Lexus IS Tires and Wheels



  • subearusubearu Member Posts: 3,613
    Just curious, anyone using snow tires on their rwd IS's?

  • ajmtbmajmtbm Member Posts: 245
    what tires do you have?

    what is your driving style?

    i am nervous about the brake and tire life being short - anyone had other experiences regarding when they changed theirs

    also - anyone have info on how much a brake job costs?
  • tolberttolbert Member Posts: 2
    Tire noise is awful on my 07 IS250, 10,ooo miles. Lexus replaced the front ones at 4000 miles. Noise is back. I have the bridgestones. I am fighting with them now on what to do. Any suggestions?
  • carhunter3carhunter3 Member Posts: 11
    Have them put on the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx's. Mine have almost 26K miles on them and I'm thinking about replacing them with the same tire. Actually, I have the road hazard warranty and just had one replaced through the warranty...ran over a finishing nail and it's kind of near the sidewall where it can't be now we only have to buy 3 instead of 4 (and at over $200/tire that's quite a savings). The Dunlop is quiet and wears well and also has awesome wet traction. I live in Florida so I know all about wet traction. Actually we just came through a bad rainstorm coming through Orlando and even with so little tread left, I never felt unsure with the Dunlops. Of course, if you're in the north where u have snow, these would not be the tire for u.
  • carhunter3carhunter3 Member Posts: 11
    This may be a silly question since I get the feeling most of you are guys and know a lot about cars, if you buy tires over the internet, who do you get to install them? Don't most places want you to purchase the tires from them if you're going to use their installation services?
  • alolewisalolewis Member Posts: 36
    If you buy from thye have a list of people who will install them for a small fee. Not sure about other places that sell tires on the Internet. you can also check out small independent tire stores or service stations, they may do it. I know a guy who even took own oil and filter to a garage as it was cheaper.
  • carmonkeycarmonkey Member Posts: 32
    I purchased a set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires at Discount Tire- front 235/40R18 and rear 265/40R18. The PS2s are stickier, a little smoother, and quieter than the factory Dunlops.
  • maxidrivemaxidrive Member Posts: 70
    Aren't the stock tires' sizes 225 for the front and 255 for the rear? Is it okay to replace them with bigger sizes?
  • kc567567kc567567 Member Posts: 29
    Aren't the stock tires' sizes 225 for the front and 255 for the rear? Is it okay to replace them with bigger sizes?

    My Summer's for a IS350 (stock i believe)
    Dunlop SP SPORT MAXX
    front 225/40R18 88Y
    rear 255/40R18 95Y

    Winter Wheel is SPYN D5 Hyper Silver
    front 225/45R17 94 R XL
    rear 225/50R17 98 R XL

  • carmonkeycarmonkey Member Posts: 32
    The slightly wider setup is safe. The additional 10 mm width per tire should not excessively stress the suspension. Some dealers might gripe if a warranty issue develops with any suspension components.
  • ar39ar39 Member Posts: 61
    The additional width would not harm the suspension. Rather, it would wear the wheel bearings out quicker. Also, there will be a drop in mpg since there's increase in weight.
  • snowcreeksnowcreek Member Posts: 1
    Has any one experienced a cracked front wheel on 18inch standard stock mag 06 Lexus IS250. Seems like the wheel should withstand blow from road rut. Believe this shouldn't happen to the wheel (cracking the way it did)) trying to find if there is any history to this problem and will pursue further.

  • bizunitbizunit Member Posts: 5
    I leased a lexus is250 with 17" standard wheels. I want 18" wheels (didnt get them with purchase b/c got a good deal on a car in stock/at dealership)...
    What options do I have? Im thinking if I get the 18's then I can just put the 17's back on when i turn it in in 36months.
    Any suggestions on 18" rims/tires? and where to get them?
  • achan618achan618 Member Posts: 9
    I am searching for new tires as I miraculously got to 50,000 on the stock tires. Must be all the freeway driving I do. Anyways, my question is if it matters if I get $150 tires versus $300 dollar tires. The specs of the front tires and back are the following:

    Front: 225/40R/18"
    Rear: 255/40R/18"

    Some of the cheaper tires have ratings of 88W, versus some higher ones of 92Y.
  • mycar17mycar17 Member Posts: 9
    I leased my Lexus IS250 at the end of June, and asked the salesman outright if I would have to replace the tires at the end of my lease. I know these can be pretty pricey on the cars, from what I've read. He assured me that when I turned the car back in at 36,000 miles I should have plenty of tread left and would not have to replace the tires.
    Imagine my surprise when I saw that many people posting that the tires last only about 15,000 miles, and the disclaimer on the Lexus website that the 17" wheels last about 20,000 miles and the 18" wheels about 15,000.
    Did I totally get the wool pulled over my eyes? It is what it is, but I'd just like to know how many sets of new tires I'm looking at in a 3 year lease....
  • ar39ar39 Member Posts: 61
    Tire wear depends on road conditions, driving habbits & tire maintenance (rotation, tire pressure etc). In my personal experience with AWD, my original tires have lasted 34K miles & are good for another ~15K miles. So, if you take good care of your tires, they will last longer.

  • kgk3kgk3 Member Posts: 19
    I have an IS 350 with a cracked (and bent) front rim (18" double spoke). Lexus wants $800+ for a new rim and says its not covered by the warranty because it's due to hitting something hard. Any thoughts on this? Shouldn't a wheel designed to carry low-profile tires be able to withstand some bumps in the road?
  • lakers4lifelakers4life Member Posts: 2
    hi, im thinkin of pickin up the is250 in about 2 month or so. the front are 225 and rear are 245, is there any way i can make it 245 around or 225 around with the stock. and if i get after market, can i do 245 around or so i need spacer for the front. thanks :)
  • bergersrbergersr Member Posts: 2
    I have an 2007 IS 250 with 35,000 miles, which has Bridgstone Turanza tires - 225 40-18 fronts and 255 40-18 rears. I don't want to spend more than $150 per tire if I can. Any suggestions as to a good replacement tire?

  • carmonkeycarmonkey Member Posts: 32
    Personally, I recommend not skimping on tires. If you cannot afford to properly equip the car, you cannot afford the car. With that said, Goodyear Eagles might be "budget" option to consider.
  • bergersrbergersr Member Posts: 2
    Thanks carmonkey. I only asked because it's a lease. Thanks for the suggestion!
  • baobaobaobao Member Posts: 2
    Hi, i have 2006 IS250 as well. My left front tire came off 10 days ago while i was driving on the highway. Lexus dealer refused to make any comment and Lexus customer service is not reply my phone call. I am not sure where I should go next? :sick: ">
  • LexusSledLexusSled Member Posts: 5
    I have a 2008 IS 250 AWD. Due to frequent TPMS warnings I have gotten in the habit of checking the tire air pressure about once a month. These low profile tires seem to consistently lose about 2-4 psi every month. I have contacted Lexus and had the car into the dealership. Everything checked out ok. Is this just a fact of life with low profile tires? This is the first car I have owned with low profile tires and I don't plan on purchasing another. They seem to require more maintenance than other tires. I drive under normal suburban and highway road conditions. Nothing extreme. In the year and a half I have owned this car I have spent an inordinate amount of time checking tire pressure and adding air. Thanks.
  • vchengvcheng Member Posts: 1,284
    Try this: adjust pressure to 27 psi or therabouts in all tires including the spare. Reinitialize the system at this pressure (check the owner's manual). Reset tire pressures to 35 psi or so (or wherever you prefer to be). Now the warning will come on a lot less frequently.

    A lot of 2 psi per month is not all that unusual. A loss of of 1 psi per 10 degree change in ambient temp is also usual.

    Of course, you can always decide to be duly diligent and keep on as you have been! :)
  • xraymanrrxraymanrr Member Posts: 34
    i have a 2008 250 IS AWD . I need new tires. 225 45 17 91V.
    i have bridgestone potenza re92 currently and i do not like their wet handling ability. replacement tires seen to really limited in this speed rating. anybody have any recommendations on the dunlop sp sport 5000 or continental contiprocontact tires or any other tires.
  • carmonkeycarmonkey Member Posts: 32
    For wet handling I loved the Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires on my IS350. Now that I have a second car, I'm running Falken Azenis RT-615 on my IS350 and mainly drive it when there's no rain (which is most of the time where I live).
  • epicmepicm Member Posts: 2
  • epicmepicm Member Posts: 2
    I am looking for a passenger front tire that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg. Any suggestions? My car is RWD.
  • fredyazziefredyazzie Member Posts: 3
    I have a 2008 IS 250 with 18" OE tires. What are the pros and cons of switching to 17" rims and all weather tires, if possible
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USMember Posts: 898
    "....What are the pros and cons of switching to 17" rims and all weather tires, if possible."

    First, switching from 18" to 17" rims is directionally towards better ride, and away from better handling. However, there is more difference between tires (make and model) than a simple size change like this. You can overwhelm the difference by careful selection of tires.

    Further, switching from OE Summer tires to All Season tires is directionally towards better wear, worse fuel economy, worse grip, and worse handling. Again careful selection of tires is important as you may be able to mitigate this.
  • fredyazziefredyazzie Member Posts: 3

    thanks for your reply. I wonder why everyone recommends alignment check every time you change tires. I check my tread wear every 3-4000 miles to see if there is any indication of an alignment problem. I just sold my 2004 Lexus ES-330 with 95,000 miles on it. Never had an alignment check. OE tires lasted 55,000 with no wear problems and 40,000 on the replacement tire with no wear problems. Brakes lasted 85,000 miles. Is the alignment problem with the IS 250 a vehicle design issue or a driver problem?
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USMember Posts: 898
    ".........I wonder why everyone recommends alignment check every time you change tires. ....."

    Aside from the obvious revenue enhancement, many folks pay no attention to the wear on their tires, so when they go in to replace their tires, they have no idea if there is a problem or not. The idea is that to insure that the vehicle is in alignment at the beginning. Later, it would be too late to try to fix an alignment induced tire wear problem - the wear is already there and can not be undone.

    On the other hand, if there is no indication there might be a problem, then the risk is low that the alignment may be faulty. There is a risk that something may have recently happened and its affect has not had enough time to manifest itself, but the odds of that being the case are low.

    "......Is the alignment problem with the IS 250 a vehicle design issue or a driver problem?...."

    I only have alignment data for a 2009 IS250 Sport 2WD. I see a number of problems with the specs, but I'll only outline one - rear camber. The specs say -1.23° ±0.75°. Not only is the target over 1°, but it is possible for the value to be nearly 2° and still be "In Spec". That's a design issue! And that is only one of several.

    That is not to say the every IS250 Sport 2WD is going to have tire wear problams as there are many things that impact tire wear, but there are certainly some vehicle factors that are directionally wrong.
  • greeneyespsugreeneyespsu Member Posts: 139
    I have an 09 IS 250 RWD with 19950 miles on it. Last night I was driving down a residential street and my drivers side rear tire blew out. I thought I ran something over, like a nail, but there are no holes in it. Turns out the tire ripped on the side wall, a good inch or so long. The tow truck driver said that's a defect in the tire and I should talk to my dealer. What do you think? My tread is like new, he said. Just wondering if a rip on the outer tire wall has happened to any of you and what you or your dealership did about it? I have the premium package so I do have the 18" wheels and seemingly low-pro's. Any advice is appreciated, I need to get this fixed by like tomorrow!
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USMember Posts: 898
    This does not sound like a tire defect. Consider you have nearly 20K miles on the tires - and defects would show up pretty quickly.

    It does sound like what you've described - a rip - which is usully caused by some debris that snags the sidewall.
  • gordongjgordongj Member Posts: 23
    Have any readers here had a problem with their painted alloys "pimpling"? (Raised little bumps like pimples). All 4 of my wheels have them - some wheels worse than others. On the positive side, I emailed the dealership with a couple of pictures and they are replacing all 4 wheels under warranty - no questions asked! I could not believe how easy this was. I was ready for a bit of a fight.

  • raymond59raymond59 Member Posts: 1
    I have a IS250 with different sized tires. The rims are the same size. If I replace the front tires with the same size as the back (245/45R17) will there be any consequences? Will they fit?
  • gordongjgordongj Member Posts: 23
    The finish on my '07 IS 250 alloys were blistering. Without even asking to see them, they ordered me 4 new ones under warranty. If every issue were this easy to resolve!
  • gordongjgordongj Member Posts: 23
    For the same reason, I have my tire changes done at the dealership also. I was told that some tire shops occassionally wreck a tire pressure monitor now and again. Those can be expensive to replace,
  • rmc808rmc808 Member Posts: 1
    I did the unforgivable and scraped my rim on the curb; the dealership does not carry silver/chrome color touch up paint; has anyone had this issue and found paint to match? Thanks!
  • fredyazziefredyazzie Member Posts: 3
    My front rims were badly scratched from hitting too many curbs. Contacted Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, moble unit came to my house and did an excellent job of refinising the rims. found them on Google
  • dennis56dennis56 Member Posts: 3
    I have to replace my tires and found a great buy on a set of used 255 x 40 x 18 from an estate. My question is, my front tires are only 225 x 40 x 18. .. and the rears are the larger 255 size.

    Will these larger sized tires fit on the front rims without rubbing anywhere or causing any problems.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USMember Posts: 898
    No, the larger tires will NOT fit on the front. Not only are the wheels different, but there isn't enough room and the tires will rub. If one of those deflates, it could result in a dangerous situation.
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