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  • savsav Member Posts: 7
    I'm looking at upgrading the tires on my 2000 accord (4 cyl), and thinking if I can put 225/50/15 on the current factory wheels, or it would be worth it to upgrade the wheels to 16 or 17" w/ 225/50 or 225/45.

    I'm also considering adding sportier shocks (not tooo firm) but not lowering the car.

    What's your recommendations?
  • bretfrazbretfraz Member Posts: 2,021
    Don't you mean 255/65-16? I don't think a 265 tire exists.

    Also I'm sure you can sub a 245/70-16 on that vehicle. I used to own an Infiniti QX4 and it came with 245's. That might help you with the price thing; the 245/70-16 is definitely cheaper.

    I'd think you would want to replace all 4 because two new tires will provide different traction than the two existing tires. And if you have two different make/model of tires on that truck, it could act strangely in low traction situations.

    Have you measured the tread on all 4 tires to see for yourself what the situation is? You can get a tread depth gauge at almost any auto parts store for a few bucks.
  • ronaries10ronaries10 Member Posts: 64
    I've got a 2005 Acura TL and bought a set of 4 take-off Acura wheels. Both the original TL and my new set are 17 x 8 inch wheels, but the new set has a 55mm offset, and the design is slightly different, whereas the TL wheel has a 42 or 45 offset (not sure ...). What difference should I expect in performance, safety, or handling based on this offset difference? I plan to fit the new set with snow tires in the fall. Thanks.
  • anitacaseyanitacasey Member Posts: 2
    We were recently in Ireland and rented a 2004 Opel Zafira. The car had about 7500 miles on it. The front tire on the driver's side blew out when we were driving the car. After the blowout, we inspected the tire and saw that the tire's sidewall had three dime-to-quarter size holes in it. Is it possible to tell what was wrong with a tire just by looking at it after a blowout? Was the tire defective or perhaps had a bad repair?
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    The 225/55/17 will offer better handling due to a being a wider tire. By making the tracking width wider you will make the vehicle a little more stable during cornering.
    The process is pretty simple:
    Click on the Tire Rack links any where on the Edmunds site and it will take you to the Tire Racks web page. click in the products you are looking for and enter you billing and shipping information. when you are done click submit the the order will be processed. as long as you go thought the forum links the order will be directed to me and i can push your order through. If you do not use the forum links the order will be delayed for review.

    Or you can call me directly and i can set everything up for you.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    The number you are referring to is called the "load index". It is based on a scale and does not reflect a specific weight. Both of these tire are very good tires and more than suitable for the vehicle. However in the long run i think the Yokohama Avid H4S is a better tire.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    We have not road tested the EL-400 as of yet. This is a basic touring all season meant to compete again other lower cost touring tires like the Yokohama Avid Touring, Kumho Ecsta HP4 716, and the Pirelli P400 Touring. The only information i have seen on these so far would be the manufacturer write-up which doesn't mean much to me. Regrettably i cannot give a credit review of this tire at this time. Hopefully in the next few weeks we will be able to get them mounted on our test cars and do a complete testing procedure on them.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Between the two tires you have listed i would recommend the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S. they will offer slightly better dry and wet traction, snow traction would be about the same as the Yokohama Avid V4S, and the Michelins will also be quieter with a better ride quality. i have listed both below for your review.

    205/55R16 Michelin Pilot Sport AS -- 130.00 ea
    205/55R16 Yokohama Avid V4S -- 82.00 ea

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    If you live in a winter weather area i would always recommend using snow tire and sometimes wheels. due to the size of the brakes you cannot downsize to 16". What i would recommend doing is using snow tires on your factory 17" wheels and then upgrade to an 18" wheel and tire package for the spring, summer, and fall. We have several wheels that look great on that car in 18". If you click on any of the tire rack links and enter you vehicle year make and model you will be able to see all of the wheels for your car, on your car.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    It is true the a lower profile tire will wear faster than a taller side wall tire. this is due to a couple of reasons.

    1) The shorter the sidewall, the less flexibility you will have in the tire. When a tire cannot flex it has more of a tendency to scrub when cornering. Shorter sidewalls are great for handling but bad for wear capability.

    2) Manufacturers often use softer compounds on shorter sidewall tire to compensate for the loss of traction that results from the added stiffness in the shorter sidewall.

    These are the primary reasons the short sidewall tires wear faster. This is true in any rim size,not just 18"and 19".

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  • kurtamaxxguykurtamaxxguy Member Posts: 677
    Hi, Connor.
    Is there any way to specify a search for FORGED wheels at TTR site? I am still trying to find these for the '04 Malibu/Maxx. Thnx.
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    The problem with what you are trying to do is that even though you have a 2wd/4wd shift vehicle you still have to treat it like a full time 4wd. The rear tires will always wear faster if the vehicle was always in 2wd, which from the sounds of it is what you use most of the times. But, when you shift the vehicle into 4wd with mismatched tires you will end up placing allot of undue stress on the transfer case and the differential clutch packs. This is caused by the difference in overall diameter (worn tread depth vs.. new tread depth) and the difference in traction levels (new tires vs.. old tires). If you try and run mismatched tires on your vehicle you will eventually have drive train problems.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    I would not recommend using a 225 width tire on your vehicle in 15", 16", or 17". It is simply to wide and will not fit without modification to the fenders. Regrettably you didn't give me any information as to what you want to do other than ask "would it be worth it to upgrade the wheels to 16 or 17"?" Whether or not it is "worth it" depends on what you want out of the car. if you go to our web site you will be able to see all of the tire and wheel fitments that will fit your car. if you can look through the available choices and give me an idea of what you are looking for and what you want the out come to be, i can try and assist you. I simply need more useable information.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Depending on the exact wheel the difference in offset can cause you some problems. If you car currently has a 45mm offset and you randomly place a wheel with a 50mm offset on the car the wheel may hit the caliper. A 50mm wheel will sit further in than the 45mm wheel. unless i know the specific wheels you are referring to and they are a wheel i carry i would not be able to give any fitment information on them. If you are trying to compare an old TL wheel with a new TL wheel, then you would need to verify with your Acura dealer to ensure the old wheel will fit your new car. The 2001 and 2002 have 65mm offset and will cause problems if you try and fit them on a 2005 model.

    Good luck.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Most of the time a Manufacturer can come to a fairly accurate conclusion as to what happened to a tire by examining the damaged area. As an example:

    1) if a tire has a blister on the side wall you will find a cut in the halobutyl rubber lining on the inside of the tire. eventually the cut will release air in between the tire plys and will create the blister. this is cause by an impact of some form pinching the side wall between the pavement and the rim edge.

    2) A hole or holes due to a faulty road surface (bad expansion joints, railroad track and expansion bolts, etc.) will normally cause a larger damage area than a hole caused by debris in the road (nails, screws, bolts). This is because when the tire rotates over the imperfect surface which is firmly planted is causes the tire to rip dramatically and you will normally see metal thread being pulled out of the tread as it rips through the steel cording.

    3) when you puncture a tire with some form of debris you usually end up with a cleaner slower leaking puncture unlike the above description.

    4) manufacturer defects will always manifest themselves in a few different ways:
    -what appears to be a rip or tear in the tire. These holes will always appear radially (going from the bead of the tire towards the tread)
    -you might see indented or swelling appearing in a straight line across the tread face of the tire. These lines would be caused by a slipped or disconnected belt ply.
    -You might also see "chunking" in the tires tread face. when you look in the remaining hole you will normally be able to see the belt cords at the bottom of the hole. This is caused by the tire over heating and forming blisters between the tread plys. This type of defect would never perforate all the way into the the air chamber but it should be replaced as soon as possible.

    Three similarly sized holes in the sidewall, It sounds to me like you were being shot at by the IRA......... Just kidding. Actually it sounds like you probably hit some form of imperfection in the road. refer to example #2

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  • innorristninnorristn Member Posts: 39
    Host Sylvia referred me to this site, but I see nothing related to my experince, so I will address it now.

    To summarize (the entire story is on the Run Flat/ PAX for Vans edmunds forum): I had a flat on my PAX tire on my Odyssey Touring. I took it to my Honda dealer, who told me I would have to pay $700 for a new wheel and tire because the wheel had a small cosmetic scratch on it and they were told by their distributor of the PAX assembly - Tire Rack - that they would not take the wheel back if there were any scratches at all on it.

    However, when I called Michelin, I was told that the used wheel/tire assemblys for all Touring flats are supposed to be returned to Michelin. Michelin also told me that the used wheels ARE NOT REUSED and they don't care if the wheel is damaged or scratched, thus my entire wheel & tire is under warranty and must be replaced with no charge to me. It appears to me that either Tire Rack or Honda is not returning the flats to Michelin, but instead saving them for re-sale later when the wheels can be re-fitted with new PAX tires.

    If I am wrong, I hope you will explain why my dealer was told not to accept any damaged wheels......
  • bretfrazbretfraz Member Posts: 2,021
    My advice at this point would be to seek out another dealer and see if they know the correct procedure dealing with PAX defects. It seems odd Honda would contract a distributor to handle these issues instead of handling them directly with Michelin via their dealer network.

    IOW, you return to dealer > dealer replaces wheel/tire under warranty > dealer sends defective wheel/tire to Michelin > Michelin credits dealer or ships new wheel/tire.

    If Honda or TR are reselling "defective" wheels, that should not affect you or your warranty.

    Anyway, that's the way it seems it should work, at least to me.
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    I don't think you were given the correct information. I forwarded your post to the department that handles the PAX program to see why you were told what you were. As soon as i get a response i will place a post up here. Hopefully it will be today still.

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  • mytiresmytires Member Posts: 1
    Looking at replacing 2nd set of Integritys on '99 RX300. At 110,000 miles the love has long worn off of these tires. Looking at the Michelin Cross Terrain or LTX MS, Dunlop Radial AT, Pirelli STR A, Bridgestone Alenza and Yoko Geo G051. Car is in S FLA so snow/ice is not a factor, but rain definitely is. Important factors are safety (handling, dry/wet performance, etc.). Tread life would also be important. Ride comfort is important (shouldn't ride like a truck) but is desired to be a little crisper than the floppiness of the Integritys. Also preferred is having a true blackwall - would prefer not to have the OWL inside out. OE tires are P22570R16. I think some only come in blackwall in 23570R16 which I think will fit? Considering all these factors, along with price of course, which tire would you put on if it were your spouses car? Many of the less expensive models seems to be highly rated - are the Alenza's or Cross Terrains really worth the extra cost? Thanks!

    :confuse:
  • dialm4speeddialm4speed Member Posts: 110
    Can a run flat tire be repaired? Or do they have to be replaced when they catch a flat?
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Out of the tires you have listed i would recommend the the top three in the following order.

    P225/70R16 BS Dueler Alenza - 107.00 ea (owl)
    P225/70R16 Michelin Cross Terrain SUV - 134.00 ea (owl)
    P225/70R16 Pirelli Scorpion STR A - 90.00 ea (owl)

    The Alenza will offer the best overall traction level as well as the quietest most comfortable ride quality. The Cross Terrain would be the next best tire. They tend to have slightly more road noise is the only real difference. I placed the Pirelli's last because they tend to get noisy as well as wear faster but they do offer an excellent traction level and are highly rated for comfort. They are still not as good as the Alenza's however.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Due to the fact run flat tires are quite a bit stiffer Tread plugs and patches don't work very well. Also depending on how long the tire was driven on while deflated, the side wall materials could have been damaged making the tire unreliable to perform to the expected level the next time you have a flat. It is best if you damage a run flat tire to replace it.

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  • dabimmerdabimmer Member Posts: 165
    What is OWL? ??
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  • cptpltcptplt Member Posts: 1,075
    I have a 02 WRX with 215/45-17 Potenza S03s which are great but seem quite noisy now that the tread is wearing out. What would be a good replacement with close to same grip but less noisy?? I see on the surveys and tests at Tirerack that the Pilot Sport PS2 and Goodyear F1 GsD3 do well , but are they as noisy??
  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Connor has limited time to help us here, so let's keep the threads limited to tire questions for him to address.

    A couple of 4WD posts have been moved:

    jnm1, "Toyota 4WD systems explained" #1806, 5 May 2005 3:53 pm

    Please continue that thread over there. Thanks!

    Steve, Host
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Regrettably the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 is not made in a 215/45/17 size and to be completely honest with you the S03 is one of the quietest performance tires i carry........ if they are rotated properly. Even though they are a directional tread design they should still be rotated regularly. To do this you would need to dismount and then remount the tires for rotating in the opposite direction. Most people do not want to take the time to do this and as the tires wear they tend to get noisier. The Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 is a very good tire but unless rotated you will have the same noise issues. Another factor that you should keep in mind is that with the AWD system that the Subaru's use you will tend to wear tires faster and tend to wear unevenly which is when the noise issues start. My personal opinion is i would stay with the S03's. The Goodyear's will wear a little faster and the wet traction is slightly less than the S03.

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  • ronaries10ronaries10 Member Posts: 64
    Thanks Connor.
    I have returned the mis-identified wheels with the larger offset. I guess I'd best stay with the factory wheel to avoid offset issues on the 2005 Acura TL
    Ronaries.
  • innorristninnorristn Member Posts: 39
    Connor - Did you get any information on why I got such a hassle getting my PAX tires replaced?
    Thanks.
  • hotshotengrhotshotengr Member Posts: 4
    Connor, I just bought a 2006 GS430 with G-spider wheels and Advan A10-B tires. Question is do you know anything about these tires? I know Advan is a Yokohama top brand racing tire, but unable to find the A10-B tire called out on their website or any other for that matter. I know the dealer installed the G-spider wheels and mounted tires themselves. Are these tires OEM for the Lexus GS series or are these special? Also, who is the manufacturer of the G-spider wheels?
    Thanks
  • voicemailkingvoicemailking Member Posts: 83
    Have a 2003 ES 300, with original Bridgestone Turanza tires.....I live in Florida so i do not need a winter tire...What is a good tire that gives me a good ride, or should i just get another set of Turanzas??????? I am told they are good tires...Any help would be greatly appreciated...Thanks in advance!!
  • micwebmicweb Member Posts: 1,617
    What's the word on these replacements for the Ecsta HP4 716's? I was impressed by the quietness and smoothness of some Ecsta's I had before, but the handling wasn't as crisp as Bridgestone 950's. Are the KH-16's as quiet as the Ecsta's they are replacing? Is handling improved?
  • voicemailkingvoicemailking Member Posts: 83
    thanks!!!!!

    :):):)
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    I apologize for the delay in responding to you inquiry. In speaking to our representative that handles our PAX correspondence with Michelin I was told the following.

    If a PAX tire is damaged do to a road hazard during the first two years of service or first 50% of tread wear (whichever comes first), the tire and wheel assembly is replaced under the Michelin assurance program at no cost to the Odyssey owner for these parts. A Honda dealer may charge for labor or any taxes. The condition of the wheel is not a factor.

    If the tire and wheel were damaged do to an accident or curb damage, this is not covered under the Michelin assurance program or any Honda warranty. The Odyssey owner is responsible.

    All PAX assemblies returned to the Tire Rack from Honda dealers are forwarded to Michelin. Michelin does not re-use ANY part of these for road use. Most are scrapped or used for inside training. Also no PAX tires are available to anyone for mounting on a new or used PAX wheel at the present time.

    The Tire Rack has handled over 400 PAX problem since the Odyssey was introduced in September, ALL have been returned to Michelin.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    The 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN A10B is one of the OE option tires on your model of Lexus. The Advan name isn't just racing tires. Advan is Yokohama's family name for there performance line of tires. Regrettably i do not have any information on this tire. This is a brand new tire that was produced specifically as an OE tire and we have not had an opportunity to do any test as of yet.
    I have never heard of G-spider wheels so i couldn't say who makes them.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Just to clarify the OE tires on your Lexus should be the 215/60/16 Turanza ER33 which are an ok tire. I would recommend using a P215/60R16 Bridgestone Turanza LS-H (113.00 ea) which will offer a far better ride quality as well as better wet traction. There are several Turanza tire so i wanted to clarify which ones we are talking about.
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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    I actually had a chance to drive the Kumho Solus yesterday for wet traction testing and i was not impressed at all. I would say if you are looking for a low cost tire they are the way to go, but to compare them to the Bridgestone RE950 you will be sadly disappointed. As far as what the back order status is, i would need to know what size you are referring to.

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  • innorristninnorristn Member Posts: 39
    Thanks for your reply. There appears to be confusion on someone's part somewhere along the way. I hope Tire Rack will ensure that that the correct information is distributed to all Honda Dealers.

    The "damage" on my wheel was only a surface scratch, probably caused by rubbing against a curb. This scratch had nothing to do with the flat, which was caused by a piece of sheet metal I apparently drove over on the interstate. This piece of metal was still in the tire and was obviously the cause of the flat, as was agreed by my Honda dealer. Therefore, my PAX tire should have automatically been covered "due to a road hazard during the first two years". However, my dealer said that Tire Rack would not take back a wheel and tire with any scratches on the wheel, and therefore, they couldn't trade the damaged wheel/tire unit in on a new one.
  • heywood1heywood1 Member Posts: 851
    Why is the Tire Rack even involved in this? Why wouldn't a Honda dealer return a PAX assembly directly to Michelin? Seems to me that there's no need for the Tire Rack to 'handle' anything....
  • cptpltcptplt Member Posts: 1,075
    Thanks, would the 225/45-17 fit on a WRX with no mods to suspension etc?
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    Just to clarify what i believe might be a point of some confusion. In reading your most recent post you stated,

    "There appears to be confusion on someone's part somewhere along the way. I hope Tire Rack will ensure that that the correct information is distributed to all Honda Dealers."

    The Tire Rack simply acts as a shipping intermediary to assist Michelin in the handling of the defects or road hazard as well as supplying the Honda dealerships with new PAX assemblies. We take no part in setting up the guidelines or determining what is defective or what could be determined as a road hazard. We do and will assist the dealerships in handling the PAX warranty claims to help try and expedite the processing procedure. The actual training in how the dealerships handle the warranties and road hazards are suppose to be done by a Michelin representative. The Tire Rack does not have the ability to accept or deny a claim for a PAX assembly from a Honda dealership. We simply process the PAX assemblies as they come to us and forward them to the corresponding location as needed. This being said, I would be happy to try and assist you in communicating with the dealership, or in speaking to Michelins PAX information line. However it is not in the Tire Rack's power to tell the dealership how to handle your particular claim.

    I would recommend taking one of the two following courses of action.

    1 ) If you would like me to try and assist you please call me at 800-428-8355 X269 . I would need information listed below so that i can contact the dealership and/or the PAX information line to try and assist you in finding an amicable resolution with the dealership.

    - The name and phone number of the dealership you are dealing with.
    - The person you are dealing with at that dealership as well as any pertinent invoice or reference numbers .
    - Your name, daytime phone number, and address the the dealership is familiar with.

    2 ) Call Michelins PAX information line at 1-877-PAX-TIRE and explain the situation . They will be able to help you find an answer to your situation. This method will take you directly to the PAX claim center which would more than likely be able to give you a direct answer to the information you are looking for.

    If you choose method #1, please DO NOT place this information in this forum. There are thousands of people who view this forum and i do not wish anyone that may also deal with this particular dealership to be offended or hold a grudge against this dealership over a misunderstanding. If the information is posted i will be forced to delete it. Feel free to contact me at your convenience.

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  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    The Tire Rack was brought into this PAX processing loop for a few different reasons,

    1) The tire rack acts as a primary supplier of tires to Honda America and all of the Honda dealerships.
    2)The Tire Rack is one of the largest Michelin suppliers in the world.
    3) The Tire Rack has the stocking facilities and the shipping abilities to handle the vastness of this program while still maintaining organization and correspondence between The Honda dealerships and the Michelin main office.
    4) as well as a few other reasons

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  • steverstever Guest Posts: 52,454
    Let's get back to fitment questions for Connor now please.

    There's more PAX talk over in the Run-flat, self-sealing, PAX tires for Minivans discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • joleoniejoleonie Member Posts: 6
    I would like to know if Nitrogen is good for my tires or any tires for that matter. I have heard that pressure is more stable and tires run colder than using air.
    Thanks in advance....
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    There is some truth to what you stated in your post. Nitrogen has been used in racing tires for years because it is more stable and does not react to temperature change as much as normal air. On the down side, Nitrogen does not retain the positive attributes unless it is pumped into a vacuum. in other words the tires have to be mounted and beaded with normal air, then deflated and vacuumed out as much as possible, then filled with nitrogen to the correct operating pressure. If this procedure is not followed then the normal air particles basically contaminate the nitrogen and eliminate the benefit of using it. If you look at a true formula one or IRL league car, the wheel has two valve stems. one is to vacuum the tire out and one is to fill the tire with nitrogen. The Tire Rack has looked into offering this service however 99% percent of the people driving don't have access to nitrogen which means they will have to perform tire maintenance using regular air. Which basically means that taking the steps necessary to fill the tire with nitrogen would be wasted.

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  • philiphili Member Posts: 19
    Hi. I've got a 2005 Camry LE with Goodyear Integritys. I'm not happy with the tires and am looking for replacements. Going through the Tire Rack site I found two that looked good- Goodyear ComforTred and esp. TripleTred.

    Someone noted that the "speed rating" on the TripleTred would be different from the Integrities. Does that make a difference? Thanks.

    Phili
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    The deciding factor of which of the two tire would be better for you really depends on what you are looking for out of a tire. The comfort tread will offer a slightly better ride quality and a little better snow traction. The Triple tread will offer better wet traction but they will also be noisier.

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    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
  • danilo05danilo05 Member Posts: 5
    I have a new 05' 4 cyc accord, stock rims are 15' but what is the most u can put on it without having problems, like rubbing or messing something else up.. the guy at kal tire said i could go with 18" with a width of like 7.5 - 8... but some say 17" is better to go with... i'm guessing 17 is, but 18 would look better. thanks.
  • nyatlnyatl Member Posts: 8
    It comes with Goodyear, but I am reading all over these boards that the tires only last 20,000 miles.

    What is your best recommendation for this SUV, price not an issue, safety/longevity is my main issue.

    Will only be driven in the Southeast.
  • connortirerackconnortirerack Member Posts: 519
    You could use as large as 19" on your Honda Accord with out any problems. As for the wheels width, that would be completely dependant on the specific wheel that you choose. Not all wheels are made in all sizes. I am also listing all of the approved wheel sizes below for your review. All of the sizes listed will fit and will not adversely affect your speedometer or odometer.

    195/65-15
    205/60-15
    205/55-16
    205/45-17
    215/45-17
    215/40-18
    225/40-18
    225/35-19

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    Tire & Wheel Specialist
    The Tire Rack
    877-522-8473 ext 269
    When placing an order online or the phone, please reference Connor at ext 269
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