Michelin XZX | 165R15 86S
Michelin XZX | 165R15 86S Michelin XZX | 165R15 86S Michelin XZX | 165R15 86S
Tire Series XZX
Brand Michelin
SKU 57982
Product Size 165SR15 86S TL
Tire Construction Radial
Sidewall Style Blackwall
Radial Width 165 mm
Radial Aspect Ratio 80
Rim Diameter (in/mm) 15 inch
Overall Diameter (in) 25.4
Section Width (in) 6.4
Rim Width (in) 4.00 - 5.50
Service Description 86S
Speed Rating S
Load Index 86
DOT Approved Yes
Tube Type or Tubeless Tubeless

Michelin XZX | 165R15 86S




Michelin XZX radial is available for many popular European applications requiring a 15 inch radial tire and authentic styling. These 15 inch radial tires feature Michelin's XZX tread pattern and an S speed rating. With radial casing plies, Michelin XZX Tires offered a considerable advance in technology. Its revolutionary construction for the time had the special feature of separating the sidewall function from the crown function. The first major innovation from Michelin, the radial tire was first marketed as the "X" tire in 1949. At that time, Lancia was the first car manufacturer to fit the X tire as original equipment on the Aurelia model. From 1955, radial technology became more popular and the majority of European car manufacturers opted for the radial solution. The X could be fitted to cars of very different categories, from the original and popular 2 CV or Beetle to the fascinating Mercedes 190SL or Facel Vega. The advantages of the radial tire compared with the cross-ply tire could be clearly seen in all areas :?- greater safety (road-holding, grip, braking)?- economical to use (double the mileage, considerable reduction in fuel consumption) - increased comfort thanks to the flexibility of the sidewalls. In the Fifties, the superiority of the X tire was such that a number of racing drivers adopted it, although Michelin was not officially involved in any racing.

165R15 Tire Conversion Chart

  • Similar Size Radial Alternative: 560R15
  • Suitable Radial Replacement For: 5.90-15 Bias Ply Tire
  • Suitable Radial Replacement For: 6.00-15 Bias Ply Tire
  • Suitable Radial Replacement For: A78-15 Bias Ply Tire

1954-59 Austin-Healey 100-6 (5.90-15) 
1959-67 Austin-Healey 3000 (5.90-15)
1960-66 Daimler SP 250 (5.90-15)
1963-68 Fiat 1800 B Sedan (5.90-15)
1951-54 Henry J Standard (5.90-15)
1961-70 Peugeot 404 (5.90-15)
1956-60 Porsche 1500 (5.90-15)
1956-62 Porsche 1600 (5.90-15)
1956-68 Triumph TR3 (5.90-15)
1956-68 Triumph TR4, TR4A (5.90-15)
1971-74 Volkswagen 411,412 Wagon (5.90-15)
1953-59 Volvo PV 444 (5.90-15)
1960-66 Volvo 122 S (5.90-15)
1954-61 Allard Palm Breach (6.00-15)
1962-63 Oldsmobile F85 (6.00-15)
1961-63 Rambler 6-cylinder (6.00-15)
1959-63 Studebaker Lark (6.00-15)
1973-77 Volkswagen Super Beetle, Beetle (6.00-15)
1963-73 Volkswagen Squareback Sedan (6.00-15)
1953-60 Volvo 445 Duett (6.00-15)

Fits these models and others. Please refer to your owners manual for details on the correct tire fitment requirements for your model and trim level.

S Speed Rating

S Speed Rated: Up to 112 mph (180 km/h). Often required OE for higher performance trim level classic automobiles.

XZX Tire Series

THE ULTIMATE X EVOLUTION, The MICHELIN XZX: the Michelin ZX evolution that provides even more driving sensations. Traction on slippery surfaces. At the end of 1975, the XZX succeeded the highly popular ZX tire. Thanks to the two large circumferential grooves and its continuous lateral grooves, the "MICHELIN XZX" tire provides excellent drainage in the contact patch. The numerous sipes provide excellent lateral grip on snow-covered surfaces. Fitments for Volkswagen, Volvo, Smart, Peugeot and others.

Michelin Brand Collector Vehicle Tires

Michelin is known for its high quality tires, and we keep thousands of popular Michelin tires in stock every day. Our Michelin product offerings include fitments from the 1920's all the way into the 2000's, with an intense focus on classic sports cars. Build quality, fitment options and period correct styling makes the Michelin product line a favorite among sports car enthusiasts around the world.

Please Note

  • Tire mounted on wheel for demonstration purposes only. Wheel and other accessories are not included. Please note that dimensions listed (tread width, section width and overall diameter) are non-scientific and based on an inflated tire, mounted to a wheel. Dimensions may vary due to rim width and inflation pressure.

Product Questions & Answers

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is this an appropriate tire for a 1960 MGA 1600?
By Ted on June 04, 2018

The original equipment would have been 560-15, which translates to a 155R15. However, 165R15 is an acceptable replacement size.

Coker Tire Support on June 05, 2018
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What is the age of these tires; have they been out of production for some time; how long have they been on the shelf; who is manufacturing them?
By Ed Scheiber on July 24, 2018

Thanks for reaching out! These are brand new production tires manufactured by Michelin. We do not have the exact DOT production dates readily available, but these are new tires that were manufactured recently.

Coker Tire Support on July 24, 2018
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Can you please tell me the production date, when they were made, of the 165/SR/15 XZX tires
By BruceS. Pierce on September 28, 2018

Our stock is generally between 6-12 months old and stored in a climate controlled warehouse away from the sun. The tires we sell do not begin their service life till installed, so you can expect the maximum tire life from what you receive regardless of production date. We do cycle our inventory regularly. The specific DOT build date codes are not readily available, however.

Coker Tire Support on September 28, 2018
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