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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonized View Post
    I was just looking through a mail in catalog from JEGS.com and found theses BFGoodrich by Coker tire from 205/70 to 245/60 in 14" and a bunch in 15"

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    Link? I exhausted all leads when hunting down some 14" tires... finally settled on General Grabbers. Nice to have more options though~


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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Coker Tire specializes in vintage tires. (cokertire.com)

    Their listings for 205/75r14 show 6 options of which all are standard passenger car tires, in that there are no options for a higher speed or load rating.

    On the upside you can choose between 3/4in, 1in and 2-3/8in whitewalls and they even have a set of "Redlines" too.
    There is an "economy" tire available for $90 and another at $146, the rest are all close to or well above the $200 mark.

    Not sure if its a viable option, but nice to know its there.
    Worth checking back from time to time too, as they are always adding new production.
    Haven't been to their site in years but they have WAY more selection now, than ever before.

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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Yah, I have been looking for a set of slicks with the whitwall option... never know when I may want to drag race my van with a ford escort or something.

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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    I didn't dig into it but here is a" link" direct from the Jegs.com mail in (paper) catalog:
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    They do have a stock 205/75r14... it's pretty dang rough to find a 215/75r14 tire worth a dang to put under the 4wd models though, especially one with a decent enough tread to terrorize the local backroads and snow.. Almost the ideal tire size imo. I am guessing it's why most opt for the 27" variety like Grabber's, Kenda, Maxis and so on.

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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Anyone know of a good 215/75-15 all terrain tire that will fit on the suzuki sidekick wheels and will clear the slider?
    In the middle of painting my 15's and planning on using my grabber2 27x8.5r14 on my all-trac wagon build.
    I am already running tacoma bil shocks, rear spacers (have a set of aerostar springs to install) and cranked torsion bars.
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjosh View Post
    Anyone know of a good 215/75-15 all terrain tire that will fit on the suzuki sidekick wheels and will clear the slider?
    In the middle of painting my 15's and planning on using my grabber2 27x8.5r14 on my all-trac wagon build.
    I am already running tacoma bil shocks, rear spacers (have a set of aerostar springs to install) and cranked torsion bars.
    thanks
    Ive run BFGs and grabbers on my 15 sidekick wheels and both work perfect
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Quote Originally Posted by spacecruisers View Post
    Ive run BFGs and grabbers on my 15 sidekick wheels and both work perfect
    So no issues clearing slider with 215s, cool. Do you have any issues rubbing or did you trim the underside of van?
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    shapeshifter is running 225-75 M/T on Samys without apparent slider problem, and they have some deep threads high on the side wall! That's a mighty good looking beast: https://www.toyotavantech.com/forum/...quot-Mud-Tires
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonized View Post
    shapeshifter is running 225-75 M/T on Samys without apparent slider problem, and they have some deep threads high on the side wall! That's a mighty good looking beast: https://www.toyotavantech.com/forum/...quot-Mud-Tires
    He has them, but has fairly substantial rubbing and is having some work done on cutting the body and capping the ends.
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Substantial or "just a little" ???
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    He 'shapeshifter' should be able to comment once he gets his van back from fabricator, but sounded pretty substantial, IMO. What I mean is it sounded like enough cutting, patching, etc that most wouldn't attempt w/o some professional assistance. While it sounds like 225/75-15 didn't hit slider they did on the body. I still need to add my aerostar springs and see how much more clearance I can gain on more torsion bar crank w/o sacrificing ride. Looks like the 215/75-15 tires will essentially be .7" taller but same width than my current set up.
    He also mentioned the 225 tires did seem to suck a lot of power out of the current oem motor/gear combo w/respect to hills.

    On a separate subject, I am wondering if the sidewalls are much stiffer on BFG ATs versus Grabber AT2s ?
    Granted the going from 14" to 15" reduces the sidewalls so I would assume that apples to apples the sidewalls would be slightly stiffer.
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    I have 215-75R15's on my van and I have some minor rubbing issues in the front. It is not bad enough that I have felt the need to trim anything, but it is there, especially with a passenger. The next time I buy tires, I plan on going with 235-75R15's and I am sure that I will be making some cuts for clearance.

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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    I have 215-75R15's on my van and I have some minor rubbing issues in the front. It is not bad enough that I have felt the need to trim anything, but it is there, especially with a passenger. The next time I buy tires, I plan on going with 235-75R15's and I am sure that I will be making some cuts for clearance.
    What brand are you running? I think when we get to this size where clearance is so tight, different brands are going to rub more than others.
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    Re: Upgrading to 15" rims

    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjosh View Post
    What brand are you running? I think when we get to this size where clearance is so tight, different brands are going to rub more than others.
    Definitely. On my Datsun I have found crazy size variances! On that car I have little to no clearance (literally millimeters) and it has bit me in the ass a couple of times. I have found that tirerack.com does a good job of measuring and posting actual tire sizes. I use them as a reference for all my tire buying decisions.

    On my van I am running BFG All Terrain TA2's in 215-75R15.

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