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Old 05-31-2010, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you mount 195/75/14 tires on 14 x 7 wheels, or is 14 x 6 the maximum recommended rim size for these tires? I know I can mount 205/70/14 tires on these wheels and not have any clearance issues on my '66 coupe, but I was thinking about going with a narrower tire and not filling up quite as much of the wheel openings. Backspacing on these wheels is 4.25" by the way. Any thoughts?
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I'm running 205/70/14 on the OE 14x5 wheels on my 66. You'll be fine. Check this maximum size chart:

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I'm running 205/70/14 on the OE 14x5 wheels on my 66. You'll be fine. Check this maximum size chart:

Mustang Wheel and Tyre Chart
Thanks for the link. What I'm concerned about is whether or not a 7" wheel is too wide for a 195 mm tire?
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Can you mount 195/75/14 tires on 14 x 7 wheels, or is 14 x 6 the maximum recommended rim size for these tires? I know I can mount 205/70/14 tires on these wheels and not have any clearance issues on my '66 coupe, but I was thinking about going with a narrower tire and not filling up quite as much of the wheel openings. Backspacing on these wheels is 4.25" by the way. Any thoughts?


According to the tire producer's charts 6.5 rim width is maximum recommended for 195/75-14.
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Sidewall will look funny, but it will fit. Might have a tough time setting the bead.
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Can you mount 195/75/14 tires on 14 x 7 wheels, or is 14 x 6 the maximum recommended rim size for these tires? I know I can mount 205/70/14 tires on these wheels and not have any clearance issues on my '66 coupe, but I was thinking about going with a narrower tire and not filling up quite as much of the wheel openings. Backspacing on these wheels is 4.25" by the way. Any thoughts?

Just to ask the stupid questiion - why would you want narrower tires? I'd go as wide as I could for the wheel as long as it cleared.
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I see now on Tire Rack that each manufacturer lists this information separately by tire (thought there would be a generic table or list). Looks like 6" or 6.5" is the max rim width for a 195 tire in most cases. A few allow up to 7", but it's probably pushing it. Looks like I'll have to go with 205/70/14 then.

I do have 205 tires on the car now, but on 6" rims. I got a great deal on a perfect used set of 14 x 7 Magnum 500 wheels (in a perfect world I would have bought 14 x 6). I actually like the look of the current set on the car as far as size goes, but was a little concerned about clearance (upper control arm/ball joint and fender) with the same size tire on a wider wheel.

I'll probably buy one tire and have it mounted so I can test fit on the front and back of the car before committing to all four tires.
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I have 195/75/14 on my stock wheels Im not sure whats the backspacing though
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I have 195/60/14 on my 70 M1. They fit..... had no probs
I know theyre way skinny to the point that they look lost under there but I got a great deal on them 7 yrs ago when $$$ was real tight.

i just ordered new tires this w/e and went 225/60 this time around which is what the car always had since i owned her
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I see now on Tire Rack that each manufacturer lists this information separately by tire (thought there would be a generic table or list). Looks like 6" or 6.5" is the max rim width for a 195 tire in most cases. A few allow up to 7", but it's probably pushing it. Looks like I'll have to go with 205/70/14 then.

I do have 205 tires on the car now, but on 6" rims. I got a great deal on a perfect used set of 14 x 7 Magnum 500 wheels (in a perfect world I would have bought 14 x 6). I actually like the look of the current set on the car as far as size goes, but was a little concerned about clearance (upper control arm/ball joint and fender) with the same size tire on a wider wheel.

I'll probably buy one tire and have it mounted so I can test fit on the front and back of the car before committing to all four tires.

Tire Rack has lots of useful info on line. They have a chart for converting the old sizes to equivalent new ones.

IMO tires are mainy for function not looks! If the BFG chart says 195/75-14 tire maximum rim width 6.5" I wouldn't go to 7". Radial tires are designed so the tread stays flat on the road when cornering. A rim that's too wide or too narrow hinders the function of the radial sidewall.
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good point slim

ive seen wrong sized tires blow off the bead while hard acclerating or cornering.
not fun to see nor to experiance
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good point slim

ive seen wrong sized tires blow off the bead while hard acclerating or cornering.
not fun to see nor to experiance

Funny thing is the owner may complain that the tires don't handle well. especially on wet road maybe they wear uneven and drive erratically...must be bad tires!
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