16" wheel users in here. 16" Tires are hard to come by

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  1. spaman71

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    I thought I'd start a new thread for all us that use the uncommon 16" wheels on our 2nd Gens.

    Finding large tires to suit the back is becoming increasingly difficult. I currently have BFG 265/50/16 on the back and would love to go a little wider. I would like a 275 or 285 with 50 profile but the only one I could fine was 275/60/15 Toyo Proxies.

    http://discount-tires-2go.com/Store_Detail.cfm?ID=216081&InfoID=4853&ShowLarge=True

    Post up your photos, experiences and tire finds. Cheers, Scott

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    A 275/60/16 is going to be 29" tall... Not sure you want a tire that big.

    I just put new tires on our '72 with 16x8 Centerlines and wanted to go wider and taller than the 245/50/16's that I had put on back in 2002.

    The best option I found was a General Grapper UHP (ultra high performance sport truck tire) 255/55/16 for the rear (27" tall - perfect tire height IMHO). I would have settled for a 265/50/16 if I could have found them (they were available in 2002) as I had the room for the wider tire.

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...TR6GRUHP&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

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    Next time - I'll probably be buying new rims. Maybe I can find someone with an S10 PU or Blazer that will want these rims - you can still find regular truck tires in sizes that will work for those rides.
     
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    I still race on 275/40/16 Tires all around, and I use the Hoosier A6's. There are tires out there, just not a lot of great ones...
     
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    I dont, I just want a tire wider than 265 with the lower 50 profile. They used to make them but I just cant find any.
     
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    I should add that the tires I'm after have to be street going, all weather.
     
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    Yep as feared, the widest I can fine is the 275/60.
     
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    I have 245/50r16 on front and 255/50r16 on rear tires are not easy to come by in 16in
     
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    Tirerack has 13 different 245/50/16's. That's what I had, but I really wanted wider and close to 27" for my rear tire height. Just felt that 25.7" tall was too short for our cars.

    And the only other 50 series street tire available was a 255/50/16 - which was only 26" tall.

    I think that the 245's will remain available for several years because they are the standard size for so many cars.

    But anything wider in a 50 series 16" tire will be history soon.

    That's why I'll be looking at 17" rims when it's time to replace tires again in about 6 or 7 years.
     

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