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germansupply.com :: Tires & Wheels

To our valued customers who need VW Bus tires:

germansupply.com has been supplying tires for our customers since 2003. Starting in late 2013, the complexion of tire distribution in Canada changed drastically:

ATD Gets a Foot in the Door

ATD Expansion Continues

ATD Acquires Wholesale Tire Distributors in Canada

Is ATD a Monopoly?


In 2012 American Tire Distributors (ATD) began an aggressive push into the Canadian market by acquiring Canadian distribution companies, both retail and wholesale. With these acquisitions by ATD the landscape of the tire industry in Canada has changed so radically that we are not able to get many of the Bus-specific tires our customers require. ATD has restructured many of the businesses they have acquired, closed some and merged yet others, and many people have had to find new jobs. Hercules Tire was the primary supplier of mid-range tires for VW Buses and they are no longer the same company. Hercules VW Bus tires - in the typical 185R14C LT size/specifications - are no longer distributed in Canada. Tri-Can Tire, RTD Tire and WTD Tire were also suppliers of tires in sizes used on VW Buses and these companies have all been bought by ATD. The bosses of the new ATD led regime have decided VW Bus tires are not a market segment they wish to service. Tires for vintage VW Type 1 vehicles have also completely disappeared. In 2013 there were about a dozen choices available in 185R14 in Canada and today we have 1 choice.

We are working to get some tire choices for our customers.

germansupply.com

UPDATE NOVEMBER 20, 2015

We seem to have pushed the right buttons and ATD in Canada are responding to our please for tire choices for VW Buses. Some carefully targeted messages to tire industry pros and ATD public relations have resulted in some movement and we may have some needed movement and in turn tire availability soon. For the time being we have two Bus tires available, the Westlake SC328 summer tire and the Hercules HSI-S snow tire, see links below.

UPDATE MARCH 29, 2016

More tires are becoming available through ATD/RTD.

  Tires & Wheels
Hercules Winter HSI-S Tire 185R14 Bus '68-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
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Hercules Winter HSI-S Tire 185R14 Bus '68-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
Part Number: 78388

Hercules HSI-S Studdable Winter Tire. Designed for maximum traction in icy conditions. The HSI-S design is studdable, providing a biting grip. Unidirectional tread design. Arrow type main center rib and sipes enhance steering response on a snowy road.
Deeper and wider lateral grooves to ensur...

Our price: $CAD 135.00 ($US 104.36)



Tire Continental Vanco 8 185R14C 102/100Q  68-79 Vanagon 80-91
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Tire Continental Vanco 8 185R14C 102/100Q 68-79 Vanagon 80-91
Part Number: 26 045115 00000

Excellent Bus tires from Continental, the OE supplier for VW Bus and Vanagon tires for decades. This is a perfect tire for a Bus or Van that is driven mostly in the summer or in a climate without snow.

Our price: $CAD 148.00 ($US 114.40)



Tire 185R14 Westlake SC328 185R15 102/100Q
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Tire 185R14 Westlake SC328 185R15 102/100Q
Part Number: 38236

Good quality Bus tires at an affordable price. 185R14 102/100R service description, 1875 lb load rated at 65 psi, 8 ply reinforced sidewall. This is an all-season M+S rated tire.
Tires can only be shipped within Canada. We must be contacted in advance of placing your order, to arrange a deli...

Our price: $CAD 112.00 ($US 86.58)



Tire LT195/75R14/D BF Goodrich All-Terrain K/O Bus '68-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
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Tire LT195/75R14/D BF Goodrich All-Terrain K/O Bus '68-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
Part Number: 34557

Rugged tires for your VW Bus or Vanagon. These tires, at LT195/75R14/D are slightly larger than the original 185R14, 99 load index, reinforced sidewall. These are bad-a** big meats for your ride. Tires are for local pickup only, we do not ship tires at this time.

Our price: $CAD 205.00 ($US 158.47)



Tire Nokian Hakka C Van 19570R15 104/102S  Bus '64-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
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Tire Nokian Hakka C Van 19570R15 104/102S Bus '64-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
Part Number: T443301

Now available in Canada from germansupply, Nokian Tires in 19570R15 for VW Campers with 15" wheels. Excellent Bus tires from Nokian. Nokian Hakka C Van was developed for lighter loads and passenger transport. The asymmetric inside-outside tread pattern improves driving comfort and enables precise...

Our price: $CAD 210.00 ($US 162.33)



Steel Wheel Bus '71-'79 & Vanagon 14" x 5.5
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Steel Wheel Bus '71-'79 & Vanagon 14" x 5.5
Part Number: 211 601 027H

Stock Steel Wheel. Reconditioned. These are stock steel wheels, sandblasted and painted with epoxy primer and L91 Chrome Silver urethane enamel. 10.00 rebate per wheel applicable if you bring us your original wheels (no tires) in good condition.

Our price: $CAD 75.00 ($US 57.98)



Tire Nokian Hakkapelitta C 185R14C 102Q  Bus '64-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
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Tire Nokian Hakkapelitta C 185R14C 102Q Bus '64-'79 Vanagon '80-'91
Part Number: T441710

Now available in Canada from germansupply, Nokian Tires in 185R14 for VW Campers. Excellent Bus Snow tires from Nokian. Available by special order.

Our price: $CAD 196.00 ($US 151.51)



Tire LT195/75R14 D Yokohama Y370 Bus 68-79 Vanagon 80-91
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Tire LT195/75R14 D Yokohama Y370 Bus 68-79 Vanagon 80-91
Part Number: Y370LT

Excellent Bus tires. 102/100R service description, 1875 lb load rated at 65 psi, 8 ply reinforced sidewall. These are M&S rated tires, and fare quite well in snow. Quiet on the highway and very good wear characteristics, very good performance in wet conditions. Excellent all around tire and truly...

Our price: $CAD 165.80 ($US 128.16)



 
 

 
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