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  1. Santa Fe Jeff

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    Has anyone had experience with Coker tire? At least they're on this side of The Pond and so should be significantly less in shipping charges.
     
  2. 375+

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    Not necessarily, get quotes from both. Longstone orders arrive quickly, given the strength of the USD vs. GBP it might be cheaper.
     
  3. Part Time

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    SF Jeff....Welcome to the group...and congrats !

    I got a set of Coker tires a few months back, good deal, cheaper and faster.....unbelievable difference from the OLD hard rubber I had before...plus they are local and I have used them before for other vintage cars I owned.

    I agree on shipping the car to home base and finding a local shop....if you don't do your own work, you will need to be on a first name basis with your local "Guy".
    Before I bought my non-running car, I spent dozens of hours reading every page of these threads in this group, ( tons of great info here ), I wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting involved with, but this group was shorter then also ! There are several threads listing suppliers, dealers and info on these cars, use the "search function" first.....but someone here probably has the answer to your questions.

    Gary
     
  4. donv

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    You would think that, but in recent years I have not found that to be true. Longstone has general been the best, and Dougal is absolutely the most knowledgeable and helpful.
     
  5. Schumi

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    That is what appears to have been done - the importer just put a sticker over the speedometer and did nothing with the odometer. You can check this against highway mile markers. Go for five miles or so and see if your odometer matches.
    You already got your answer on the dinoplex.
     
  6. SouthJersey400i

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    Jeff
    I would skip the valve adjustment. At 70K+ miles mine were all in spec.

    I stopped using Baldwin filters and went back to UFI's. The Baldwin filters leaked back to sump in spite of the "check valve" flap in them. Lots of F-owners use Baldwin but I prefer UFI's for only a few bucks more.
    Ken
     
  7. Smiles

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    Congratulations on that car, Jeff.

    Julian Majzub (Google him) convinced me to not use Coker. At least on my Pur Sang Bugatti.

    Matt
     
  8. Santa Fe Jeff

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    OK, so then the next question is what 16" or 17" wheels will bolt on so I can use standard size tires? Anyone out there that has changed to standard size wheels?
     
  9. raemin

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    You can buy some replica metric wheels for the 308, add some spacers and this will "do", but the car looks much better with the TRX.

    If you want it "stock" you could try the pre TRX rims that are 15' as seen on the 400carb and first 400i, but the small tires do struggle to keep the car on track.

    In France it's a no brainer: tires can be purchased for 385€ Vat and shipping included. If I were you, I would try cocker: as long as the date code on the tire is OK, a Michelin is a Michelin...
     
  10. Schumi

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    Spring for the right tires on the correct wheels - you'll be much happier about how it looks and drives. Just my opinion though.
     
  11. Santa Fe Jeff

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    You are correct and I did. The cost of finding four wheels that would work plus tires would well exceed the cost of the correct tires. Ordered a set of TRX from Longstone yesterday. Coker only had one in stock and four from Longstone will be at the shop from 6-10 days. I think about $50 more than Coker but shipping is "included".
     
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  12. james.colangelo

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    Hi Jeff,

    I'm a new 400i owner as well - I just posted actually. I have had experience with Coker but mostly for wide white walls for other types of cars. I'm not sure about the TRX's. I too will be looking at some TRX tires for my car. My personal preference would be to keep these tires on the car as it's how it came and for me, looks the best. Not everyone agrees but I think you and I are in the same boat. I checked out the other tire shop mentioned here but the UK location seems more $$$ to me as well.
     
  13. Temerian

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    Hi Jeff and James, I recommended Longstone before and will again. They know these cars and they get fresh rubber on a regular basis.
     
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  14. Macula

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    I also ordered a set of Michelins recently from Longstone. They showed up three days later at my doorsteps in NJ and there was no shipping charges. I would recommend them.
     
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  15. SouthJersey400i

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    The TRX tires are not a bad tire; the price is the only issue. They once got me home in 2" of unexpected snow.

    I opted for the replica 16" wheels from Superformance. You order four front wheels for a 328 (I think); Superformance knows the setup for the 400i and there is no surcharge for an "abnormal" set. Visually the replicas are very good and original looking; keep your old yellow caps as ones with the wheels have a real scary horse on them! Cost in 2013 was 870 Pounds = $1318 at 2013 exchange rate, including shipping.

    You will need 12 mm spacers on all four wheels. My spacers were made by Tech Doc (n Florida) for $145. I sent him a sketch with dimensions. He messed up the rears on first try but all he had to do was cut additional metal to get them right. He was good to work with. You can use your original lug bolts since spacers make up for wheel hubs being thinner by 12 mm.

    I wanted to keep speedo the same calibration so I use 235/60 R16 tires which are within 1 mm rolling circumference of the TRX's. This size is less common than most 'low profile' 16" tires, but you will still have many choices. I am now on my second set of Falkens. They are good all-season tires and just over $100 each. Wear is higher than the Michelins but ride is nicer and handling is same or slightly better. Since I use my car on long trips I often get caught in the rain and they are quite safe in the rain.

    Visually the replicas and relatively high profile tires do not change the look of the car.
    Ken
     
  16. Newman

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    Post pics
     
  17. SouthJersey400i

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