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I am receiving a 60 Stude Hawk, and it needs new tires.  I've been recommended to use P195/75 R 15s.  I'm not sure what is on it right now, but I will know in a few days.  I can get tires of that size.  Would that be best, or should I go to a P205 I a size I have on a little 60 Stude Lark)?

Thanks.  Jim.

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Hello James,

Reviewing the recommendations from the Studebacker Drivers Club, the 205's seem to work best as long as rim width is about 5". Supposedly, stock rims are 4.5" and while they will work, the narrower rim won't allow the car to handle optimally. However, another member was successfully using 5.0" wide Ford rims.

In general, all other things being equal, I feel the wider tire helps handling, lenghtens tread life and overall makes the car look better.

Hope this helps,

Bob  

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Robert Russell

Expertise

Mechanical, Body, Historical, MOPAR, GM, Ford, Packard, 1930-1975

Experience

Former Chrysler Tech., Project Manager for Antique and Classic Car Dealership. Owner/Driver of Classic Cars Since 1972

Organizations
AACA, North GA Mopar Club, Packards International, W.P. Chrysler Club

Education/Credentials
High School Auto Shop plus Adult Night School

Past/Present Clients
California Car Company, Roswell, GA

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