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Old 07-19-2011, 07:29 AM   #1
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Continental Tire availability

FYI- I've talked with approx 20 various types of tire suppliers, car/truck dealerships, Tire specialty stores, etc and learned the following for my particular tire. My tire 225 70R load range G 19.5 HSR Continental is on National backorder. There is a national tire registry system that a search can be done ( in my case a car dealer) and any facility carrying the specified tire will be shown. After that the phone calling begins to see if that store still has the tire on hand. After 8 phone calls to stores showing tire in stock they were in fact sold. Finally I found one and it is now on it's way to me. Hypothetical question; If I called a road service company and this tire appears almost impossible to find, what tire could they they realistically substitute? I ask this because I have seen some reference to the situation that with duals there can be an incompatability issue with adjoining tire, wheel well etc. Your comments are appreciated.
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Continental is far from the only manufacturer of that size. Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Kumho, to name a few. Are you saying that all the tire manufacturers are out of that size?
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
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Roamer-No, I did not intend to infer anything other than Continental being on backorder. I wanted to stay with continental as somewhere in these forums I read when substituting another brand of same size that with the duals there can be and issue as in slightly wider. And perhaps I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill as I guess I could take off a front tire to put back with the dual and put other brand on front.
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There can be variances in size among different manufacturers, but the tire specs are published and you should have no difficulty finding another brand that would match yours ok. If you can't find the complete specs online for each manufacturers version of the tire, ask a dealer. Tire diameter, rolling circumference, revolutions per mile, tire width, dual spacing, etc. are all spelled out in the detail specs.

Duals ought to be the same diameter, within about 1/4", so that the circumference remains very close to the same. That means that you should not install a new tire with a worn one, since tread wear can make a difference in diameter too.

Width doesn't have to be the same as long as the width does not substantially reduce the space between tires. If yours are already very close, then obviously you can't use a wider tire, but in most cases there is adequate room and slight difference is not a problem.
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