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Lexus SC 430 Wheels and Tires

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  • recently purchased a GS460 couldn't use my sc430 rims b/c of front brake pads much larger.also hv Lexus spare !!!!.Chrome wheels in prestine cond..no marks ,.wud like local sale live on West Coast of Fl. sake_joe@yahoo.com
  • bbattsbbatts Posts: 6
    I'm switching from my Dunflops to either Michelin Pilot AS or Bridgestone 960 AS. Tire Rack rates the 960 higher in nearly every category, particularly ride. 960s are also about $50 bucks less per tire so I think I will give them a try from Discount Tire with new custom wheels.
  • eliotjeliotj Posts: 1
    Can you tell me what brand and rim you use for the mini spare? Are there any other parts needed? Thank You!
  • My SC430 has 1 new Bridgestone Potenza RE040 RFT; replaced last week. Want to replace other 3 with Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFT. Anyone have a thought on how this will work out?
  • duval1duval1 Posts: 28
    Just replaced my Michelin sport A/S with Goodyear GT from discount tire. Love the ride and handling and a lot cheaper than the Michelins. Excellent reviews on Tirerack.
  • oldersc430oldersc430 Posts: 1
    My dealer says I have to get new tires immediately or risk death to self and family. The tread (original Bridgestone Potenza, 245/40ZR18) still looks pretty good and an independent mechanic said 2-3K more miles if not at speeds. I have 35,000 miles on these tires. My ride is as tough as it has ever been and it is super noisy. I want to switch to regulars. But then there's the Kit business ($1400 quote from my dealer). So, I'm with the others who are buying their own donut. What size? Also, in the $250 -$300 range - what's a good reg tire for handling (no snow) and noise?
  • Lucy,
    Did you every change your tires? I just bought at sc430 and I really really hate the run flats. What was your outcome?
  • jimbo409jimbo409 Posts: 17
    What will happen if you just put on regular tires without the tpm sensors, will the light stay on and beeper stay on. Thanks jim
  • I tried the Bridgestone 960 for about 45 days. Never could get a smooth ride, then Discount Tire identified 3 of the 4 were out of round. Discount Tire was great to work with but I lost all confidence in Bridgestone. I requested to replace all 4 tires with Michelin Pilot AS Plus. I gladly paid a little extra for the Michelin's and now have a great smooth ride. I'm not a hard driver, so a smooth, quiet ride is important. Michelin's do have a very slight grumble up to about 30 MPH that I did not notice on the Stones.
  • I put new snow tires on last winter without the sensors. The indicator light came on and stayed on......that was ok.

    After approx 200 miles, 5the buzzer would come on approx every 3 minutes for about 30 seconds......a real annoyance. The dealership said that they could adjust the program to eliminate the buzzer......cost $250.

    There has to be an easier way.
  • I installed new high performance snow tires last winter.......car ran beautifully throughout the snowiest winter in 20 years in Toronto.

    I didn't buy tire sensors.......never had them or needed them for my previous 40 years of driving, and didn't feel like paying the roughly $800......the tire pressure indicator light wasn't an issue to me.

    Trouble is the tire pressure buzzer started after a couple hundred miles. it was intermittent and annoying. Dealership said it would cost $250 to deactivate or activate this feature.

    Anybody out there know an easier or less expensive way for deactivation of the buzzer ??
  • K all the dealers know that the run flat ride sucks. Use the knowledge to close the the deal or go to another dealer. Lexus dealers are just about as hard up to make sales as any car dealer right now. The buyer pretty much holds the cards.
  • Have you installed your spare tire kit yet? If so, does it take all the room in your trunk? I understand that you can still put the top down but there is no room for anything else. Appreciate your response.
  • dprocykdprocyk Posts: 3
    The run flats give an uncomfortable ride, and the spare tire kit takes up too much of limited trunk space.

    I've moved to normal high performance tires, with no spare tire ..... I thought that my risk was low being that my last flat tire was in 1967 ..... think back to how many blowouts that you had in the last 20 years.

    Allstate has a great Road Assistance Program for $14 per month which includes a replacement tire in the case of tire failure.
  • Maybe you have the right answer. I did have one nail in my tire a year or so ago. I use this car only for local driving so it wouldn't be a great problem to have it towed somewhere. Probably wouldn't want to make any long distance trips without a spare, but I've got a LS460 for that, so probably wouldn't be much of a problem.

    Thanks for your suggestion. :shades:
  • Maybe you have the right answer. I did have one nail in my tire a year or so ago. I use this car only for local driving so it wouldn't be a great problem to have it towed somewhere. Probably wouldn't want to make any long distance trips without a spare, but I've got a LS460 for that, so probably wouldn't be much of a problem.

    Thanks for your suggestion. :shades:
  • I agree with dprocyk -- forget the run flats and a spare. If you don't want to get the Road Assistance Program, carry a can of instant fix-a-flat for your typical nail in the tire situation. Knock on wood, I've been doing this for about 4 years now without incident.
  • I've replaced the Bridgestones with Michelins last week. The ride is comparable and the fist impressions are as follows:
    Michelins are a bit noisier than Bridgestones with a high-pitched whine.
    Michelins are noticeably stickier than Bridgestones and hold the road better.
    Michelins are softer than Bridgestones and speed bumps are better absorbed.
    Michelins of the same size look wider and beefier than Bridgestones.
    With Michelins the car feels as I need to press the gas pedal more to maintain the same speed. Possibly this is due to the new tires being "stickier". It's too early to tell by the gas mileage.

    A parallel experience is that I got a set of four and bought the road hazard warranty (insurance) because I had two non-repairable nails in the Bridgestones ove the past few months from highway driving. One thing to watch out for in the hazard warranty fine print is that the alignment needs to be in check for the insurance to honor the deal. Also check the agreement term as the tire shop may try to sell you the 1-yr warranty instead of a 3-6 yr for about the same price. Thus I also got the alignment service to have all bases covered. Will let you know if there are other insurance loopholes that I missed.
  • Are you talking run-flat tires or standard tires?
  • regular tires
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