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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. Very Happy

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?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rizzag wrote:
This is where I bought them, https://www.universaltire.com/truck-and-military/truck/e78-14-sta-super-traxion.html


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.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:33 pm    Post subject: Has anyone tried retreaded tires? Reply with quote

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

https://www.tirerecappers.com/size/lt19575r14/
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

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 Very Happy

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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.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

Can't wait to see 'em booted up...and white walls can be fun.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

http://www.walmart.com/ip/General-Tire-Grabber-AT2-Tire/15055654
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


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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?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Wheel/Tire FAQs-Wheel/Tire questions/answers? Start here! Reply with quote

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.

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