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Honda Pilot Tires and Wheels



  • zebraheadzebrahead Posts: 7
    edited April 2011
    I use my 2010 Pilot for work and rack up lots of long distance highway miles. The Goodyears lasted to 50,000 miles and now need replacement.

    Looking for recommendations on what will give me the best handling and smooth/quiet highway ride. Any suggestions?

    Also, I stay mostly in the Southeast US so snow is not much of a concern.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    edited April 2011
    Michilin Harmony tires work well and not real expensive.

    National Tire and Battery (NTB) is a good source.

    Actually I had been by NTB and gotten a written quote. Then I went to Nalley Honda for routine service and asked them to align the front end.
    The service writer informed me that it would be best to wait on the alignment because the tires we ready to be replaced, and do it at that time.

    I told him I was going to replace them in the next few days. He said they would "Match" any other source. Their initial price was nearly $100 more than NTB. But because I had the NTB paper work in hand, they did match the price. FWIW: There is a sign on the wall stating they will match any tire price on "Like" tires.

    Actually I would rather buy them from a dealer. They do the type of balancing and alignment the particular car requires and there won't be any finger pointing if there is a problem.

    The Harmony tires actually went on our 03 CR-V. They rode softer, and with less road noise than the Bridgestones they replaced.

  • tornadogtornadog Posts: 49
    I took my Pilot in for service last week at 17500 miles, and the the front tires are at 7 and rear at 4. They said the rears will have to be replaced in the next service. That is simply shocking. I thought these goodyears lasted 50k easily. My driving is strictly city roads and occasional highway. I am beginning to think, Honda didnt align my wheels right or something in the previous service. What can I do now?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,735
    Did you measure or look at the tires yourself? What does 7 and 4 mean - 7/32 and 4/32??

    You might be able to file a claim with Goodyear under their mileage warranty. No car manufacturer covers tires under their warranty.
  • tornadogtornadog Posts: 49
    yes 4/32 and 7/32. the good year tread replacement warranty says it has to be 2/32 before the warranted mileage which is 60k for these tires.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,735
    Have you measured them yourself? I'd do that first. Plus I'd be suprised the tread difference would be that much unless they've never been rotated?

    Otherwise hold tight until you reach 2/32 and then contact Goodyear. They'll pro-rate them if they accept them as defective - you'll probably get 25-30% off a new set of tires.
  • Kip, Thanks for the advice but the Harmony tire is not made in the size I need for the Pilot. It's only made in smaller passenger car sizes.

    Anyone have any other suggestions for the current generation Pilot?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    So how are the Silent Armors doing for you since you more than likely got some miles on them now.

    On a side note, here is a video I shot of some "light" off-roading I did in "The Beast". We went from 450ft elevation up to 1400ft elevation, then down to around 300ft elevation and back. Had a National Guard Humvee that was having trouble with the hill along with us and he couldn't believe how welll the Pilot handled it. Tires make all the difference (and yes I still have the Silent Armors of with 48k on them now.)

    Light Off-roading on 2nd Mountain Video

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,957
    That's fun -- I love roads like that.

    Need help navigating? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • tccattccat Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Pilot with 67,000 miles. I still have orginal Goodyear Integrity tires, prob good for another 5,000miles. I have heard a lot of bad things about these tires, but mine have been great. Something must be screwy with
    yours. I would investigate thoroughly.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    edited July 2011
    We purchased a new Pilot in '03 and traded it for a Ridgeline in '09.
    The Pilot had around 40K miles and the Goodyear Integrity tires still had near 1/2 the tread left.

    Ran 32-34 lbs of air and only rotated them a couple of times.
    I'm a careful driver and don't wait until the last minute to slam on brakes for stops, don't accelerate hard, and I go around corners on all 4 wheels.

    FWIW: Hard driving cost in more ways than just burning excessive fuel. :cry:

  • Hi, I am looking to change out the 16" rims on my 2006 Pilot. I am considering some 17 inch rims but am not sure how to choose the right tire specs. How is this done? Thanks.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,623
    If you go to, they will give you alternate sizes for different wheel diameters for your Pilot..

    Alternatively, you can Google for tire size calculator. That will let you play around for equivalent sizes.


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  • thanks kyfdx!
  • One more thing... is there any negative consequence from changing from the factory 16" x 6" rims to the 17"x8"? Pros and cons?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,623
    Are the factory rims only 6" wide? I would have guessed at least 7"..

    If you pick rims that have the proper offset (Tirerack has a bunch of choices), then going from 16" X 7" to 17" X 8" should be no problem...

    If the stock rims are 16" X 6", then 8" rims might be too wide...

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  • i guess they are 6.5 wide actually...
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 792
    "...One more thing... is there any negative consequence from changing from the factory 16" x 6" rims to the 17"x8"? Pros and cons? ..."

    This is a difficult question to answer because a simple change like this can easily be overwhelmed by difference in the 2 tires in question.

    But directionally, going larger in rim diameter generally results in a loss in ride quality, a loss in fuel economy, a loss in wet and snow traction, but a gain in dry traction.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,623
    Tirerack shows 235/65-17 as the alternate size...

    They offer at least a dozen aftermarket wheels in 17" diameter.. widths vary from 7.5" to 8"..

    The same year Acura MDX came on 17" wheels... I'd guess those factory alloys are 7.5" in width.

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  • We just bought a Certified 08 Pilot EX that will spend 95% of it's life with us on pavement- this pilot is definitely crying out for better rubber than the stock 235/70R-16's. I saw a new 2011 MDX with 255/55R18's on the factory alloys, and as nice as this combo looked the sidewall still seemed a bit too tall for me. I'm thinking a 255/50R19 will look even more aggressive but still have enough sidewall to protect the wheels and be practical for an SUV.

    Most truck and SUV owners here in Socal go with 20's or larger, but this seems too big a rim for any Pilot and has too low of a tire sidewall.
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