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First pics of my old Shadow but I really don't like the colour....so many good colours and the original owner chose Moorland :roll:

Anyhow I have to work with it...........Which tyres are available with a thin white band. This car needs lifting



 

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If this is a Shadow II (which I think it is) or a late Shadow "One" you can fit Kumho Solus KR21s in P235/75R15 with absolutely no problem at all.

As of about two or so weeks ago, there is absolutely no one, including Avon, currently producing whitewalls in the originally specified size. (Unless you can find existing stock in some warehouse, then you have to be careful about the age of those tires).

One nice thing about the Kumhos is that there are two load ratings available in that size. I went with the lower of the two, 105, since that's more than sufficient, but they also come in an even "heavier duty" 108.

No matter what tire you choose, do not use the originally specified inflations, which are woefully inadequate and so low as to be unsafe. I keep mine inflated to at least 30 PSI in front and two to 4 PSI more in the rear.
 

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Just a couple of points to remember this is relevent for UK cars, It is important that you use tyres of the correct speed rating as your insurance could be invalid if they aren't. According to the highway code tyres must be inflated to the the manufacturers recommendation. Sorry unable to help with where you can get suitable tyresl
 

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Just a couple of points to remember this is relevent for UK cars, It is important that you use tyres of the correct speed rating as your insurance could be invalid if they aren't.
Do you mean the correct speed rating based on the weight of your car? I ask this because the original speed rating, 'H', is scarce as hen's teeth now, but load ratings didn't even exist at the time of this car's manufacture. A load rating of above 100 is essential for these behemoths.

According to the highway code tyres must be inflated to the the manufacturers recommendation.
I certainly hope that this means the tire manufacturer's recommendation and not the automobile manufacturer. One of the world's best known tire manufacturers refused to supply OEM to Crewe because they thought the Crewe recommended inflation figures were so unsafe. Inflation of 24 PSI is just insanely low for a car of this weight, even if the tires are precisely as specified.
 

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Tyres

If you don't exceed above 180 km/h you needn't worry about the tyre specifications. It is no problem for a decent tyre.

Todays recommendation of the specialists is to pump the tyres hard as a rock (unless again the extreme speeding). The harder the tyre the less the fuel consumption :roll:

I have them at about 3.0 psi (Avon), becourse of their age not more...




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The correct size tire WITH a white stripe and in the 235/70-15 size is available. They are an adequate 103 load rating and just one step below the correct 'H" speed rating at "T". They are offered by Introcar one of our R-R vendors in the UK so I assume they are fine to use. Below are links to the Hercules website and Introcar. Hercules tires are US made and been around for years. I am seriously considering putting my Kumhos on my '65 Lincoln and purchasing a set of the Hercules for my '78 T.

http://www.herculestire.com/homeUS.html#

http://www.herculestire.com/ca...s/ultraTouringTR.pdf

http://www.introcar.co.uk/acat...IN235X70X15WW-X.html
 

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Paul,

Thanks for posting that; I had forgotten about Hercules which I'd only recently heard about. From what I saw they should be perfectly fine tires.

I will repeat, though, that 235/75R15s fit a Shadow II and T2 with no problems whatsoever. (This is not true, however, for early Shadows or the later Spirit/Spur).
 

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Good points Brian. I have been talking about and considering the Hercules brand tires in the correct 70 series because all of the Shadow II and T2s I have driven have not had the correct size tires. I would think the slightly lower profile of the 70 series would offer a bit better handling for the Shadow and less body roll than a 75 series tire. I have the Kumho Solus Kr21s in the XL 108 load rating. I am very happy with them as they are quiet, stick handling, and not harsh riding due to the XL rating.
 

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Thanks for the links




Paul K said:
The correct size tire WITH a white stripe and in the 235/70-15 size is available. They are an adequate 103 load rating and just one step below the correct 'H" speed rating at "T". They are offered by Introcar one of our R-R vendors in the UK so I assume they are fine to use. Below are links to the Hercules website and Introcar. Hercules tires are US made and been around for years. I am seriously considering putting my Kumhos on my '65 Lincoln and purchasing a set of the Hercules for my '78 T.

http://www.herculestire.com/homeUS.html#fastcars

http://www.herculestire.com/ca...s/ultraTouringTR.pdftiressales

http://www.introcar.co.uk/acat...IN235X70X15WW-X.htmldiscounttires
 

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I'm actually going to get a 1 1/4" band added to my tyres for the Brooklands. The guy cant do this to new tyres so need a few miles for good measure on them first, but very rated in the VW community. Also sells good partworns in sets of 4 whitewalled to specs - http://mrwhitewalls.blogspot.co.uk/
 

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Avons are still available in whitewalls (235/70VR15, load rating 101).

I got mine through Paul Yorke in Wales.

Jeff.
 
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