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Westlake Tires #5168184 07/22/19 02:04 PM
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I'm in need of a set of tires in an oddball size-155/80r13.

There aren't very many options in this size, and these popped up on Amazon for $31 each. The only thing else I've found in this size is a $60 Kuhmo from Tire Rack, which at least has the advantage of being a name I've heard of smile , but the last I checked wasn't exactly a high-end brand either.

For the price, they seem worth a shot, and I'm sure at least are better than the 25 year old tires on the car now(I've yet to actually drive on those, and don't plan on it either-whatever I'm taking the wheels to the tire store rather than driving the car there). They're also not exactly going in a high performance application.

Any thoughts on them?


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1974 Austin Marina GT VR-1 20W-50
Re: Westlake Tires [Re: bunnspecial] #5168192 07/22/19 02:13 PM
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have them on the 99 outback. got them at DT for $50 . pretty solid tire and have had no issues. pretty good tread depth.

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Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co.,Ltd. is the actual manufacturer as best I can determine from the internet.

I'm not one to condemn all Chinese quality, but I've seen Chinese quality all over the place good and bad.

Good luck with whatever one you choose.

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I wouldn't be afraid of the Milestar tires.... $35 each.

https://www.amazon.com/Milestar-MS775-All-Season-Radial-Tire/dp/B00DNLJ4UK


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Should be fine. Like you say, not too many choices in that size anyway.

Do you have a shop in mind to install them? Keep in mind some shops refuse to install new carry-ins and the ones that will install them can charge more than their normal install price. This could make these tires a not so great overall deal.
I know the local garage/tire shop I use charges $20/ea to mount and balance tires not bought from him. Bought from them it's $15.


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I put Westlake RP18's on my wife's Passat. They have been great in rain and snow and are smooth and fairly quiet on the street/highway. I would buy them again.


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Re: Westlake Tires [Re: bunnspecial] #5168921 07/23/19 12:31 PM
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If it's for that MG or Austin, any of those Chinese tires would be better from a construction or materials standpoint than the OEM Dunlop/Avon/Pirelli that they might have been equipped with in the 70s. I think they'll be fine, exercise caution in the rain though.

Now, if those cars have to be concours-correct and to pass snuff from the judges, the only option is to install reproduction Dunlops(or Michelin XZXs/Pirelli P7s) from that era's tread pattern. Luckily, doesn't seem to the case here.

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Thanks guys for the responses. It sounds like they might be worth a shot, but I'll get a mounted and balanced price on the Wal-Mart option too. One advantage that I always think of with buying from a chain retailer is that I can use road hazard and actually get the tire fixed in a reasonable amount of time if something happens while I'm out on the road. I don't ALWAYS have a lot of faith in Wal-Mart, but at least they are everywhere in the US.

Originally Posted by nthach
If it's for that MG or Austin, any of those Chinese tires would be better from a construction or materials standpoint than the OEM Dunlop/Avon/Pirelli that they might have been equipped with in the 70s. I think they'll be fine, exercise caution in the rain though.

Now, if those cars have to be concours-correct and to pass snuff from the judges, the only option is to install reproduction Dunlops(or Michelin XZXs/Pirelli P7s) from that era's tread pattern. Luckily, doesn't seem to the case here.


Yes, it's for the Marina(which is not roadworthy at the moment, but hopefully will be once I go through the brakes). I have Yokohamas on my MG, and even though I've caught flack for those from some people(the General Altimax is actually a favorite among MG guys) I still go back to you comment about them being a lot better than what was on the car new. I can get the OEM style Pirellis(with the "dogbone" tread) but they're pricey and tire design has come a long way in 50 years. The Yokohamas I have actually grip well in the rain, but then I also try to avoid driving it in the rain smile

The Marina will have to prove itself to be watertight before it gets driven in the rain, and given that its a 70s BL product I don't have high hopes for that. Aside from that, I doubt that there are concourse competitions for the car smile ...it might be difficult to actually get all 20 or so of them that are running and driveable in the US in the same place to have any sort of judged competition.


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The Toyo Extensa AS is available in that size smile

You can also get the Walmart Douglas tire, which actually isn't bad at all!

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Originally Posted by bunnspecial
I'm in need of a set of tires in an oddball size-155/80r13.
165x75x13 inch tires are only one tenth of an inch less in diameter. Could they fit your wheels & be found in a different brand? I hate stuff from communist chinese (always small letters).

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Originally Posted by litesong
I hate stuff from communist chinese (always small letters).


Most Douglas tires from Walmart are US-made smile

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Not many choices in that size. I'm generally not a fan of very modern looking tires on vintage cars and not a fan at all of low end ones, but your choices are limited. I run Vredestein Sprint Classic's on the TR6 and will be putting Pirelli's on the 2002.

Universal Vintage Tires lists a Dunlop in your size, and there are more choices if you are a bit flexible in size, but stay close to the 23" overall diameter.


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Re: Westlake Tires [Re: krismoriah72] #5172633 07/27/19 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by krismoriah72


Another vote for Ironman. They are a division of Hercules, and I believe they are manufactured in Ohio. Please, buy American if possible. I bought a used F-150 4X4 with a set of brand new Ironman All Country A/T all-terrain tires, From Day One, I was impressed. Not an expensive tire, but they ride and handle like a set of Michelins. Very little road noise, even though they have an aggressive tread pattern. I was skeptical as to how well they would do in the snow, and did some research. Turns out they are rated as an all-season tire. Tirebuyer had about 250 reviews for this tire, and their overall score was 4 1/2 out of 5. Not a single complaint about how they performed in snow. A few good reviews on that. I intend to buy Ironman tires for many years to come. Do a search for Ironman tires and that particular model and mention Tirebuyer in the search. Read the reviews. Those Ironman tires mentioned above are what you want.


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2006 F-150 4.6 2V 4X2. Same as above.
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