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Honda Pilot Tires and Wheels



  • zebraheadzebrahead Posts: 7
    edited April 2011
    I use my 2010 Pilot for work and rack up lots of long distance highway miles. The Goodyears lasted to 50,000 miles and now need replacement.

    Looking for recommendations on what will give me the best handling and smooth/quiet highway ride. Any suggestions?

    Also, I stay mostly in the Southeast US so snow is not much of a concern.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    edited April 2011
    Michilin Harmony tires work well and not real expensive.

    National Tire and Battery (NTB) is a good source.

    Actually I had been by NTB and gotten a written quote. Then I went to Nalley Honda for routine service and asked them to align the front end.
    The service writer informed me that it would be best to wait on the alignment because the tires we ready to be replaced, and do it at that time.

    I told him I was going to replace them in the next few days. He said they would "Match" any other source. Their initial price was nearly $100 more than NTB. But because I had the NTB paper work in hand, they did match the price. FWIW: There is a sign on the wall stating they will match any tire price on "Like" tires.

    Actually I would rather buy them from a dealer. They do the type of balancing and alignment the particular car requires and there won't be any finger pointing if there is a problem.

    The Harmony tires actually went on our 03 CR-V. They rode softer, and with less road noise than the Bridgestones they replaced.

  • tornadogtornadog Posts: 54
    I took my Pilot in for service last week at 17500 miles, and the the front tires are at 7 and rear at 4. They said the rears will have to be replaced in the next service. That is simply shocking. I thought these goodyears lasted 50k easily. My driving is strictly city roads and occasional highway. I am beginning to think, Honda didnt align my wheels right or something in the previous service. What can I do now?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Did you measure or look at the tires yourself? What does 7 and 4 mean - 7/32 and 4/32??

    You might be able to file a claim with Goodyear under their mileage warranty. No car manufacturer covers tires under their warranty.
  • tornadogtornadog Posts: 54
    yes 4/32 and 7/32. the good year tread replacement warranty says it has to be 2/32 before the warranted mileage which is 60k for these tires.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 8,862
    Have you measured them yourself? I'd do that first. Plus I'd be suprised the tread difference would be that much unless they've never been rotated?

    Otherwise hold tight until you reach 2/32 and then contact Goodyear. They'll pro-rate them if they accept them as defective - you'll probably get 25-30% off a new set of tires.
  • Kip, Thanks for the advice but the Harmony tire is not made in the size I need for the Pilot. It's only made in smaller passenger car sizes.

    Anyone have any other suggestions for the current generation Pilot?
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    So how are the Silent Armors doing for you since you more than likely got some miles on them now.

    On a side note, here is a video I shot of some "light" off-roading I did in "The Beast". We went from 450ft elevation up to 1400ft elevation, then down to around 300ft elevation and back. Had a National Guard Humvee that was having trouble with the hill along with us and he couldn't believe how welll the Pilot handled it. Tires make all the difference (and yes I still have the Silent Armors of with 48k on them now.)

    Light Off-roading on 2nd Mountain Video

  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    That's fun -- I love roads like that.
  • tccattccat Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Pilot with 67,000 miles. I still have orginal Goodyear Integrity tires, prob good for another 5,000miles. I have heard a lot of bad things about these tires, but mine have been great. Something must be screwy with
    yours. I would investigate thoroughly.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    edited July 2011
    We purchased a new Pilot in '03 and traded it for a Ridgeline in '09.
    The Pilot had around 40K miles and the Goodyear Integrity tires still had near 1/2 the tread left.

    Ran 32-34 lbs of air and only rotated them a couple of times.
    I'm a careful driver and don't wait until the last minute to slam on brakes for stops, don't accelerate hard, and I go around corners on all 4 wheels.

    FWIW: Hard driving cost in more ways than just burning excessive fuel. :cry:

  • Hi, I am looking to change out the 16" rims on my 2006 Pilot. I am considering some 17 inch rims but am not sure how to choose the right tire specs. How is this done? Thanks.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,724
    If you go to, they will give you alternate sizes for different wheel diameters for your Pilot..

    Alternatively, you can Google for tire size calculator. That will let you play around for equivalent sizes.



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  • One more thing... is there any negative consequence from changing from the factory 16" x 6" rims to the 17"x8"? Pros and cons?
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,724
    Are the factory rims only 6" wide? I would have guessed at least 7"..

    If you pick rims that have the proper offset (Tirerack has a bunch of choices), then going from 16" X 7" to 17" X 8" should be no problem...

    If the stock rims are 16" X 6", then 8" rims might be too wide...


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  • i guess they are 6.5 wide actually...
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 855
    "...One more thing... is there any negative consequence from changing from the factory 16" x 6" rims to the 17"x8"? Pros and cons? ..."

    This is a difficult question to answer because a simple change like this can easily be overwhelmed by difference in the 2 tires in question.

    But directionally, going larger in rim diameter generally results in a loss in ride quality, a loss in fuel economy, a loss in wet and snow traction, but a gain in dry traction.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 64,724
    Tirerack shows 235/65-17 as the alternate size...

    They offer at least a dozen aftermarket wheels in 17" diameter.. widths vary from 7.5" to 8"..

    The same year Acura MDX came on 17" wheels... I'd guess those factory alloys are 7.5" in width.


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  • We just bought a Certified 08 Pilot EX that will spend 95% of it's life with us on pavement- this pilot is definitely crying out for better rubber than the stock 235/70R-16's. I saw a new 2011 MDX with 255/55R18's on the factory alloys, and as nice as this combo looked the sidewall still seemed a bit too tall for me. I'm thinking a 255/50R19 will look even more aggressive but still have enough sidewall to protect the wheels and be practical for an SUV.

    Most truck and SUV owners here in Socal go with 20's or larger, but this seems too big a rim for any Pilot and has too low of a tire sidewall.
  • tlcintxtlcintx Posts: 6
    edited September 2011
    I'm still "LOVING" these Silent Armors! I've put close to 20K miles on them and they are still in great shape.

    My son recently got his license and I let him take me to this place to show me where his friends go for dirt donuts....he tried it out in my Pilot and said it wasn't as fun because my tires hugged the ground too much, which kept him from sliding around.

    The only time my tires lose any traction at all is if I've been driving on rocks & pebbles for a long time at a slow speed. It gives plenty of time for enough of the "just the right sized" rocks to fill in the channels on the tires - but, as sooon as I can get onto a surface that allows me to go a little faster, they clear out. So, I don't have any trouble as long as I keep my speed appropriate to the conditions....which is always a challenge when the Pilot seems to be able to handle so much more than I should even be trying.
  • Looks like my rear tires have worn out, and its only 22K miles. It failed the penny test, and then some. So far the front tires look good, so I am thinking of just replacing the rear ones. Should I go with the OEM tires or try another brand. I am also trying to decide where to get the tires from. The dealership is definitely going to be expensive, the cheapest price I found was at tirerack but then I have to find an installer, and I am not sure how good of a service I could get if I didnt buy my tires from them.
  • rog9rog9 Posts: 2
    Why pay extra money to the dealer unless they are willing to pro rate the originals? Even in that case tires will be cheaper at tire rack. I buy them online and have been getting mine installed at Firestone and I pay for the life time balance which is well worth it. Also have the lifetime alignment.

    I would go with Yokohama
  • burghcarguyburghcarguy Posts: 1
    edited October 2011
    I use TireRack all the time - not a problem. When my dealer sold me tires, he went right to TireRack and showed me their price so I could see I was getting a fair price from them.

    The top-rated tire right now (both at TireRack and at Consumer Reports) is the General Grabber HTS. I have had them on since Spring and they're great. Do NOT buy the OEM tires. Those are just not good - especially in snow.

    I had a terrible experience with Yokohama. They were great - until they were at the end of life. Then, I almost wrecked the car on a wet road as the car behaved like it was on ice.
  • tlcintxtlcintx Posts: 6
    edited November 2011
    I also uploaded a video of when my son & I were riding on a rough dirt/rocky road in the Pilot.

    That was in the Texas Hill Country. I'm about to make my 2nd trip to the Big Bend area in Texas with these Silent Armor tires. They have been amazing both on dirt roads & on wet pavement!

    Cheers :)
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Nice place for Off-roading. You can get a nice universal tripod with adjustable legs to set up inside the cabin to mount the camera on. it stays put nicely while you going and you don't need to worry about having your hands off the wheel or eyes off where you need to go. Plus your navigator / spotter doesn't need to hold the camera and can more focus on obsticles for you.

  • jamie1983jamie1983 Posts: 20
    I just had oil change/tire rotation and was told I am due for rear tires. I have 2010 Pilot EX-L, the tires only have 30k miles on them, the fronts are fine. I thought I read that the factory goodyears had 60k mile warranty, does anyone know how this works or has anyone had any success getting any money?
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 855
    First, OE tires do not have a mileage warranty. Vehicle manufacturers not only specify the characteristics the tire has to have - and typically wear is not given a very high priority - but also the vehicle manufacturer purchases that tire at a low cost - one with only a bare bones "materials and workmanship" warranty.

    But if that same tire is sold in the replacement maket, a mileage warranty is built into the price you pay. So even though you may see a mileage warranty published, it applies only to the tire if it is purchased separately. You shouldn't expect to get warranty coverage for wear on the tires that come on new vehicles. If you hear about that happening, it's only done as a courtesy.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Cap... not so. On the OEM Goodyear Integrety tires I had on "The Beast" ('06 Pilot) I stopped at a local Goodyear on the way home (5 miles from dealership I purchased him from) and had them add the full Road Hazard Lifetime Warranty to the tires. This saved me a bunch since every 6k they inspect, rebalance, and rotate the tires free of charge, and every 18k they do a 4 wheel alignment at no charge. They tires did wear out at 30k (yes, they have a 60k treadlife) so the warranty covered them and knocked a good bit off the Wrangler Silent Armor tires I replace them with. I now have just shy of 55k miles on the Silent Armors and they have a treadlife of 50k. I probably have about another 12k of life left in them.

    So yes, if you get a Pilot with Goodyears brand new, stop at real Goodyear Service Center (multi tire place like NTB) and add the warranty. It will only cost you $12-$15 per tire, but well worth it.

    Plus wouldn't you rather have a service dept who specializes in tires do all your tire work instead of a car dealer service who sees so many different things. And know, this will not void your vehicle warranty either.

  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 855
    edited April 2012

    You had a good - and unusual - experience. I will state it again - and you can verify this by looking in the glovebox for the tire warranty that came with your new car - OE tires do not carry a mileage warranty. People sometimes get consideration on their OE tires, but many times they don't.

    What probably prompted the store to give you consideration was your loyalty. You PURCHASED their warranty and went there regularly. If I was the stiore manager, I would try to keep you as a customer, too.
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