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Yet another another 6.9 tire thread - Pirelli P5?

Started by raueda1, 15 May 2024, 07:32 PM

raueda1

My tires are shot, looking for replacements.  I'm running 15" wheels and options seem get worse all the time.  At this point I'm tending towards Pirelli Cinturato P5's, 225/65-15. Apparently they were developed for big Jaguar sedans of the same era.  Anybody have experience with them or suggest alternatives?  Thanks and cheers,
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

Max-NL

Why did you choose for 225/65? Shouldn't 215/65 or 225/60 be a better choice as they are closer to 215/70/14 percentage wise?
1971 R107 350 SL
1972 W108 280 SEL 3.5
1975 W116 280 S
1975 W116 450 SEL 6.9 #140
1977 W123 230
1992 W124 230 CE
2001 Ducati Monster S4

raueda1

Quote from: Max-NL on 16 May 2024, 05:33 AMWhy did you choose for 225/65? Shouldn't 215/65 or 225/60 be a better choice as they are closer to 215/70/14 percentage wise?
Probably.  I'm just trying to find a balance.  To elaborate:

> In general the options for 15" tires seem pretty limited.  It's mostly either cheap-o stuff, racing tires, white lettered muscle car tires or crazy expensive.  Not so much in the middle. 

> For appearance and handling I'm of the view that bigger (wider) is better, though obviously only to a point.  The OE 215 size looks oddly small and skinny IMO.  I'm on P600 235/60's now and they work great, but they're about $500 and unobtainium anyway. 

> For sure, 215/65 or 225/60 closer in diameter to OE but I don't care much about speedo error.  I already have that anyway.    ::)  Others have suggested 225/60 as well.  All I can find are no-name-o Asian stuff not befitting the car.

So, given availability and price (US$329), I've triangulated on the Pirelli Cinturato P5 225/65R15.  Hence the interest in that particular tire.

Cheers,

-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0