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15inch tyre options
11-10-2014, 05:38 PM
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15inch tyre options
Hi all,

I am the owner of a 2001 Caravelle 2.6i (not Syncro). I need to replace the tyres on my bus. The last of the T3's came out with Goodyear GT2 tyres. This is a reinforced tyre, but not commercial. The load and speed index is 99S. The problem is that these tyres have been discontinued recently. What is my options? I don't want to fit a commercial tyre and make the bus look like a delivery van. Anyone with a non-syncro that can tell me what tyres you are using?

Karel
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11-10-2014, 09:45 PM (This post was last modified: 11-10-2014 09:45 PM by Bruce.)
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RE: 15inch tyre options
(11-10-2014 05:38 PM)Babyblade400 Wrote:  Hi all,

I am the owner of a 2001 Caravelle 2.6i (not Syncro). I need to replace the tyres on my bus. The last of the T3's came out with Goodyear GT2 tyres. This is a reinforced tyre, but not commercial. The load and speed index is 99S. The problem is that these tyres have been discontinued recently. What is my options? I don't want to fit a commercial tyre and make the bus look like a delivery van. Anyone with a non-syncro that can tell me what tyres you are using?

Karel

Hi Karel

I had the same problem recently on my 2002 2.3
I had the GT2's until this year. The tyre shop recommended I replace them with Pirrelli's. I'll check tomorrow which ones but basically the same spec as the GT2's and they are working great.

Caravelle Syncro 2.3 Andreno 1990
Caravelle Syncro 2.1 Stock Standard
Volksiebus 1.8 1994
Microbus 2.3i 2002
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11-11-2014, 03:01 PM (This post was last modified: 11-11-2014 04:03 PM by Nico.)
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RE: 15inch tyre options
I have always felt 205/65 R15 OE spec tyres on the Caravelle look too small. I would go up one profile to 205/70 R15s and if it was mine I'd probably try General Grabber GTs @ ±R1039 ea (LI 96 - 710KG / SI H - 210km/h). The Caravelle pictured is is fitted with 205/70 15s to give you an idea of the look.

   

       

Most 205/65 R15 tyres have a load index of 94 (670KG)

As Pirellis go there's the

Pirelli P1 Cinturato 205/65 R15 LI 94 SI H

Pirelli Scorpion S-ATR 205/65 R15 LI 94 SI H

Dunlop have the

Dunlop SP Sport LM704 205/65 R15 LI 99 SI H

Yokohama have the

Yokohama AE01 BluEarth 205/65 R15 LI 99 SI H

While the Goodyear GT2 may have had an LI of 99 the Microbus/Caravelle literature of the time called for a tyre LI/SI of 97S and that would have had a safety margin built in. 97 gives you a load index of 730kg per tyre - 2,920KG total - a 14% safety margin @ GVM (gross vehicle mass)

A Caravelle's tare (unladen weight) is 1,660KG
A Caravelle's Gross Vehicle Mass is 2,565KG
A Caravelle's Payload is 845KG

To go back to the General Grabber GT, the tyre is suggested for 4X4 / SUV road use, but without the off-road / delivery vehicle tyre look. Even with an LI of 96 there is still a 10% safety margin at GVM. I can't however vouch for the tyre as I have no experience with it. All I can say is that another General Grabber tyre was amongst the top scoring tyres in a recent 4X4 shoot-out. They are supplied by Continental Tyre in South Africa and come from the same factory.
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11-11-2014, 05:55 PM
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RE: 15inch tyre options
Hi guys,

Thanks for the feedback, it is much appreciated. Thanks for a great forum. I will contact the suppliers to check on the availibility. Very tempted to go for the Yokohamas.

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11-11-2014, 08:29 PM
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RE: 15inch tyre options
You you do inquire about the Yokohama BluEarth AE01 , remember to ask for the XL version (Extra Load) SI 99 as the standard tyre has a LI of 94.

   
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11-12-2014, 07:02 AM
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RE: 15inch tyre options
That tread looks like the Conti Vanco 2, that i had on My Vito, Kak in the wet, wheels spins for nothing,

i replaced them with Falken wild peak, awesome so far, only been on the Vito for 2 months, great in the wet. quite as a church mouse, and rated well in the AT tyre test in last months SA4x4 Mag. cost was also good R1500 each, that was for 215/70R16. Vanco's were 205/65 R16.

would fit them too my next syncro 4x4 as well. when i need new tyres. but that is a long way off.

also think about tyres like the conti world contact or cross contact, come in a 215/75R15.

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