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  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Is there a 205 aspect tire in 15" wheel size to replace the stock 185x60x15 tires on the stock aluminum wheels, or is there a clearance problem? Your website only indicates 195x55 as an alternative for the 15" wheels.
  • goldstongoldston Posts: 110
    Hello Connor,

    Thank you for taking the time and being so helpful to all of us.

    As stated in the header, I'm considering possible tires for my Toyota Highlander 2WD Limited. The vehicle is only used for city / highway driving here in Phoenix Az.

    1. Geolandar H/T-S G051
    2. Michelin Cross Terrain SUV
    3. Goodyear Fortera HL Edition
    4. Michelin LTX M/S

    I realize that is maybe to broad a field and that I may need to do some narrowing down from 4 to 2 choices to help you. But, any thoughts or advise is greatly appreciated.

    Also, price is not a problem, tires cost what they cost. My life is worth more than saving a few bucks.

    Best regards,

    Philip
  • billyperksbillyperks Posts: 449
    What's a good set of tires for an Acura TL TYPE S?

    Price matters to me-I ned something reasonable.
  • frag235frag235 Posts: 81
    Hi Conner....welcome to the board! What would be a good replacement tire for a current model Accord sedan 4-cylinder other then Michelin? H/V rated Bridgestone Turenza's get good reviews on your site and you mentioned a Continental tire? The size is 205/60-16. I'm looking for good handling (dry and wet) and a quiet ride.

    Thanks!
  • bolucaboluca Pittsboro, NCPosts: 32
    My wife drives a 2000 Infiniti G20 and will soon need new tires.
    The size is 195/65-15, H rated.
    It has BF Goodrich Touring tires on it now but I have always like Michelin. After reading some reviews I was leaning toward the Bridgestone Turanza LS-H or the Potenza RE950.
    We don't need a high performance tire.
    I want something quite, last at least 40,000 miles, good handling, and good in the rain. We might get some snow 3 days a year.

    What do you recommend?
  • Out of the four tires you have listed i would recommend them in the following order:

    1. 225/70/16 Michelin Cross Terrain SUV -- 135.00 each
    2. 225/70/16 Geolandar H/T-S G051 -- 77.00 each
    3. 225/70/16 Goodyear Fortera HL Edition -- not available in this size
    4. 225/70/16 Michelin LTX M/S -- 119.00 each

    The Michelin Cross Terrain will offer the best overall handling and ride quality. They are also rated at 65,000 miles so you will have them for some time. The Yokohama Geolander HT-S are also a very good tire. the down side in comparison to the cross terrains is that they will be slightly noisier and are rated at 55,000 miles. all four are good tires but i would rank them in the order as above.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 148,473
    I have Turanza LS-H on my '92 Legend.. size 205/50-15. I don't have a lot of miles on them yet, but dry and wet handling are great, good ride, and quiet. I didn't get it out in the snow this year, so I couldn't comment on that. I do recommend them.

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Thanks for your previous recommendation for inexpensive replacement tires my son's 92 Sable.

    Now on to another subject. My 2000 Taurus SES has the OEM Continentals Touring Contact AS on it and I am at about 37K miles. I just noticed the rubber sidewalls developing a ring of fine cracks just about 1/2" beyond the rim. They still have a decent amount of tread left. Does Tirerack have any experience with this? Please note I never let my tires run with low pressure. I check them regularly and run them 2-4 PSI above Ford's recommendation.

    Do you think this could be a manufacturing defect?
    Any chance Continental will honor any pro-rated warranty? I checked their web site and they warranty weather cracking on OEM tires for 4 years, and they also have a 72 month pro-rated warranty for other defects. I am still below both as I bought the car new in September 2000
  • Since i don't see what year your vehicle is i just assumed it was a 2003 Acura TL-S with a 215/50/17. if you are looking for a good performacne tire at an economic price i would recommend the Continental Extreme contact (95.00 each) first and as a second recommendation i would suggest the Sumitomo HTR+ (79.00 each). Both are good tires but the Continental will have a little better tread life and will be a little quieter.

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  • goldstongoldston Posts: 110
    Conner,

    Thank you very much. You hit it exactly right by putting them in order and then stating about the noise issue with the Geolandar. Since this is my wife's vehicle a quite tire is high on her importance list.

    Best Regards,

    Philip
  • I would suggest trying the 205/60/16 Bridgestone Turanza LS-H. they are an outstanding tire with a great ride quality. the vehicle only requires an "S" speed rating but the "H" speed rating will offer a little better ride quality. they are currently priced at 104.00 each. the only Continental i would recommend would be the Continental Premier Contact which are a good tire but not great. they are currently priced at 79.00 each. Also the Bridgestone will have better wet traction and handling as well as better snow traction than the Continental.

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  • I think the Bridgestone Turanza is an excellent tire (see previous post) and believe you would be very happy with this tire. you could use a P205/60HR16 Michelin Energy MXV4 PLUS which is currently priced at 117.00 each. You would end up paying a little more for a tire that i would place second to the Bridgestone Turanza LS-H. The Bridgestone is rated at 50,000 miles with a 30 day ride quality guarantee. if your not happy with the tires in the first 30 days you can retrun the for a full credit towards another set of four tires in the same size.

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  • frag235frag235 Posts: 81
    I'll definetly check out the Bridgestones....they've gotten a lot of positive reviews on your site too.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 887
    It is common for cracks to show up late in a tire's life. In fact it is a good thing as it gives a fairly benign indication of when to remove your tires for reasons other than treadwear.

    As far as the warranty goes, normally this would be an adjustable condition and the tires would be prorated, but you would have to pay for the mounting and balancing, so the net effect is a bit more expense than you may think. And considering how inconsequential this condition is, I'd recommend you monitor the situation and see if it gets bad enough to worry about. I'm going to guess you'll wear the tires out before the cracks become large.

    BTW, I have never been able to trace any sort of tire failure to SW cracks and I look at tire failures for a living.

    Hope this helps.
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    I am currently considering either of these new cars and wanted to know if the SC can be driven year round in the North East with the proper tires. It comes with standard run flat summer tires. What are my options and cost factors.

    Also, for the LS with the all seasons, will they suffice for year round.

    Thank you
  • jc1973jc1973 Posts: 63
    hello i have a 90 ford hightop camper van that will need new tires im looking for something decent not to expensive though i only drive this van 5000 miles a year tire size is 2357515 but currently has 2457015 on it is the oe size good or should i upgrade any info much appriacieted
  • edspider1edspider1 Posts: 195
    The LS forum seems to like the Tuaranza. My number one requirements in order of importance are all season, lowest noise, softest ride. What would your recommendation be?
  • mudflatmudflat Posts: 47
    I have a Mazda Protege5. The stock tires are Dunlop P5000M. I'd like to replace them with ones a little quieter and smoother riding but I don't want to compromise handling any more than I have to. We don't have snow here, but it rains a lot both summer and winter.
    What do you recommend to best meet the above criteria, and what comes closest to matching the Dunlops?
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    OEM Dunlop tires on 16" alloy do make noise and kind of bumpy ride. Below is a post from the MPV forum. Is this the case as described and what kind of tire is recommeded in case of replacement?

    #7387 of 7387 tomj5 by bottgers May 09, 2004 (6:00 pm)
    Either you drive on some really smooth roads, or you're just used to a choppy riding vehicle because I certainly wouldn't describe the ride of our PeeVee as "fine." I would describe it more like bone jarring. The reason I believe it's the tires causing the choppy ride is because the suspension seems to handle the larger bumps, but it's the smaller ones, ones that don't get the suspension too involved that it seems to have trouble with. Bumps like the little seams between the pavement slabs. These types of bumps normally get soaked up by the tires......that is tires with sidewalls that aren't too stiff. I've noticed this type of a ride in any vehicle I've ever been in that's had "H" or higher speed rated tires. I'd be willing to bet a pay check that replacing the OEM "H" rated tires with a good set of all season touring tires would make a night and day difference in smoothing out the ride. Of course, you're going to give up a bit of the handling, but I don't spend much time canyon carving with ours. I'd rather have the smooth ride.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 7,342
    Is the tread wear rating of 500 conservative, or does the light weight of the truck cause them to wear slowly? I seem to read a lot of S-10/Sonoma owners hitting the 100,000 mile mark out of these tires if they aren't destroyed by road hazards.
  • jetjet Posts: 1
    stock size is 215/55/16, will 225/55/16 fit? I like a smoth quiet ride but with good steering response for street driving. have been somewhat dissapointed with the stock mxv's with poor traction in wet I use 38 lbs. front 32 lbs rear with improved handling and even wear. I have been considering kuhmo ecsta kh11's or pirelli P-7's if the larger size fits I would consider yokohama avs db s2 also concidering the sumitomo srixon4 or bfg traction ta's any suggestions for a civilized tire?
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    Thanks for your input. I will keep an eye on the sidewall cracks. I will probably drive them another 8-10K miles and then change them out. I don't particularly want to go with Continentals again anyway, and would be forced to if I got any warranty coverage. The Conti's are not the greatest for wet traction, so I will likely go with something else for replacements in a year.
  • billyperksbillyperks Posts: 449
    You are absoulutely correct-it is 2003 tls.

    I am hearing good reviews about the Falken ZE -512 ZIEX, what is your take on that tire?
  • I would need to know which year of LS430 and SC430 you are referring to? If you could let me know i would be more than happy to look at the possiblities for your cars. most people think that all cars with the same name plate are always the same, but i like to check to be sure before i just guess at a year.

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  • If you are asking for specific infor mation about your vehicle please include the exact year, make, model, and package. The exact model can make a pretty big difference considering they could all have different suspension clearance, different brake component clearance, and different fitment specifications. For some some vehicles i can make educated assumptions about what year it was or the originall equipment that came on a car. but most vehicle made in todays market have several original equipment tire sizes and models as well as different suspension packages that can change the clearance on the tires. I would simply rather be able to guarantee the infomation i am giving you rather than guess at the exact model of vehicle.

    Also, i am not in the office on saturday or sunday. if you direct a post towards me you may not see a reply until late monday or tuesday but i will get back to you. If you require a more immediate response please email me directly at [email protected] or give me a call at 800-428-8355 X269.

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  • dtate99dtate99 Posts: 122
    Connor, how would you rank these three tires for my car (cost not being a factor)? My second set of Bridgestone Turanza EL42s are as bad or worse than the originals as far as flatspotting and slightly rough ride.

    A) Michelin Pilot Sport A/S
    B) Falken ZE-512
    C) Toyo Proxes4

    All are in the appropriate size (235/45/R17).
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,148
    Connor, while your opining on 235/45 R17s, I thought I'd add to the mix. I have a 2002 530i SP that came with Michelin Pilot Primacy tires in the aforementioned size . Other than the noise that they are starting to eminate, they seem to be more than adequate for my current driving needs. After reviewing the various options on TireRack.com, I have narrowed it down to the following three:

    1) Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3
    2) Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Position
    3) Michelin Pilot Sport
    4) Michelin Pilot Sport A/S

    Did I miss any?

    What might your suggestion be?

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • toneetouchtoneetouch Posts: 60
    hello,
    i have a sidewall bulge on the front left tire of my p5's DUNLOP SP SPORT 5000 M Size:195/50WR16, so the tire needs to be replaced (18,000 miles). are there any drawbacks to replacing that one tire with a KUMHO ECSTA ASX Size:195/50VR16 ($40 cheaper than replacing with an identical dunlop on tirerack.com)? thanks.

    ant
  • eman5eman5 Posts: 110
  • Because the wieght class of the van was not listed i am basing the information i am giving on an 1990 Ford E150. i would recommend using at least a "C" load range tire due to the fact this is a camper top van. the camper tops additional wieght will cause this van to have a higher center of gravity than a standard van. the stiffer side wall of the "C" load range will make the vehicle handle a little better on the road. i would recommend one of the following two tires. the Firestone tends to be a little quieter but the michelin will last longer.

    LT235/75R15 Firestone Destination LE - "C" - 72.00 each

    LT235/75R15 Michelin LTX MS - "C" - 111.00 each

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  • i would recommend the Bridgestone Turanza LS-H. It offer's a very quiet comfortable ride with excelnt wet traction. i think it would be an excellent choice for you LS430.

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  • the following information is based on a 2002 Mazda Protege 5. to tell you the truth in the OE tire, 195/50/16 Dunlop sport 5000M, would be the best recommended tire in that size. this is an uncommon size and very few manufacturer's produce a tire in this size. I would suggest upgrading to a 205/50/16. if you are looking for a great wet and dry traction tire that is comfortable and quiet i would recommend using the Yokohama ES100 (80.00 each). if you are looking for a tire with some sno and ice capabilities i would recommend using the Pirelli P-ZERO NERO MS (93.00 each). both have great wet and dry traction and are fairly quiet. the Pirelli wil lsimply get you through light snow and ice if you needed to.

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  • For smaller mini vans i still think the Bridgestone Turanza LS-T would be the best recommendation. This is a very smooth, quiet riding tire with great wet traction. in fact i placed these on my mother Mazda MPV and she is also very happy with them.

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  • sensei1sensei1 Posts: 196
    Some brake upgrade questions for you Connor. I've got '02 WRX and am considering an upgrade since I think my OEM's are due w/ 34k on them.

    My thoughts are Hawk pads, BBL's and Power Slot rotors. I'm not considering a big brake upgrade.

    My questions are if I keep my rear rotors OEM, will this upset my brake balance? Would just upgrading my pads and lines be good enough? Would you recommend all four rotors changed?

    I don't track or auto-x, just want better street brakes. Thanks.
  • First let me give a little insight to the UTQG code number that you are referring to.The Unified Tire Quality Grading numbers are derived by each individual tire manufracturer for their own individual tires. the testing methods that they use are not governed by any government or civilian organization. essentially the manufacturers could place any numbers or letteron the tire they want the consumer would be none the wiser. The UTQG code is meant for manufacturer reference only and is not meant to be used by the general public for the simple fact their is no way to translate what the numbers mean in real world circumstances. the number are meant to be used for manufacturer reference only but the DOT has required the tire manufacturers to place the number on each individual tire.
    You could use the numbers to compare within the same manufacturer however i would still not place alot of wieght on those ratings.

    as an example: you take to tires with a 300 tread wear rating. one tire may last 10,000 miles and the other may last 35,000 miles. it is simply not an accurate way to compare tires.

    The Uniroyal Tiger Paw line of tires tends to use a harder tread compound to get a longer tread life. If the tires are inflated to the correct pressure and rotated when they are suppose to be i can see these lasting as long 80-100,000 miles. the down side is that Uniroyal also tends to put out a noisier harder riding tire. in the 5 years i have been with the Tire Rack i think i have sold 2 sets of the uniroyals.

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  • The only size i can recommend for you Mazda in 16" is the OE size of 215/55/16. The original equipment michelins ar etouring all season tire and are not designed to be high traction tires. they were engineered to be very quiet and comfortable tires. i would recommend using the 215/55/16 Yokohama AVID V4S (91.00 each). this is a new tire from Yokohama and they offer great traction and handling as well as a quiet tread design.

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  • regrettably out of these three tire the only one i could commennt on is the Michelin Pilot Sport AS. we do not carry Faulken or Toyo so i cannot give an honest comparison. As a general opinion of the Pilot Sport AS, they are an excellent tire. outstanding traction and handling in both dry and wet, quiet even at higher speed's, and it has the added benefit of traction in mild ice and snow conditions.

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  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    I was asking on LS and SC regarding new 04 models. I have read that the SC is very poor in the snow but my experience with my BMW 330i is that the tires make all of the difference. Maybe these people who complain have tried to drive in snow with high performance summer tires, in which case I'm sure it is a nightmare.
    Can a car itself be inherently poor in snow if it's well balanced and wearing the correct rubber?
  • I would recommend the 4 tires you inquired about in the order listed below. The Bridgestone Potenza S03 would still be the best recommendation overall. If you are looking for some ice and snow traction then i would recommend using the Michelin Pilot Sport AS. If price is the most important factor to you the the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 would be the tire for you.

    1) Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Position -- 186.00 each
    2) Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 -- 157.00 each
    3) Michelin Pilot Sport -- 185.00 each
    4) Michelin Pilot Sport A/S -- 188.00 each

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 148,473
    As a follow-up to your msg #46. Where would you rank the new Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 in that list?

    regards,
    kyfdx

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  • i would always recommend having a match set of four tires on a car unless you are in a situation where you don't have a choice. ther difference in traction especially in the wet can be different enough that it can cause handling problems at higher speeds, tread design differences can cause hydroplaning problems, and on all wheel drive models can cause differentail problems. If you do decide you want to use a different tire and do not want to replace all four then at least replace two so that the tires on each axle are matching.

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  • Your Jaguar's OE tire was the 225/60ZR16 Pirelli P4000E (143.00 each) which is a midgrade touring all season tire. i would recommend using the P225/60R16 Bridgestone Turanza LS-V (129.00 each) which i believe to be the best tire suited for this car. As a second recommendation i would suggest the P225/60VR16 Michelin Energy MXV4 PLUS (143.00 each) which are a little more expensive but i do not believe offer the same handling capabilities as the Bridgestone. both are touring all season tires, but they far better than the Pirelli that came on the car. Keep in mind while looking for tires for this vehicle that it does require at least a "V" rating as per Jaguar specification's.

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  • You will not have any problem upgrading just the fronts. you will find that several manufacturers only make the performance upgrade pads for just the fronts. for general sreet use, the Hawk HPS pads are an excellent choice. They are composed of a ferro-carbon compound which offers less brake dust than the OE pads and a higher coefficient of friction which translates into shorter stopping distances. i would also recommend using the Powerslot slotted rotors with the Hawk pads. the slots in the surface of the rotors alliviate the gas build up between the pad and rotors which helps to eliminate some brake fade as the rotors heat up.

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  • The '04 Lex SC430 comes with Either the 245/40R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE040 Runflat (275.00 each) or the 245/40R18 Dunlop Sport 5000M Runflat (238.00 each). The Bridgestone is a summer only tire and is not meant to be used in the snow and the 18" runflat Dunlop is considered an all season tire, but it is just plain bad in the snow. personally i would not use any 18" tire in the snow. the side is simply to short and the tire has not time to grip on the slick surfaces. i would strongly recommend using a 16 or 17" snow tire and wheel package. they will be less susceptable to bending from bad roads. the same holds true for the LS430. this vehicle could have come with 17" or 18" as the OE tire. i would still recommend using a downsized winter package for better ice and snow traction.

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  • I would actually place the Michelin Pilot sport PS2 as the number one tire. not because of better traction or quieter ride but because it is an asymetrical tread design rather than directional. this will allow you to easily rotate the tires which will halp them wear evenly and last a little longer. i would place the traction and comfort levels at about the same level of the Bridgestone S03.

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  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    Thank you for your fast and professional response. Have you had any feedback as far as these 2 car's performance in the snow/ice when equipped with the set up you recommend?
  • i have sent out what would seem to be a few hundred of these packages for the 2002 and 2003 SC430 and have not heard any complaints back as far as no traction in the snow or ice. as long as you are using snow tires and wheels suited for the vehicle you shouldn't have any problems in snow and ice, with in reason. i wouldn't try and brave a blizzard but other than that you should be fine.

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  • i have sent out what would seem to be a few hundred of these packages for the 2002 and 2003 SC430 and have not heard any complaints back as far as no traction in the snow or ice. as long as you are using snow tires and wheels suited for the vehicle you shouldn't have any problems in snow and ice, with in reason. i wouldn't try and brave a blizzard but other than that you should be fine.

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  • sensei1sensei1 Posts: 196
    Thanks Connor, one more follow up. Between Power Slot (one piece) and Stop Tech (two piece curved vanes) OEM replacement slotted rotors, what's your take? Seems like the Stop Tech is better, from the design/marketing write-up anyway. Seems like more cooling with the impeller effect and room to expand and contract with the two piece design. Thanks again.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,148
    "If you are looking for some ice and snow traction then i would recommend using the Michelin Pilot Sport AS."

    No, I have a set of Michelin Arctic-Alpin tires mounted on a set of TireRack Borbet wheels for the winter time.

    Regarding kyfdx's query (thanks by the way) about the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. Ummm, how come I cannot find them on the TireRack.com web site? Is it because they don't make them in the 235/45 R17 size? If they come in a different size, what size should I consider when replacing my OEM Pilot Primacy tires?

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
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