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  1. omgjon

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    I recently purchased a new set of Michelin XWX 205x14 tires from Longstone Tyres. I've probably bought 20 sets over the years. When these arrived for some reason they seemed a little beefier. I mounted them and put them on the car and they seemed bigger. Then i TRIED to put the spare in the front well. No way it fits, at least an inch diameter too big. I emailed Longstone and they said I was the first to complain. I compared it to an old one I had laying around and sure enough this measures at least 1 inch bigger diameter. SOOOOO what to do??
     
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  3. racerboy9

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    Boy, that does look like a fatty. Put it side by side with a normal one to show the difference. How could Michelin mess that up?
     
  4. Ken Ivey

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    "You're the first to complain" isn't an appropriate answer. Measure the circumference and compare to others - there shouldn't be much variance.
     
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  5. miurasv

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    #5 miurasv, Jan 9, 2022
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    You have the wrong size tyres. The correct size for a Dino is 205/70 x VR14, not 205 x VR14 which will be bigger in diameter due to it being a full aspect ratio profile tyre. The 205/70 x 14 is a lower profile tyre. The tyres you have are for the 275 GTB/GTS and 330/365 GTC/GTS cars.
     
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  7. omgjon

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    I have a 205/70 VR14 it's the same tire I have used for years. I measured it against an old tire I had and it is much bigger!
     
  8. miurasv

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    The new tyre is a 205 x VR14. Below is a snip from your second picture posted above.
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    They are the wrong size tyres and not the same as the correct 205/70 x VR14.
     
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  9. omgjon

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  10. miurasv

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    But these are the ones you've got. Different and the wrong size tyres. 205 VR14 is not correct and different from the correct 205/70 VR14.

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  12. omgjon

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    I'll check tomorrow. Maybe they sent wrong tires.
     
  13. omgjon

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    My invoice shows 205/70 vr 14 so somebody screwed up. But you learn something everyday as I never even knew there was an R tire so never even dawned on me that it was different tire. Thanks for pointing it out!!
     
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  14. miurasv

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    #12 miurasv, Jan 9, 2022
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    In this video, Dougal from Longstone tyres explains and demonstrates the difference between the incorrect tyres you have and the correct 205/70 VR14 for a Dino.

     
  15. UroTrash

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    So did they send the wrong size or was the wrong size ordered?
     
  16. 1monza

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    Ferrari Dino's use a 205/70VR14 tire which is a 70 series tire which means the sidewall is 70% of the width of the tire. Looks like you have a 205VR14 tire which is common on the Ferrari 275GTB/S & 330GTC/S's. a 205VR14 tire has an 80 series sidewall which is 80% of the tire's width thus a taller tire. The 205VR14 tire is roughly 3/4" larger in diameter versus the 205/70VR14.
     
  17. UroTrash

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    Only one solution.

    omgjon needs to buy a 275GTB.
     
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  18. V12addict

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    AND...............restoring them like he does the Dinos
     
  19. omgjon

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    I had a 275 GTB/C about 10 years ago and sold it before the big run up. another if only!!!
     
  20. miurasv

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    #18 miurasv, Jan 14, 2022
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    Chassis number? 275 GTB/Cs had 15" wheels with Dunlop M series R7 tyres, so 205 VR15 tyres will not fit unless it was #09067 or #09085 or a short nose 275 GTB Competizione Clienti? ;)
     
  21. theunissenguido

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    Or do some burn outs and put one of them as spare....:p...just joking.
     
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  23. abstamaria

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    I hope you can get the tires replaced.

    Andres
     
  24. omgjon

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    Everything taken care of all is good!
     
  25. UroTrash

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    Yeah! Post a pic of your new 275GTB!
     
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