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Old 05-19-2008, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'89 Metro - Has 13's... go 14's or bigger?

My '89 Metro has 13 inch wheels on it at the moment. Just currious what the largest sized wheel/tire (diameter wise of course) is that I can fit comfortably under the well.

I think I've read that 14's will fit... but thought I'd ask first. Perhaps bigger even than that?

Is the cost worth the increase in mileage?

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Old 05-20-2008, 09:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is the bolt pattern on your metro? if you can find some 14" rims that will fit then the 165/65 14" should fit fine... if you can find rims.
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i have a line on some free 14's... but tires seem to not be readily available in the 165/65 size.

the guy at the tire shop actually said that this size was discontinued and no one that he knows of is making them.

he said we could try some 175/65's though which he can get easily (has some in stock even).

i can get some 165/65's online... 4 tires and shipping for 220 bucks... but hate to pay the shipping (over 70 bucks) if don't need to.

what do you think?
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Last I looked Tirerack.com has the 165/65 tires and they are low rolling resistance tires that were oem on the Honda Insight.
What are the 14" rims from? I thought that metros had a bolt pattern that didn't match any other cars, leaving you with 12" and 13" metro rims.
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okay... so apparently i have no idea how to measure wheels. while the diameter i measured on my geo was 13 and on the other wheels was 14... i decided to check the actual tire sizes on the wheels and what do you know... r12's on the geo and r13's on the new wheels. so obviously i was off a bit.

that said... what's the best size tire for a 13 inch wheel on a geo metro?
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stock is 155/80 R13, they are also the narrowest I've seen at most stores, if you can find some 145 R13 then get them and if you find any 135 R13 let me know.
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I am running 155/80 R13 tires on my Metro and I think they provide good fuel economy and great traction.
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Somebody mentioned wanting 135s to go on a 13" wheel. Here you go:

http://store.coker.com/prod/135r13-v...in-sprint.html

Coker Tire is in Chattanooga, so if it isn't too long a ride, you could tool over there and pick them up, save a bundle on shipping.
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wow 135-13" , I may have to go that route on the CRX, was going to go to 155-13" when the 165-13's wear out... it's been proven that skinner tires do give better FE

My uncle was searching for the 12" tires so he could get the metro on the road again.. i told him to get 13" and 155-13's for it it will increase his gearing more like the XFI models.. giving better MPG..a and the tires are easier to find... he cant find 12" anywhere.. I have seen many requests for the 12" on craigs list etc too. there must be pretty hard to find nowadays.
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I went from 155/80/13 to 175/70/13 and noticed increased rolling resistance. My coasting has decreased quite a bit. The new tires are almost one inch wider, but still the same height. There is more of a selection of tires with 175/70 than 155/80. I only got the 175/70 because some of the roads here have grooved pavement and I felt the 175/70s would keep the car from weaving like a drunk driver. For economy, I'd do the 155/80 tires and live with whatever tread design you have a choice of, if any. I've just started logging MPG here, so we'll see if I can get good MPG with these tires.

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