View Full Version : 14 tyres - which have rim-protecting sides and which don't?

10th May 2014, 07:12 PM
Hey guys!

Been looking at tyre options for a set of 14x8 +0 and 14x8.5 -7 SSR MK3

I've reduced it down to this list in what's available to get.
Generally, everyone tends to run RE001 - and even though they're still currently listed in catalogs/brochures - shops are reluctant to put in any searching effort for them

I was just wondering, which of these tyres have a decent rim protecting sidewall similar to the RE001? I'm not too fussed on awesome performance, as I will be running 15s for the tyre choice when I need to. Or a tyre that hides massive dishes out the sides of the guards. I find running stretched tyres isn't too bad/coppers don't take much notice if it's tyre instead on rim poking.

Yokohama C.Drive 2

Bridgestone Adrenalin RE001 - Has some protection

Bridgestone MY02 Sporty Style

Continental comfortcontact 5

Pirelli p6

Pirelli p7

Falken ZE912 - Has some protection

Falken RT615K

Kuhmo ku31 - Has some protection

Kuhmo kh30/kh27

Michelin Energy XM2

Goodyear triplemax

Goodyear Armorgrip

*very easy to find!* $88 ea on eBay
Dunlop LM702 - Has some protection

Dunlop Direzza dz101 - Has some protection

Adding to this list is also welcomed for other choices.
Pics fitted would be good as well!


dove grey 64
11th May 2014, 09:10 AM
I got defected just the other day for 5mm tyre poke, granted it was highway patrol and not the average police that didn't seem to have an issue.
Currently it seems you can only get away with poke if you have a 4wd.

Sorry to sidetrack, good idea for a thread

drift kid
11th May 2014, 09:10 AM
Iam a bit confused about the "rim protecting sides" what are you referring to exactly?

11th May 2014, 11:23 AM
31826He means tyres with lips on the sidewalls like these, they help protect the lip of the wheel if you scrape a gutter/traffic island etc.

drift kid
11th May 2014, 12:32 PM
Ohh, I haven't ever paid any attention to this lol, strached tyres don't seem to give this effect haha

11th May 2014, 12:39 PM
If the tyres have the protectors they look like a lot less stretch for the same sizes up to a point as well, like 195 on an 8 or 8.5 for example. Good for dailies, but wouldn't even notice it on your car lol.

11th May 2014, 01:12 PM
Yeah, means it's not as obvious you're running a 185/60 on an 8.5j wheel. Just trying to limit the chances of getting a defect.

And that sucks dovegrey. My tyres poke maybe 3mm on the front of my daily. It's barely anything!

11th May 2014, 05:55 PM

Here's an example:
Sato's car -
148-inch -12 (front), 148.5-inch -19 (rear), Dunlop DZ101 185/55R14
Those tyres fit the lips exactly how i'm talking about.

That's what I'm looking for - what other tyre options will fit like that?

11th May 2014, 06:10 PM

14x8 with
Dunlop Direzzas 195/60/14

Dunlop LM702 in 185/55R15

dove grey 64
11th May 2014, 06:34 PM
Meh shit happends. Hwy patrol pulled me over because my car looked low, it wasn't so he had to get me for something else.
Back onto topic re001 and falken ze912 have rim protection, im certain yoko c drive doesn't

11th May 2014, 07:18 PM
Yep, shit does happen!

Thanks, will keep updating the first post :)

dove grey 64
11th May 2014, 07:52 PM
Thats a good site if you need pics of how much stretch you get from xxx tyre on a xx rim

12th May 2014, 09:34 PM
Here is RE001 confirmation from Bridgestone themselves (in-case we needed it? Which I don't think we did haha)


I have read your query and looked throughout the country and there is only one tyre in WA and one in Townsville. Unfortunately this tyre has stopped production as you are aware and has been replaced with the RE002, unfortunately not in your size requirement.

You could try the Bridgestone Turanza T001 as this is an asymmetric tyre also. its main focus however is touring luxury with less of an emphasis on higher grip levels. Having said that though the same pattern was used on the Mazda 6 in the celebrity race at the last F1 meet in Aus.

The other alternative would be the MYO2 this tyre is an entry level performance tyre and is the older style directional tyre."

12th May 2014, 09:57 PM
Haha, we definitely don't need the reminder!

ALOT of tyre shops don't deal directly with bridgestone though

They deal with 'tyre wholesalers,' some of which still have plennnnnty of stock

13th May 2014, 02:01 PM

Hate me forever.
I just got the LAST PAIR at Inverse tyres! But that doesn't solve a second pair for my wheels, haha.
$110 ea.

13th May 2014, 08:22 PM
So I've fitted them up to the 14x8.5 wheels.
the lip juuuuuust sits in - which is what i was after.
I don't think 9 inch wheels could get that look with any tyres.


dove grey 64
13th May 2014, 11:29 PM
mclevin has a set of 14're001's for sale at the moment for $300

14th May 2014, 09:04 AM
mclevin has a set of 14're001's for sale at the moment for $300

Already on it. :P

7th June 2014, 02:48 AM

RE-11 offer rim protection. The above photo is 185/60R14 on an 8J and 8.5J. I can lay the 8J down on the ground without the wheel lips touching and the 8.5J only just touch when laid down.

Unfortunately though, RE-11 are not locally available (I had these imported), so that doesn't really help the search for decent tyres.

dove grey 64
7th June 2014, 08:22 PM
^hero's mesh?
Also where and how much did you get them for? Im thinking we should organise a group buy here and stock up on 14's

8th June 2014, 01:11 AM
Volk Mesh. Price was about 11,000円 each before fees, commission and shipping, but there are limitations on importing new tyres, which can make importing a real pain unless you pay for EMS. I had to have these fitted to wheels to bring them over in a container.

10th June 2014, 10:44 PM
So where are the good 14 inch tyres at? Need to get a new pair as I just stuffed my RE01 14s

13th June 2014, 10:27 PM
import through streeter form yahoo, bout 350 a pair by sea shipping

19th June 2014, 10:28 PM
I know you can get Falken's in 195/45/14 from BOB JANE but they cost $175 each last time I got a set.