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Honda Accord Tires and Wheels



  • robgraverobgrave Posts: 65
    Speed rating? (V or H)

    Nice to hear positive feedback about Primacy MXV4's, but I'm already convinced they are the tires as advertised; if price weren't an issue, I wouldn't even think twice about it (except for the speed rating question, which still bugs me.)
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    So in an effort to ditch the "grandpa" tire size on my Accord and make the thing have some semblance of cornering and turn-in, I want to replace my 205/60R16 tires and 16" wheels with a 17 inch wheel. The Acura TL 17x8 wheel is pretty easy to find used, but I think that requires a 225 or 235 width tire and the recommendation is a 215.
    I think the widest wheel I can have with a 215 is like a 7" or 7.5" and the narrowest tire I can get on an 8" rim is a 225. Can I run a 225/50R17 and clear my fender lip and suspension? I have seen people running the Acura TL 17x8 rim on the Accord (and it looks good, IMHO) but other people are more willing to accept rubbing/binding than I am.
    Any thoughts or suggestions?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,739
    take the easy way out, and get the wheels from a V6 accord, which are 17" and certainly narrow enough to fit!

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    take the easy way out, and get the wheels from a V6 accord, which are 17" and certainly narrow enough to fit!

    I would totally do that if I could find inexpensive V6 coupe or HFP wheels but I don't care for the V6 sedan wheels. I would also like something that isn't too much heavier than what I have now. The TSX wheel is also a 17x7 I believe and takes a 215/50R17 which should fit fine.

    The car has just shy of 60k and the Bridgestones that came on it prolly have until the end of summer so I have sometime to find something good.
  • I have Riken on my 07 se v6.... Worst tire I've ever owned. They ares down to 2/32 with only 26k miles. They were noisy and a disaster on any snow/ice road..even got caught in slush. I know this is well after you posted, but for anyone else out there...Riken + Accord 17" = BAD NEWS!
  • wds1wds1 Posts: 23
    I have a 2006 Honda Accord EX-V6.  I purchased the car in Nov. 2005 and replaced the tires in July 2008.  The car had V rated tires, but I never enjoyed the ride as it was not smooth to me.  I replaced them with Michelin Primacy MXV4 H tires at 38K miles.  Now, at 85K miles, the tires on the rear were worn to the thread, while the front was getting fairly close.  Also, the salesman pointed out I had dry rot on all four tires.  I decided to replace them all.  I questioned them about the dry rot, but they did not have much to say.  Should they have?

    I replaced the tires with the same brand and model with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 H.  As soon as I drove the car, it was BUMPY beyond belief.  It was as if I was in a wagon traveling in the West, before it was developed.  Well, maybe not that bad, but did not drive like the old set, at all.  I returned the car to the tire dealer today.  The air in the tires were set at 37 PSI. according to the tire dealer and 40 PSI, according to my car repairman (checked with him prior to going back to the tire shop).  The Honda manufacturer recommends 32 PSI front and 29 PSI back.   The tires have a recommended 40 PSI, I was told.  The tire salesman said he would drive the car before and after letting air out to see if that would help.  However, when he called he told me he did not have time.  I told him to drive it because I did not want to take the car back and forth after just paying over $1K for 4 tires.  He called back to say he thought it was okay, but if I was not pleased, they would work with me about other tires.  I went to pick up the car.  Before leaving, the owner said he drove the car and did feel every bump in the road.  He thought the air reduction might help though.  Both of the them said I was just probably not used to new tires though.  Not true, as I remember what a great feel they had in 08 when I first drove the old set.  The feel of these tires are not even similar.

    I will now be going in a THIRD time for $1K tires, which seems totally unacceptable.  I feel all the bumps in the road still. as the air reduction DID NOT help very much, at all.  Between the owner and the salesman, they have told me this about four times I could get new tires.  Am I missing something here?  Do you think they think they are defective?

    Are there known problems with Michelin?  I had always liked the old set of Michelin.  Could the bumpy ride be due to defective tires?  Note the steering wheel does not shake and the car does not veer to either side.  There did seem to be a lot of play in the steering wheel when I picked up the car though.  I am not sure why.  
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    I have the same tires and love them. Just got them this summer and have 12k miles on them. I can hardly see any sign of wear. I expect them to last about 100k miles. They handle well ride well and seem to be efficient. I keep them at 40 psi and the ride is fine.

    How on earth were they a thousand dollars. They were half that at Sams club with lifetime balance etc. There was a $70 rebate at the time (for all 4 not each).

    I will say that when mine were brand new they seemed a little skittish because of the oils in the top layer and the nubs take a long time to wear off. Also tread squirm is its worst at full depth tread.

    Have different michelins on the minivan and noticed that made a strange sound going over bumps (sounded like a big red gym ball bouncing - sproing). That went away after a few thousand miles.

    Tires change a lot over their lifetime. They tend to get better in every way except for wet/snow traction. If it never rained we would all drive with bald tires as they provide maximum dry grip and have no tread squirm.

    I recommend that you drive 1,000 miles or so to get the tires broken in then have them rebalanced. At that point they should start feeling better. You might even rotate them then too to help the nubs wear off sooner. Also rotating well help you figure if there is a bad tire, since moving a bad tire from the front to the back will change the way your car feels.
  • wds1wds1 Posts: 23
    The other quote in town was $1250! As I had the same tires earlier, I know what they SHOULD feel like new. I really believe there is a problem within the tires. I can even feel vibration under my seat just driving down the road. For the owner to admit he felt every bump in the road, I can't help but think there may be a problem.

    For me, these tires did not even began to last 100K though. They were full of dry rot in all four tires. My old tires lasted 47,000 miles and were down to the thread. I googled Michelin and dry rot and found consumer complaints about Michelin dry rot. I called Michelin and they said all tires have dry rot. They also said I can not go a rating down from V rated to H rating. He said that was the reason they did not ride well. He could not explain why the other tires rode well from the start. Hmmm.... He argued repeatedly about it as if I never told him the previous Michelins rode great. Also, I told him I was told you could go down ONE rating from V to H, but he said the tire salesmen were all wrong on telling me that previously.

    I'm not sure what I am going to do at this point. I seriously doubt I am keeping this particular set of tires though.
  • Here in the Detroit area, the savings for H vs. V with the Primacy is about $100 (for a set of 4) -- significant, but not in itself a deal maker, for me.

    First of all, trying to improve the ride of the Accord with softer tires doesn't seem to work well, from the reviews that I've seen. An Accord is what it is -- most of us were prepared for the rougher ride when we bought it. I've got no complaints.

    What concerns me most, though, is the potential for damage to wheels and suspension with the more pliable sidewall of the H rated tire. Potholes are inevitable, as much as I try to avoid them, and tires are the first line of defense. So far, my V- rated tires have held up very well (Michelins are, no matter what the critics say, a quality tire, and probably worth the premium pricing). I'm inclined to replace the original set with a V-rated Primacy set, until someone convinces me that I'm wasting my money. For protection's sake, if nothing else.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Fortunately tires don't dry rot in South Dakota - not enough pollution.

    When were the tires made - you can check on the sidewall for the date code it is the year and the week 1108 is the 8th week of 2011. Old tires might have problems. I doubt it is all 4 tires that are bad, but one may be - rotate them and it will be apparent which one.

    I also went from V to H. No problems. I don't think that this would cause a problem when other models of the same car with the same engine etc come standard with H.

    Tire give is more a function of tire pressure than sidewall stiffness.
  • Just bought a 2012 LX-S coupe, a little old fashioned - not a big fan of the 17 inch low profile tire look. Want to put some after market 16 inch wheels and 225/60/16 tires on. Any one here know how this will affect the VSA? Tire height changes 1 inch and speedometer 1.9 %.
    Thanks for any help.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 859
    Tire Rack recommends a 215/60R16 for its winter package - so I think that's a better choice.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,739
    I assume that is the standard size for the 4 cyl? I know on my 2005, it was 205/60-16 base, and the V6 had 215/50-17.

    Instead of aftermarket, I would try to find someone looking to upgrade from the base 16". At least you won't have to worry about quality, or offset. And th VSA should not care.

    for that, Isn't the bigger issue difference in diameter between the tires on the car?

    I actually have 3 H rated and 1 V rated Yokohama on my 2005 (the V has 8K less on it) thanks to a rear tire that decided to disintegrate on the highway. Then again, I don't have VSA or even TC.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • The 215 is 1/2 inch narrower and I am trying to gain as much sidewall height as I can without going too big is why I was looking at the 225.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    If you want sidewall height go with 15's it won't effect your speedometer. I run 205 65 15 in the winter. Same diameter as my 205 60 16 summer tires. Put the snow tires on aftermarket alloys from tirerack. I like the extra cushion in the winter when roads are bad.

    The base Accord tire is a 195 65 15 (on the DX model) and is slightly smaller.
  • That would work accecpt for the fact that 15 inch after wheel market selection is very small, even 16 inch limited. Now if you want 18 or 20 inchers, the sky is the limit.
  • lavrishevolavrishevo Posts: 312
    edited December 2011
    Hey guys,

    Just want to check with you all about replacing the Dunlop Sport 7000 AS's on my new 2011 LX-P. I don't like the tires at all. They are very noisy and tred life, from what I have read, is rather poor. I live in Puerto Rico so no snow or ice to worry about. I only have 6200 miles on the car but the ride and noise are not up to my standard. I think I would like to just go ahead and replace them now and sell the Dunlops used.

    TireRack ranks these 4 as the best sellers. Any comments on which ones are the best in your experience is greatly appreciated. I'm looking for low noise and comfort / longevity as priorities.

    General Altimax HP (Grand Touring All-Season) $97.00/Tire
    Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring (Grand Touring All-Season) $132.00/Tire
    Michelin Primacy MXV4 (Grand Touring All-Season) $135.00/Tire
    Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V) (High Performance All-Season) $98.00/Tire
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    If you have a Discount Tire Store in your area, they have the 15 aftermarkets.
  • rapriderraprider Posts: 42
    edited December 2011
    Hi...I'm in need of new tires for my 2000 Honda Accord Coupe EX V6. I have just over 100k miles on it. 5 years ago I used this forum to put Bridgestone Turanza's on, but after 45k miles, I've just about driven the rubber off them.

    The size I need is 205/60/16 V-rated (I'm okay with sticking with the Honda speed-rating spec). I live in Central NJ, drive pretty aggressively, but only for about 9-10k miles/year (very short daily back-road commuting to work).

    I am not looking for the cheapest tire or longest tread life, but do want something that has good, solid performance in dry/wet, light and/or deep snow and ice, and can also offer a comfortable ride/low noise.

    Similar to the above poster, I've narrowed down my options based on size/speed requirements and reviews in Consumer Reports and TireRack to:

    Dunlop SP Sport Signature
    General Altimax
    Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
    Michelin Primacy MXV4
    Pirelli P6 Four Seasons
    Sumitomo HTR A/S P01
    Yokohama AVID ENVigor

    I was also interested in the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S or Sport A/S, but neither is available in the sizing I need.

    Thanks in advance for your help/advice/opinions!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,739
    Not sure where else you see them other than at BJs, but I have a set of BF Goodrich Advantage TAs in that size (on a 2000 Acura TL), and they have been very good so far, and excellent in bad weather (including snow, but that car is particularly good to start with).

    very reasonable price, with a discount coupon.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • I got rid of my Dunlops at 39K miles because of the ride and noise on my 08 LX. They did great as far as cornering and steering response. They still had decent tread left and wore evenly with regular rotations but got louder as the miles accumulated. I replaced them with the GY Comfortred Touring. I've put about 12K on them so far this year. They ride better and are quieter than the Dunlops. They aren't as responsive and don't take cornering hard as well either. If you are a conservative driver you won't even notice the difference though. I occasionally like to throw it around some curves and run it through the gears. The five speed MT makes the Accord a lot more fun to drive. :) All in all I think they are a good tire. No matter what tire you put on, the Accord will still be a bit noisy and ride a little hard. That's just the nature of the car from what I understand. The Comfortreds did help to tame it down a few notches because it's a grand touring tire vs the high performance Dunlop.
  • Cross the GY Comfortreds off your list for snow traction. I haven't driven mine in very much snow, but when I did they didn't grip very well, just as bad as the Dunlop Sport 7000's that came stock. They also don't corner as well either if you like to drive aggressively. If I hit any bumps while taking a tight clover leaf a ways over the posted speed it wobbles a bit if I hit a bump. Just enough to make you want to slow down. I don't drive like that very often so it's no big issue for me. I do like that they are quieter and ride better than the O.E. tires. And if the roads are nasty it just sits in the garage and I drive my 4X4.
  • joemicburjoemicbur Posts: 3
    edited July 2012
    I bought a 2005 Honda Accord and when I drove it back home, it was making horrible road noise. Some roads were worse than others. Is it possible that this is an alighnment problem or could it be transmission problem?
  • mrbill1957mrbill1957 Posts: 823
    A bad alignment itself won't make road noise, but a bad alignment could cause uneven tire wear where the tires will cause noise. A transmission problem would occur no matter what road your on.

    I would check the tires for uneven wear. Run your hand over the tire following the tread. If you feel uneven depressions (cupping) that's were your noise is coming from. Another source of noise could be a bad wheel bearing/hub assembly.

  • icyou812icyou812 Posts: 77
    Along with what mrbill said, some tires are just plain noisy. Especially the more they wear, the louder they get. My 08 Accord has always had plenty of road noise. It came with Dunlops that were horribly loud depending on the road surface. It helped quite a bit when I put Goodyear Comfortred tires on, but it will always be noisy to some extent. I think that's the nature of the Accord. Have you ever owned an Accord before? If not, was your previous car quiet? That could be why it seems so loud? :confuse: If you have a mechanic you trust have them ride with you and get their opinion and go from there.
  • joemicburjoemicbur Posts: 3
    The road noise is coming from the drivers side front tire. I feel that it has to do with uneven tread wear. I ask the man who sold it to me, if he had been aware of the noise., but he just said he hadn't notice any unusal noise.
  • icyou812icyou812 Posts: 77
    I'm sure he must have selective hearing! (My kids have that on a regular basis). I had a wheel bearing once that was going bad and it was making noise on just one side up front. It was the left one, so every time as I changed lanes to the left, it would lessen the load on it and would get quieter. Likewise, as I changed back to the right it would get louder and level out as the steering wheel came back to center. Did you have it inspected before you purchased it? If not you might want to have it looked at to see if there may be something worn or damaged to cause the tire wear, if that is the cause of the noise.
  • joemicburjoemicbur Posts: 3
    I have this 2000 I30 infiniti I just bought. I have always used the low octane gas in my other automobiles, but the first time I added a low octane gas to this car, the check engine light comes on. I go to autozone and they put the computer on it. It says 02 sensor problem. I don't want to have to use this high octane gasoline , it's too expensive. Is there anything that can be done or do I have to pay for this high octane gasoline? Should this have caused a check engine light to come on?
  • Does anyone think the alloy wheels for the 2013 Honda Accord look ugly? I wantEd to buy 2013 Accord Coupe EX but when I saw the wheels, I decided to hold on buying it! I think those alloy wheels look ugly and they look like the cheap wheel caps!

    Each person may have different options so I respect all options!
  • daneeldaneel Posts: 19
    Please remember that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". So, if the wheels are ugly to you, they are ugly - over and done with
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