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Honda Element Tires and Wheels



  • I have found the ride to be terrific, comfy, quiet and responsive handling with the "HL-Alenza's". The HL version is for Highway Luxury. It is a major improvement when riding over the expansion strips vs the GY Wranglers. I do find the ELEMENT itself will give you more bounce from the rear on certain surfaces.
    I can understand the Cali-Freeway and experienced it on a recent trip out there in particular between Brentwood and LAX Southbound on the 405.
  • extech2extech2 Posts: 120
    A service manager told me a few years ago that Honda pays less than $ 20 per tire on the cheaper cars - no Michelins here - so obviusly they don't last.
  • Sort of a related question.

    I'm approaching 30K, so fully expect to replace the tires soon.

    The lack of clearance on the E is driving me crazy -- yesterday I pranged the gas tank guard but good on a not-very-big rock. I'd love to raise the car a couple inches, but I understand that's more trouble than it's worth. Has anyone had any luck installing bigger tires? How much bigger have you gone? Even a half inch extra height would help, but a full inch would be groovy.

    This has gotten to the point where I'm seriously thinking of trading the car in for a truck, much as I love it.
  • 05 element my oem gyears lasted 12m miles. I am VERY hard on tires but 12m ?? Anyway I purch 4 Bridgestone Duelers AT 215's. I up tire pressure to 40 (I haul weight)and @ 28k (40k total) so far tire wear is minimal. I used same tire on Chevy Tahoe (225's) and got 50-60k rotating @ 15k and then turning inside out 30k. You can turn Duelers inside out with no problem, this compensates for uneven outside tire wear. Yes slightly rougher ride but hardly noticable and probably due more to the 40 psi than the tire. Excellent tread for snow by the way. If your easy on tires these things should last 60k easy.
  • bft4x4bft4x4 Posts: 12
    I have a 05 EX AWD and 19,500 miles and of course the tires need replacing. I rotated them at 10k. I am not an aggressive driver (not in the E anyway) Most of my driving is Freeway and local. A little disappointing from Goodyear. As tires are only under warranty for one year for manufacturer's defect, it is now a wear issue. Of all the vehicles I have ever owned, this is the soonest that I have had to replace tires.
  • mjp06mjp06 Posts: 4
    I too am in the Mid-Atlantic area and just put Yokohama Geolander H/T-S's on and I'm thrilled with them. My original OEM tires lasted 19,500 miles, pathetic. The Geolanders have handled the rain and snow with ease and highway noise is quieter than the original tires.
  • freqmanfreqman Posts: 1
    Also from the mid-atlantic region. The OEM tires went 27K. Just got the Yokohama Geolander H/T-S's. Clear difference. Ride is better and less noise. The $99.95 price was well below OEM and others.
  • westoakswestoaks Posts: 1
    I have 2004 element ex want to put michelin m&s 225x70x16 sams club on it. How does yours ride on highway now, corner, brake. and look? They say michelin tires are smaller so the 225 part should be ok to replace 215 ? Main concern is the ride. Sams has two types of michelin225s which ones did you buy? I love michelin they cost more but last so much longer than others. Thanks!
  • elemental1elemental1 Posts: 1
    At the 55k service on my '04 AWD EX, the dealership told me I have approx. 1000 miles left on the OEM tires. I'm now at nearly 58,000miles, and searching for replacements. I've pushed these Goodyears about as far as possible, and would like to get a quieter riding tire. Any suggestions?
  • ragetsragets Posts: 63
    Has anyone used the Goodyear Fortera TripleTred Tires?

    If so, did they decrease MPG?
  • I'm not sure whether you have already made your choice and have purchased a new set of tire or not, but here is what I did and am very satisfied with.

    I'm like you. I had pushed my OEM to the end. At about 58K, however, I had decided to go ahead and change them even though I believed I could squeeze out another 5-10K. I purchased BF Goodrich Long Trails from Costo. For a set of four, including all mounting, life time balancing, etc the price came out to $343. I absolutely love these tires. These are much quieter than the OEMs and I average 25 miles/gallon. I plan to squeeze out at least 60K out of these tires. It is noticeablly better in all conditions than the OEMs. I didn't have any problems with the OEMs but they were more than $100 a piece excluding all other charges that tire shop typically charges, which would make the total cost difference more than $100 between the two brands. Also,having driven on both brands, I would still buy the BF G's over the GY's even if there is no price advantage. I hope this helps.
  • venona7venona7 Posts: 1
    Sorry for the post above..wrong key pushed. I purchased Long Trails from Costco for less than 350 bucks installed including tax. This is a much better tire that the Wrangler HP that is stock on the 2005 EX. HP was pretty well shot by 18,000 miles and yes I do rotate tires. Much better ride and durability from the BFG..handles better too.
  • vetter1vetter1 Posts: 1
    I'm about to purchase an '08 Element EX for my wife. I generally lean toward larger wheels when available. The EX comes with 16" alloy wheels - the SC comes with 18". I don't want the SC (carpet in the back and small styling points) but am thinking of getting the dealer to add the 18" SC wheels and tires. Also everybody here seems to think the OEM tires on the 16" stink. Anybody got experience with the 18" wheels and tires? Any reason these won't work on the EX?
  • I actually just bought an EX and put the SC wheels on. I love them. Yeah, they ride a little rougher, but no rougher than a mid-level car with 55 series 18s. Go for it!
  • Came with 16X6.5" Alloy Wheels. AWD, it has the wrangler tires and I can't wait to replace them. I've got 10,000 mi on them, soon to be rotated and I think they will never make it to the expected wear. I thought the noise went along with the car. I do love the car. I want the SC 18" tires because it looks real nice. I have read a lot of useful information here and found there is much to consider when purchasing a new set of tires. Do I have to change the rims to accommodate a larger tire? I would rather not deal with the Dealer in this matter.
  • I own a 2007 Element EX. I've been wanting to replace my OEM wheels with 18's. What have you notice for difference in ride quality when going from 16's to 18's on Elements?
  • djdaledjdale Posts: 1
    I am also about to buy an EX and I want to put the 18" wheels on it. Any problems with this idea?
  • I'm at a 70K mark at my 04 Element. Just about to replace my OEM tires. Yes, 70K. I can't believe reading posts people are replacing tires at 30K. OK, I exceeded my expectations too, I planned 60K. What do you guys do with those OEM's? Drive deflated? I rotate every 15,ooo and keep them at recommended PSI +5%. That's all. Now - any advise on the tires?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    Why not another set of the OEM tires? You had great luck with the first set.

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  • snomtnsnomtn Posts: 2
    Can you use 225 70 16 tires on the Element?
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