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Honda Accord Tires and Wheels

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  • Anyone else having trouble accessing the forums? I'm getting http timeouts and not displaying all the page.
  • Packer3, the Dunlop 7000's on my car have given respectable service for only being rated at only 320. They have worn evenly, and the dry traction and cornering is good. When it comes to snow they are like banana peels. From brand new they were noisy on quite a few roads in my neck of the woods. Yesterday I had a tire dealer order me some Goodyear Comfortred Tourings. Out the door was $612.04 - $80 rebate= $532.04. They have a 30 day like em or return em guarantee. They also throw in lifetime rotation for free which is always a good deal. I'm hoping for better snow traction, less noise and a bit better ride perhaps. I run Dunlop SP60's on my old 97 Camry, and I really like their snow grip and ability to stick to cloverleafs. Noisy as heck unless I'm on smoothest roads. I'll post after I get them installed. They have them on backorder, but were going to try to get them from another source.
  • I forgot to mention that I had to give up hope for the Michelins due to the price. My pockets weren't deep enough. Tire rack had them for a pretty good price with that rebate that just expired. I would rather get my tires closer to home though.
  • I've used Tire Rack several times and completely satisfied with the experience. That said, I have had good and bad experiences with almost every tire brand out there. Currently have 3 accords, 2 have Kumho KH16. One set (16inch) is acceptable. The other (15inch) has been outstanding. My other accord has Michelin Primacy's (2nd set) and have had great experience with them, although not sure if I want to spend the $$ the next time.
  • I ordered a set of General Altimax RT's once from Tread Depot. 3 tires were made in Mexico, only a couple of months old, but the 4th was about a year and a half old and made in Brazil. Kind of soured me from buying online. I did consider the Kumho KH16's before deciding on the Comfortreds. I did get them put on yesterday finally. They are quieter and ride better than the Dunlops. Kinda like comparing apples to oranges I guess. High performance all-season vs grand touring. On the negative side they aren't as responsive and the snow traction isn't a whole lot better. I have only put on about 50 miles on them so far, so it's a little too early to say if I really like them or not.
  • rose007rose007 Posts: 2
    edited January 2011
    I have Honda Accord 2003 LX, and purchased my car in San Francisco Bay Area in California.
    I want to go to Reno/Tahoe this winter, but I have never drove my car in snow, and I was wondering if my tires are all seasoned tires, or will be required to purchase the tire chains when I drive in snow. If so, I would like to know what "size and type of tire chains" I should buy, and I prefer something easy to put on. but it would be depending on the price. (I also would like to know the Tire chain price). Where can I find the source(s) to look up the information?
    I searched Honda dealer web site, Wikipedia, and this Edmunds web site/forum, but I couldn't find the information.

    Thanks for your advice in advance.
  • JCwhitney.com should have chains that fit your car...I think you actually want "traction cables" not true chains. I believe there is some information about them in your owner's manual. They are sized by your tire size. Walmart/Kmart/Sears typically has them also. Winter tires will perform better than all season tires in snow and ice but it may not be necessary for 1 trip. Newer (lots of tread depth) all season tires might be fine.
    In "chain up" areas, typically people will install your chains/cables for you for a fee. I did it myself but I practiced installing them in a warm location so I'd be able to do it quickly in the cold.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    As was already suggested, check your owner's manual for chain recommendations. You can also go to an auto parts store for help with the correct size. Since you are in the Bay Area, you can visit a Les Schwab store (as one option) for help. They have a return policy that lets you take unused chains back for a full refund in the spring.

    You may or may not need them on your trip. If you encounter snow, slowing down and taking it easy may be all you need. Your car will do okay with all-season tires if the snow isn't too bad, especially if it is mostly flat. Chains might be necessary for mountain passes or extreme conditions.

    As for price, you'll probably pay somewhere around $70 for chains. Again, call a reputable auto parts store and give them your tire size to get a more exact price.

    This is a link to Les Schwab's chain page for more info but you may want to check other places too. There is a video here that shows you how to put them on and it gives some fairly good advice about chains in general. Less Schwab Chains
  • Thanks for your great advice. I just checked and found my tires/wheels specifications from owner's manual. I will check out the both suggested local stores soon.

    Thanks!!
  • aamixyaamixy Posts: 69
    Hi all, the tires on my 2007 Honda Accord SE v6 almost reach their lifetime. I am looking for some inexpensive tires to replace. On Discount Tire's website, I found a band called Riken. Has anyone tried this brand? The reviews on the website have high and lows and I am a little concerned about the "grip" ability, as the stock tires slips badly. Thanks for your input!!
  • Hey! Just shouting out to you--can't go wrong with the Primacy MXV4's; killer gas mileage and wear!!! We have 60,000 miles 7 only 3/32nd's wear--what's not to like? And, no "hemp" in our diet, either?!!!
  • robgraverobgrave Posts: 65
    Speed rating? (V or H)

    Nice to hear positive feedback about Primacy MXV4's, but I'm already convinced they are the tires as advertised; if price weren't an issue, I wouldn't even think twice about it (except for the speed rating question, which still bugs me.)
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    So in an effort to ditch the "grandpa" tire size on my Accord and make the thing have some semblance of cornering and turn-in, I want to replace my 205/60R16 tires and 16" wheels with a 17 inch wheel. The Acura TL 17x8 wheel is pretty easy to find used, but I think that requires a 225 or 235 width tire and the recommendation is a 215.
    I think the widest wheel I can have with a 215 is like a 7" or 7.5" and the narrowest tire I can get on an 8" rim is a 225. Can I run a 225/50R17 and clear my fender lip and suspension? I have seen people running the Acura TL 17x8 rim on the Accord (and it looks good, IMHO) but other people are more willing to accept rubbing/binding than I am.
    Any thoughts or suggestions?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,567
    take the easy way out, and get the wheels from a V6 accord, which are 17" and certainly narrow enough to fit!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    take the easy way out, and get the wheels from a V6 accord, which are 17" and certainly narrow enough to fit!

    I would totally do that if I could find inexpensive V6 coupe or HFP wheels but I don't care for the V6 sedan wheels. I would also like something that isn't too much heavier than what I have now. The TSX wheel is also a 17x7 I believe and takes a 215/50R17 which should fit fine.

    The car has just shy of 60k and the Bridgestones that came on it prolly have until the end of summer so I have sometime to find something good.
  • I have Riken on my 07 se v6.... Worst tire I've ever owned. They ares down to 2/32 with only 26k miles. They were noisy and a disaster on any snow/ice road..even got caught in slush. I know this is well after you posted, but for anyone else out there...Riken + Accord 17" = BAD NEWS!
  • wds1wds1 Posts: 23
    I have a 2006 Honda Accord EX-V6.  I purchased the car in Nov. 2005 and replaced the tires in July 2008.  The car had V rated tires, but I never enjoyed the ride as it was not smooth to me.  I replaced them with Michelin Primacy MXV4 H tires at 38K miles.  Now, at 85K miles, the tires on the rear were worn to the thread, while the front was getting fairly close.  Also, the salesman pointed out I had dry rot on all four tires.  I decided to replace them all.  I questioned them about the dry rot, but they did not have much to say.  Should they have?

    I replaced the tires with the same brand and model with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 H.  As soon as I drove the car, it was BUMPY beyond belief.  It was as if I was in a wagon traveling in the West, before it was developed.  Well, maybe not that bad, but did not drive like the old set, at all.  I returned the car to the tire dealer today.  The air in the tires were set at 37 PSI. according to the tire dealer and 40 PSI, according to my car repairman (checked with him prior to going back to the tire shop).  The Honda manufacturer recommends 32 PSI front and 29 PSI back.   The tires have a recommended 40 PSI, I was told.  The tire salesman said he would drive the car before and after letting air out to see if that would help.  However, when he called he told me he did not have time.  I told him to drive it because I did not want to take the car back and forth after just paying over $1K for 4 tires.  He called back to say he thought it was okay, but if I was not pleased, they would work with me about other tires.  I went to pick up the car.  Before leaving, the owner said he drove the car and did feel every bump in the road.  He thought the air reduction might help though.  Both of the them said I was just probably not used to new tires though.  Not true, as I remember what a great feel they had in 08 when I first drove the old set.  The feel of these tires are not even similar.

    I will now be going in a THIRD time for $1K tires, which seems totally unacceptable.  I feel all the bumps in the road still. as the air reduction DID NOT help very much, at all.  Between the owner and the salesman, they have told me this about four times I could get new tires.  Am I missing something here?  Do you think they think they are defective?

    Are there known problems with Michelin?  I had always liked the old set of Michelin.  Could the bumpy ride be due to defective tires?  Note the steering wheel does not shake and the car does not veer to either side.  There did seem to be a lot of play in the steering wheel when I picked up the car though.  I am not sure why.  
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,406
    I have the same tires and love them. Just got them this summer and have 12k miles on them. I can hardly see any sign of wear. I expect them to last about 100k miles. They handle well ride well and seem to be efficient. I keep them at 40 psi and the ride is fine.

    How on earth were they a thousand dollars. They were half that at Sams club with lifetime balance etc. There was a $70 rebate at the time (for all 4 not each).

    I will say that when mine were brand new they seemed a little skittish because of the oils in the top layer and the nubs take a long time to wear off. Also tread squirm is its worst at full depth tread.

    Have different michelins on the minivan and noticed that made a strange sound going over bumps (sounded like a big red gym ball bouncing - sproing). That went away after a few thousand miles.

    Tires change a lot over their lifetime. They tend to get better in every way except for wet/snow traction. If it never rained we would all drive with bald tires as they provide maximum dry grip and have no tread squirm.

    I recommend that you drive 1,000 miles or so to get the tires broken in then have them rebalanced. At that point they should start feeling better. You might even rotate them then too to help the nubs wear off sooner. Also rotating well help you figure if there is a bad tire, since moving a bad tire from the front to the back will change the way your car feels.
  • wds1wds1 Posts: 23
    The other quote in town was $1250! As I had the same tires earlier, I know what they SHOULD feel like new. I really believe there is a problem within the tires. I can even feel vibration under my seat just driving down the road. For the owner to admit he felt every bump in the road, I can't help but think there may be a problem.

    For me, these tires did not even began to last 100K though. They were full of dry rot in all four tires. My old tires lasted 47,000 miles and were down to the thread. I googled Michelin and dry rot and found consumer complaints about Michelin dry rot. I called Michelin and they said all tires have dry rot. They also said I can not go a rating down from V rated to H rating. He said that was the reason they did not ride well. He could not explain why the other tires rode well from the start. Hmmm.... He argued repeatedly about it as if I never told him the previous Michelins rode great. Also, I told him I was told you could go down ONE rating from V to H, but he said the tire salesmen were all wrong on telling me that previously.

    I'm not sure what I am going to do at this point. I seriously doubt I am keeping this particular set of tires though.
  • Here in the Detroit area, the savings for H vs. V with the Primacy is about $100 (for a set of 4) -- significant, but not in itself a deal maker, for me.

    First of all, trying to improve the ride of the Accord with softer tires doesn't seem to work well, from the reviews that I've seen. An Accord is what it is -- most of us were prepared for the rougher ride when we bought it. I've got no complaints.

    What concerns me most, though, is the potential for damage to wheels and suspension with the more pliable sidewall of the H rated tire. Potholes are inevitable, as much as I try to avoid them, and tires are the first line of defense. So far, my V- rated tires have held up very well (Michelins are, no matter what the critics say, a quality tire, and probably worth the premium pricing). I'm inclined to replace the original set with a V-rated Primacy set, until someone convinces me that I'm wasting my money. For protection's sake, if nothing else.
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