Any baja experience, anyone? Especially tyres

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shawn71
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Any baja experience, anyone? Especially tyres

Post by shawn71 » 11th September 2014 - 9:23pm

My son has just acquired this recently

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and after some small jobs I took it for its MoT today as he was working and it passed with just an advise on the tyres starting to show their age so he'll need to sort that. However, after a phone call to an unhelpful tyre fitting company that claims to fit them kwik I was informed that the tyre size doesn't show on his system and I should do some research and phone them back when I know what size I need! As if I'll do that as he wasn't at all helpful and was lucky I held till he was ready to talk to me...

Having tried google I'm struggling to find a suitable front tyre size.

The rears currently fitted are Goodrich 31x10.50R15 which I think equate to 235/75R15.
The fronts are Goodrich, again, but these are 27x8.50R14 which I think equate to 225/75R14 or 225/70R14. Either way these ones seem harder to find.
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Re: Any baja experience, anyone? Especially tyres

Post by Chino » 11th September 2014 - 10:24pm

I'd give Camskill a try, google them. They seem pretty hot on tyres, also black circles may have something? If you're struggling to work out sizes it may be worth a look/asking also on VZi forums?

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Re: Any baja experience, anyone? Especially tyres

Post by 937carrera » 12th September 2014 - 5:54pm

Try this site http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tireca ... 31-10.5r15

The rears look like they should be 265/75/15 and the fronts 225/75/15, mind you, I don't think you need to worry about clearance :D

Looks like Toyo do an all terrain tyre in the front size. Don't you have a decent local independent to go to ?
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Re: Any baja experience, anyone? Especially tyres

Post by shawn71 » 12th September 2014 - 8:51pm

The problem is the front wheels are only a 14 inch rim which somewhat limits that choice. I think you are correct about Toyo having the tyres for it though as I did discover BF Goodrich R14 tyres aren't available in the UK.

As for local dealers, we have the usual suspects which aren't much cop as their computer often "says no" and they don't know what to do after that. There is one in town that might be worth a try and I have to take my son up to South Godstone to collect some beetle seats he has won on ebay for the baja and there is a smaller tyre dealer on route that could be worth stopping at especially now I think we have the modern equivalent size.

As for clearance, thats not a problem! More room under there than there is under our bay! It made changing the starter motor last week incredibly easy
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