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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 10, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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BFG T/A size dilemma

I mail ordered a set of BFG T/A radials 205/70-14's for my 69 with new found 14x7 IF steel wheels. It has 205/65-15's on it now which are about 25.5" tall but I've got those rally wheels sold.

The online specs said that the tire height for the 205/70 was 25.4 inches. The Uniroyal Tiger Paw(F70-14) bias ply tire that is in my trunk is about 25.5" so I thought that the BFG'S should work great but when I got them, they were only 24" tall.They look way too small.

The comany has sent me call tags so that it doesnt cost me anything to send them back. But what size do I order? the next size up (215/70-14) spec says that it is 25.9". I'm guessing that if it's anything lik the 205's that it will be about 24.5" and not the advertised 25.9"

Any of you guys running 215 or 225/70-14 BFG T/A's? What is their actual height? Suggestions?? Would the 225's be getting to big? thanks Jim in Cheyenne

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 10, 08:42 AM
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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

Assuming you're looking at them unmounted, they will be a little bigger diameter inflated. However, the BFG data showing them at 25.4 inches tall appears to be showing that for the tire mounted on a 6 inch rim vs. your 7 inch. I believe rim width only affects the inflated section width, and not the inflated diameter though.

I had 215/70 14 on the front of my 68, and they were pretty tall looking (can't measure, car is gone). I'll see if I can find a useful pic

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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

I got into this with a set of regular T/A tires, I had to go to the "touring" tire, seems that they had a differant effect, fit up into the body better, taller too. Something about a touring tire that makes them taller.

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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

Jim,
I have 215/70/14 on YJ rims and they measure a little over 25".
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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

Thanks guys.....215 it is. The 205 tread width is actually less than the 7" width of the rim. I havent even had the chance to sand and get my new IF steelies painted. I should start sanding wheels and polishing my poverty caps while waiting on my new
215's. I think the 205's might be ok but I've gotten use to the big 15x8 rally wheels on it now and the difference is dramatic. I've been wanting to do this for this for years.

Will post picts when i finally get it done, thanks, Jim in Cheyenne.

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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

I ran some 235/60/14's on 14x6 rally wheels on my old 69 conv. The wider tires made a big difference in the handling and was well worth it. I think they may have just barely rubbed the subframe at full turn but I can't remember for sure.

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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

oh man i just bought 4 bfg radial tas for my 69 ,,205s too! you telling me theyre too small????
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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

I had 235/60/14's on 14 x 7 rallyes (4 corners) on my 69 and I thought they were the perfect size for those rims. They never rubbed anywhere, and were tremendous for doing burnouts.



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oh man i just bought 4 bfg radial tas for my 69 ,,205s too! you telling me theyre too small????
It depends, the 205's are pretty much the stock tire size. I personally like to go to a wider tire whenever possible for the better handling and the look. But 205's on a 7 inch rim might be too narrow. Did you go to a tire store or order online?

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Re: BFG T/A size dilemma

Jeff i actually bought them at a swap meet in Englishtown... i just dont want them too small i dont care about the narrowness its the height im more concerned about, whatta ya think??
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Are they 205/70/14? They should be fine for height.

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Jeff thats the exact size of them
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oh man i just bought 4 bfg radial tas for my 69 ,,205s too! you telling me theyre too small????
The specs from the online store indicated the tire was 25.4 inches tall but when I got them, they were just a hair over 24" tall. I thought that just to short. I returned them at their expense and ordered the 215's. The 205 tread width was actually narrower than my 7" IF rim width.

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It depends, the 205's are pretty much the stock tire size. I personally like to go to a wider tire whenever possible for the better handling and the look. But 205's on a 7 inch rim might be too narrow. Did you go to a tire store or order online?
I was looking for pretty much the stock size but I have an old Uniroyal tiger paw bias ply tire in the trunk for a spare and it is about 25.5 inches tall so I expected the 205 to be similar height but they were way too short for my personal preference. They might work ok for others..I think that they would look funny on a 7" rim.

I ordered them online. Our local Big O wanted well over $100 ea. I did find a store that would match the on line price but their ware house had them on back order since August and I wasn't going to wait.

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