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I have owned my 86 coupe for almost 2 years now and I am looking to get some new tires. The current ones are 215/60r14. I was told by a local mechanic that those are not the correct standard tires for my car. I am having a hell of a time finding new ones without spending an arm and a leg. Can anyone shed some light for me on this as to whether I am gonna have to shell out or if this is not the right size tire to be running?
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Try going to tirerack.com and searching for tires by make and model of car. It'll give you all of the tire sizes that were used on all Mustangs for your particular model year.
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Went to the site. It shows that the only size that was on that particular year was a 225/60r15. I am going to try and contact the previous owner to see if he may have changed rims and/or tires for some reason. The local mechanic told me that the tire size was supposed to be 175/55r14. I never thought tires would be such an issue, lol. With rainy season coming I just dont want to take a chance. Thank you for the site addy and I will see if I cant get this figured out so that maybe someone down the line will be able to use the info as well.
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The original tire size is 195/75-14 or 205/75-14. The tire you're running is a little wider than stock. There's a height difference, but it's negligible.

If they don't rub, and you can live with the speedo being off a bit, you're not going to hurt anything with the tires you've got on.

175/55???? Either he's pulling your leg, or he's an idiot.
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I was thinking that too. The number he gave me seemed way off. I just talked to a place who can get me some 185/65/14's tomorrow. From what I am learning about tires, they are going to be a smidge taller and not as wide. They may not be the same size, but I will feel a lot more comfortable driving in the rain with at least some decent tread.
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Whatever size you get you need to read up on the tire before you by it. There are several tire sites that give the specs for each series as far as how that particular tire will do on dry, wet and snow covered pavement. Granted, you don't get a whole lotta snow in Wilmington, it was a general statement.
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From what I have looked at for all of the 185/65/14's, it seems to be an all weather tire. I dont think I will need anything different than that until I get back to Indiana. Thanks for the lookout though.
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