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Post by brakejagg » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:01 pm

Hey everyone, just picked up an '86 Wagon (DX I think?), And it's in desperate need of some new tires. It's got 14" steel wheels on it right now with a set of 185/65 tires, so not original. I was just wondering what does everyone like to use for tires? I really wanted to see if I could get my hands on a half decent set of off-road-ish tires, but I'm not sure if I could find any that would fit without a lift. I'm considering picking up a cheap set of 15" wheels to broaden my options a little bit. Also does anyone know roughly how big I could go without rubbing? Any input is appreciated!

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Re: Tires!

Post by NWMO » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:55 pm

Welcome to,

Here is a post from a quick search. I run some taller 14s and I rub at full lock once in a great while.


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Re: Tires!

Post by The Professor » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:50 am is my favorite place to research tires as they do their own independent testing. That said, there are no "offroad" tires that will fit without a lift, those small, knobby tires died off in the early 90's.

As far as recommendations, I have had nothing but positive experiences with several sizes and models of Michelin tires. They're expensive, but when you don't have ABS and the roads are wet 3/4 of the year, I'm happy to pay a bit more for the advantage they provide. That said, I doubt they have much in a 14 in. tire. In fact, you'll probably have only a handful of choices until you move up to 15 in. wheels.
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Re: Tires!

Post by Petros » Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:02 pm

actually I have found the Michelin tires cost less to operate. when I moved up to 14" alloy wheels I first got some lower profile (60 series) Faulken tires, they were a great price. but they wore out fairly quickly, about 2 years (about 30k miles), I moved up the Michelines, at much more cost, but they lasted twice as long. better stopping, cornering and wet weather performance as well. a much better buy.
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Re: Tires!

Post by teranfirbt » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:57 am

I'm a big fan of General RT43 tires, I have them on my Tercel and my Hyundai. Semi-chunky tread so probably decent offroad, super good in the rain, and I've been told they are good in light snow (although being in TX I haven't had a chance to try that out...)

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Re: Tires!

Post by mikeservations » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:34 am

I also have General RT43 tires, both on my Tercel and my wife's non-Tercel. I ran them on the Subaru wagon I had before my Tercel as well. Pretty good overall performance for me here in Eastern WA and when I used to live in greater DC.

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Re: Tires!

Post by splatterdog » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:52 pm

The RT43's are my go to does everything decent for a good price tire.

To the OP, what do you need out of your new tires before you ask "which tires?" None of them do it all..

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Re: Tires!

Post by Termell » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:33 pm

mikeservations wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:34 am
I also have General RT43 tires, both on my Tercel and my wife's non-Tercel. I ran them on the Subaru wagon I had before my Tercel as well. Pretty good overall performance for me here in Eastern WA and when I used to live in greater DC.
My buddy is looking for a new set of tires for his '06 Legacy. We'll work on it right after we finished installing the brake kit and atturo tires on the current truck project. The Goodyear tires didn't lasted long and he's looking for a cheaper alternative.

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