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  • gerstchgerstch Posts: 9
    Conner,
    Thanks for the advice on the C55. So if I get these Michelin P2's should I get the front replaced now as well? The stock Pirelli's up front are fine. It is not so much the desire to save the money (although of course that would be nice), but if I am fated to replace the back twice as often as the front anyway It would be nice to just get the PS2 now on the rear and and then when they wear out replace all four again with a new set of PS2's if I like them. What do you think? Is this a safety or performance problem? I could care less about looks. Thanks!
  • When you are dealing with performance vehicles and tires i would always recommend using a match set of tires. Inter mixing performance tires can cause handling problems and cause vibrations due to mismatched tread compounds, tread designs and internal construction. Obviously it is your vehicle so you will have to make the final call but if it were my car i would going with the match set. when you are ready just let me know.

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  • lobsenzalobsenza Posts: 619
    You could buy 2 more Pirellis and when they wear out replace all 4 tires with something else...
  • kauai215kauai215 Posts: 190
    Gerstch, post your Mercedes tire questions over in "Tires, Tires, Tires," here on Edmunds, if you'd like to read further ideas; I have some thoughts that might interest you, but I ought not post them here as they stray too far from the intended purpose of Connor's forum.

    -Kauai (who'd like to drive your AMG Mercedes! ;-)
  • lghong67lghong67 Posts: 29
    Dear Connor,

    I see that the Yokohama AVID TRZ is now available through tirerack. I'm looking to replace the stock Bridgestones on my 2005 Sienna XLE LTD. How soon before you can give some feedback about the AVID?

    Thanks, LH
  • cdicdi Posts: 1
    Connor,
    I live in the Northeast. Which tire would you recommend for my 01 Maxima SE? (17" wheels). The Bridgestone Turanza LS-V or the Avon Tech M550 A/S?
    Thanks,
    CDi
  • Given the apparent mania towards plussing wheels so that tires are 1.5" tall or so (the "rubberband" look"?);

    Can these tires and rims withstand potholes? We have lots of badly holed roads here in California, and I remember reading one consumer magazines' report that +2 or +3 wheels/tires were severely damaged when driving over such holes.

    A general answer would be appreciated.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 849
    Krzys
  • sometimes that mag gets things wrong, which is why I posed the question to a tire expert.

    Also, what KIND of damage occurs? Do both the wheel and/or tire get hosed by nasty bumps?

    And can a _forged_ wheel take that kind of punishment?
  • I do currently have the P225/60R17 Yokohama Avid TRZ in stock for 95.00 each. It is hard to say when you will be able to see customer reviews. It is simply a matter of if and when customer respond to our request for their opinion. Some people are happy to offer the opinion other prefer not to participate.

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  • Between the Bridgestone Turanza LS-V or the Avon Tech M550 A/S i would recommend using the Bridgestone. They will offer a far better ride quality, better ice and snow traction and wear far better than the Avon.

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  • As a general answer - any wheel in any size can be damaged if hit hard enough or hit in the right way regardless of size.

    The rule of thumb is that the shorter the sidewall, the easier it is to damage a wheel. Sometimes the impact only damages the tire in the form of a blister or bubble on the sidewall. In the worst case scenario the impact blows the tire completely. If you do see a blister on any of your tires you should replace the tires ASAP. It will fail soon if you don't. If you are lucky the tire will absorb all of the impact and not damage the wheel.

    The only way to keep a wheel in perfect shape....... don't hit anything. Regrettably potholes are common everywhere and accident's happen.

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  • Thanks, Connor.

    Incidently, are RunFlats better wrt this sort of abuse? I understand they have thicker sidewalls and/or interior supports.
  • krzysskrzyss Posts: 849
    Run Flats might be worse in this particular case (maybe except Michelin system with internal synthetic wheel, the tire is not weight bearing when deflated).
    It is question of how fast you will hit the pothole, are edges sharp enough, is it deep enough. Run Flats might not get destroyed but they will let more energy pass to the wheel and suspension. Tires are the cheapest part to replace.
    Destroy Run Flat tire and you cannot continue your travel because you have no spare tire.

    Krzys
  • Krzyss is incorrect. Run flat tires will absorb the impact better than a standard tire due to the thicker material in the sidewall. There are some down sides to run flats though.

    1) they are a stiffer tire and the ride quality will reflect that
    2)You have to use a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with the tires. If you don't have one you would need to purchase one.
    3)If you are in a situation where you need a replacement right away they are harder to find at your local tire stores.

    The Michelin PAX system that Krzyss referred to would not handle a hard impact very well at all. in fact more than likely in the event that you hit an obstacle hard enough to compress the tire you would probably shatter the support ring that is in the tire. this type of hit would more than likely puncture the tire when it was pinched between the obstacle and the support ring rendering it useless.

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  • With all due respect, I agree with Krzyss. Due to more rigid construction, Run Flats will WITHSTAND impact better, but ABSORB the impact less than regular tire, i.e. transfer more energy to the rim.

    As an involuntary user of Run Flats (came with new minivan), let me throw several additional real life drawbacks:

    1. Run Flats are more prone to punctures. Yes it is easier to puncture more rigid and less pliable tire, than softer and more pliable regular tire (I had four punctures per 42,000 miles)

    2. Run Flats are real bad under low temperature slippery conditions (pliability of the tire compound)

    3. They tend to be more prone to leak air than regular tires (pliability - good seal issue)

    4. I estimate that the cost per mile driven is 5 to 6 times higher than premium passenger tires.

    I replaced my Run Flats at 42,000 miles (5/32 of tread left) with Yokohama Avid TRZ and can not be happier.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Please continue this thread in the Run-flat, self-sealing, PAX tires for Minivans discussion. Thanks,

    Steve, Host
  • ddecker5ddecker5 Posts: 20
    I was looking at Tirerack.com, and saw some tires that I've never heard of, Like Kumho. Are these tires ok, or is it best to stick with a familiar name, like Goodyear?

    Thanks
  • I purchased a firebird trans Am 1998. It has good year eagles. (fine for the summer) What would you recommend as a winter tire for this vehicle. I would be willing to change wheels if necessary
  • Kumho is a Korean tire manufacturer and is the 7th largest tire manufacturer in the world. As with any manufacturer some of there products are good and some are not all that great. I really couldn't give a comparison unless i new the sizes and models you are looking at. If you would like to give me a call or email me your information i would be happy to look into what is available in the specs that you need.

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  • I would recommend the following tires and wheels for winter driving.

    4-225/55R16 Bridgestone BLIZZAK WS-50 - 109.00 ea
    4-16X7.5 GM Steel wheel - 42.00 each

    The Blizzack WS-50 will offer the best over all ice and snow traction and under normal winter conditions will last the longest.

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  • Just purchased a 2003 Lexus ES 300 private party...The tires are original and the car has 29800 miles.....The tires aon there are the factory 16 inch tires BRIDGESTONE TURANZAS...They give a fairly smooth ride, can you reccommend a tire with a luxury ride for this car that will last??? I live in Florida...I had a Acura TL which i traded which had Michelin tires and they were not the quietest..thanks in advance!!

    STEVE
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    Connor (or whomever may have personal knowledge or experience with the following):
    I am looking to replace the tires on my recently purchased '02 Passat. (The dealer put the wrong size on, and refuses to change them.)
    From reviews on TireRack, I've narrowed my choices to the following, based on price/performance ratio (Pilots, Turanzas, PZero's are too pricey):
    1. Conti ExtremeContact
    2. Yoko Avid V4S
    3. Kumho ASX

    The Yokos have the best overall ratings of the thre, and get great overall reviews. But, specific reviews from VW and Passat owners are so-so.
    The Contis get mixed reviews from various owners, but are universally loved by Passat owners.
    The Kumhos are praised by Jetta and Golf owners, but have no reviews from Passat owners.

    Also to consider: The stock size is 205/55-16. I want to go wider with 225/50-16 on my 16x7 VW Alloy rims. (It shouldn't be a problem, as the dealer put on 225/55-16's. No rubbing. But, the profile is too tall, causing an inaccurate speedometer/ody/computer readout. Plus, the Goodrich Traction T/A has a butt ugly sidewall with such a high profile.)

    Which tire would you recommend in my situation? Thanks in advance.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,148
    [Repost from the 5-Series discussion]

    In preparation to return my 2002 530i to BMW this coming Tuesday (end of lease), I removed my winter tires this afternoon and put the OEM rubber back on. Last fall when I mounted my winter tires, I remember being in a bit of a rush, and apparently I forgot to mark the wheels so that I would know where they were last mounted. As such, I needed to examine the wheels and tires very closely so as to be able to divine where they came from. Given brake dust and tread wear, that turned out to be a fairly easy bit of detective work, however, it generated a mystery all of its own.

    Unlike most performance tires (and even my winter tires), the OEM Michelin Pilot Primacy tires do NOT have a directional marking on the sidewall. Instead, one sidewall is marked with "Outside" while the other is unmarked. Hmmm, I guess that makes sense given that these tires are asymmetrical, however, upon closer inspection, I noticed that the "Inside" portion of the tread has an arced tread pattern for water removal similar to that of most other performance tires that I've had in the past. This is a good thing right? Well, on the right side of the car, the direction of the arced tread groove would in fact channel water away from the center of the contact patch; however, on the left side of the car, the reverse seems to be true, and that doesn’t seem to be too safe, at least to my way of thinking (flawed though it probably is). I'm sure that Michelin took water into consideration given that the Pilot Primacy tires are considered to be reasonably good in wet conditions, I'm just having a difficult time understanding how the left side of the car doesn't start to hydro-plane way before the right side.

    Any comments?

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • I have a 2005 4x4 tundra truck that came with bridgestone dueller h/t 840 tires. These tires seem to have a rough ride and i am looking for a smooth riding tire. I live in the northeast and do not need an aggresive tire. What would be my best bet for a smooth riding tire.

    Thanks
    Dave
  • 940t940t Posts: 1
    Car is 1995 Volvo 940T wagon. Stock Size is 195/65-15H. These tires will be three season tires (have mounted snows). Looking for a safe (traction and braking especially wet) tire for the family hauler, but also is quiet (these wagons do not have a lot of noise insulation) and has some comfort level. Also has to hold up to poor road surfaces. Both tires are close in price and in the Consumer Survey info, although the BFG Traction T/A rates higher on handling & traction, and the Yoko Avid H4S is higher on noise & comfort. Do you have any other info on these tires that would help in deciding which one to purchase? Thanks.
  • wenwen Posts: 42
    I have a 2004 Honda CR-V EX and just purchased four new genuine Honda 16" x 6.5" alloys (dealer take-offs, zero miles) from a 2005 CR-V.

    The original 2004 CR-V tire (205/70 R15) is 26.6” dia.,8.2” Sect.,6.5” Tread and 783 revs per mile

    The 225/60 R16 is the closest to my '04 tire at: 26.6" dia., 8.9" Sect., 7.3" Tread and 783 revs per mile.

    I'm sure putting the 225/60 R16's on my '04 CR-V using the '05 CR-V 16" x 6.5" Honda alloys will work out fine, as I have previously posted this question on many forums and ALL CR-V owner's have agreed they had no problem !!

    NOW I must make my mind up on what TIRE to purchase ?? I'm deciding between:

    BF Goodrich Traction T/A H
    Yokohama Avid V4S
    Michelin Pilot Sport A/S (with reluctance)

    For about 6 months before I sold my 2000 Acura TL I actually had Pilot Sport A/S's on it, but this was after driving a couple of years with Bridgestone SO-3 Pole's and I found these Michelins were terrible, especially in the rain !! I hated every mile ....

    I've heard good & bad about the BFG's (T/A H). I wonder how they will be on my CR-V especially since I am a VERY "aggressive" driver.
  • The OE tires were the Bridgestone Turanza ER33 (99.00 ea) which are OK tires but i wouldn't recommend them for what you are looking for. I would recommend using the 215/60/16 Bridgestone Turanza LS-H (113.00 ea). They will offer a better ride quality and better handling. The LS-H will also last longer making it a slightly better value.

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  • dasandsdasands Posts: 1
    Hi!
    I am replacing tires on my Tacoma Pickup. The tires I have on there now are 235/70R15 and want to replace them with 235/75R15. Is this acceptable? Are there any problem with doing that?
  • garypengarypen Posts: 1,483
    I have a set of Traction T/A's on my Passat. I find them to be a little noisy. Plus, they're the wrong size, put on by either a clueless previous owner, or a clueless dealer mechanic. Luckily, they are the perfect size for my XJS, which is in dire need of new rubber. So, they will move over there, when I buy either the V4S/H4S or Conti Extremes for the Passat.

    Unfortunately, the Traction T/A's are not the prettiest tires in the world, and may not look that great on the XJS. But, I'd rather buy just one set of tires than two. I'll bet they'd look OK on a big old Volvo wagon, though.

    If you are interested in an almost-new set of Traction T/a's in 225/55-16, let me know. Maybe we can make a deal. Then, I can buy two new sets of tires after all!
  • There are three sizes in 16" that will work on your Passat with out any adverse affects on the vehicle. The correct sizes are 205/55-16, 215/50-16, 225/50-16. I would recommend the 225/50/16 Yokohama Avid V4S which are 81.00 each plus shipping. I think the Continental Extreme Contact is also a very good tire, but recently i have heard several people complain about flat spotting. However, this is not something i have ever experienced on the tire.

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  • You correct that an asymmetrical tire will not have a directional marker on the side way. this is because the tire can rotate in either direction without any problems. The tread channels are designed for "water tension relief". It is a fact that water will flow in the path of least resistance regardless of the direction. Because the water is being directed to the sides of the tire and not the front or rear the hydroplaning resistance would be the same on either side of the car. A directional tire is a little different because the are designed to pump water to the rear of the car. If you ran a directional tire backward you would end up pumping water back in front of the tire which would end up causing hydroplaning problems.

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  • I assume you have the standard 245/70/16 Bridgestone Dueler HT 689 (87.00 each) which are not very highly rated for ride quality or noise levels. I would recommend using the 245/70/16 Bridgestone Dueler Alenza (121.00 each). they will not only offer a better ride quality but also better traction and handling in wet and snowy weather.

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  • Between the BF Goodrich Traction T/A HR and the Yokohama Avid H4S, i would say the Yokohama is the better tire over all. Both offer excellent traction and handling in dry and wet conditions. However the Yokohama will offer slightly better snow traction and they will also be quieter.

    195/65/15 BF Goodrich Traction T/A HR - 63.00 ea
    195/65/15 Yokohama Avid H4S - 62.00

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  • I think the BF Goodrich Traction T/A is more than suitable for this vehicle. You will find that the Yokohama and the Michelin will feel very soft on your sport utility due to the higher center of gravity of the vehicle and the softer side wall. The BF Goodrich are rated up to 130 mph which is more than suitable for this vehicle.

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  • you stated

    "I am replacing tires on my Tacoma Pickup"

    What year, model, and trim level is it? is it 2WD or 4WD. i need to know this beforei can answer you question.

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  • Connor,

    I have a Civic Hybrid with OEM Bridgestone B381 tires (185/70/14's), chosen for the Civic Hybrid, no doubt, due to their low rolling resistance. They are decent tires overall, but do seem a little skittish in rain and start slipping at the mere mention of snow (I do have winter tires). I tend to be gentle with my cars, so great handling isn't required, but I do drive 25-30k miles per year. What would your top two or three recommendations be for a set of tires that have a good blend of ride comfort, fuel economy, wet/dry traction and durability? Thanks in advance!
  • Hey! I have an 03 EX V6 Accord cpe and I'm looking at buying some new, larger, rims and tires. Right now I have the stock 16" rims and stock 205/60-16 tires. As this is a joint decision between my dad and I, we are arguing about what size rims to buy. I want some 18's with possibly 215/45-18 yokohama or kumho tires but he wants me to get 17's. Will 18's dramatically change how my car rides and will they dramatically increase my chances of tire blowouts/bent rims?
  • miltmilt Posts: 14
    Time to replace the OEM Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus tires. I am considering the same Michelin tires, partially due to having a full sized spare and I could use the spare and only have to buy 3 new tires. The other choices based on the reviews on Tire Rack are Bridgestone Turanza LS-H, Goodyear Comfor Tread or Triple Tread. Could you give me the pro's and cons of these choices. I switch to winter tires and value a quiet, smooth ride with good gas mileage over performance type driving.
  • I have a 2000 Honda Civic Ex Sedan and I need to replace the tires from stock ones I've had there all along. Any suggestions...I'm looking for value and quality vs a high performing tire. I was almost ready to bite down and buy these 185/65HR14 Kumho ECSTA HP4 716 Blackwall
    for 2000 Honda Civic EX Sedan, but I thought about this place first. Is there a better size for my car or am I limited to 185/65-14. Is this a good pick, any recommendations?
  • tcardonatcardona Posts: 1
    I bought a set of Pirelli P6 All Season tires for my 04 Acura TL 2 months ago and I've had nothing but problems. I've had severe radial pull to the left and Tire Kingdom, rotated the front tires, from left to right, and now the car pulls to the right. I've been reading lots on these tires and they seem very dangerous, and could blow out at any time. Have you had others complain about radial pull with the P6's and is Tire Kingdom obligated to replace the tires if I request them to do so? What is your advice for a set of replacement tires that won't give me all these problems? No more Pirelli's please.
  • cobra98cobra98 Posts: 76
    I need to replace the BFG Comp T/As that came with my '98 Ford Cobra. Not sure which of the two tires is better. The BFGs are $20 more. Anyone have any pros/cons of either? As for my driving, I'm not an autocrosser, but do take my car to the local 1/4 mile drag strip. I'm sure either tire is more than adequate for cornering for me, so traction on straight line acceleration is more important. Also, my car only has 17K miles so tread life isn't important either. The car doesn't see snow or rain, so that's not a deciding factor either. Thanks.
  • 1652116521 Posts: 11
    Hi Connor,
    I'm trying to decided between the turanza ls-h and goodyear comfortred.
    Tire size is 225/55R17. I'm concerned about the comfortred having high rolling resistance since it is supposed to be a soft tire. Gas mileage is important to me. Do you know if there is a substantial drop in MPG with the comfortreds? Do you think this makes the turanza a better choice? Comfort is also important to me but not if it means a huge hit in gas mileage.
  • tomstoms Posts: 5
    I need to replace the tires on my 1999 Passat GLS 1.8t. I currently have the original Michelins and I use winter tires. I am looking at Bridgestone G009, RE905 or Michelin XGT H4. I would like to improve the handling of the car by using a stiffer tire than the oem tires. Since I'm using winter tires snow is not an issue.

    My questions are
    1. Should I buy 206/60/15 instead of 195/65/15 to improve the handling?
    2. Which of the above tires would you recommend?
    3. If I went with Bridgestone (current rebate helps) is there a reason for choosing the RE950 instead of the G009?

    Thanks.
  • I currently have stock tires that came with my vehicle (Michelin X Green P 205/60R 16 91 V M+S MX V4 Plus).

    My vehicle has 40,500 miles and the tires are down to about 2/32 tread. I live in South Florida and I know I need to replace all four of these tires ASAP (today)!!!

    Can someone help me suggest a replacement tire? I am looking for tires that are sporty, have superior handling, and are long lasting.

    Or I just might consider zero sizing (changing the current tire on my existing wheel) or plus sizing instead. What size tire can I go with on my current wheel and is this recommended?

    Where should I buy the tires, cost, etc...? Please help me for I am driving my g/f nuts!!!

    Thank you.
  • I don't know what your price range is or anything but if you want good qualiity high performance tires I'd go with either yokohamas or kumhos. Also, are you going to plus size the wheels? If you go to www.tirerack.com you can see tire reviews and find tires to fit the 02 accord V6 either 16's 17's or 18's. Hope that helps... looks like Connor's been pretty busy at work lately and I'm no expert, just know from experience I guess.
  • bswanbswan Posts: 4
    need replace 205/70/R15 on a FWD minivan and am considering:
    1. Bridgestone Turanza LS-T
    2. Michelin Harmony
    3. Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
    Which of these (or others not listed) would you recommend for Chicago area all-season driving? thanks.
  • hello! i am new to this site. i'm doing this for my dad. he just wants to know what the effects of changing to taller but thinner tires are. The tires he plans to put on his PAJERO (MONTERO) 2.5 Turbo Intercooler Diesel (Japan Model ’94) are taller but slimmer/thinner (not wider). The specs are 235/85/R16. The present tires are R15 (15 inch reams) but a little wider.
  • Due to the fact that you stated ride quality was the most important aspect to you i would recommend the P185/70R14 Bridgestone Turanza LS-T (63.00 each). they will offer the best ride quality and they also carry the same load index (87) as the OE tire which means the low rolling resistance will be the same when inflated correctly..

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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Looking for a 205X75X14 WSW that is at least one inch wide without going to expensive Cokker for the original look. Not interested in long tread life, but sidewall simplicity for appearance. What are your recommendations please?
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