[Healeys] Wheels/Tires

Max Byers sbyers at ec.rr.com
Sat Jan 4 10:28:50 MST 2020

"A few broken spokes in 106,000 miles is pretty good, I think.  How many people besides you and me put that kind of mileage on their Healey now, Bob?  And some of those broken spokes were in the days before Allen Hendrix was truing and balancing my wheels.

-----Original Message-----
From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bob Spidell
Sent: Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:50 AM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Wheels/Tires

Hmmmmm.  To me 'a few broken spokes' and 'more than adequate' is a 
contradiction in terms.

On 1/4/2020 7:54 AM, Max Byers wrote:
> Bruce, here is my input:
> I do not know anything about Dunlop/Moss wheels.  I bought five 60-spoke 15x4.5 Dayton chrome wheels with stainless spokes from British Wire Wheel in 1991, and they are still on my BJ8 with 106,000 miles on them now.  I've had a few broken spokes over the years, but fortunately I am relatively close to Allen Hendrix.  He keeps them trued and balanced whenever I need replacement spokes or new tires.
> It is only my personal opinion and preference, but while 72 spoke wheels are stronger, they are also have a "busier" appearance.  My experience with the 60-spokers tells me that they are more than adequate.
> I have always used 165 x 15 tires, again personal preference.  As to which brand, I use whichever tire is available to Hendrix Wire Wheel.  At one point it was Kumhos, and I really liked those tires.  They were not available at my last tire change, so I currently have Nexens.  So far, with 5 years and 10,000 miles on them they are also proving to be a very good tire.
> Steve Byers
> HBJ8L/36666
> BJ8 Registry
> AHCA Delegate at Large
> Havelock, NC  USA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Bruce Peters
> Sent: Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:26 AM
> To: healeys at autox.team.net
> Subject: [Healeys] Wheels/Tires
> Hi all,
> I’m getting closer to having to buy wheels and tires for my ‘67 BJ8. When I say closer I mean a year or so but I like to plan ahead. My car will not be concours correct or be entered in any car judging at shows. It’ll be a driver that won’t see any track time of any sort. That being said I’m wondering what everyone’s thoughts are on wheels and tires. I plan to put chrome wire wheels on. I don’t want Minilite’s. So, here are my questions:
> 1. Dunlop style(e.g. Moss) versus Dayton(e.g. Hendrix)?
> 2. Wheel size—15x4.5 60 spoke; 15x5 72 spoke; or 15x5.5 72 spoke?
> 3. Tire Brand?
> 4. Tire Size?
> I’m not a bargain basement shopper so I’m willing to pay for the best combinations that make sense. I realize there’s a lot of personal preference so I hope I’m not gonna start a war with these questions!
> Thanks everyone!
> Bruce

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