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I have a 1980 280ZX that calls for tires 195/70R 14, and they look a little small
Did later years (1981 - 1983) use a larger tire? I know they switched to a 5 spoke rim style in later years
Can I squash a larger Tire onto my rims?

My Rims:
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Newer Rims:
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From someone who lived thru those times.
Early 79-80 280ZX had the 4 spoke 14x6 wheel as an option - base wheels were still the black steel wheels with plastic wheel covers.Tires were 195/70HR14 for all.
Beginning in either 1981 or early 1982, 280ZX (non-Turbo) changed to the 6 spoke - also 14x6. Tires were still 195/70HR14.
For 1983 only, the 280ZX (non-turbo) with the higher level of trim (actually maybe both levels - never had a low level) came with 205/70HR14
The Turbo models were the only ones to ever have 15 inch with 205/60HR15. The 1981 280ZX Turbo had a mesh design 15x6. The 1982/83 280ZX Turbo had what is frequently referred to as the "Swasticka" 15x6 wheel.
Those are the only variations of 280ZX and 280ZX turbo wheels to come from factory on US cars.
The 240Z, 260Z, and 280Z all had 14 inch wheels. beginning with 175HR14 on the 240Z and 260Z and moving to 195/70HR14 for the 280Z.
There was I believe a single year with a 14x5.5 star wheel on a Special Edition 280Z. This is the same wheel that was available from dealers as early as 1974 with Nissan markings.
 

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Para32, I used aircraft stripper years ago and with a lot of wet sanding and polishing they came out pretty good. It's been a while since I've polished and waxed them. They are chrome like when they get some attention. It's an option for you.
 

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I have a 1980 280ZX that calls for tires 195/70R 14, and they look a little small
Did later years (1981 - 1983) use a larger tire? I know they switched to a 5 spoke rim style in later years
Can I squash a larger Tire onto my rims?

My Rims:
View attachment 109680


Newer Rims:
View attachment 109681
You can use a 205/70R14 on your OE 14x6.5 wheel with no issues at all.
As for other sizes of wheels and tires, check out www.bigwheels.net.
 

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I have a 1980 280ZX that calls for tires 195/70R 14, and they look a little small
Did later years (1981 - 1983) use a larger tire? I know they switched to a 5 spoke rim style in later years
Can I squash a larger Tire onto my rims?

My Rims:
View attachment 109680


Newer Rims:
View attachment 109681
I ran 205/60/14 on my 260 and 215/60/14 on my 240. No problems.
 

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Just something I have in my head, call it personal preference, taste, ...whatever
The 6 spoke rims with a set of big RWL tires has the real sports car look for me
 

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From someone who lived thru those times.
Early 79-80 280ZX had the 4 spoke 14x6 wheel as an option - base wheels were still the black steel wheels with plastic wheel covers.Tires were 195/70HR14 for all.
Beginning in either 1981 or early 1982, 280ZX (non-Turbo) changed to the 6 spoke - also 14x6. Tires were still 195/70HR14.
For 1983 only, the 280ZX (non-turbo) with the higher level of trim (actually maybe both levels - never had a low level) came with 205/70HR14
The Turbo models were the only ones to ever have 15 inch with 205/60HR15. The 1981 280ZX Turbo had a mesh design 15x6. The 1982/83 280ZX Turbo had what is frequently referred to as the "Swasticka" 15x6 wheel.
Those are the only variations of 280ZX and 280ZX turbo wheels to come from factory on US cars.
The 240Z, 260Z, and 280Z all had 14 inch wheels. beginning with 175HR14 on the 240Z and 260Z and moving to 195/70HR14 for the 280Z.
There was I believe a single year with a 14x5.5 star wheel on a Special Edition 280Z. This is the same wheel that was available from dealers as early as 1974 with Nissan markings.
Hey guys. I have a 1981, 280ZX turbo automatic. It has the honeycomb wheels, 4 lug, with P215/60R15 tires. I have owned the car since 1986 or 87 and always thought these were the original wheels. Anyway, they fit nicely on the car and look great. I don't know what will fit on other Z's, but the P215/60R15 fit, look, and run well on my Z. Hope this helps.
 
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