Where to buy 195/75 r15 tires? or other rare sizes?
I will be selling my 97 Jetta TDI soon and getting a small pickup (98 Frontier), with half the fuel economy. I am already getting twitchy about the extra gas money, but certain lifestyle issues make it necessary that I have a pickup.
This specific truck has 235/75 r 15 tires. Its oem was 215/65 r15. 195/75 r15 is a good fit for correct diameter and wheel width. I know these are sold overseas and were here 15 years ago, but a search of usual suspects, Tirerack.com, and a GIS shows nothing.
Can anyone recommend a website and/or brand for maximum fuel economy and minimum $/mile driven?
Solution #2 - does anyone have expertise with commercial truck tires that may be wider, but have lower rolling resistance, so are better for mileage and longevity. I can get some 16" utilitarian wheels if necessary. Websites with measured rolling resistance and longevity are appreciated.
ps - I am aware of antique tire spec. manufacturers who will make bias ply tires as narrow as you like, but this is not really the goal. I want maximum gas mileage first, minimum $/mile driven a close second.
Actually a 185-75-15 is closer to the OEM 215-65-15 in diameter (25.9" vs. 26.0") than 195-75-15 (26.5"). Look and see if that 185-75 may have more choices to match your rolling resistance and purchase cost constraints.
And consider posting your TDI for sale on TDIclub.com.