reviews for wet but trail the bridgestones for dry handling and braking. You pays your money ...

    I don’t think any tyres sub £170 in this size are particularly performance focused without compromises elsewhere. Most are fitted to Dawoo Matiz type cars and Vans from what I can tell (ducks for cover)!

    My Michelin’s are a pile of dung and score dead last in the Autoexpress tyre tests for wet handling but top the range for wear! Guess what, they are van tyres! ;)
  20. istoo

    Z Club Member

    Indeed chris, same thoughts, I am also hypothesising. Knowledge I have on classics, experience I do not, thus the fishing questions, appreciate the patience and shared wisdom.

    I am beating myself up with tedious detail which probably doesn’t matter that much.

    How many folk running staggered rims and was it a factory/period choice?

    Jon, cool!

    Thank you for all the responses. Great help.

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