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Old 01-25-2016, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
hat_man
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Are there any good 14" tires left?

Last year I changed from 14" tires to 15" ones. I obviously had to change rims too. The wheel and tire combo I ended up with worked well in the winter (it's an A/T tire), is fairly quiet, looks nice, but is much heavier than my old 14" ones were. Since I changed I have seen a drop in MPG. It was expected with the heavier rotational mass. Harder to accelerate from a dead stop and my "seat of the pants" coast distances are shorter. The reason for the switch was that I couldn't find any 14" tires that weren't trailer tires or had VERY low Tire Rack ratings. I am thinking now that if I can find some good reliable 14" tires I'll use them for everything except winter driving. I still have the stock alloy rims that are lighter than the ones I have now. Tire Rack doesn't have much of a selection. The 14's were 225/70R/14

So......Are there any good 14" tires still out there?

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