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    Best / Widest tire size for factory 14" x 5" rims...

    My recently acquired 1965 Chevrolet Sportvan Deluxe originally from Blue River Oregon has 215 70R14 's on it.
    The wear bars are showing even with the rest of the tread and sidewalls are cracking.
    Our Provincial D.O.T. won't pass the vehicle for new insurance until they are replaced.

    I believe these are factory 14"x 5" rims. What is the best width tire that I can or should use on these rims?
    I think the 215 70R14 is it.

    Thanks!

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    The only tire that is recommended for that narrow of a wheel is the 205/70r14

    https://tiresize.com/tires/BFGoodrich/Radial-TA.htm



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    My son's Valiant has 14x5 rims, the tire size on the door sticker is a B78-14.

    We have gone as wide as a 225/70-14, but the sidewall bulge is significant. 205's seem to fit best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canad-Ian View Post
    My recently acquired 1965 Chevrolet Sportvan Deluxe originally from Blue River Oregon has 215 70R14 's on it.
    The wear bars are showing even with the rest of the tread and sidewalls are cracking.
    Our Provincial D.O.T. won't pass the vehicle for new insurance until they are replaced.

    I believe these are factory 14"x 5" rims. What is the best width tire that I can or should use on these rims?
    I think the 215 70R14 is it.

    Thanks!

    Ian
    For what it is worth, you may see a very big difference in the effort it takes to turn the steering wheel when parking or sitting still if you go to a significantly wider tire. I have found that I must run very high air pressure to be able to maneuver in and out of my tight garage since I went to wider wheels and tires.

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ol Spicey View Post
    For what it is worth, you may see a very big difference in the effort it takes to turn the steering wheel when parking or sitting still if you go to a significantly wider tire. I have found that I must run very high air pressure to be able to maneuver in and out of my tight garage since I went to wider wheels and tires.

    Wow.

    I never thought about that.

    Thanks!

    Ian.

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    Cool

    There area bunch of guys here that run a 60 seres tire on the front axel.
    I have found out threw trial and error that any thing wider than a 70 seres tire make a very big differance on how easy these vans turn at low speed situations.
    I ran a set of 16'S 235 -60-16's on the front of the "Beast" for a while.



    There was a very noticeable difference in how hard she steered in low speed situations.
    that being said there was also a very noticeable difference of the over all ride and handling (better)
    they did smoke pretty good.....LOL




    The over all diameter of the tire also makes a differance
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I must have popeye arms or something, I run 235/60 or wider and no low speed steering issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    I must have popeye arms or something, I run 235/60 or wider and no low speed steering issues.
    Are you doing most of your really slow steering, like parking or backing into a tight space on paving or on dirt/grass/leaves etc.? I did not notice a problem until I moved my van to my house which has a concrete driveway. Then it became very hard to turn the wheel when sitting still. I increased the tire pressure and it got much better

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    All concrete. I have to do a lot of maneuvering to get my van out of the garage and driveway.

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    Any solid front axle without power likes to be moving turn easily. Nature of the beast. We had an old tandem dump truck that was manual, the slightest movement would let you turn. Sitting still, forget it. Keep yourself back a little a stops to get a running start.
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