Hello there and welcome to the BMW Car Club of America.

If you are a BMW CCA member, please log in and introduce yourself in our Member Introductions section.

jock aikman

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by jockaikman, Jun 22, 2015.

    • Member

    jockaikman

    Post Count: 4
    Likes Received:0
    Returning member in Michigan. I've a 1975 2002 with 320i alpina style wheels and am having a time finding performance tires that fit. Looking for 205/60/13. Any leads? Thanks.
    • Member
    • Technical Service Advisor

    charlson89

    Post Count: 1,974
    Likes Received:106
    Welcome back and are you looking for autocross tires? I have only found for that weird size is toyo and hoosier tires.
    • Member

    jockaikman

    Post Count: 4
    Likes Received:0
    Looking for performance but also for street. I have also found only the autocross tires in this size.
    • Member
    • Technical Service Advisor

    charlson89

    Post Count: 1,974
    Likes Received:106
    • Member

    MGarrison

    Post Count: 3,494
    Likes Received:205
    Welcome to the forums & back to the club! Best I could find, you're almost completely s.o.l. on that size, except for the Hoosier & Toryo track tires shown on Tirerack.com, and a Vredstein with an old-school tread pattern that looks pretty mediocre to me - not exactly Yokohama A008 street-fun lookin', if you ask me. Dry performance might be kinda-sorta-acceptable, relatively speaking, but I wouldn't expect much (how's your oversteer-skid recovery skills doin'?), I'd be worried of sketchy wet grip & water dispersion in wet.

    http://www.tiresbyweb.com/tbw_tires...choice=2&pageindex=1&selectedManufacturer=All

    Looks like a few years ago, a few makers had the size in more streetable options - Cooper & Federal had 205/60's, Sumitomo a 215/50, Continental a 195/45 - but, those have all been dropped, not much out there as a street tire in any 13's, much less anything remotely definable as a performance or high performance street tire, best I could find.

    If you really want a performance tire, kinda looks like the only thing streetable is the Hoosier radial wets, which have enough tread depth to handle some water, but as soft as they are, are late-spring, summer, maybe early-fall only, definitely not when it's cold or headed towards freezing, and so soft, you won't get much mileage - but, you will get lots of grip in the right seasons.

    The Toyo R88's, same story, but as you see from the pics of the tread design, less water dispersion, so bigger potential for hydroplaning, obviously a problem for street driving if you get caught in the rain, particularly on the highway.

    There ARE 13" tires out there, there's a Cooper Trendsetter SE, 185/70-13, UTQG: 440 A B, Tire Rack shows a couple Kumhos in 185/70-13, a Toyo Extensa A/S that the Toyo website itself rates at 2.5 of 5 for dry handling (eek!) -. given that, I'd probably go for one of the Kumhos, and still not expect much.

    Some other lesser and brands listed here also, just fyi - I'd only consider the ones mentioned abovethough -
    http://www.tires-easy.com/cgi-bin/r...Speed=S&dsco=135&sowigan=GAN&Ang_pro_Seite=10

    Obviously, 13" options are at two extremes - mediocre crappy street tires, and full-blown r-comps; To get some variety of high-performance summer or all-season on the car, looks like larger wheels would be necessary, with 15's probably being the best choice. Didn't look at 14's, but I suspect those are headed the way of 13's, although there's probably better 14" options than where things are with 13's now. 14" wheels probably only nominally cheaper than 15" options, but probably nowhere near the tire-sizing options.
    jockaikman likes this.
    • Member

    jockaikman

    Post Count: 4
    Likes Received:0
    Any suggestions for sources for 15 inch wheels that are like original euroweeve or other bmw lookalikes?
    • Member

    MGarrison

    Post Count: 3,494
    Likes Received:205
    Having not tried to search any out, no specific sources in particular - you could try some different searches on searchtempest.com (searches craigslist ads), also Ebay, Tirerack.com - also search bmw2002faq.com, or sign up there and see if anyone has suggestions... or other forums - bimmerfest.com, bimmerforums.com, maybe mye28.com

    One thread googled up on bmw2002faq -

    http://www.bmw2002faq.com/topic/140860-15x7-27mm-offset-wheels/

    couple of ebay finds:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LAST-SET-4-...yle-/281726728308?hash=item419838b874&vxp=mtr

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BBS-Style-5...100-/181773198670?hash=item2a5286e54e&vxp=mtr

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ROTA-WHEEL-...-VW-/271896836778?hash=item3f4e507aaa&vxp=mtr

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BBS-4x100-A...E21-/201246204161?hash=item2edb356101&vxp=mtr

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BBS-RZ-Euro...100-/251784602447?hash=item3a9f88234f&vxp=mtr
    • Member

    MGarrison

    Post Count: 3,494
    Likes Received:205
    • Member

    MGarrison

    Post Count: 3,494
    Likes Received:205
    • Member

    jockaikman

    Post Count: 4
    Likes Received:0

Share This Page