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Triumph TR6 - Upgraded TR6 wheels

I don't disagree with having standard tires/wheels on a TR6. I rode on Michelin 185/78R15 Michline Redlines from 1982 till I couldn't get them for a good price (less than $100). This was on my only car, and I never had problems with snow. However, low profile tires in were not avaliable like they were today. (Remember, 454 Corvettes probably came with bias belts). With the tall sidewall, any serious cornering caused lots of sidewall roll. I tried several different combination of tires and am now running 215/70R15 Goodyear GT+4s.

Of course, after I bought my 91 Honda Civic SI, I realized how crappy a stock TR6 handles (Remember, 1950s and 1960s technology) and TOTALLY rebuilt the front and rear suspension using uprated components, went to solid steering rack mounts, Spax tube shocks front and rear, uprated springs,nylatron front bushings and front and rear Addco sway bars. Now, I think that I can corner almost as fast as the Honda, but the Honda is still quicker. Of course, with the engine upgrades I am working on, the TR6 may be able to keep up.

I guess it is all what you want. Low profile looks GOOD! Especially in todays world of sidewalls not much thicker that a dime.

I researched getting 16 inch wheels, and while rebuilding the suspension checked backspacing. For a normal suspension, a 3 1/2 inch backspacing (the distance from the outside edge of the rim to the mounting face of the wheel) will just clear the tie rod ends. I was running the dealer supplied American Racing Silverstone magnesium/aluminum eight spoke rims (15 x 6).

Guess what I'm trying to say is if you want 16" rims, it will cost money.

If you go that route, rebuild everything first and start with a chassis settup that can use them.

Do not expect the ride to be comfortable.

Drop me a line if you want to here more about what I have done and what I have heard.

This thread was discussed on 28/11/1999

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