155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

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155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby dudload » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:12 am

morning all,

My rear tyres (currently 155s) are going on for 13 years old and are starting to crack at the sidewall and in between the tread. I'm therefore looking to replace.

Reading posts it seems that 145s are recommended but 155s are fine/at the limit. As i have 155s on the front that are fine i'm minded to stick with 155s, but only seem to be able to find Toyo or Nankang at that size, with bridgestone 145s available.

What would you recommend?

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby ManyMinors » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:51 pm

If you've been happy with the Nankangs in the past, I would stick with them. You cannot fit a pair of 145s on the back if you have 155s on the front anyway. I have 155 section Nankangs on one of my cars and find them perfectly adequate and good value for money. I have Bridgestone 145s on the other car and the drive is slightly better - but they are more expensive......I did previously have 155 Toyos but prefer the drive on Nankangs or Bridgestones quite honestly.

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby Monty-4 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:28 pm

I ran 155s for years (okay... 4) on standard wheels and never really liked it, also Toyos. I'd personally recommend 145s, perhaps move the fronts to the rear rather than buy four?
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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby simmitc » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:41 pm

I have no connection with this company, but they do seem to offer a wider range of suitable tyres than any other dealer, and do seem to know what they're talking about: https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classi ... minor.html

For what it's worth, I've used both 145 and 155 and think that 145s are by far the best size.

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby dudload » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:09 am

thanks for the responses all - I may actually just take the plunge and buy 4 new tyres.

one small question - am I correct in thinking that the 145s will result in slightly higher revs at the same speed as the 155s? Not my primary concern, but as I have a 4.2diff and 4 speed when ever I do a dual carriageway / small motorway stint the engine is not the happiest!

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby liammonty » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:51 pm

dudload wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:09 am
thanks for the responses all - I may actually just take the plunge and buy 4 new tyres.

one small question - am I correct in thinking that the 145s will result in slightly higher revs at the same speed as the 155s? Not my primary concern, but as I have a 4.2diff and 4 speed when ever I do a dual carriageway / small motorway stint the engine is not the happiest!
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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby mowogg » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:08 pm

I have a 3.9 diff. Going from 155 to 145 reduced speed by 3mph at 60mph on the speedo as confirmed by a satnav. Its not a massive shift

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby RobThomas » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:58 pm

Diverging slightly off topic, but has anyone seen any good deals on tyres lately? Any suggestions for 145 or 155s?
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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby liammonty » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:59 am

Camskill are doing Nankang 155 80 14s for £39.55 including VaT - I think that’s about the best you’ll find. They are cheaper than the 155 Toyos, and in my experience, much better. I’ve had 2 cars on them and they’ve both driven nicely.

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby MollyOwner » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:52 pm

I just got five Bridgestone 145’s from Four Tyres, Werrington Road, Stoke on Trent at £79 each. Beautiful ride on them with very positive light steering.
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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby RobThomas » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:33 pm

Soooooo, tubes or no tubes? :D
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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby oliver90owner » Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:30 pm

MollyOwner wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:52 pm
I just got five Bridgestone 145’s from Four Tyres, Werrington Road, Stoke on Trent at £79 each. Beautiful ride on them with very positive light steering.
Personally, I would prefer to assess my tyres on braking under poor conditions. Function before form. Tyres that wear more quickly, but have good roadholding, are preferable to hard wearing ones that will not stop the car under heavy braking in the wet.

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby charlie_morris_minor » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:19 pm

ManyMinors wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:51 pm
You cannot fit a pair of 145s on the back if you have 155s on the front anyway.
whilst i am aware that you can not mix tyres sizes across an axle.. unless you are using a space saver and limiting your speed.. i have never been aware of anything saying your rear wheels must be the same size or bigger than the fronts..

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby mowogg » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:49 pm

There are quite a few modern cars with different sizes on front compared to rear. I have run a minor with 145 on front and 155 on rear. Seems to work well

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby Biggles1957 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:00 pm

Bridgestones without doubt...

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby mowogg » Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:05 pm

Sorry I should have wrote this too. Bridgestone on standard rims was a significant improvement on my car.

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby ManyMinors » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:11 pm

mowogg wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:49 pm
There are quite a few modern cars with different sizes on front compared to rear. I have run a minor with 145 on front and 155 on rear. Seems to work well
Quite. However the OP was proposing having the smaller tyres on the rear wasn't he.

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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby MollyOwner » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:15 am

oliver90owner wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:30 pm
MollyOwner wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:52 pm
I just got five Bridgestone 145’s from Four Tyres, Werrington Road, Stoke on Trent at £79 each. Beautiful ride on them with very positive light steering.
Personally, I would prefer to assess my tyres on braking under poor conditions. Function before form. Tyres that wear more quickly, but have good roadholding, are preferable to hard wearing ones that will not stop the car under heavy braking in the wet.
Absolutely agree which is why as a retired police traffic officer I did lots of research first before committing myself to the purchase. Apologies for not including that fact in my initial comment
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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby amgrave » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:36 am

Out of interest MollyOwner what pressure do you run your Bridgestone tyres at.


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Re: 155 Nankang or 145 Bridgestone

Postby MollyOwner » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:12 pm

Sorry for delay in responding. 28psi all round appears to be the recommended pressure for radial under normal load. Car responds well with those pressure, corners well and held the road well in a large downpour earlier.
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