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Chevrolet Impala Wheels and Tires



  • I'm about 1 month into my 2006 laser blue metallic SS, and I freakin' love this car. Anyway, the purpose of my post is to see if anyone out there has put custom wheels on their 2006 Impala, and if so what sizes w/what size tires? I've searched this forum and haven't been able to see anything about custom wheel applications for this car, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • I have thought about the same thing but i think if i was going to do it i would get the rims from GM or have them recomend some that fit and have them put them on due to all the sensors and computers
  • Yeah I was worried too, so I called the service department where I bought the car, and they told me that the TPMS sensor was simply "strapped" to the inside of the wheel and that most "reputable" aftermarket wheel/tire places would know how to install them on new wheels. And here's the good part, he said that getting custom wheels wouldn't have any affect on my warranty.
  • poncho167poncho167 Posts: 1,178
    I agree, I have seen their wheel accessory display and it is pretty substantial. I would be that they would have custom wheel that fit on this car.
  • I was considering putting BFG Traction T/As on my 2000 Impala replacing worn Goodyear Eagles. The T/As appear to be well rated. Has anyone had any experience with these tires?
  • I have these tires on my car right now and they have been very good. Before these tires I had Continentals and Yokohamas and was not as satisfied.
  • I decided to order two new tires for Impala LS. Two of Goodyear GT-HRs had good tread left. I did like the feel and look of the tires. I ordered two GT-HRs and I having been waiting over a week. The tire company said Goodyear is on strike, thus fewer tires are being delivered.

    Would purchasing two non-matching tires make any sense?
  • My brother-in-law just purchased a used 2006 Impala 3LT, and is having problems with one of the tire pressure monitors working intermittently. Any ideas as to whether this is something he can easily take care of himself, or something he should take in while the car is still under the factory warranty?
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    It's a fairly common problem. I would suggest taking it in for service under warranty. Search this forum for more information on this problem.
  • I have a 2006 Impala LT with stock 225/60-16 tires/wheels.
    I will be changing to the SS tires/wheels (235/50-18)shortly.
    Question ....Will the tire sensors from the stock wheels be ok for use/fit and dash message centre reading..??
    Please help...
  • I chose the 3LT also, 3.9 felt much stronger than the 3.5. I got rid of the 17" Eagle LS's for Michelin Pilot Sport AS, since the handling of the 3LT wasn't up to par with my recently totaled 99 Maxima (worked suspension, I just thought all cars handled as well as it did, boy was I wrong). It's better now.

    Anybody know of a good shock/spring setup for the 06 Impala 3LT?
  • Keep in mind that treadwear ratings are not regulated in any way and are used more for marketing than anything else.

    The Goodyear RS-A is a pretty mediocre tire. The BFG KDWS is a better tire for a lot less money, but still mediocre.

    The Kumho Ecsta ASX is another step up from the KDWS, and getting into the range of "pretty good," for a bit more money.

    For about the same money as the RS-As, the Michelin
    Pilot Sport A/S will simply blow the doors off of the RS-A.

    If you don't require ANY snow capability, or are willing to swap snow tires when snow season comes, which is the best choice anyway, a Summer tire can give you another step up from even the best All/Seasons.

    For less than the RS-A, you can put a set of Goodyear F1 GS-D3s on, which will simply amaze you, in comparison to the RS-As. The F1 is probably the best all-around summer tire on the market, with some tires giving slightly better performance in some areas, but coming nowhere near in others.

    If you are wanting to save a chunk of change though, the Kumho Ecsta SPT is pretty darn good though.
  • garsarnogarsarno Posts: 72
    The treadwear ratings, esp on Michelin X radials, never let me down. Hey, for $99 per tire for the BFG, if their mediocre performance matches the RSA mediocre for less than 1/2 the cost, mediocre is fine for me. To pay $200+ per tire and they only last 10,000 - 15,000 miles, the cost per mile is too high. The Goodyear RSA tires in 226/60 X 16 size were standard equipment on my 1998 Lumina LTZ and they lasted about 19,000 miles.
  • I've owned High Performance and Ultra-High Performance tires with ratings from 400 down to 220. Based on the ratings, the 400 should have lasted nearly twice as long as the 220, but they've all been at the wear bars within 1,000-2,000 miles of each other.

    I agree on the KDWS vs RS-A question. A better tire for 1/2 the price is a no brainer. I'm just saying that for a little more, you can get an even better tire. Personally, I tend to go for the best I can get, within reason. I yanked the stock Pirelli P6s off of my Focus ST a week after I bought it and put a set of GS-D3s on it.

    The only reason I did not do the same with the KDWSs that were on my '96 Impala when I bought it was because I thought it was a good tire. I was absolutely floored when I put a set of Kumho 712s on it.

    It still amazes me that car makers put crap tires on cars. Put on a good set of tires and it transforms the car. There is no easier way to dramatically improve a car's handling than by swapping on a good set of tires, unless you've got a rare car that actually came with good ones.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    I'll ditto the Michelin Pilot Sports...we put a set on my wife's '03 Accord EX and they made a world of difference over the OE tires.

    Alternatively, the last set of tires I put on my '00 Impala I decided to go with less of a performance tire and something more econimical (hoping for better gas mileage). I opted for Bridgestone Turanza LS-T tires, which have a mileage rating of 700. They are good, quiet tires for the most part, and they're lasting/wearing very well. BUT traction under moderate acceleration is pretty poor. One of the reasons I chose these tires were their ratings on, especially for wet stopping (figuring with most of my driving in town that was the most vital stat in terms of avoiding an accident). But whereas I couldn't spin the wheels except on wet pavement with my old tires (Birdgestone Potenza RE910s), I can spin the Turanzas at will on dry pavement, and have to be careful when pulling out when it's wet.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    My .02...the RSAs are mediocre but I will say they're better than the Goodyears I've had over the last 20 years. They're still not up to the point where I'd replace them, though.

    I will give the Michelin Pilots my nod. I bought a set of them about 15 yrs ago when they first came on the market and was very pleased as I have been with every Michelin tire I have purchased. The problem with Michelin is that the word is out and now their prices match their performance. But, at least with them, you get what you pay for (unlike Goodyear).

    The last set of tires I bought were Bridgestone Turanza LS-H for my '02 Monte Carlo SS and they were awesome compared to the Goodyears they replaced. Absolutely amazing in the rain and great in all other conditions as well. My sister bought another model Bridgestone tire for her car but they were crap. I just mention that to say that brand isn't everything.

    I've also heard great things about the value of Kuhmo but have yet to try a set. Maybe once these RSA have run their course, I'll give them a shot. :)
  • 2407greg2407greg Posts: 2
    I am planning to buy some new wheels and tires for my Impala. I was wanting to know when this was done if you have to put the tire pressure sensors on the new wheels. I also am wondering if anyone has purchased new tire sensors and what the price for these would be. If I have to have the sensors on the new wheels then I might just buy new ones that way I dont have to keep switching them from the new wheels to the factory wheels because I will use the factory wheels during the winter time. Any help or advice will be appreciated.
  • ronnybuckronnybuck Posts: 3
    I have a Impala '07 LS. We now 5600 miles on it. The only complaint I have is a shaking in the right front passenger side. It is more noticeable at and around 40 mph. I had the dealer check it when the car had 1200 miles and they put it on some vibration machine and said it was in normal specs. Still did it and when we took car back for computer software upgrade dealing with the E85 Fuel I ask them to please check the balance of the tires. They did and said the right front was out of balance. This seemed to fix it but after about 500 miles the problem is back. It feels like when the tires were nylon and polyester and after sitting for a while it would have a flat spot until after driving and the tires warmed up. Radial I thought was supposed to eliminate this. The tires are Goodyear Integr-TV or TY P225-60R16. Now I am hearing a slapping sound that I had on 92 Olds Ciera due to cupping which was caused by weak shocks on the rear. Once it starts it gets worse. I had the shocks replaced and new tires and everything was OK. Could I just have a bad tire on the Impala. We are close to 6000 miles and going to have them rotated at 7500 if I can stand it to see if the problem goes to another wheel.
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    What Tire pressures are you running? I have a '06 LTZ with the Goodyear Eagle 225X17 tires, and the pillar sticker says I should be running 30PSI. However, when I went to the Goodyear web-site, Goodyears recommends 40PSI for these tires. I run 36PSI in the fronts, and 34PSI in the rears, and that combo seems to run great. The ride is slightly harsher, but the tires run flawlessly, and the handling is a bit better. I have noticed a couple of times, on real hot days, where the DCI flashes a message that the tires are overinflated and have reached as high as 42PSI on the fronts, but that is still well within the safety range, according to Goodyear.
    The car companies always recommend a lower inflation because it makes the car ride "smoother and softer", but I would rather have the handling and better tire wear that higher inflations give. Plus, if the tires are not fully inflated, they will always tend to "flat spot" after sitting for any period of time.
  • Thanks for the info. The readouts are saying 28-29 pounds. It's real hot here and I will increase like you say to see what happens. Will let you know.
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