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Honda Civic Tires and Wheels

mcapmcap Posts: 49
edited September 2014 in Honda
Hey all:

I seem to get at least two flats a year :cry: I had to run my car on a flat for a distance so although the patch is holding, I am going to replace the tire. It's the passanger side rear tire. Any receommendations? Should I just do the one (they always recommend at least two but who knows if that's honest).

Are the stock tires crap? Should I consider full replacement?



  • mrmusicmrmusic Posts: 15
    The stock tires are crap! The Bridgestones now clutter my garage. I got Michlein sport alantro tires and filled them with Nitrogen gas. Much happier now.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    As far as replacement, if the tires (car) has low miles and the tires are good tread wise AND you don't have any deep seated hatred for Bridgestone tires you can only replace the one. If you don't like some aspect of that model Bridgestone..too noisy etc now would be the time to totally replace them with another brand. This is my first experience with Bridgestone tires so will use them until worn and then see what brand I will use.
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    Never ever replace a tire with a OEM tire unless the car is a very high end car that comes with good OEM tires.

    Most small sedans come with crappy OEM tires that wear quick and do very poorly in the rain and snow, etc.

    Just remember if you replace the one, you have to replace the other one of the other side regardless of if it's the front two or back two. Different tread on the same end will cause odd problems, especially at speed. Dangerous as well.

    My choice, replace all 4 with a good quality set from Tire Rack and have a trusted shop in your area install and balance them, etc.

    Use the rating system to see how others rate the tires. I myself usually by a yokama tire, the V4 look good. I had a set of yokohama avid t4's on my 86 civic Si and they were great tires.

    You can't go wrong with tire rack. If you are unsure, ask one of their specialists to help you and OH, price does not always equate to a great tire.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    I beg to differ on the need to replace 1 tire only with 2... or as you state in pairs. If the damaged one is nearly new and, as in this case, suffered a puncture that the owner feels uncomfortable driving on then only the offending tire needs replaced. If you replace it with the same brand and model tire as the rest and the other 3 have low miles, even wear and good tread there is no technical need to replace in pairs. If the others have 40K miles then replace all 4...
  • mcapmcap Posts: 49
    Thanks all for your responses. I agree with both of you actually. I am going to replace just the one with the original. I know it's not a great tire and it isn't cheap either. But I really just use my car to get around and I get a lot of flats in Brooklyn. So, I don't want to replace it with 4 high end tires that are just going to puncture anyway.

    It was the rear tire and the car only has 6 k miles. So, it should be fine. I will look at the tire rack however, for when I need more or when it's time to replace. Thanks for the advice!!!!!! I really appreciate it.

  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    I see your begging to differ and raise you multiple views, hahaha.

    We all feel differently and we all have different experiences when it comes to tires and such so it's cool to feel otherwise on my view :)
  • goofycatgoofycat Posts: 11
    Tire Rack ( has a great forum on most tires. I bought a Honda Element 6 months ago and found that the original tires were terrible...hard riding, noisy and lacking grip. I replaced them with ones I found on tirerack and found that the new tires were far better than the originals. I was surprised that the cost quoted by Tire Rack for the new ones was not much more than the originals, and questioned in my mind why Honda put such junky tires on my Element. Maybe they got a good deal from the manufacturer. Anyway, before I buy a new car, I will check the history of bad experiences by owners' forum on Tire Rack and demand of the dealer that they change to the tires of my choice. They might say "NO," but I will never know unless I try to negotiate the change. BTW, I have never had any problems with Bridgestones, but tire features and quality can vary with the same manufacturer. Michelins are known for being able to be balanced, etc., but I will still check with Tire Rack first.
  • fullupfullup Posts: 1
    I just bought a 97 civic ES. It came w/ cheap hubcaps and small tires. I don't want to modify the car at all in any way that will negatively affect safety, braking, etc. I also don't want low profiles that make a pothole an expensive proposition. I just want to replace the cheap hubcaps w/ a nicer looking wheel (maybe pulls from another honda), and I want to put the largest tire on the wheel that it's rated for. Any ideas what the factory recommended range of tire sizes is, and what type/size wheels would be nice? Also, what year model pulls would work on a 97?
  • Anyone buy winter snow and ice tires and rims on their 2006 Civic EX from COSTCO?

    I went to COSTCO looking for Mich. Ice-x on steel rims and was told the bolt spacing had been modified for 2006 and the don't stock. The deal is I'm not worried about putting 205/16's on if I can get away with 195/15 which is quite kosher as the diameters are the same. The diffrence is the 15's are a lot less money. Also COSTCO fills with Nitrogen for the money.
  • I just purchased a 2007 Civic LX Sedan and have a quick question on the rear tires. I noticed while looking at the rear tires it looks like they are at an odd angle, like there pointing in. I'm sure it just looks that way with the wheel well body angle but it makes me curious. There are no steering, handling problems, car is brand new. Stopped and looked at another Civic, looked the same. It's probably my eyes playing tricks on me. Does anyone see the same thing or am I going crazy. Thanks, luv the Civic.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Brought it into the dealer and they said all is fine with the car. They were probaly right because the treads all wore evenly on all 4 tires that I swapped out today. I rotate every 5k miles and try to keep 32 lbs. all around.
    Just walked out to the garage and looked at my '06 Civic LX and the rear tires do the same thing also! Intersting actually, both our cars and now yours. Anyone else care to weigh in on this?

    The Sandman :)
  • I have a question for anyone who can help. I am looking at after market wheels for my Civic and can't decide whether to go with 17s or 18s... Does anyone have an '06 or '07 with after market wheels? Pics?
  • Independent Rear Suspension. The wheels will pitch independently based on weight in the car... Ask a couple friends to sit in the back seat and look at the rear wheels form the outside. You'll see what I mean...
  • smnasonsmnason Posts: 10
    I just bought a 2007 Civic and noticed that right around 80 mph either the engine or the wheels begin to shake a bit. I can definitely feel the shaking when holding onto the steering wheel, and my wife says she notices it in the passenger seat as well. I can't tell, though, whether it is something with the engine or the wheels. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what did you do?

    Thanks for your help.
  • yea it aint a prob .. im guesisn this was on the highway .. its cuz the Civics front wheel drive and the tires got good grip .. and since some parts of the highway are new or is weatherd abit ..the car tends to shake abit.. but its nothing to worry bout .. i've hit like +100 a few times .. and the shakein really isnt a issue ..
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    The most common cause for this kind of vibration at high speed is mis-balanced wheels. That is what I would check first if I were you. If a proper re-balancing doesn't fix the problem, it could be a bad tire.
  • smnasonsmnason Posts: 10
    I figured the problem is wheel related. I just don't think it is normal for a brand new car to shake like mine does at only 80mph. I traded my old 96 Jetta in for the Civic and I never felt the Jetta shake like the Civic does. I guess I'll have to take it in.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Not that uncommon really. And it's likely Honda doesn't test every new Civic at 80 mph at the factory. :)
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Would the alloys from the Accord fit an '06 Civic LX? Would any of the 16" alloys that I've seen online fit the LX? I'm thinking of adding alloys to my Civic and am not quite sure of the offset & things like that.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks all.

    The Sandman :confuse:
  • cj20cj20 Posts: 4
    I purchased a 2007 civic lx about 2 months ago and wanting to upgrade wheels. Sure I can buy aftermarket wheels with the exact offset i need, but the all wheels produces now use hubcentric rings and i am not sure using those. But I was thinking about trying to put the new Civic SI 17" rims and tires on my lx civic. Here are the specs for the EX vs. the Si:
    EX Wheels
    Wheel Size: 16 x 6.5"
    Bolt Pattern: 5 x 114.3mm
    Offset: +45mm
    Hub: 64.1mm
    Hollander # 16114
    Structure: Aluminum Alloy
    Finish: Silver Painted
    Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL400
    Tire Size: 205/55/R16

    Civic Si rims:
    Rim Width: 7J
    Tire Width: 215
    Aspect Ratio: 45
    Rim Diameter (inches): 17
    Offset: 45 Load Index: 97
    Number of Bolts: 5
    Speed Index: W: max 270 km/h
    Bolt Pattern: 5 x 4.50 or 5 x 114.3
    Can anyone tell if me if these wheels/tires will fit without having to buy spacers or added mods? Any input on this would be appreciated.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I also want to swap out my steelies on my '06 LX and I found some great Accord wheels, but have been told by others that they won't fit. Bummer. Might have to break down and just get some EX rims somewhere. I think the LX looks a little boring without some nicer rims, but will probaly have to wait awhile longer.

    The Sandman :(
  • cj20cj20 Posts: 4
    I am being told by one honda dealership that the positive offset is wrong on the SI wheels and won't fit on the lx/ex. It is a +45 offset, but so is the standard ex wheel, the only difference is the si wheel is a 17"X7" where the ex is a 16"x6.5"...I might also have to go with standard ex wheels, just to make it look better, or aftermarkets, but those si wheels look awesome, especially on a silver car.
  • if i were you i would have them looked at. i have the same problem and it turned out both my rear tires at broken belts in them at 30k. I don't want to say the problem is bad factory tires because my front ones are fine and they are the driving tires, but it might be. all I know is the warranty better cover it. :mad:
  • I have a 2006 Civic EX sedan with almost 20,000 miles now. My tires are the same and it WILL be a problem. After 15,000 miles I was getting a vibration and noise in the rear and took the car in. The dealer said I needed 2 new tires because the inside edges of the rear tires were completely worn and left it at that. I went back a week later after checking online and finding it to be a fairly common problem. Over 4,000 miles later and I'm still trying to get it taken care of. I was told two weeks ago Honda has a bulletin about it and needs to send a rep out to the dealer to look at the car. I can't find anything about the bulletin. Then last week the dealer called me back saying they ordered 2 tires and Honda will split the cost with me. Got a call today saying the tires are in. Well, I'm not paying for tires that were destroyed due to whatever the problem may be with the rear suspension, just to have them destroyed again because no one's doing anything about the problem. So the fight to get the problem fixed will continue tomorrow when I call the dealer back. All I know is that the service guy at the dealer said 06 and 07 civics were affected and I think it's going to be a major problem.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Bought some new rims on eBay last week...16" Honda Civic wheels from a '05 Civic Si. Should be on the car by the end of next week. Think they will be a big improvement over the steelies with bolt on wheel covers on my '6 LX.

    The Sandman :)
  • cj20cj20 Posts: 4
    I looked at a set of 2005 civic si wheels also..but wasn't sure about the offset. Would you mind sending me some pics when you get them installed? Just curious as to how they look.
  • Aren't the '05 rims four bolt? or are the Si rims 5 bolt...? :confuse:
  • Hello,

    I've searched, and can't seem to find this info anywhere -- can anybody with a 2006 or 2007 Honda Civic EX (with the 16" wheels) report what the manual says about using tire chains and/or cables? I'm considering this car, but make occasional trips in the California mountains, where chains are sometimes required.

    My old Neon lacked clearance to the front strut, and required expensive (and bulky) "Spike Spiders" traction devices that I used exactly twice in 12 years (but without them wouldn't have been allowed to drive back home over the passes); I'm hoping my next car can just take a cheap set of cable chains...


  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    I just looked again at my EBAY acount and there are 5 lug nut holes in the rims. You got me scared there for a bit. Whew!! When I spoke with the seller, I made sure that he knew that I had a '06 Civic with the 16" wheels and again got an e-mail confirmation that these rims would indeed fit the car. I found a chart with all the information needed and after hearing all the numbers, he said there'd be no problems.
    I expect them sometime next week and am figuring they'll be installed next Friday at my mechanic's shop which is within walking distance to my installation.

    The Sandman :surprise:
  • Sorry for the scare, good for the wheels. I might go that way , too! :)
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