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vwwestyman Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:32 pm

How many of you have 185r14 tires nowadays?

From what I can tell, the only options in that size anymore are for commerical vehicles, or VW buses. :D

As such, they have stiffer sidewalls and are somewhat heavier than a normal tire might be.

So, do you have a 185r14 commercial or light truck tire on your Thing, and does that work OK for you? Ride Ok, etc?

lqqkatjon Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:14 am

rizzag wrote: This is where I bought them,

Those are really nice looking.

what is the speed rating on those tires? I just bought a thing, and my main purpose is to be able to tow it behind my motorhome where it will be subject to some higher speeds.

LoveMyThing Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:33 pm

I found some retread tires in the 195 75r14 size. Anybody tried these?

Tait D Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:29 pm

In the spirit of fully utilizing our stickies:

I'm taking off my chrome 15" rims + AT tires and putting on stock rims and some mellow tires. I just picked up five 195/75 r14 Uniroyal Tigerpaw AWP II from the local America's Tire for $350 out the door. I'm going to mount them with a mechanic who has an adapter to balance them. They're made in Mexico, which I find fitting for a Thing :D

My question is... whitewalls in or out?? I powdercoated the stock rims a metallic grey/silver, and my 181 is white. I've never had whitewalls before, thought it could be fun. Let's hear some opinions!

I'll also be posting these wheels/tires on the classified once I've got the new crew mounted up. General Grabber at2 205/75 r15
The rims seem to be JC Whitney or the like, no markings that I can make out.


Rev. Scott Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:32 pm

Can't wait to see 'em booted up...and white walls can be fun.

Chadkd Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:50 am

Walmart carries General Tire T/A 185's for the stock 14 inch thing wheel for $115 per tire. They look great and ride really well and give the car the same stance it had coming out of the factory. The stock wheel had a 25 inch diameter and the General Tire is slightly larger at 25.5 but all fits well with no modification needed. They could not balance but even at highway speeds there is no shake. They look just aggressive enough but role quietly. Its the best option on the market for the stock look. Have them inverse mounted so blackwall is outward facing for more authentic look.

Chadkd Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:52 am

dorkpunch Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:27 pm

Picked up a Thing, fresh from the barn after sitting for 20 years. It needs tires, bad. Has after market 15" rims, tires only day 6.00-15L. The current tires are so stinking SMALL. Why on earth would anyone want these things? They look like a spare donut tire. Anyone identify the rims? The center cap says Cali something. Would like to put something a whole lot bigger under it too. More info /build thread to follow, I'm sure.

magiceddie88 Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:34 pm

Pierre G wrote: [email protected] wrote: HELP

does anyone know what these are?
they are 15" much as i know right now, never seen these before
they are 5 lug standard vw wide five pattern

Early (split) bus 15" wheels ?

I'm going to have to interject here; yes they look like an early split window rim but looky here... a Kombi Rim has is 15", but off set is different the width is shallower and also note where the valve stem is compaired to a Kombi rim, also note the year of manufacture.

Some clarification would be appriciated also, is this Mexican, German? Is anyone here filmilar with the K H marking on the rim?

magiceddie88 Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:03 pm

Okay, after digging I'm going to leave this here to my understanding this is a repoduction VW rim made by Kelsey Hayes. I believe it was intended to replace stock Bus rim. I think this is also why its appearance is simular yet different over all, knowledge is power and now we know.


911pickup Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:00 pm

I've just purchased a Thing and I'm already looking for a wheel/tire upgrade.
I like the 6.5 x 15 BMR replica that Cip1 sells, along with a 205/70-15 tire.

It 'looks' like this combo would fit.

This diagram shows (approximately) the difference between the stock wheel/tire and the 6.5x15 wheel with a 205/70-15 tire
The tire diameter looks very close, but there is a slight shift outward.

What do you think? Will it fit?

993trb Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:55 pm

Hello everyone,

This is a first post for me! I live in Montreal, Canada and have owned a '74 Thing for 5 years now. Tires need to be replaced. I've been doing extensive research over the past few weeks to find the correct "off road tread" 195/75r14 tire. Basically, I want to get a tire with the same look as when the Thing came out from the factory.

Unfortunately, the one and only option I can find is the Goodyear Wrangler AT, which is a C load range, 6-ply tire, at a pricey US$190/each. I am very concerned about the stiffness of the Wrangler for the Thing. Our vehicles being quite light and even if the tires are deflated to meet our required tire pressure, I am not convinced they would procure a "normal/comfortable" driving.

I would really like to hear from the ones who are currently using C and D rated tires. How harsh is it in normal road driving conditions?

The only alternative solution I have found, despite not optimal in terms of look, is the Cooper Trendsetter SE (in 195/75r14). It is an All Season M+S passenger car tire and obviously the tread is never as aggressive as the Wrangler...

Feedback please! Thanks


vwwestyman Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:05 pm

Maybe I didn't ever post this in this thread, but I have the 14 inch General Grabbers on my Thing.

The one and only issue I really have with them is that there is a little bit of a rub on full lock. I'm told there is a stop I could adjust on the steering box, but I haven't done it.

I think they are a bit taller than the original size tires and I've wondered if that has affected my top speed, but that very much could be the even worse aerodynamics of driving with absolutely no top and frequently no doors.

I was worried about them feeling too stiff on the Thing, but that has not been a worry at all. I don't note any problems with steering even though I believe they are a bit wider than stock tires.

I do very much think the fit the look of the Thing.

Technut27 Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:55 am

I finally replaced the tires on my 74 with a set of 195/75/R14's at NTB. They are "Custom" brand which I had never heard, the local shops didn't have a lot of options in that size. 5 of them mounted cost $365 so I didn't need much convincing. Someday I do want something a bit more off-road as well but I couldn't justify the cost right now. It was more about getting tires that were safe and held air on it for the summer.

The tires that were on it were from the early 90's is my best guess, the spare was much older. Wow is the ride better now!

993trb Tue May 02, 2017 12:43 pm

Thanks vwwestyman and Technut27 for your feedback. I have decided to go with the Cooper Trendsetter SE in 195/75r14 to meet the original tire spec. It is an All-Season M+S rated tire. I'll let you know how is the drive with those tires on.

Mountain man Mon May 08, 2017 8:14 am

General Grabber AT2 255/70r15 and 225/70r15 in front. On 7" wheels

vwwestyman Mon May 08, 2017 9:26 am

Because the question was asked in another thread.

I tried putting one of my wheels with 14 inch General Grabber in the spare location yesterday.

There is no chance that the trunk lid will close with that tire in there. Even if deflated.

So I will be installing an old 14 Bus tire I had on the spare rim and calling it good.

Mountain man Mon May 08, 2017 9:33 am

I had to do the same thing too. May put a spare on a rear mount and had originally had a spare mount on the roll cage but it blocked my vision too much. The work continues.........

hylomatt Fri May 26, 2017 7:37 pm

I'm adding these to the list of tires that fit thing 14 inch wheels. I ended up buying these. I really like them and they look decently aggressive.

hylomatt Sat May 27, 2017 4:55 pm

Here are those tires (nobody asked but still...). They fit in the boot just fine.

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