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Hyundai Azera Tires and Wheels



  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    You don't have to replace them with Michelins. I replaced the Michelins on my XG350 with Falken Ziex. About one half the price of the Michelins.
  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    I have had a very good experience using Falken tires.
    They tracked well, wore well, and carried a good warranty.
  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    I forgot to mention that my experience with Falken Ziex tires was very good. I liked the agressive look of the tread pattern and they seemed to displace water much better than the Michelins. They are a Consumer Reports rated best buy. They were very quiet and my XG handled very well with them.
  • pahefner01pahefner01 Posts: 202
    Has anyone tried going to Costco and having the air replaced with nitrogen? If so, what were the results? Is it worth it in your opinion?
  • willie11willie11 Posts: 14
    When I purchased my Azera in December my dealer replaced my air with nitrogen. It was a promotion with all new vehicles purchased at that time. It didn't cost me anything so it was worth it. It is supposed to increase gas mileage a little bit plus less air leakage. I guess the tires are supposed to wear better also. My gas mileage now with 8500 miles on the car is 24.5mpg. Mostly city but also a fair amount of highway. It is difficult to say if it is worth it if I had to pay to have it done. It certainly can't hurt and the ride is great, very smooth.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    In January I paid $35 (just under $4 per tire) to have Nitrofill brand put in my tires. So far, it seems to be maintaining tire pressure as claimed.

    It is supposed to be good for 18 months. Proper tire pressure will mean longer tire wear and better gas mileage. With the price of gas over $3/gallon I only have to save 12 gallons in 18 months to break even. If I get a few thousand extra miles out of the tires, I win.

    I figured it was worth a one time $35 gamble. Could save a fair amount of money or I could lose a total of $35.

    So far I think the gamble is paying off. If, after more months I think otherwise, I just won't do it again. The most I could lose, at the present price of gas in my area is about the price of 11 gallons spread over 18 months.
  • derrelhgreenderrelhgreen Posts: 234
    Glad you asked. :)

    I've had it done by Costco to three vehicles; In fact to four different sets of tires.

    My original Firestone GTA 02 gumballs were the worst tires I have ever heard of in 60 years of being a 'certified' car nut.
    They'd loose 10 pounds of air (PSI) simply setting in the garage with the Focus never being outside of the garage.
    We only drove the Focus about 5K miles in its' first five years.

    When I had Costco change the air out in those Firestones, the tires simply stopped
    oozing because there was almost no oxygen within the tires any longer.
    So in regards to the claim that using nitrogen will almost completely stop pressure loss, I can say that the claim is correct! ;)
    One other advantage to using nitrogen is that there is supposedly less or practically no
    friction within the tire because most of those oxygen molecules aren't there any longer.

    You will not see any or very little change in PSI between a "cold" tire and one that has been out on the road for a few miles, and therefore should have "warmed" up a little causing the PSI to be a little higher.
    I have not tried to verify that claim, but I do believe it to be true!

    BTW, Costco has not ever charged me anything for this service.
    I have had to talk to the manager a couple of times, and I suppose they did it to simply get rid of this talkative 'senior citizen.'
    "Go ahead and do it for him so he will leave!" He he. :D

    Remember, if you don't ask, the answer is always "no."
    Catch them when they aren't too busy, talk to them nicely, and I will bet they will be happy to do it for you gratis.
    What do you have to loose? :confuse:


  • floridabob1floridabob1 Posts: 1,190
    Ah, the power of marketing!
  • 101649101649 Posts: 192
    Does anyone know what the largest sized tires (width) that will fit on the Azera Limited 17" stock rims without "rubbing'? OEM is 235/55/17's...
  • derrelhgreenderrelhgreen Posts: 234
    How about some 255/50 ZR17s? That's almost the same diameter, and only 20 mm wider. Should fit fine!

  • Are there any folks out there who have replaced their stock wheels with aftermarket wheels / or are thinking about doing it?

    What do you think looks good on the Azera?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I replaced mine with some 20" chrome wheels.
    See more Car Pictures at

    I'm sure there are more out there, but these are ones I could find quickly.

    I've seen a 5-star wheel that looks good...


    Multi-spoke style...


  • allmet33- Your wheels look great. I also like the wheels on the White Azera with the body kit.

    As a daily driver on Long Island (read less than the smoothest of roads) I'll problably go with 18's or 17's. I like the stock 17's, but the silver paint Hyundai chose is a bit too "dull" for my taste.

    Has anybody else seen a good set of wheels for the Azera?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I like the ones on the white one with the kit too. I REALLY like the body kit which I'm saving my lunch money up for now! ;)

    If you want to upgrade, but don't want to lose the ride comfort that comes factory, 18's would probably be your best bet. I would say 19's would work as well, but...the money you'll spend trying to find a package is crazy because it's a size found on some exotic sports cars.

    You can always find a place that can dip the factory wheels in chrome for you, then you keep the look you like with a better finish. One place you can take a look is on You put in the year, make and model of the car and select wheels and it lets you see how various wheels look on your car (you can even select the car color you have). This is where I start to get a general idea as to what style wheels look good.

    The bolt pattern is the same as the Honda Accord, so it's very popular, so there will be a lot of choices out there. You'll have to decide if you want chrome, painted polished or machined finish. Personally, up in NY, I would either go with chrome or painted as polised and machined will take a lot of abuse during the winter months from road chemicals (I found out the hard way with my last car).

    With the 18" wheel, your tire will be something like 235/50-18. You get the best of ride comfort and handling with that type of tire. The soft suspension on the Azera makes the ride smoother than it would be compared to say an Avalon or a Maxima.

    If you want, I can help you find some nice looking wheels. I've done this for several folks I know and always make good choices. Send me an email (

    Some vendors to check...
  • derrelhgreenderrelhgreen Posts: 234
    So just how much will all of this cost? ;)

  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I paid $1900 out the door for my 20" wheel and tire package. Depending on the wheel and tire you choose, if you go with 18" can find a deal for between $800-1200 if you want to go on the conservative side. If you want to jump out there with a brand like Asanti wheels, then you can easily spend around $5K for a set of wheels.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    to the one on the white Azera w/body kit.

    Ion Alloy 197 Chrome 18x8.5

  • What Are You A Wheel & Tire Dealer???? lol.

    The selections from wheelmax are also attractive to my taste. Not to wooried about winter durability...that's what my stock wheels will be saved for. With the ebony black car, chrome or hypersilver looks good. Unfortunately, it is my understanding that the chemicals / paints / process used for the true hyper silver finish, are not permitted to be use in this country.
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