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Tyres 1976 Kombi Camper

Discussion in 'Steering, brakes & Suspension' started by Snow, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Snow

    Snow New Member

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    Hello, can any one recommend a good brand of tyre for my kombi. I currently have the 185r14. Looking for something that is long wearing, and good in wet conditions. I only drive my kombi three times a month. many thanks :) Deb
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    I would stick with a Dunlop, Goodyear or Bridgestone.
    Any of those you should be able to get a quality tyre that meets your requirements.
    If you only drive it 3 times a month I wouldn't worry too much about mileage. Doubt you will wear them out.
    Stay away from unknown brands.

    Make sure you have a good wheel alignment first.
    No point wasting money on good tyres if they get scrubbed out in 6 months
     
  3. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    Michealin Agilius
     
  4. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Only if they’ve improved in the last 10 years.......they were an absolute shocker in damp conditions, and downright deadly with next to zero grip in the wet. :eek: (I had to remove them from my bus for safety!)

    Mind you, the compound was so hard, I reckon I would have got a 100,000 kms out of them, if I only drove in dry conditions.
     
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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Snow & welcome.
    Used to have Bridgestones for 30 years. Recently went to Hankook 195s (now 2nd set) & they're as close to the old Bridgestones & I'm real happy with them:D.
    Just be sure that what you put on can take the pressure recommended in the rear (40 to 44psi).
    The Hankooks can.
    Cheers
     
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  6. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Light truck unless you are a boy racer. Toyo work for me.
     
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  7. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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    Should be able to get some Bridgestone R623 185R14C tyres for around $100 each
     
  8. prone

    prone Well-Known Member

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    I second going for a set of Toyo’s
     
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  9. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I too have had excellent results with Toyo’s.
     
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  10. Snow

    Snow New Member

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    Ok many thanks for all of your replies, I am going to give Toyo a go. I wish everyone safe travels
     
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  11. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Another for Toyo here....;)
    I run Toyo LT R08’s....185x14.......stock size.
    Excellent grip in wet, very little side wall roll and fantastic mileage
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  12. AC-T3

    AC-T3 Well-Known Member

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    Thats a yes to Toyo's. Run them on the Subaru diesel Outback and EJ 25 Liberty. Just absolutely fabulous. Have only this week fitted some 215-70-15 Toyo A/T's to my T3. So far they are just brilliant, quiet, direct and comfortable on the black top and dirt. Still to get down and dirty to see how they go.
     
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  13. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what happened there but these suckers on my for never finished kombi stick like shit to a blanket.
    We had a lot of rain yesterday and after reading what you've experienced I gave it some stick on the way home, no sliding, slipping or surprises.
    I bought them because of there strengthened side walls (reduces distortion) and their light truck rating and max pressure specs.
    I kept them to 205 65 15 as they had the same circumference as std
    Toyo were my next pic
    Am open to suggestion, comment and innuendo.
     
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  14. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I was over being sold what the tyre people wanted to sell me, so I got onto the Michelin website, and matched their suggestion to my T3 vehicle.

    It came up with the Agilis 91 range, so I went to the tyre place to get some. None in stock, so they were ordered in.

    The day they were new, leaving the tyre place, with the road only damp, I pulled away from a stop sign, and lost traction - ease off, then ease off more, and still no traction. They felt like slicks! :eek:

    Approaching traffic from the side, that were a long way down the road, where now upon me, braking and cursing..... :(

    Entering roundabouts in the damp was equally interesting. Total understeer, really hoping the slower I went I’d find some traction, and when that finally happened, it was then a matter of trying to gather up the back end, and stop it overtaking me.....


    As I said, it was around 10 years ago, and I had to get them replaced.....
     
  15. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    mine are Iglius X and had to order them. Apparently the aus distributer is hard to deal with.
    Were recommended by a guy in my complex that has a transport business (paper trucks). Recons they're the ducks guts on his transit vans.
    So far I've been pretty happy with them. But I really don't have anything to gauge them by as I haven't driven a kombi in this millennia on anything else.
     

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