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W123 280TE Tyres

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by shadowandspace, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. shadowandspace

    shadowandspace Member

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    I have bought a set of Mexican Hat alloys that have come off another W123 TE. Could anyone recommend which tyres would be best to put on my 280TE and if appropriate a reasonable mid range tyre? I currently have 195/70/R14 91H tyres on the car. Thanks.
     
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    shadowandspace

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    W123 Tyres HELP

    Hi - anyone any idea which tyres to fit to my new Mexican Hat alloys for my 1985 280TE? Any advice would be appreciated, tahnks.
     
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    If these new alloys are a different size you can use a tyre calculator (Google it).
    This allows you to see what difference in speed a different tyre would give.

    Hope this helps...
     
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    Lots of good mid range tyres on the market. I suspect the Mexican hat alloys will be 15" so you'll probably need to go to 195/65/15 but it's hard to say without knowing the size of the alloys. In those days the width didn't vary much and we had a 280E with those alloys and 195 tyres. It might be wise to double check the wheel size though. It should be printed on it.
     
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    Thanks. Iit seems the Mexican Hats are also 14". Would anyone recommend changing the tyre size from my old steel wheels to the new alloys or should I stick to the 195/70r/14H as originally speced for the car as I need new tyres anyway?
     
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    Always keep to the original sizes. The car was designed to run on them. The 280E was never a sports car anyway - just a good cruiser. If you changed them you'd not get better handling but you would need to tell your insurer.
     

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