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My spare tire wheel will be back from powdercoating shortly. The question now is whether to remount the original Toyo spare tire, which was never used, or find a new replacement tire. I'm concerned about the safety of a 38 year old tire. But I have not been able to locate a new 175 HR-14.

Has anyone found a suitable replacement? What is the maximum tire size that will fit in the wheel well without protruding above the rear deck of an early 260Z?

Thanks for your input.

Fixitman

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Since you had the wheel powdercoated, I assume you're not going for originality and therefor the Toyo is worth more to a collector than the cost of a new tire. The new (available) tire size closest to a 175 HR-14 is a 195/70-14. Tire Rack has them. Yes, you should be concerned about the safety of a 38 year old tire!

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A 185/75-14 is an option but is it a wider tire? I'm concerned with raising the cover. Vredestein makes a Sprint+ in a 175 HR-14. Has anyone purchased this tire?

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Strange, but I just refilled the 175 HR-14 spare in my '71 240z yesterday. I realized it was 41 years old and certainly subject to dry rot. Was surprized it actually held pressure. So I'm in the same boat as you looking for a replacement.

So I just took a straight edge and laid it across the flats where the fiberboard cover sits. Yes, we have a problem as there is less than 1/4" clearance. A 195 tire is by definition 2 cm (0.800") wider than the 175 sitting in the well.

Later models used a compact spare that inflated with a CO2 cartridge when needed. But the cartridges are now harder to find the a 175/75-14.

If you are looking for a get you home spare tire, tirerack.com shows several 175/70 R14 tires. These will certainly fit within the well.

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Keep the toyo on your factory rim, then put it in your garage and use if for show purposes. Buy a cheap modern rim and tire combo that fits and use it as a serviceable spare tire. Or do what I did and exchange the spare tire for a can of fix-a-flat and roadside assistance.

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The wider 195/70 will not allow the cover to lay flat in a 240Z, as you fear. The 185/75 might - it will be very close. The Vredstein is an OK tire, especially for use solely as a spare.

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Mine is a '78 with collapsible tire. I heard that you could use a spare from a Mazda, that would fit in the storage space nicely. Problem is that I do not recall which model of Mazda had the spare...If anyone know please reply to this posting.

On the other hand, I am thinking that I could mount a 175/70/14 on a extra stock metal wheel. So does anyone know if a 175/70/14 on a factory steel wheel would fit in the storage space??

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The wider 195/70 will not allow the cover to lay flat in a 240Z, as you fear. The 185/75 might - it will be very close. The Vredstein is an OK tire, especially for use solely as a spare.

Arne is correct. My car had a 195/70 mounted on the original spare and the cover sat up ~1/2" or so.

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Vredestein also offers the Sprint Plus, which is a bit less expensive and may be a good choice for a spare. I've tried calling Vredestein in New Jersey to learn the differences between the Sprint Classic and Plus. But the power is still out in there area.

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Vredestein also offers the Sprint Plus, which is a bit less expensive and may be a good choice for a spare. I've tried calling Vredestein in New Jersey to learn the differences between the Sprint Classic and Plus. But the power is still out in there area.

I ordered and received a Vredestein Classic 175 HR-14 from Eurotire in north Jersey. If interested, call Bill at (973) 575-0080. He can arrange for Vredestein to drop ship the tire from the warehouse. Cost was $120.00 for the tire and about $20.00 for shipping.

Anyone interested in buying an original Toyo?

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