Tires for my Geo...
Well, wet, cold, sometimes snowy, sometimes icy weather has arrived. Here in northern Los Angeles county desert, we are so far removed from the weather you might find in Santa Monica, or Beverly Hills, that we might just as well be in Kansas. Driving to Tehachapi, I might as well be driving to Iowa or Michigan, only difference is that we use gravel instead of salt (except in the parking lot at work). If tradition holds, since we had a lot of fires in the mountains, we'll have a really wet winter, with lots of mudslides. Fortunately, that shouldn't affect ME...
Anyway, after about 50k miles, the front tires on my Geo are getting ready for replacement. There is still tread, in an academic sense...Jean Shepherd's "Old Man" would probably consider them good for another year or to. (Watch "A Christmas Story" if you are not familiar with the reference.) This car specifies 145-80R12 tires, and since nobody has had those, I've been using 155-80R12. I've been getting them from "America's Tire Store" here in Lancaster, last price was $29.99 each +mounting/balancing/road hazard. When I first got the car, they were $21.99 each. And they say the cost of living has not risen!
Anyway...when I went to purchase new tires, the tire store was out. They've apparently found some at another store, FedEx has supposedly had them since Wednesday (it is Saturday as I write this). I checked Kuhmo's website, and they apparently no longer manufacture 12" tires.
It looks like I'm going to have to change to 13" rims and tires. Now to my question: how easy is it to change the speedometer drive gear so I can keep my speedometer calibration?