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Hey Guys,

I am way over-due for new tires on my '70 240z. I am looking for some great performing summer tires.  I don't track or autocross the car anymore, just spirited driving on dry days only.   Finding performance tires in 15" is getting to be a challenge.  What are you guys using now, and what sizes?

My current tires are Yokos, 205/60/15 on Panasports.  That size does not seem readily available in a performance tire anymore.  

I look forward to seeing what you have and/or your opinions.

Thanks,

 

Marty

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I run the Falken Azenis RT615K+ in 14" on my 240Z.

https://www.falkentire.com/tires/passenger-car-tires/azenis-rt615k-tire

There is also the Azenis RT660. https://www.falkentire.com/tires/passenger-car-tires/azenis-rt660-tire

Both are available as 205/50R15, so they are slightly smaller than your current tires. From doing a search on Tire Rack, I would say that going with a slightly smaller tire is your best option.

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9 minutes ago, Pilgrim said:

I have an '82 ZX Turbo with the 15" stock wheels.  I'm looking at BFG TAs for my next set.  

 

They're available in 205/60/15.

While the Radial TAs are available in that size, they really aren't performance tires.

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I'm currently running Bridgestone Ecopia's, 205/60/15 and they're okay. My next tires I'll be going back to BFG Radial T/A's in that size. I found them easier to turn the steering wheel at low speed, run more quiet and definitely easier to balance than the Michelins I had before them. Never did get the Michelins to balance very well. The T/A's may not be "performance", but they handled my "spirited" driving just fine. I did have them mounted black walls out, the raised white letters look great on a '70 Chevelle SS, but that's not for me on the Datsun.

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7 hours ago, SteveJ said:

I run the Falken Azenis RT615K+ in 14" on my 240Z.

https://www.falkentire.com/tires/passenger-car-tires/azenis-rt615k-tire

There is also the Azenis RT660. https://www.falkentire.com/tires/passenger-car-tires/azenis-rt660-tire

Both are available as 205/50R15, so they are slightly smaller than your current tires. From doing a search on Tire Rack, I would say that going with a slightly smaller tire is your best option.

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I have the European springs on the car, with higher spring rates, which tends to lift the car up a bit.   I am a little concerned that a 60 series tire might leave too much of a gap between the tire and the fender.  The Falkens do look like nice tires though.

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I have 195/60 R14 in the Falkens. That would be close to the same size as the 205/50 R15.

My car is on the left. It has stock springs and very old struts.

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Here is more of a side view.

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While the gap may seem big, the traction is very good.

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FWIW I run Hankook 205/55-15 that looks really good in my opinion. They're all around tire that wasn't too expensive. Seems like Venturis or something? I'll look back at my account tomorrow and can say what they are for sure.

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16 hours ago, SteveJ said:

I have 195/60 R14 in the Falkens. That would be close to the same size as the 205/50 R15.

My car is on the left. It has stock springs and very old struts.

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Here is more of a side view.

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Last photo

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While the gap may seem big, the traction is very good.

Thanks for the pics, they are very helpful.

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17 hours ago, Marty Rogan said:

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I have the European springs on the car, with higher spring rates, which tends to lift the car up a bit.   I am a little concerned that a 60 series tire might leave too much of a gap between the tire and the fender.  The Falkens do look like nice tires though.

I just noticed a typo.  I meant to say I was concerned with the gap on a 50 series tire.

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1 minute ago, Marty Rogan said:

I just noticed a typo.  I meant to say I was concerned with the gap on a 50 series tire.

We knew what you meant.

I knew the Falkens were smaller than the Radial TAs I pulled off the wheels, and the visual did surprise me at first. However, when I'm behind the wheel with tires that grip well, I don't worry about it in the least. 🙂

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I don’t have them mounted yet, but I picked up a set of BF Goodrich tires recently for one of my Z cars. I also picked up a set of Konig Rewind wheels. I’m thinking it will be a perfect combination for my  Z.

 

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On 7/6/2022 at 12:01 PM, SteveJ said:

While the Radial TAs are available in that size, they really aren't performance tires.

I think they're about as "performance" as anything you and I can find for our 15-inch wheels. 

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4 hours ago, Patcon said:

What size are your BFG's?

Are you asking me?

225-50 or 55, I think.

15x8 inch wheels.

I’ll check when I get home.

I run Hoosier Street TD, 225-55 bias ply on my race Z, on a 14x7 inch rim.

Perfect fit.

 

 

 

 

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Does anyone have experience with Toyo Proxes R1R's?  They come in 195/55/15.  The reviews on Tirerack look pretty good.   I have used Toyo RA1's on my race car for years and have really liked their performance.

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6 minutes ago, Marty Rogan said:

How is the cornering performance?

In my opinion, very good.  Probably an 8 out of 10, given the size and my car setup.  Obviously I would use something better for track or auto crossing, but for everyday use and sometimes aggressive corning, I think they're great.  I went on a ~100 mile drive yesterday with the Z club in the foothills, highway 49 (which sometimes makes Car & Drivers favorite road list), and my favorite, 193 coming down into Placerville.  Pleased with their performance when we had no traffic in front of us.

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On 7/7/2022 at 2:51 PM, Patcon said:

What size are your BFG's?


225/45ZR15.

They are close to the same overall diameter as the Hoosier tires I run on the race Z, and about the same width.

 

 

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On 7/9/2022 at 11:34 AM, KenFirch said:

In my opinion, very good.  Probably an 8 out of 10, given the size and my car setup.  Obviously I would use something better for track or auto crossing, but for everyday use and sometimes aggressive corning, I think they're great.  I went on a ~100 mile drive yesterday with the Z club in the foothills, highway 49 (which sometimes makes Car & Drivers favorite road list), and my favorite, 193 coming down into Placerville.  Pleased with their performance when we had no traffic in front of us.

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Thanks, I appreciate the detailed feedback.  I think those will go on the short list to consider.

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Well, after quite a bit of searching, the only performance tire that I have found so far in my preferred size of 215/60/15 is the Dunlop Sport Classic, for $340 ea.  That is way more than I have been paying for my race tires, so those are out.

My current tires, Yokohama AVS 215/60/15, diameter 24 1/2",  were great, but have no direct replacement.  I want to get as close to that size and performance as possible.

My short list from TireRack as of right now is:

Yokohama Advan Fleva V701, 205/55/15, diameter 23.8, $126.76  Good reviews from Miata drivers, which is pretty similar in weight and performance as a 240Z

Toyo Proxes R1R, 195/55/15, diameter 23.5"  $156.47.  Lots of good reviews on various sports cars.

Yokohama Avid Ascent GT, 205/60/15, diameter 24.8" $114.99.   No reviews on TireRack on sports cars, but got a strong recommendation from Ken above.

So, it looks like my choice is either more documented performance or closer to my preferred size with one personal recommendation.

Hmmm, decisions, decisions....

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