Michelin TRX 

 

Michelin TRX-radials tubeless
Rim
size

Tire size

Tire
type

Section
width

Overall
diameter

RC

Max.
load
Pressure @
max. load

Rim
type

mm   mm mm mm kg bar / psi min./max.
recomm.
315 160/65 R 315 TDXE 163 531 1595 365 2.5 / 36  90-105-120
340 160/65 R 340 TRX As 163 556     2.5 / 36  90-105-120
190/55 HR 340   199 558     2.5 / 36 120-135-165
190/55 VR 340   199 558     2.5 / 36 120-135-165
200/65 R 340 TRX As 206 610     2.5 / 36 120-135-165
365 170/65 R 365 TRX As 177 596 1790 475 2.5 / 36 105-120-135
180/65 R 365 TDXE 185 608 1825 500 2.5 / 36 105-120-135
190/55 HR 365   199 583     2.5 / 36 120-135-165
200/60 HR 365 TDX 206 615 1845 560 2.5 / 36 120-135-165
200/60 VR 365
220/55 VR 365   227 617     2.5 / 36 135-150-180
390 180/65 HR 390 TRX 185 633 1900 515 2.5 / 36 120
190/65 HR 390 TRX 199 648 1945 580 2.5 / 36 120-135-150
200/60 HR 390 TRX 206 640 1920 600 2.5 / 36 120-135-150
200/60 VR 390
210/55 VR 390 TRX 219 631 1900 615 2.5 / 36 135-150-165
220/55 VR 390 TRX 227 642 1930 650 2.5 / 36 135-150-165
220/45 VR 390   226 597     2.5 / 36 165-180-195
230/45 VR 390   239 607     2.5 / 36 180-195-210
240/55 VR 390   249 665     2.5 / 36 150-165-195
415 220/45 VR 415   226 622     2.5 / 36 165-180-195
240/45 ZR 415 TRX GT 253 640 1925 670 2.5 / 36 195-210-225
240/55 VR 415   249 690     2.5 / 36 150-165-195
280/45 VR 415   292 677     2.5 / 36 225-240-255

 

Legenda bij: Michelin TRX-radials tubeless

tubeless - zonder binnenband
Rim size - Velg maat
Tire size - Band maat
Tire type - Band type
Section width - Loopvlak breedte
Overall diameter - Algehele diameter
RC - Rolomtrek
Max. load - Maximale belading
Pressure @ max. load - Spanning bij maximale belading
Rim type - Velg type
bar - druk uitgebrukt in bar
psi - druk uitgedrukt in psi (Pound per Square Inch)
recomm. - aanbevolen

 

Vervangings TRX banden:  Avon CR28, met H, V en Z specificaties.
Colway CTR, met H en V specificaties.
Kingpin KTR (remoulds/cover)

 

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Michelin TRX history (source: FAQs about Tires)

A brief history of radial tires... and the offbeat TRX system.

For those of us old enough to remember them, the dominant type of tire construction during the first 70 years of this century was the "bias-ply tire," a tire built up from a carcass of fabric which was then bonded with vulcanized rubber. To give the tire strength, the tire carcass was built up from alternate layers of fabric (the plys) oriented in different directions. Such a tire would have a sidewall as stiff as its tread... and in the case of most bias-ply tires, they were optimized for a smooth ride with 24psi inflation pressures (n.b. the low-pressure bias ply tire was introduced shortly after WW-II).

Beginning in 1955, with the Citroen DS, the radial tire began its use in automotive applications. The radial tire is made up of a carcass of fabric (with the fabric grain oriented in a uniform direction) topped (only under the actual tread) with a number of circumferential belts. The goal of such a design was to build a tire with a much stiffer tread foundation and a much softer sidewall. The stiff tread reduces rolling resistance and improves the geometry of the tread under cornering and braking loads. The flexible sidewall allows for a smooth ride.

(as an aside, many of todays high-performance radial tires have unusually stiff sidewalls, leading to a very harsh ride. many mid-price radials have very flaccid construction, only 3 tread plys, obviating the advantage of radial tire construction. Many racers continue to race on special racing bias-ply tires).

During the 1970's, tire design began to move towards lower profile designs (where the rim is larger and the tire sidewall shorter). Pirelli became famous for it's P7 and P6 tires, both unusually low-profile for its day. At the same time, Goodyear and Michelin began research into lower profile tires with good riding characteristics. The resulting design utilized a rim with a very different tire bead profile... to prevent these new tires from being used on older rims (and vice-versa) a new family of rims was introduced. Michelin called the system "TR" and Goodyear "NCT" - for Neutral-stress Contour Tire. And a family of new, metric rims sizes was introduced : 365mm, 390mm and 415mm.

The TRX tires are of excellent quality, and are only made in select, low-profile, high-performance sizes. The vendors of TRX tires included Goodyear (the departed "Wingfoot"), Sears (via. Michelin), Michelin (the "TRX" and "TRX M+S") and Avon (the CR28). TRX rims were adopted by a number of manufacturers : Saab (390mm TRX on the early 900s), BMW (390mm TRX on the 533i, 633i and 733i), Ford (optional on the Thunderbird, Cougar, Granada, Tempos, Topazes, Escort GTs and standard equipment on early Mustang GTs), Ferrari used the 415mm style on a number of production cars. The French were enamored of the TRX, many Renaults, Citroens and Peugeots (the 604SL and 505GTX among them) came with TRXes.

Unfortunately, the premium-high-performance TRX never caught on in the replacement market. Second owners of 25th Anniversary T-Birds would swap worn 220/55VR390 TRX whitewalls (yes!) on beautiful alloy rims for Fairmont steel wheels, 195/75R14 whitewalls and wire wheel covers rather than pay $150/ea. for a new TRX. Same goes for many Mustang GT owners (since the later GTs came with 225/60VR15 Goodyear Gatorbacks, much wider than the slim 190/65HR390's originally fitted).

Today, the TRX is a limited production speciality tire. Some places, like the Tire-Rack, carry them still. Current TRX manufacture is limited to Michelin and Avon. Sizes offered include :

180/65-390
190/65-390
200/60-390
220/55-390

in the size range to fit your brick.

They are extraordinary tires... having run them on a Saab years ago. Phenomenal handling.

Note from Dr. Theo:
According to Gerald Propsting, the 1st. Radial ply X tyre was 165 x400 and was first fitted to the 11Traction Avant of 1949, not the DS19 of 1955.