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Old 12-10-2008, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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1.What does 185/65-14 mean when it comes to tire size? I check out the Tirerack,but I need something that help me to understand the tire size a little bit better through pictures and etc...!

2.If there is a good link that explain tire size,please post it here!

3.Is it easy to mount wheels to the tires by yourself in which is it possible to have all of the right equipments to do it or some of the equipments are not for sell for the consumers?

4.Is it possible to learn how to mount a tire to the car?

Please note that even though,it might be possible to mount wheel or tires,please tell me that if I do make it work that there is a high risk of improper installation since if I know that,then I would get a professional to do it!

5.This is the Tire Size of my future Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Tires:Size:185/65R14 What is the R stands for?

6.This is the service description of the tires:# Serv. Desc: 86T

I don't get the load index,does that mean that one tire can support a certain weight? The Load Index is 86,so one tire can support 1,168 lbs. or does it mean all four tires can support 1,168 lbs.?

7.When a professional from an auto shop charge you for mounting new tires to the car,do they also charge you for unmounting the previous tires or is that a freebie?

8.Are alloy wheels the same as aluminum wheels?

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Old 12-10-2008, 05:20 PM
 
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1.What does 185/65-14 mean when it comes to tire size? I check out the Tirerack,but I need something that help me to understand the tire size a little bit better through pictures and etc...!
185 is the width of the tire in MM, 65 is the aspect ratio-the width of the sidewall as a percentage of the width of the tire. The 14 is the rim size in inches.

2.If there is a good link that explain tire size,please post it here!

3.Is it easy to mount wheels to the tires by yourself in which is it possible to have all of the right equipments to do it or some of the equipments are not for sell for the consumers?
No, no, no!!!! Please leave this up to people with proper equipement. You can get hurt!!!

4.Is it possible to learn how to mount a tire to the car?
If you lived 50 years ago

Please note that even though,it might be possible to mount wheel or tires,please tell me that if I do make it work that there is a high risk of improper installation since if I know that,then I would get a professional to do it!

5.This is the Tire Size of my future Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Tires:Size:185/65R14 What is the R stands for?
Radial

6.This is the service description of the tires:# Serv. Desc: 86T

I don't get the load index,does that mean that one tire can support a certain weight? The Load Index is 86,so one tire can support 1,168 lbs. or does it mean all four tires can support 1,168 lbs.?
Per tire

7.When a professional from an auto shop charge you for mounting new tires to the car,do they also charge you for unmounting the previous tires or is that a freebie?
No, the charges usually include mounting and dismounting the tires. You may have to pay a waste fee to get rid of the old ones.

8.Are alloy wheels the same as aluminum wheels?
Yes, in a way. Aluminum wheels are usually an alloy of some type. There are many types of alloys including magnesium based, which you don't anymore.
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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Hey BORGUSX...

Starliner already answered your questions about tire sizes.

That said, I want to reiterate what he said about trying to mount the tires on the rims by yourself: DON'T DO IT!

I grew up on a farm where we did all our own work, so I've changed a lot of tires. However, it's a huge pain in the butt. And without having the proper tools, you will NOT be able to do the job.


When you go to get your new tires, the "end price" is what is important. Make sure you get the final price in writing BEFORE you have them put your new tires on.
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Old 12-10-2008, 06:04 PM
 
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Type "tire ether" into youtube.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: delco pa
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185 is the hieght of the tire 85 is the width 14" is the wheel size
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:48 AM
 
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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1.Does it cost a lot of money when it comes to buying the proper tools for mounting wheels to the tires?

2.Does it cost a lot of money when it comes to buying the proper tools for mounting tires to the car?

3.Why can't you learn how to mount a tire to a car anymore,but why 50 years ago?

4.If someone can check on Tire Rack,they are selling wheels that they call alloy wheels so if anyone can check it out and determine what alloy it is,please tell me! In addition,what is the pros and cons of the alloy wheels!

Thank you for your time!
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:01 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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1.What does 185/65-14 mean when it comes to tire size? I check out the Tirerack,but I need something that help me to understand the tire size a little bit better through pictures and etc...!
Height/tread width-rim size


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3.Is it easy to mount wheels to the tires by yourself in which is it possible to have all of the right equipments to do it or some of the equipments are not for sell for the consumers?
If you have to ask, you won't be able to do it. You will also need to balance the tire after having it mounted at a shop.

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4.Is it possible to learn how to mount a tire to the car?
The owners manual gives proper directions on how to mount the tire on the car. If you don't have one, they will be the same in all cars so read one from someone else's car manual.

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5.This is the Tire Size of my future Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Tires:Size:185/65R14 What is the R stands for?
"Rousy Rating"... it was made in Japan.... (Couldn't pass on that one)

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6.This is the service description of the tires:# Serv. Desc: 86T
Stands for what that one tire can support, should be on the side of the tire in print also with air pressure.

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7.When a professional from an auto shop charge you for mounting new tires to the car,do they also charge you for unmounting the previous tires or is that a freebie?
Normally, they will charge a flat fee to remove the tires, replace the new ones on the rims, balance them and put them back on the car/truck. In Alaska, it will be about ten to fifteen dollars per tire, should be cheaper in the States.

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8.Are alloy wheels the same as aluminum wheels?
Could be, could be Magnesium, Stainless Steel... pretty much anything that is not the standard steel rims

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Old 12-11-2008, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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1.Does it cost a lot of money when it comes to buying the proper tools for mounting wheels to the tires?

2.Does it cost a lot of money when it comes to buying the proper tools for mounting tires to the car?

3.Why can't you learn how to mount a tire to a car anymore,but why 50 years ago?

4.If someone can check on Tire Rack,they are selling wheels that they call alloy wheels so if anyone can check it out and determine what alloy it is,please tell me! In addition,what is the pros and cons of the alloy wheels!

Thank you for your time!
The tools to change out tires are still able to be bought, but if you aren't doing it for a living, the one or two times you will use them won't even come close to the money you will save by having a tire shop change them out for you.

50 years ago, there wasn't tubeless tires as a common tire. They were tubes and bias ply, not radials as almost all cars/trucks use now. Balancing the tire on the new lighter cars/trucks is part of the makeup of the ride and an out of balance tire can rip up your drive train on the new vehicles to boot.

The "Alloy" rim, is for looking "cool", it does nothing more than the steel rims in that they hold the tire on the car/truck and the extra money that is spent to buy them. You go no faster, ride is the same... unless you are in the racing circuit and the few pounds different may keep you in second place!
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:29 AM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Here you go

Terry's Explanation of Tire Data Fields
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I have a set of winter tires mounted on steel rims I bought at a salvage yard. I also have a set of summer tires mounted on the original aluminum alloy wheels. I have new tires mounted on the appropriate rims by the tire dealer. I also have him swap the wheels because paying $7 a wheel is cheaper than a sore back. I take the tires to the tire place and go have a cup of coffee. When I get back they are all mounted and ready to go. I would not even try to take tires on and off the rims. It is too difficult and too dangerous.
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