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Default Early 65 6-ers - What tire size are you using?

I'm still having trouble finding tires for my 13" wheels. I'm wondering what size tires everyone else with 13s are running?

I'd like to keep using these 13s, but I'll upgrade to 14s as a last resort - I've been doing good on this rebuild so far with keeping it more-or-less stock, and I'd like to keep it that way.

It's currently running P185-80-13 Firestones.

I found these in 175-80-13. Does anyone have any experieince with them? : Milestar MS75 Tire P175/80R13 86S WW A/S

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Can't help you with your search for 13", but.... I have 14" on my 66 and the selection of tires is getting very slim. I don't think changing from 13 to 14 would help you much. You would be in about the same boat, just looking for a different size.
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I run Maxxis MA-1's; they are 185/80/13 's with white ring.
http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/...12/archnew.jpg
They work very nicely.
I am in the UK but am sure you could get them..?
Try searching here for location
http://www.maxxis.com/AutomobileLigh...nger/MA-1.aspx
Here's some maxxis dealers within 100 miles of Fort Worth

4Wheel Parts
3421 Brandon Lane
Fort Worth TX, 76116
Distance: 8.47 miles

4Wheel Parts
800 West Sandy Lake Rd.
Coppell TX, 75019
Distance: 24.49 miles

4Wheel Parts
1530 Inspiration Drive
Dallas TX, 75207
Distance: 29.62 miles

4Wheel Parts
3001 East Plano Parkway St. 400
Plano TX, 75074
Distance: 42.27 miles

DISCOUNT WHEEL & TIRE
Phone: 2549651963
900 WOLFE NURSERY RD
STEPHENVILLE TX, 76401
Distance: 63.73 miles

B.J.'S Tire
Phone: 5809241625
518 1/2 "C" East Hwy. 70
Durant OK, 74701
Distance: 101.82 miles

Let us know how you get on
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Thanks. That Maxxis looks good. I called around to a couple of the places, and they don't show it in their system, but were going to call Maxxis and check. We'll see.
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Excellent!
You may find that they have to get them shipped (I think they're from Thailand or somewhere like that) .. might take a few weeks but are worth the wait.
A bit wider than the 175's and would be slightly taller too giving you slightly higher gearing.
Here's where I got mine from.
185R13 maxxis 17 mm whitewall
£75+VAT (our purchase tax) = £90 each (about $145 each) .. although we tend to get ripped off on price over here so hopefully they'll be cheaper for you.

Any idea what the ideal pressure is for that size tyre? .. I put about 27psi in mine,, I think the original spec was 24psi (assume that was for cross-plys though)

There's something reallllly nice about a new set of tyres!

Let me know how you get on
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"Not available in the US". Hmm. I just emailed your guy in the UK for a quote.
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All my early Mustangs are V8 so I have 14" but my Mustang II has 13" and I run 225/60-13 and are pretty easy to find around town.
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have you tried coker tire in tennessee he has a good selection of 13s
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The tire Coker has is $212, with a 3" whitewall. I don't think I'm willing to pay that for something I'm not going to be showing. I can get a good set of 15" Konigs and BFG Radials for a few dollars more.
Icerat, the 225/60 appears to be a full inch smaller in OD than what's on it, which already looks small. I'm afraid if I go that small it just won't look right. Is anyone else using this size on a 65?
Thanks for y'all's help.
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The 3" whitewall won't help you at a show unless its for 50's cars. In bias-ply Coker has 4 with narrower white but they are all $175/ea.

The original 6.50x13 is close to the metric 165-13 which was discontinued ages ago. For another car I have that originally used 165-13 I now use 185/70-13 which is a very good replacement size but might be too small for your Mustang. Even those are now hard to find although they are still some out there.
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To be used in the US a tire has to have passed the US required tests. Something for sale elsewhere in the world won't necessarily be available here.

Searching around for other than Coker I can't find a tire closer to an original size for the 13" wheels than blackwall Kumho 185/70-13's at TireRack. Those are probably about 7/16" smaller in diameter than an original. From there it doesn't get much better. 175/80 - 13 would be a little bigger than original but other than the link from the OP I didn't find those anywhere. I have no clue what a Milestar tire would be. 185/80 would be nearly an inch larger in diameter than an original but there is a Goodyear in that size at least in a blackwall which is unrated and sold as a trailer tire.

For the V8 sized 195/75-14s there are a couple of whitewall Hankooks. Other than that, its getting pretty thin out there for tire choices in close to an original size especially for whitewalls.

Original tires were not very big. Especially for the 13" ones it was intended that way. One of the 'upgrade options' you could order was 14" wheels. The 225/60 would be about the original diameter but a couple of inches wider. In my search I didn't find that size either.
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Yeah, slim pickins... Thanks for all your help, Ivy. Looks like there's 2 options for me - the Milestar, and Kuhmo. I may just bite the bullet and go for some 15" Konigs. I've still got a few weeks before she's road-ready, so I'll hope for a miracle.
It's hard to believe with all the older cars out there running smaller wheels, there's not more of a market for these tires.
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I had some great luck with 1010TIRES.COM® — Tires and Wheels Absolute Authority.. They have 13" Kuhom and may have others as well
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Hey Route66UK,
FYI - I contacted your dealer, and they said they just sold out of that size and Maxxis has discontinued it.
Thanks for your help.
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Hey Route66UK,
FYI - I contacted your dealer, and they said they just sold out of that size and Maxxis has discontinued it.
Thanks for your help.
Jason
OOOO that's very interesting .. damn .. shame that, very nice tyre ..
Luckily because I maybe only do 1500 miles a year and don't go screaming around they should last for a good few years..

Hmm am concerned now as I only have 4 .. I think I'm going to buy one more as a spare and so that I can rotate .. (over here if a puncture is too close to the edge of the tread they're not allowed to repair it.
Looks like this place might still do them .. they are showing as being in stock (I did buy one from here before and they were good / good delivery)
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