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#1 Mechanical_misfit

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 11:54 AM

This thread is dedicated to all of those who are still running stock 13 inch wheels on their EA.

I personally find that the white wagon style wheels are hard to beat for our old cars, and are something that scream 80's subaru. The problem, as we all know, is the decreasing list of brands and sizes available in 13".

I have found that the only viable option in my area is the Douglas Xtra Trac in 175/70/13. These are not the best quality, and a size too small for a 4wd ea.

I am currently running Cooper Cobra 185/70/13 raised white letters. These are far past their life expectancy, and getting thin. I was very happy when I found them used two summers back but they're getting worn.

I did like the 195/70 and the 205/60 for larger options, but those also seem to be out of style. 205/60s can still be had via eBay but are expensive and low quality.

Raised white letters seem to be a thing of the past.

So, I ask the community, where are you buying your tires, and what size?

#2 Dinky26

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

The Michelin look alright here.

Don't have any personal experience though.

 

http://www.tirerack....=70&diameter=13



#3 thornleyjacob

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 12:39 PM

I have been looking around and have only found these as options so far for local...

  • Hankook Zovac HP W401 in 185/70r13
  • Toyo Extensa A/S in 185/70r13


#4 brat82

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:18 PM

I also like running the stock 13". I was able to get a junker brat with 3 sets of tires and rims. About 8 of the tires were still good like brand new, 185x70x13  Some of the last tires I bought were from Les... and was able to get 185x80x13, but didn't notice any real difference,  My BRAT handles real well on 185x70.

 

I don't like that these tires are passenger car and also only 1 ply sidewall.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 02:28 PM

I was thinking of packing around a set of Jackmans with ATV tires on them... for when I am off-road. Not sure the viability of that though.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 03:10 PM

I have a set of Mastercraft A/S IV 175-70-13 on mine. I'm not a big fan of mastercrap tires but they are about all thats avialable locally in 13". They are wearing well, are quiet and give decent traction. I'm looking at the firestone winterforce for the winter in the same size.



#7 Mechanical_misfit

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:23 AM

I agree with Brat82 that the 185/70s ride well on gen 2 cars. I just can't seem to find a good set through my local tire stores.

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 10:44 AM

Cooper

 

There has got to be a local cooper tire dealer near you....and they are the best value for a good balance of wear, and handling, and traction.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:45 PM

185s at my local goodyear



#10 scoobiedubie

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 03:07 PM

Best blackwall M/S tire that I have seen for the money is a Primewell PS850.



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 11:15 PM

About 2 months ago I bought a full set of Kuhmo 185 70 13's for my Brat. Seem like a pretty good tire



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Posted 16 August 2014 - 11:30 PM

http://www.demon-twe...-rb1-rally-tyre

Now this would be a great 13 inch tire!



#13 TheWanderer

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 12:31 AM

I'm running Falken Sincera SN-828 from Discount Tire Direct.  Under $100 a pair shipped.  So far about 3000 miles on them with what looks like zero wear, and the ride quality/noise is pretty good.



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:34 PM

I found these hercules raptis tr1 185/70r13 for a decent price. Hercules is made by Cooper. They are pretty quiet on the road and so far have handled everything I can throw at them. They aren't very agressive but do carry a M+S rating and handled my mud romp great yesterday!



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 01:06 PM

I got a set of like new Pirelli P4000 185/70r13 that were on my brat when I got it , new from 2002 but little to no cracks , shame Pirelli discontinued making that series tire

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:48 PM

175/70R13 Winter Force Arctic Claws. Around 3k miles so far and they've performed well

#17 Mechanical_misfit

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 03:58 PM

I just swapped to a set of 175/70 winter force tires as well. I am happy so far but only have about 200 miles on them. these look to still be available from tire rack



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:59 AM

You know what this thread needs? Pictures of the tire installed on the 13" wheel and mounted...



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 01:55 PM

You know what this thread needs? Pictures of the tire installed on the 13" wheel and mounted...

here ya go

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 04:32 PM

How about the 72-79 cars and the 155/80 R13 ?

Are they more available in other countries? Central American market?

#21 thornleyjacob

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

Those are nice tires; not sure about the 175 vs 185 though - 185 is stock, no?



#22 TheWanderer

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:36 AM

Those are nice tires; not sure about the 175 vs 185 though - 185 is stock, no?

 

 

My door tag says stock is 155/80-13 on my US spec 88 DL.  Discount Tire Direct recommended running 175/65-13 instead due to availability (they only listed like 3 brands in 155, all cheap chinese brands with low mileage wear, and about a dozen manufacturers in 175/65-13 with an average 50k mile wear).  If you look at the tire size calculator at miata.net you'll see its only a minor difference between the 2.  When I bought my car, it had 175's on it so that's what I ended up going with.  But 185's would honestly be the better choice if you want to keep your odometer and speedo reading as close to factory as possible (since it was originally calibrated for 155/80-13).

 


Tire Size Comparison
 

Specification  Sidewall  Radius  Diameter  Circumference  Revs/Mile  Difference
155/80-13         4.9in  11.4in    22.8in         71.5in        886        0.0%
175/65-13         4.5in  11.0in    22.0in         69.0in        919       -3.5%

And the difference between the 185 and 175 is

 

Tire Size Comparison
 

Specification  Sidewall  Radius  Diameter  Circumference  Revs/Mile  Difference
175/65-13         4.5in  11.0in    22.0in         69.0in        919        0.0%
185/65-13         4.7in  11.2in    22.5in         70.6in        898        2.3%

And for spits and giggles, heres the difference between 155/80-13 and 185/65-13:

 


Tire Size Comparison
 

Specification  Sidewall  Radius  Diameter  Circumference  Revs/Mile  Difference
155/80-13         4.9in  11.4in    22.8in         71.5in        886        0.0%
185/65-13         4.7in  11.2in    22.5in         70.6in        898       -1.3%

Edited by TheWanderer, 22 August 2014 - 12:46 AM.


#23 Silas Cruse

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 02:15 AM

I like this site for sizes:

 

http://www.tacomawor...82r13-185-80r13






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