[Healeys] Another question about tires

Earl Kagna kags at shaw.ca
Tue Nov 14 20:14:40 MST 2017


Tri-carb: Vredestein 185 70 R 15 on Dayton 457F wheels ( 72 spoke, 5” , tubeless)  These are the older version of the tire with the really ‘busy’ crap on the sidewall.  I’ve never had an issue with the tubeless configuration. 

BJ8: Vredestein 185 70 R 15 on Dayton 457F wheels ( 72 spoke 5” with tubes – they were ordered tubeless but were so badly made that Alan Hendrix had to true them, and we decided to use tubes rather than try to re-seal them. These are the newer version of the tire and I believe are still current if you can find them.

Both were chosen as being the best alternative available at the time that they were needed.  They are not too bad, have been reliable etc.  If I were buying now, I would probably go for the Michelin 165 15 XAS – the 180 75 15 XAS is simply too ‘big’ in my opinion, doesn’t quite look right in the wheel well.  Too bad that the Michelin 175 15 is long out of production – they were a perfect size for the big Healey – as close as you could get to the old 590 15’s.

As a matter of personal preference, I  have always favoured the stronger 72 spoke wheels over the 48’s and 60’s.  I don’t mind the look, and chances are they will never need to be trued.  Each to his own.

Cheers,  --  Earl

Earl Kagna
Victoria, B.C.
BJ8, BT7 tri-carb

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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:54 PM
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Subject: [Healeys] Another question about tires

I'm currently researching an article on tires for the Austin-Healey magazine. Would people who are not currently using the original size tires (5.90/15 and 165/15) please tell me what tire size you are using and on what wheel width, and why you chose not to use the original size wheels and tires?

Thanks for the information.


Gary Anderson
Los Altos, California

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