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Tire recommendations for '85 XJS please

Old 07-30-2014, 09:21 PM
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Default Tire recommendations for '85 XJS please

Appreciate any input.

Awe, hell! XJ6 not XJS.!!!!!

Have a friend who insists on dumping the Perelli 4000s that are on the car- If they have 10,000 miles on 'em I'd be surprised.
Need recommendations on size ( can you even get 215 70 15s anymore ? )
and manufacturer.


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You can still get 215/70x15 tires from a variety of manufacturers but if you want something sports/speed/performance oriented you're out of luck. None of the 'usual' manufacturers/suppliers offers anything like that.

Of course, if you're just sorta putt-putting about in your XJ6 and are not concerned about performance/cornering etc then an ordinary run-of-the-mill 215/70 will work fine. Just look for a 97-higher load rating to play it safe.

There is one performance choice if you wanna spend about *$400-450 per tire* . Michelein still offers the V-rated XWX in 215/70x15 for the Ferrari/Maserati/Aston Martin crowd.

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One of my friends who drives an Xj6 SIII, has 215/70/15 on his car but I don't know where/when he got them.

I know 15s can still be had because tires on my car were new 215/60/15 Michelins from Costco when I got the car last September. The lower profile only makes it look more slinky, like the stalking cat it is when it's in the right mood.

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Old 07-31-2014, 06:52 AM
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Yup JonnyO,
I concur with what Doug has posted. I just went thru this a little while ago with my XJ6. No performance 15" anymore. Wasn't aware of the XWX's. That was the primary reason I decided to go up one size (16") in wheel diameter. You can still, as least for now, get V-rated tires in that size. I opted for Pirelli P7's, 225/60-16. Same diameter tire as original so no speedo error and they fit just fine. A little close to outside fender lip in rear, but they do work/fit.
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I guess it was two years ago, that i combined a wheel change with a tire change. One of the logical things I've done amongst the illogical ones!!!

First, I seriously decided on what my driving habits were. No real need for a perfrmance tire. Touring grade just fine. A few years back, I did that with my Jeep. did I need tough off road rubber? Nope! A set of touring Yokohamas do just fine.

I settled on B.F. Goodrich T rated 215 x 70 x 15 on my newly acquired 7" XJS lattice wheels.

A tad more squiggly than the ones on it. but, they were ancoent and probably stiff with age. I know about that. They fit the openigs well, do not interfere with any suspension or tin. Cruise fine and corner well. Not pushed to the limit in either canyon carving or speed, but not babied either. i don't expect to exceed 125 for extended periods, so i am fine.

And I recall the PanAmerican road races of the early 50's. The big cars didn't get performance tires. yet the Lincolns, etc exceed 100 for extended periods and spiritred cornering in the mountains. Ill never forget seeing them off from jauarz one year and then seeing them come another year. Especially Ak Miller's Caballo de Hierro, a real hot rod at 100+. Just high grade street rubber???

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Default Thanks for the input.

Greatly appreciated!

Old 08-04-2014, 07:01 AM
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I have been driving a work vehicle with Michelin "Hydro Edge" tires, they are softer rubber but they stick like crazy, they are a performance tire, not noisy, very pliable, I love them, they remind me if the Dunlops SP Sport I have in my XJ-6. I can corner at 80mph without any screeching or letting go.

most of the performance tires today are hard as concrete, I don't care for them, but those Michelins have really changed my mind. Whether they make the size for a Jaguar that's another story.
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[HTML]I had the Costco Michelin Defenders put on the chrome spoke rims but I took an approach I am not sorry for. I'm running 205/70x15s on the front and 215/70x15s on the rear. Gives the cat a nice aggressive stance.

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