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Old 03-22-2013, 09:15 PM
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Source for 185/80-R15 tires

I'm looking for a for source for 185/80-R15 tires. These do not seem to be available in the U.S. but are readily availble in Europe and perhaps Canada.
Does anyone know of a supplier who would ship two of these tires to the U.S.?

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Hankook k702 try a tire dealer.
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You may want to try Ebay UK
185/80-15 | eBay

someone is bound to ship to the USA
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Truck Tires

I recently had to purchase new tires for my 1986 Chevrolet Van which I have owned for the past 22 years and the guy at the tire shop had a hard time finding 15" tires which I think were 285/15

He told me that because most new cars and trucks come with between 18" and 22" tires they are not making 15" tires any longer.

Funny thin is I remember when a 15" tire was considered a big tire.

One reason for using the larger size tire is fuel mileage as it changes your gear ratio.

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There are numerous makers of 185/75-15's. There's a 0.6" diameter difference between the 80's and 75's. Can you overcome that size difference? M&H has front runner radials in skinny 17" and 18" diameters too...

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Originally Posted by Jimbo17 View Post
One reason for using the larger size tire is fuel mileage as it changes your gear ratio.

Sorry, you are incorrect. The diameter of the WHEEL has NOTHING to do with the outside diameter of the tire. Most 16"-18" tires today are low profile and have outside diameters in the 25"-26" range, which is SMALLER than most of the 75-series 15" tires you'll find. The real reason for larger wheels today is because cars have larger disk brakes. There's only so large a rotor and caliper you can fit in a 15" wheel. This is compounded by the fact that all FWD cars (and now most RWD cars) have a large amount of positive wheel offset to clear the wheel bearings. This effectively pushes the rotor and caliper further into the wheel, lowering clearance and requiring an even larger wheel.

Of course, this is significantly off the O.P.'s topic, so to get us back on track...

I can't say that I've ever seen a 185/80-15 tire. This tire would be about 26.6 inches in diameter and has a section width of about 7.25". Alternatives that are more commonly available are 195/75-15 (26.5" diameter and 7.7" section width) and 205/70-15 (26.3" diameter and 8" section width).
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