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#1 jimmyZ

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 11:58 AM

I have decided to switch out the Marathons for Kumhos. My question is what size Kumhos to go with? The 195/R14 or the 205/R14? The 195s are 0.10" larger in diameter then the current Marathons and the 205s are 0.90" larger in diameter. Any pros/cons in either choice? I know the 195s are easier to get then the 205s.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 02:04 PM

QUOTE (jimmyZ @ Feb 3 2009, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have decided to switch out the Marathons for Kumhos. My question is what size Kumhos to go with? The 195/R14 or the 205/R14? The 195s are 0.10" larger in diameter then the current Marathons and the 205s are 0.90" larger in diameter. Any pros/cons in either choice? I know the 195s are easier to get then the 205s.

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I switched out to the Kumho 195's about 14,000 miles ago and no problem whatsoever ... except great rolling on the hiways and wonderful peace of mind! biggrin.gif

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:19 PM

QUOTE (jimmyZ @ Feb 3 2009, 11:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have decided to switch out the Marathons for Kumhos. My question is what size Kumhos to go with? The 195/R14 or the 205/R14? The 195s are 0.10" larger in diameter then the current Marathons and the 205s are 0.90" larger in diameter. Any pros/cons in either choice? I know the 195s are easier to get then the 205s.

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We chanaged the goodyear marathons to the Kumhos 195"s on 17ft FD and then left for a 5 month trip to Alaska from Tucson, we were on many back roads and some gravel and dirt, rarely had to add air and had no problems, we were very glad we did it. Good luck!
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:34 PM

QUOTE (jimmyZ @ Feb 3 2009, 11:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have decided to switch out the Marathons for Kumhos. My question is what size Kumhos to go with? The 195/R14 or the 205/R14? The 195s are 0.10" larger in diameter then the current Marathons and the 205s are 0.90" larger in diameter. Any pros/cons in either choice? I know the 195s are easier to get then the 205s.

jimmyZ

I doubt you'll be able to find the 205's. I found a couple that had been sitting in a warehouse for a couple of years, thanks to my dealer making some calls. But they usually show backorder on the Tire Rack site, and most people I've heard from haven't been able to find them. The 195's seem to be plentiful, and I have friends who have been very happy with them, as I have been with the 205's.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:27 PM


I located a small and expensive source for the 205's about a month ago. The details are over in the Tire Report section of the Aftermarket Forum. The date code on mine was March 08. Others are reporting finding 205's with even later date codes. Apparently someone other than Tire Rack is bringing them in.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:40 PM

I switch to Kuhmo 205's about 2 years ago. We have traveled a lot of country since, and they work just fine.
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:25 PM

Jimmyz,

Have been running the 207s since July 07 and very satisified with them on my 07C17SD. Here is a visual of the Kumho and OEM Goodyear Marathons. Remember to consider that only 1/2 of the height will be on either side of the axle.

Goodyear (150 miles) on the left - Kumho (0 miles) on the right
140_Goodyear_on_left___250_miles.jpg

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:06 PM

Interested to read here that the Kumho 190 tires are 0.10 inches taller than the Marathon 205s. I thought they were the same! The Casita seems steadier on the Kumhos. If that observation is more than a perception it is probably because of higher tire pressure. Mike
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:07 PM

Thanks for the replies so far. Another question came up. For those that changed to Kumhos, did you have to change the rims or not. I understand to checkfor the rims that can take the higher air pressure of the Kumhos, but was curious if you changed out the rims. If so, what type did you go with and why? Thanks again for all the help.

PS -- Tire Rack has the 205 with an availability of 2/11/09.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:08 PM

Interested to read here that the Kumho 190 tires are 0.10 inches taller than the Marathon 205s. I thought they were the same! The Casita seems steadier on the Kumhos. If that observation is more than a perception it is probably because of higher tire pressure. Mike
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 08:45 PM

When I changed over to 205 Khumos I mentioned the pressure limit om the rims to the sales guy at Discount Tire. We both went out and inspected the rims. We could not find a pressure limit stamped on the rims.

I bought the wheels with Marathons mounted from Casita back in May of 2004.

The Marathons failed with blisters after 11,756 on one and 13,447 on the other.

I now have 9,050 miles on the Khumos and they look brand new.
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 04:06 AM

QUOTE (jimmyZ @ Feb 3 2009, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the replies so far. Another question came up. For those that changed to Kumhos, did you have to change the rims or not. I understand to checkfor the rims that can take the higher air pressure of the Kumhos, but was curious if you changed out the rims. If so, what type did you go with and why? Thanks again for all the help.

PS -- Tire Rack has the 205 with an availability of 2/11/09.

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Jimmy,

We went with the original rims from Casita on our 2008 SD and no problems with 60 pounds. I would strongly encourage you to get the metal valve stems though as a number of tire problems come from that spot. As for the "availability" date on the 205's ... don't trust it for a minute! Many on this board can tell you how they waited months and even a year after quoted "availability dates" with no luck. If you can't get them now, they are not coming. Kumho has some great tires but some real screwy distribution ideas. Good luck and Happy Trails.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:02 AM

tongue.gif You don't have to get mentally stuck on Kuhmo's, Maxxis makes the same tire and also a german company is making some as well called Goodride. I'm running the Maxxis on mine and have 3-4000 miles on them and they appear to be going well, some folks on these forums have more mileage on these tires than mine and we've heard of no casualties yet. biggrin.gif These addresses are off of Gene's Casita Forum

http://www.casitafor...?showtopic=3784

(215/75R14C or 225/70R15C call Carl Martin at 1-888-798-7620 - World Wide Tires, Houston, TX)

(205R14C) http://www.badboytir...duct.php?id=476

(195R14C - 205R14C) http://www.tirerack....odel=Radial 857

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 01:54 PM

QUOTE (mike712 @ Feb 3 2009, 11:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Interested to read here that the Kumho 190 tires are 0.10 inches taller than the Marathon 205s. I thought they were the same! The Casita seems steadier on the Kumhos. If that observation is more than a perception it is probably because of higher tire pressure. Mike

I switched and thought they were the same size but .1" diameter or .05" radius really didn't matter to me. That's not much!
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Posted 04 February 2009 - 03:23 PM

QUOTE (jimmyZ @ Feb 3 2009, 07:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
was curious if you changed out the rims. If so, what type did you go with and why?


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