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Old 03-02-2011, 11:14 AM   #1
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Default Tires on 16 Inch Wheels

I am looking at putting 16 inch wheels on my Cabriolet. I would like to get as close to the height of the 19 inch tires without the look of a big fat tire. What size are you running on your 16 inch wheels and do you have any photos to post? Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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No photos,but some here and on the EV8 forum have recommended 215/70 R16's.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
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I have Coker Classic Radial 16" on 35 wire wheels. 600's on the front,650's rear. The 650 is very close to the 19'' model A tire diameter. The 215/70 R16's will lower the ratio and raise the rpms.

Firestone Destination 215/70 16 are 27.9" diameter. 19" Model A tires are around 29.7" diameter.

RPM=MPH x RATIO x 336 / TIRE DIAMETER
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #4
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I have Coker Classic Radial 16" on 35 wire wheels. 600's on the front,650's rear. The 650 is very close to the 19'' model A tire diameter. The 215/70 R16's will lower the ratio and raise the rpms.

Firestone Destination 215/70 16 are 27.9" diameter. 19" Model A tires are around 29.7" diameter.

RPM=MPH x RATIO x 336 / TIRE DIAMETER
tire diamters from Coker website:
19 29.8
21 30.75
600R16 28.4
700R16 30.2

I run 215/70 16 on the front where diameter doesn't matter @ $100/tire from Sam's
and 700R16 on the rear where diameter does matter @ $250/tire from Coker
I like the big/little look as well


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Old 03-02-2011, 09:14 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tires on 16 Inch Wheels

I like "the look" + the improved ride & handling of the 16" wheels. I did a lot of checking/shopping before buying my tires. The 70 series are not tall enough. Some of the options are too wide. And, there ARE differences bewteen manufacturers.I'm running Hankook 215 75R 16" and they're within microns of being a direct replacement for the 19" my '31 is "supposed" to run.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:49 PM   #6
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Do the 16" later 30's wheels just bolt right on or are there modifacations needed?
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:05 PM   #7
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Do the 16" later 30's wheels just bolt right on or are there modifacations needed?
35 16" wheels are a direct fit with no modifications.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:40 AM   #8
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I run 600-16 on my 35 Ford wheels. Looks "right" to me and others.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:11 AM   #9
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Years ago, High Schoolers (including me), thought it was really cool to run 6:00 x 16 tires on '35 Ford wires. Still looks good to me. Gar Williams
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Old 03-04-2011, 12:41 AM   #10
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I just put Bridgestone Ecopia EP-02 195/80R 16 priced at $135.00 each. They are overall dia 28.2'' in. The side walls are very flexable and they are for the Rav4 electric car. This is the best thing I have ever done. The ride is so smooth and they have a low rolling resistance. The radial is the only way to get a good ride.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:24 AM   #11
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Maybe not the ONLY way. I use clean lubed springs and BF Goodrich 6.50 X 16 for a good ride and correct rolling radius.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:18 AM   #12
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I have had 16" radial and bias tires on my model "A". I did not like the looks of the radial tires. I bought Firestone bias tires from Coker. I like the handling of the bias tires better and they look better. The model "A" is not tuned for radial tires and radial tires put different stresses on the wheels. When radials where first introduced, people installed them on cars that were not designed for radials. The result was wheels cracking. A few years ago on the Early Ford v8 site radials were a big no no on old Fords because of safety concerns.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:19 AM   #13
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I put 215-65-r16 on the front and 215-70-r16 on back of my 31 s/w. They are cooper tires,they look and ride great i have had several people say they made my car .i would have put 215-75 r16 on the back but cooper dont make one that would have matched the front. If you have a good tight front end the radial drive and ride better then the bias ply .
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:03 AM   #14
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Do I need tubes with radial tires? Do I need tubes with modern bias tires? If so, waht type and what size should I purchase for 1935 spoked 16 inch rims? Thanks in advance for your info and advice.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:29 AM   #15
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If you have good wheels. You can go tubeless.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:40 AM   #16
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You'll need tubes if they are not tubeless rims. Even "modern" spoke wheels are rated either tube type or tubeless. They leak where the spokes are attached to the rim if you run tubeless.
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Old 03-05-2011, 12:09 PM   #17
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You'll need tubes if they are not tubeless rims. Even "modern" spoke wheels are rated either tube type or tubeless. They leak where the spokes are attached to the rim if you run tubeless.
The Ford wheels are smooth inside. I think the Kelsey Hayes wheels have the spokes visible inside the rims.
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:02 PM   #18
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Mine are tubless they are on 1935 spoke wheels i had them blasted and powder coated. Haven had any trouble . God bless
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:28 PM   #19
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Question Re: Tires on 16 Inch Wheels

Thanks guys for all the great info, BUT how are these different tires mounted on the 35 16" rims ? are they still done the model A way - trash bag, baby power, mayo way or now are we using tire machine or what? Thanks again!
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You should be able to mount them the model A way. JMO
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