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Infiniti G35 Tires and Wheels

lralra Posts: 13
Have a G35 Sedan 2003 and it is time to replace the two back tires. The Bridgestones that are OEM are a bit pricey. Was wondering 1) if anyone could suggest some good tires at a better price. Current price is $190.00 *ugh* 2) If I can have a different brand on the back than what is on the front?


  • rollbarrollbar Posts: 297
    After being around the block several times on a set of summer wheels and tires I finally settled on a set of Speed Stars and Kumho's (SPTs).

    The problem now, (problems keep popping up), is the pressure monitors. I paid the big bucks and bought a set of 4 OE monitors from the dealer, ($400 no less). Now Tire Rack, who was willing to put my new pressure monitors in their wheels, says they won't fit. Something about the where the valve hole is on the Speed Star wheels. I tried to challenge them but they won't give on the installation and are sending my high priced pressure monitors back.

    I don't relish looking at a yellow low pressure warning light all summer long. I can stick a piece of black tape over that spot on the dash but that's a tacky fix, (pun intented).

    My question.....

    Has anyone tried or heard of installing a pressure monitor in a small tire and keeping it inflated to a pressure that satisfies the computer? You would have to store it in the car, perhaps in the spare tire area if there's room.

    It will depend (I think)....on whether the computer looks for a one or more "low pressure" signals or; looks for 4 proper pressure signals. Anyone know? In the first instance I think the trick might work; in the second, I don't think it will. I have not discussed this with the dealer yet but for the most part I find they don't seem to have much experience with customers that are making mods or thinking outside of the owners manual.


    Thanks all,

  • I am using set of winter tires without the pressure sensors for the second season, and tire pressure warning light does not come on. It appears that system is set up in such a way that in absence of the sensors the warning light is off.
  • rollbarrollbar Posts: 297
    No kidding.... :-)

    Everyone has told me the warning light will come on if there are no monitors present. If I get the same result you have, my problem is solved.

    As I think about my "fix" I suggest the computer may be looking for a "low" signal and so I was trying to fool it with one sensor but actually, if it was looking for a "low" signal, then having no monitors would work as well, just as you have experienced. Interesting.

    Thanks for the response.

    I'll let you know what happens.

  • rjs3rjs3 Posts: 1
    I appreciate this message thread -- it saved me from spending $250 for a new sensor which broke while replacing a tire.
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    I have aftermarket wheels/tires for the summer. What I'm finding is that the yellow low pressure indicator does not light immediately. So, for my commute and normal 50-100 mile trips, there's no worries. BUT, as soon as I drive further, say 150 miles plus, the low indicator comes on even if the tire pressures are OK. If I stop for a fill-up or other pit stop ;) , shut down the engine and then restart, the indicator stays off until I've drive some distance (it varies). Really, not a big deal, the light is not annoying.
  • rollbarrollbar Posts: 297

    I have yet to fit my aftermarket wheels since I am trading cars. But I'll have a 2006 Coupe soon and will be putting the wider wheels/tires on. Since no monitors are installed in the aftermarket wheels, I'll let the board know if my light comes on or not.

  • bocatripbocatrip Posts: 194
    Go for the Avon 550 A/S from They are a fraction of the price and are great for rain. I got them for my car after changing the OEM Goodyear crappy tires twice. The dealer paid for them due to a defective flaw with the factory rims.
  • joeshanjoeshan Posts: 70
    04 35X.
    My RS-A's have 21,500 miles on them and need to be replaced. My local (Mavis Discount Tire) guy suggested Cooper Zeon Sport A/S high perfomance tires @129.00 each. They're supposedly quieter than the Goodyears and have a treadwear rating of 400, vs. the 260 of the Goodyears. I'm probably going to give them a shot.
    I've known the guy for years, and trust his judgement and experience. He would gladly sell me the Goodyears @180.00 each, but said that the Coopers were better based on customer feedback. He also suggested against going to another size tire (as did a Tire Rack rep) as that could screw up the VDC. I really do not want to get into "magazine" tires.
    Has anybody else tried these tires?
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    I don't have experience with that particular Cooper tire, but a few of my friends run Coopers and swear by them. Sounds like they're worth a try.
  • joeshanjoeshan Posts: 70
    Thanks. I'm probably going to go for them. If for no other reason, Cooper is HQ'd in Findlay, OH-my wife grew up two towns away :)
  • joeshanjoeshan Posts: 70
    Well, I got the Coopers. I also got an alignment-it turns out the front was a little out of whack.
    The tires are okay. They are quieter than the RS-A's. Turn in doesn't seem to be as sharp, but otherwise they seem to be comparable regarding handling. I've only had them since Saturday; we'll see about the wet weather handling as it's going to rain tonight. I'll be driving to OH in a couple of weeks; I'll see how they are on the road.
  • csholst03csholst03 Posts: 20
    I replaced my 03 Sedan Goodyears with the Avon M550AS. The Goodyears were quiet, nice riding tires (I'm in Atlanta, with good road surfaces) but terrible grip in wet weather. The Avons are a great value, I have 15,000 miles on them now. They have great traction, I think better wet than dry. I upsized to P235/50 17 size, does not change speedometer reading and look better I think. However, they make more noise than the Goodyears, with 15,000 they growl a bit more than I like, but that may not bother you. I'd expect about 30,000 to 35,000 miles before I need a new set. I entertained the Goodyear F1's, they have good reviews on Tire Rack. I hear the Michelins Pilot sports are great but make a lot of noise and I don't like the noise.
  • Hello,

    Can someone help me with how to figure out what tires can replace my current Goodyear Eagle GSD. These tires came stock when I purchased the tire and have already worn out (with only 25K miles). They are way too expensive and I can't figure out what a solid replacement would that costs less to give similiar performance and ride. Anyone have any help or ideas? Or, has anyone replaced their tires and if so, what did you buy and are you happy with them?

  • mnrep2mnrep2 Posts: 200
    See the post directly above yours. The Avons are a solid choice. I have heard very good things about Cooper tires as well. Yes , I know Cooper owns Avon... ;)
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    If you don't drive on the snow, Dunlop sport FM901 is the best bet for a limited budget, much better performance than the Avon or Coper.
  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    I just bought a set of General Exclaim UHP in 245/45/18 for my car. Have 1300 miles on them and so far they are great.
    I replaced a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3. These were really grippy but noisy. They also didn't last long. The Generals are a "Z" rated tire and listed at a wear rating of 380. They are much quieter than the Goodyears. They seem to stick pretty well at the speeds I drive. Tire Rack has them as well. Read the reviews of those tires that interest you, decide how much to spend and then pull the trigger.
  • kittenmeowkittenmeow Posts: 15
    The new set of Goodyear or Bridgestones will cost me over $600 with shipping. Does anyone know of a website or a place where I can get new tires at a discount? (Already looked at Costco and they don't carry anything other than Michelin).
    Thanks for your help.
  • raizelgsraizelgs Posts: 84

    What was the outcome of installing the aftermarket wheels without the monitors. Does the light come on? I've been switching my monitors back and forth between my winter and summer wheels, and I was going to buy a second set ($400) :cry: but may not, depending on your results. Thanks
  • rollbarrollbar Posts: 297
    I could not trick the computer. With my summer wheels and tires on (without the sensors) I do get a tire pressure warning light. That's the bad news.

    The good news is that it is a yellow/amber light and so blends in with the other lights on the dash. It blinks off and on for a minute or two and then glows steadily.

    Frankly, I notice it occasionally when I start and it's blinking but that's about it. It's sits over to the left side and is out of my line of sight, which helps too.

    So, it's really not a problem.

    As for the sensors, they would not fit either of my choices for summer wear. I returned them to the dealer.

  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    What Roll said but in my case the low pressure warning light only comes on after extended highway travel. If I'm doing local travel, it does not light.
  • rollbarrollbar Posts: 297
    That's interesting esfoad. My light comes on almost immediately. What year Coupe? Mine is a 2006.

  • esfoadesfoad Posts: 210
    Mine's an '05 X sedan. Perhaps the systems are different? :surprise:
  • Joe: ...was wondering how your Coopers reacted in wet weather.My '05 G35 sedan (non-sport) has approx 20,000 and needing new shoes. I've been unhappy with the Goodyear RS-A (P215/55R17)and would appreciate recommendations on a tire with more wet stickiness as well as longer tread life. I've had some bad hydroplaning with my OEMs. Would appreciate hearing from anyone with suggestions for affordable alternatives. I'm in the Houston TX area. Thanks
  • waiwai Posts: 327
    I changed from RSA 225/45R17 to Dunlop SP9000 which is night and day difference on my Jetta VR6. Now the new tire has 11,000 miles on it. I think I can get 28,000 miles on my aggressive driving style, it performs extremely well in heavy rain, high resistance in hydroplanning and quite sticky in the dry roads.
  • Greetings. I've not had any problems with the Coopers in the wet, but I've got AWD, which I'm sure makes a difference, and they're quieter. But still, with the VDC, ABS & TC, I can't see hydroplaning being a problem. Of course, I slow down in the rain ;).
    If snow is not an issue for you, perhaps you should look into summer tires, as they may provide both wet and dry traction superior to all-season tires. The Tire Rack has favorable reviews of the Avon Tech 550 tires.
    I was also told by the Tire Rack rep that I should order OEM size tires, as larger tires might drive the VDC crazy and cause hydroplaning problems (plausible enough to be possible, but I'm skeptical). Happy shopping!
  • I had the RS-A's for 21K miles on my '03.5 sedan. Even though they still had tread left, they were quite slippery when it rained and downright dangerous.

    I switched to Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 1K miles ago and love them. They seem a bit noiser, and my fuel economy has gone down 1 mpg, but the grip and handling is outstanding rain or shine. I'm not seeing the "Slip" light nearly as often anymore. They also have a much higher treadwear rating than the RS-A's (not that it matters any since each manufacturer sets their own "standard"), so hopefully they'll last longer.

    The Avon's are also highly recommended by TireRack customers. After considering mounting/balancing/shipping/road hazard etc. costs, I had the Michelins installed at Costco ($60 off coupon at the time) since they were only a few bucks more than Avon's from TireRack.
  • Have read on Tirerack, and talked with people at a couple of other tire shops, the new Kumhos are pretty good, and around $100 each.

    SPT - summer tires
    ASX - All season

  • Thanks to all responding to my questions regarding tires for my G-sedan. Since Wai & Joe are way over in the northeast climes and thankfully I never encounter the white stuff I'll continue to look for the "perfect" summer shoe for my GiGi. Macman, would like Michelins but without a coupon they could be a little pricey for me. I'm still considering the Avons -- just like to deal with the local yokels.

    Joe, thanks for including the comment from TireRack about staying with OEM sizes. The local TireMax store is trying to sell me Hancook Ventus HRII H405 225/50R17. I hear they are made by Japenese Coopers which is probably fine. Just a wee bit weary of changing to 225/50 from 215/55. The price of $88.20 is nice but not if it messes with GiGI's VDC. Since I'm stuck at home recuping from a mild ticker attk I've got plenty of time to continue my research. Would appreciate additional comments/recommendations. Thanks again.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Ooh, do take care of that ticker ... best wishes.
  • rollbarrollbar Posts: 297
    I'm running SPT's on my summer wheels and have no complaints. Only have 5500 miles on them so can't comment on wear, although there is no real wear showing yet.

    I run 8.5s up front and 10's in the back so my sizes are a bit off the stock sizes.

    Roll 06 Coupe
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