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155/8015 Tires on 62 Lark?

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  • Other: 155/8015 Tires on 62 Lark?

    BFG makes a Radial T/A in a 155/80/15 size. The specs are as follows:

    155/80R15
    Load Index 83 = 1074lbs (487kg) per tire
    Speed Rating “S” = 112mph (180kph) 83S SLMax Load = 1,069 lbs
    Max psi = 35 psi
    Treadwear: 400
    Traction: A
    Temperature: B400 A B Load: 1069 lbs.
    12/32" tread
    19 lbs. 4.5-5.5" wheel range
    6.1" Section width on 4.5" rim
    24.7" overall diameter

    I was thinking of using these on the front of my Chevy V8 Lark with BFG Radial TA 235/70/15 tires in the back on my stock rims that are being widened to 7". I like the idea of the wide tires on the back and skinny on the front. The car currently has 205/75 on the front which are too wide for the stock 4.5" wheel. I think this size on the front will maintain the steering geometry and make it a little easier on the old arms (manual steering). I won't be doing any corner carving, so what do you think?

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    Another option wouold be Kumho tire in 195/75/15. This has a 27.1" diameter and is a little wide for the 4.5 rim (they recommend 5" - 7" rim), but would work and would fill up the wheel well, But then I'd have to get the same brand for the rear, not BFG, because I can't stand mismatched tire brands on the car.

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      If you are going for the "big and little" look, I don't see why the 185's wouldn't work. They are a little smaller than stock, but that's what you want, right?

      Kumho makes a 195/75R15? That's good news, if true. That size is as close to a perfect fit for later model Studebakers as you are likely to find.
      Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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        Originally posted by gordr View Post
        If you are going for the "big and little" look, I don't see why the 185's wouldn't work. They are a little smaller than stock, but that's what you want, right?

        Kumho makes a 195/75R15? That's good news, if true. That size is as close to a perfect fit for later model Studebakers as you are likely to find.
        Man this is wierd. When I was looking at Tirerack.com this morning I came across the 195/75/15 tire It was Kumho Solus KR21. I even wrote down the specs and the price. It was priced at $70.00 which I thought was great but not really out of line because the same tire in a 235/70/15 for my rears is $91.00. Now I can't find it. I wonder if somehow I got linked to an out of date page on their website. However, as I was trying to prove I'm not nuts by finding it, I did find a guy selling 195/75/15 tires in England (Remington brand). (excuse me - tyres...)

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