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Old 02-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #15
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I asked Hubby if he remembered the "application" since he worked for Wester Auto back in the 80's and he certainly did. Said only 3 cars used that wierd 15.3" rim/tire combo back then.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:25 PM   #16
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I asked Hubby if he remembered the "application" since he worked for Wester Auto back in the 80's and he certainly did. Said only 3 cars used that wierd 15.3" rim/tire combo back then.
Actually,that is largely correct! In the U.S. as I recall, Only the Mustang used the 39OMM (15.3")rims, the Tempo used the 365MM version and I think the third car was the Renault 5 Turbo which used the 365MM rims as well. There were a couple more cars in Europe I think.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:51 AM   #17
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I did a quick search of the internet and found that the 390mm Michelin TRX tires were a performance option on Mustang GT's from 1979 through 1984.

What I heard was that when it came time to buy new tires a lot of people found it was way cheaper to buy new 15-inch rims and tires. Those TRX tires were very expensive.

Mid-80's Ferrari 308's came with TRX tires from the factory.

I put a used set of TRX's on my 1979 Turbo Capri when I bought it in 1988. It had some real bad, non-performance tires on it plus the TRX's were original equipment. I couldn't believe the traction they had cornering on rain-soaked pavement. I could take a 270 degree freeway off-ramp at 60 miles per hour just like I did when it was dry.

Sorry about the non-trailer related post but this is close to my heart. I still have the 1979 Capri with a 1984 SVO fuel-injected turbo four in it and the SVO 16-inch wheels on the 4-wheel Lincoln disc brakes.

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Old 02-20-2012, 06:10 PM   #18
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Yep, that's one of the reasons I hate Michelins. I bought a brand new Mustang GT in '82 when I joined the Army and about 8 months later I had the side wall blowout on one of them and Michelin would not stand behind their tire. It was that weird metric radial and I think they were about $200.00 plus a piece.
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