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    I have a 93 series 1 Mi with the Mi 15's on it. I'm comming up for new tyres and I keep getting different responses on what size to get. The current set of tyres are 205/50/15, but I've been told that they are "too baggy" on that size rim. Now one tyre place has said to go with 195/50/15 and then another place has told me that, that size is no good and I should go for a 195/55/15.
    I have Bridgestone Potenza G3's and I'm quite happy with them so I will get them again i'ts just the sizes that have me confused now
    Is there anyone out there that have some knowledge on tyres and Mi's that could help me make the right decision?

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    at the moment my mi16 has 205/50/15s on it...everyone i have spoke to reckons they are alright.
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    The standard size on the late model MI16 was 195/55R15. Is yours a series 1 or 2? Check the tyre placard inside the drivers door or in the glovebox.

    Personally, I'd stick to the OEM size. Glad to hear your happy with the G3, it's a decent tyre.

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    Ill second Lincons coments on OEM (factory) size, whilst the 195/55/15 is not the most common (or cheapest), it certainly works well with our type of cars. Compliant, yet sporty. I also recommend you pump them to 35psi when cold. - Chris
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    Do you know whether it is still wearing the original rims, dane?

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    Mine is a series 1, and yes they are the original wheels. It has the italian speedline/mi16 wheels on it. Thanks for the replies, it's always good to get opinions off people who actually know the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danemi16
    I have a 93 series 1 Mi with the Mi 15's on it. I'm comming up for new tyres and I keep getting different responses on what size to get. The current set of tyres are 205/50/15, but I've been told that they are "too baggy" on that size rim. Now one tyre place has said to go with 195/50/15 and then another place has told me that, that size is no good and I should go for a 195/55/15.
    I have Bridgestone Potenza G3's and I'm quite happy with them so I will get them again i'ts just the sizes that have me confused now
    Is there anyone out there that have some knowledge on tyres and Mi's that could help me make the right decision?
    I have never had 205 in my 15's but I have heard that they are not the greatest on those wheels. Your speedo would be affected (if that worries you), and the car would be a little slower but I doubt it would be noticable. I am running 205/45/16 on my mi now and I don't notice a speed difference. My speedo is ok too. SO I guess it come down to what you like. Usually tyre people think 195/55/15 is a weird size and suggest prices may be a little higher. I was told to go the BF Goodrich before I changed to 16's.

    you should bring the car to the next meet too.
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    Where and when is the next meet?
    I have a mate with a white 1990 Mi and another mate with S1 205 Gti(mi16 wheels) Who would also be keen to go.

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    I've driven a GTi6 on 205/50R15s, which:

    a) don't throw out your speedo, it's the same circumference as 195/55
    b) handled like a pile of poo - too much bag, sloppy turn in, just all round messy. It's not worth changing sizes, in my opinion

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    Firstly, for grip, look on the tyre and look for the treadwear number. For example Yokohama AO32 tyres have a treadwear of 60 meaning very soft and ideal for tarmac rallies or club sprints. A Goodyear Eagle F1 is 180 meaning harder compound but still not bad for the road. Personally, i wouldn't buy a tyre with a treadwear number above 200.
    Tyre size. Ever noticed how V8 Supercar tyres don't 'bulge' around the rim.They are basically straight up & down. A bulge leads to less responsive (later) turn in and less grip as the rim is too narrow to support the tyre. The bulge is known as a 'beer belly' in the trade. It may well be that a 175 or 185 tyre is the best suited to your rims. Go to a tyre dealer in your state who specialises in performance / race tyres to confirm the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 911s
    Firstly, for grip, look on the tyre and look for the treadwear number. For example Yokohama AO32 tyres have a treadwear of 60 meaning very soft and ideal for tarmac rallies or club sprints. A Goodyear Eagle F1 is 180 meaning harder compound but still not bad for the road. Personally, i wouldn't buy a tyre with a treadwear number above 200.
    Tyre size. Ever noticed how V8 Supercar tyres don't 'bulge' around the rim.They are basically straight up & down. A bulge leads to less responsive (later) turn in and less grip as the rim is too narrow to support the tyre. The bulge is known as a 'beer belly' in the trade. It may well be that a 175 or 185 tyre is the best suited to your rims. Go to a tyre dealer in your state who specialises in performance / race tyres to confirm the above.
    Hi 911,
    Who do you suggest for tyres in Adelaide? i've heard there's someone on grange road which a lot of motorsport ppl use?

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    I have always found North Terrace Tyres to be on the money. Their shocker man Bill does a lot of shocks for the V8 race teams. Did you know that when a V8 hits the anchors at the end of Conrod Straight a front shock will travel 26" (combined total) eg. up & down in 1 second. When they pay around $10,000 a corner, thats what they expect!

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