$300 a tire seems really steep. I got some General Alitmax tires in 195/70/14 size from Tire Rack a few years ago for well under $100 each. They are also modern tires that can handle higher speeds.Yep that is right.
However you can get the original options Michelin XWX & Pirelli Cinturato CN36 https://www.lucasclassictires.com/205-70VR14-PIRELLI-CINTURATO-CN36-2057014CN36.htm
Hi$300 a tire seems really steep. I got some General Alitmax tires in 195/70/14 size from Tire Rack a few years ago for well under $100 each. They are also modern tires that can handle higher speeds.
Hmm. that sounds odd.Consider the Vredestein Sprint Classic as well. I prefer them to the Pirelli CN36's they replaced on my 300D turbo. They wore a little longer and they're definitely quieter.
No that is good. don't worry about that. back in the day, they hadn't invented W rated. they just had V which is for cars that are capable of over 149mph. so V is an all encompassing speed rating. However we now need a little more clarity so we have invented W, Y, & Z. There is nothing wrong with an over speed rated car. (massive load ratings aren't good though.)Thanks. Lucas advertises the CN36 as V speed rated. My friend's 300TD is sitting in the shop with a set of CN36's on it and the sidewall clearly lists W, oops.
we don't do a 185R14 XAS. only a 185HR14 MXV-P https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/185hr14-michelin-mxv-p.html but they are great. One of the boys who works here has a 280 E on those and the carcass structure is great. nice directional stability without compromising the ride and handles just right. The picture below i think is just after we have put the front end down off the jack, because the front end looks a little empty in the wheel archesMaybe I'll try Longstone next time around for XAS's as they advertise a 185 tread width, the skinniest I'll use.
Mmsk! correct me if i'm wrong, but a 6.9 is even more difficult. I think there is only that car that fits this tyre https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/michelin-classic-tyres/xwx/215-70r14-michelin-xwx.html Oh yes and the first 150 of the Lamborghini Countach LP400. However only on the rear. I don't think a 6.9 wants to have a smaller diameter tyre, and loose it's gearing. My Roller does about 12 miles to the gallon. however that only has a 6.8 liter engine. i always thought anything bigger than 6.8 would be vulgar.I used XWX's on my 6.9 and they were great but incredibly pricey.
I don't get that. i would think part of owning an old Merc was the ride. If i was critical of my modern Merc E350, I would say it was the dreadful ride on the 18 inch wheels which could be so easily fixed by putting it back on to standard wheels.It turned out to be less expensive to restore a set of fake Penta wheels and mount 16 inch tires. The changed was period correct and the grip was much higher, so much higher that I was concerned about breaking suspension parts on the car. I couldn't justify the expense on a w123 with 125hp on a good day. .
Me too. I thought that Mercedes tended towards XWX. However i saw an article in a Mercedes a while ago suggesting that the CN36 it had fitted were the original tyres.I'd very much like to know what the OEM tire was on my 82 300D turbo. The information isn't easy to find, at least I haven't been able to track it down.