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Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: Ed Smith ()
Date: February 19, 2020 05:02PM

I have the Corvair Tech Guide that lists all possible tire sizes. I know the original size tires are recommended, but would a BFG Radial T/A-Size: P205/60R13 work on a 1965 Corvair. Tire Rack shows this tire as available. Just checking to see if anyone is aware of this size tire causing any problems? Would you recommend using this size tire or tire? In comparison, the 205/60r13 looks smaller than a 185/70r13, so it appears that the 205/60 might not look right on a Corvair! Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 19, 2020 05:21PM

Ed, The 50/60/70's are performance tires for our Corvairs...short and shorter!

It would take a 245/60-13 to look and be right for an often driven Vair.. and not made...

For street.... 185/80's Black or white..

For street "performance" 205/60-15's...many of us use them

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Re: Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: playerpage ()
Date: February 19, 2020 05:24PM

I don't have much experience trying to find a 13 inch tire, but just so you know lots of people stick 14in and 15 in and some people go as high 17in on their wheels so they can use larger tires.


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1965 Corsa 180 Turbo, Red
1966 Monza 110, Purple
1967 Monza 140, Red
1966 500 110, Black; nicknamed "Shadow"
1965 Monza 110, Camaro Yellow; nicknamed "Silver"
1966 Corsa 180 Turbo, Blue; nicknamed "Bluvair"

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Re: Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: February 19, 2020 05:44PM

So far as "causing problems", the answer is no.
It will make your speedometer read a couple miles per hour higher though.
As for looks on an LM?
That I could not say.
I ran them on my '61 years ago and they looked great!
But like I said, the speed was off when on the freeway.

Check-out what different sizes look like with a tire calculator.

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Re: Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: February 19, 2020 06:48PM

I run 205/60-13 on 7" wide wheels, on my autocross car. Hoosiers!

Eric P
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: joelsplace ()
Date: February 19, 2020 08:29PM

Those are 2" shorter than stock and will make the speedometer read 8.1% fast and they usually run fast anyway so it will probably be more like 10%.

Northlake, TX
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Re: Tires for 1965 Corvair Corsa
Posted by: TerribleTed ()
Date: February 20, 2020 12:01PM

8% shorter than stock resulting in 8% higher RPM at any given speed and a speedo that reads 8% high all the time.


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/20/2020 12:07PM by TerribleTed.

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