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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:50 pm    Post subject: 27x8.5x14 on non lifted Thing... Reply with quote

Any chance these could fit? I am guessing it would be really tight. I found a set of tires for $40. I have eyeballed a set of tires around here and it looks like it may work. My car is not lifted and these would go on stock Thing rims. Any chance these would work without rubbing?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 27x8.5x14 on non lifted Thing... Reply with quote

spaeth wrote:
Any chance these could fit? I am guessing it would be really tight. I found a set of tires for $40. I have eyeballed a set of tires around here and it looks like it may work. My car is not lifted and these would go on stock Thing rims. Any chance these would work without rubbing?

27x8.5R14 Bridgestone Dueler AT
Stock Thing rims, no lift. No rubbing.

You're in luck. Keep in mind that a spare that size won't fit in the boot.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm. A tire clearance question. Here is what I just went through...

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=232993

Captain Spalding, your thoughts?

All I know for sure is a tight fit is REALLY BAD thing. Any rubbing while turning/braking, or if you hit a bump at high speed, and you may end up in a ditch or worse. Trust me on this one.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should've known the Cap would be all over this one! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That was quick.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: 27x8.5x14 on non lifted Thing... Reply with quote

Captain Spalding wrote:
27x8.5R14 Bridgestone Dueler AT


I'm looking for all terrain tires in this size (BF Goodrich or Bridgestone) but I don't find anything in France.
Here shops sell this kind of tires for rims of 15 inches (or superior dimensions).

I suppose that I will have to import a set of four or five tires.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 27x8.5x14 on non lifted Thing... Reply with quote

pjmacua wrote:
I'm looking for all terrain tires in this size (BF Goodrich or Bridgestone) but I don't find anything in France.
Here shops sell this kind of tires for rims of 15 inches (or superior dimensions).

I suppose that I will have to import a set of four or five tires.

Hi Pierre,

Before you order 5 tires, be advised that a 27 x 8.5 spare won't fit in the trunk. The biggest that will fit is 195/75R14. Of course, if you have one of those rear-mounted spare tire carriers - problem solved.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I order my tires in sets of five, just in case of infant mortality. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have 27x8.50x14 on white spokes 6x14 rims on my former 71 thing with quite an aggressive tread. It was perfect for the look, perfect for the rear (good traction), but it was rubbing just a little bit in the front when turning (while parking). I guess it was because the backspacing was different from stock wheels.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:19 am    Post subject: Re: 27x8.5x14 on non lifted Thing... Reply with quote

Captain Spalding wrote:
Before you order 5 tires, be advised that a 27 x 8.5 spare won't fit in the trunk.


Hello Bob

And thank you for this information.
I will keep a 185R14 tire as spare in the front trunk.

I would like to buy a fifth tire in size 27x8.50R14 to keep it at home (in case of a serious damage on one of the 4 fitted on the car).

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: 27x8.5x14 on non lifted Thing... Reply with quote

pjmacua wrote:
Captain Spalding wrote:
Before you order 5 tires, be advised that a 27 x 8.5 spare won't fit in the trunk.

I would like to buy a fifth tire in size 27x8.50R14 to keep it at home (in case of a serious damage on one of the 4 fitted on the car).


Excellent idea considering the circumstances. Idea
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone own/bought General Grabber AT2 27X8.5XR14? I'm looking for some new tires and have found very limited selection in 14 inch. Looks like several years ago there was a pretty good selection for a stock Thing.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got a set of GenGrabbers. 205/75/15 on Cragars. I like the tire, I had them on my truck, and they seemed pretty good. Reasonable price as well.
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