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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject: Wider tires with Manual Steering Reply with quote

Hi All -

I have an 87 Weekender with the stock tires (185R14) and rims. It also has NO power steering. How will bigger rims and tires (like the Rhein rims and 205/65/15 Nokians) affect the steering? Will I be cursing as I try to pull into the grocery store parking space?

Thanks in advance, Tim
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a non p.s. steering wheel it's not so bad.....the p.s. wheel makes it a little easier to curse Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have run 215/70R14's for years and have never had a complaint.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found that appropriately stiff sidewalls help make turning the wheel while stopped easier (you are not fighting the sponginess of the tire). Once you are rolling at all, it is all about the same.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wbx wrote:
.... Once you are rolling at all, it is all about the same.


That's it right there.
I had an 86 without power steering, and I put on the smaller diameter rabbit wheel, AND I put on 225 section tires.
As long as it was moving at all I actually preferred it to power, especially on the highway. The only time I wasn't crazy about it was parallel parking. Bit of a bear.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

levi wrote:
wbx wrote:
.... Once you are rolling at all, it is all about the same.


The only time I wasn't crazy about it was parallel parking. Bit of a bear.


That's what I figured and why I asked. I actually prefer the manual steering on the hiway. It's the pulling on the steering wheel while parking or stationary with bigger tires that I don't relish since I do a fair amount of that.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got LT215/75R15 light ruck tires on my 84 with manual steering and It's got the Ronal 9 spoke wheels off a Passat. I also instsalled a later dash with and the smaller steering wheel intended for power steering. To top that off I changed the front uprights to the later type for the Audi brake conversion. The Ackerman arms look shorter on the uprights I installed. Of course when it's moving it is fine but parallel parking is a bit of work. My wife is the only one that complains but she can parallel park it down town on a hill if she needs to.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:50 am    Post subject: Tyres Reply with quote

I have 205's on my van. When going very slowly you sometimes have to put in a bit of extra effort to turn the wheel. My wife drives to the shops and back during the day while I am at work and she hasn't complained about the steering at all, so I do not think the steering wheel is to difficult to turn.
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