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Chevrolet Uplander Tires / Wheels

Has anyone purchased winter tires for the Uplander (2006). Tire size 225/60R17. I am researching and find that a lot of the local and large Canadian tire supply stores are totally ignorant on this subject even though they claim to be tire specialists. Surely I'm not the first Uplander owner who would like to purchase a set of winter tires. Even the Chevy dealer had to phone around half a day to find one supplier (Toyo). No comparison prices and a 5 day waiting period. :confuse:
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  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    Check out the website: http://www.tirerack.com/ They carry all kinds of tires. Look for Bridgestone Blizzaks. Blizzaks are a good winter tire and usually come in a variety of sizes. Good luck.
  • Hi, Have you ordered from there and how was your experience with them. I've found a few online stores in addition to the one you referenced. click here for Carmodifier. My frustration is with the local tires businesses not being able to equip the 06 uplander. :mad:
  • dannodanno Posts: 114
    I had limited choice with my '05 Uplander. I ended up with Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6 on OEM steel rims. My first choice would have been Blizzak W50s.
    The new 6 bolt pattern may be difficult to find on the '06 and newer Uplnaders if you choose to go with steel wheels.
  • jpfjpf Posts: 496
    I bought winter tires from them last year. No problems. I got the tires in less than a week.
  • I guess it is the time of the year but one of the suppliers indicate that the 17" in not that much in demand (yet). Also the 6 bolt wheel is not standard (yet). I ended up getting Toyo winter tires and OEM rims (which had to be shipped in from Montreal). Cost was about 1200 for all four installed. We'll see how they'll perform. The tire exceeds Transport Canada standards. image
  • The tires that came on ours from the factory did fine last Winter here in Michigan. Won't be upgrading to "Winter" tires since it came with MS rated radials in the first place. Maybe after 50K I'll start looking for another set of MS rated radials.
  • dannodanno Posts: 114
    MS = All Season
    If you stay mainly in the city with your driving, MS tires should be fine. If you live in the UP, or rural Michigan, you will be amazed what tires with the "Winter" designation will do for traction in the winter.
  • rjmetcalferjmetcalfe Posts: 1
    After waiting far too late in the season to be looking for such a "rare???" winter tire for my Uplander, I purchased a set of Dunlop Graspic DS-2(http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tireModel=Graspic+D- S-2).

    A friend of mine works for GM and they had one set left, on factory rims too. They are a run-flat ice and snow tire. I paid under $1200CAD when I was being quoted over $1800 at retail outlets. I am complete satisfied with them.

    I swear by winter ice tires given our climate. Late fall rain leaves the roads frozen over in the mornings, and the same can be experienced in the spring. Afternoon rain freezes on contact with the roads and then the rain turns to snow giving you thick snow on the icy roas. You wouldn't even know it with these tires.

    Check out the reviews and strap a pair on. You won't be disappointed. Wow, this sounds like a plug.
  • Hi everyone!,

    I'm buying a 2005 Chevy Uplander soon and have been looking for wheels for it. Every website from The TireRack to Dicsount Tire Direct only have 2 to 3 three wheels for the '05 Uplander.

    What's Up?

    I know that the '05 Upalnder has 5 lug wheels, and that Uplanders after that had six lug wheels, but can there be SUCH as difference between the Uplander and other 5 lug equipped Chevy models that there aren't ANY wheels that will swap between an Uplander and another model?

    I would think that the 2005 Venture and Uplander ave the same wheel bolt pattern, but I don't want to buy wheels and tires and then find out they don't fit.

    Here are the Uplander stats:

    5 Bolt/Lug wheel
    5 X 115 pattern.

    I'm interested in an 18 inch wheel.

    HELP!

    Henry
    hkopacz@aol.com
  • dantana01dantana01 Posts: 12
    I put 245x65x17 Arizonian Silver Edition Plus tires from Discount Tire and had them siped and couldn't be happier. Even tracked extremely well over solid ice and I even get a small boost in MPG with the larger size tire. Although now I see that they don't seem to offer the 245x65x17 anymore but just the 235x65x17. I would go with that size if you can't find the 245. The 245 is 2" larger in diameter and has a wider footprint and have had them on for about 6 months and they still look like new. I am hoping I get a full 80,000 miles on these, although I will probably end up trading the car in before then but hope to keep these tires and put them on whatever I purchase next, or will have to buy these again for my next car.

    http://www.arizoniantires.com/arizonianSilverEditionPlus.html
  • I have heard that wheel sizes have increased over the years on Uplanders.
    My 08 has 17" wheels/tires and six wheel bolt/nuts rather than five and I know the 07s ones are the same .
    Were the earlier ones the same and if not could you please tell me what years they were changed and what the previous size tires and number of bolt/nuts were.
    W.Y.
  • alarmnutalarmnut Posts: 2
    After tire rotation, What's the best way to calibrate, So you can view the readings on the dash?
  • Around here you have to take it to the dealer and pay $50.00 to have them program each wheel to correspond with the computer. It is an 09 Uplander that shows tire pressure indepently on all four wheels.
    When I bought 4 extra wheels so I could switch back and forth from studded winter tires to summer tires myself I didn't buy the sensors for each new rim at $45.00 a pop like they wanted me to do . Either rotation or switching from summer to winter tires will louse up the calibration of the sensors.
    So now , the yellow light on the dash flashes for about 20 seconds and then goes to steady on. I have got so used to it that I don't even notice it anymore and I sure won't pay them 50 bucks every 10,000 KM when I rotate my tires.
    They warned me that I won't know what my tire pressure is . Well . . . DUH ! ! .
    I have been maintainig tire pressure on vehicles all my life ( I'm 73 ) and it's a no brainer .
    They are going way too far on some of these stupid electronic gizzmos in the newer vehicles . They charge more for it originally and then they expect to get everyone to come back and pay 50 bucks to program it after every rotation. It's all about money with them .

    Now after that little rant I must say that I really like my Uplander. It is one of the nicest vehicles I have ever owned . Got 11,000KM on it now and has been virtually trouble free except for a couple very minor things the dealer took care of. Great gas mileage and handles beautifully .
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I know this topic is getting a little old, but:

    There's no reason to pay anyone to program the tire pressure monitoring system - the procedure to do it is right in the owner's manual. Basically you turn the ignition on (don't start the engine) and press both buttons on the key fob. The horn will chirp. You then go to the front left tire and let air out of it for 5 seconds. The horn will chirp. Then you go to the front right and do the same. Then rear right and then rear left. The horn will chirp after each tire and will also chirp after the last one letting you know that you are done. You have 5 minutes to complete it or you have to start over.

    The procedure is right in the owner's manual. I believe its in the section about the tire pressure monitoring system.
  • Thanks a bunch for that very informative reply.
    So that is what the dealers charge the 50 bucks for and don't want you to know :mad: . . . amazing.

    I have my summer tires on now and they are on the new rims with no sensors but believe me when I put my winter ones back on in around October or November I will definitely try what you have explained because those rims have the original sensors in them .
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    I'm glad to help...make sure you recheck your tire pressure once you've let air out of them to calibrate the sensors...
  • fscolesfscoles Posts: 9
    This is maybe a dumb question on my part, but if every Uplander owner were to read their manuals or to ask their local Chevy dealer service manager how to reset the TPMS system after rotation, and if the managers also knew what the manual said, we wouldn't have to worry about spending $50 needlessly. And what happens a few years from now after these GM-Schrader-brand TPMS lithium batteries go dead, or if by accident we take our vehicles for a tire change to a shop that unknowingly damages a TPMS sensor? Currently, I'll allow only one particular shop here to work on our wheels because I know their mechanic obtained all the TPMS mfgrs training/certification. I admit that when this sytem works, it can save tires, fuel, wheel bearings, and lives...if nothing else, it tells us the instant a tire pressure isn't correct.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    No dumb questions in your post...my opinions, one at a time.

    If every car owner took the time to read the owners manual they would save a lot of money from having things needlessly done to their vehicles that they either didn't need to do or could have done themselves in minutes. A good dealer would show you how to do it while they do it so you know for next time. A good dealer also wouldn't charge you for it since it takes 2 minutes.

    When the batteries go dead my understanding is that they can be replaced. Since your tire guy is TPMS certified, he might have a recommendation as to the frequency of the batteries going dead. Maybe its worthwhile to replace the batteries every other time you replace the tires just to be safe? I don't know for sure?

    When you go to a tire shop its smart to make a point of telling them that you have the sensors and that they work correctly. You may even have to demonstrate that they work. That way if they damage them during a tire change they are liable to replace them on their dime. And don't leave until you've verified that they are all working, even if you have to perform the "learn" procedure right in the parking lot.

    I think you're right, its a good system and its definitely better than the old GM system which calculated that you have a low tire using the wheel speed sensors. GM isn't the 1st manufacturer to equip their vehicles with this system. It can be found on a bunch of vehicles from a bunch of manufacturers.
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