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#302 of 342 Accord Tire Questions
Nov 27, 2007 (1:21 pm)
I have a new '07 AccordEXl v6 4 door with 3000 miles. Tires Michelin MXM 17" 215 50 series. Good handling, pretty quiet, and overall effect is very firm. Maybe a little too firm for me. Wondering about putting on 55 series rubber, and I've heard all kinds of negative responses: will screw up such a compurerized car, won't make a real diff, waste of money, etc. One mechanic who only does Hondas said it wouldn't hurt the car.....and one tire guy said I could mount 225width tires on the same rims and that could make a diff....SOOO, what's a guy to think? Any people out there with REAL experience with this car? Or, should I just take a pill. Let me know.
#303 of 342 Re: Accord Tire Questions [nrborod]
Nov 27, 2007 (2:45 pm)
well I have a 06 V6 Accord with the same wheels and tires that you have and yes the ride is VERY firm, almost too firm but not quite. The stock Michelins are adequate at best. I agree, they handle ok but are noisy. These 17 inch tires and 50 series tires have much to do with the frim ride. I was thinking when the time comes to replace them with a H rated tire in the same size which MIGHT provide a somewhat smoother ride. Even tho I am not a big fan of Michelin tires I have read good things about the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S in the same size as some have claimed that the ride quality on these is much better than our stock tires. Others have said to look for a touring tire instead of an all season performance tire as the softer compound of these tires may provide some smoothness. and yes, you can put on a 225 tire on that rim but I cant comment on whether or not that will help as I would think that it just gives you a wider footprint, maybe it helps I dont really know. and I dont know about your car, but I find the steering to be very heavy. Almost seems like there is no power steering. It takes some effort to steer this car off center. but maybe thats just me. Anyway, this is all just my opinion and others may disagree, but hope it helps . and good luck.
#304 of 342 Re: Accord Tire Questions [nrborod]
Nov 27, 2007 (2:58 pm)
It depends on how much the overall diameter and weight increase. Larger diameter, and heavier tires will put more strain on the engine and transmission, and also affect the odometer/speedometer. It will probably look strange too, if the diameter increases an inch or more IMO. To increase the profile enough to smooth the ride, I think you would have to go with a shorter wheel. That's my opinion, and I'm sure others will differ.
#305 of 342 Re: Accord Tire Questions [elroy5]
Nov 27, 2007 (5:00 pm)
I use this tool http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html to calculate the difference in size from stock or current size tire to an aftermarket one. I'd say you can probably go about 3% larger diameter w/o issue and maybe 10mm wider. The higher the sidewall the better ride you will get, so going to a 55 or even a 60 series tire in the same or wider width will improve ride. Also going with an all-season touring tire with a lower speed rating will also give you a softer better riding tire.
#306 of 342 Re: Accord Tire Questions [oldmansi]
Nov 27, 2007 (5:06 pm)
Thanks for your reply. Compared to the 2004 Accoord EXL 4 cyl I recently turned in, my v-6 Accord feels alot more substantial--especially in handling. It most certainly is a heavier steering feel,( car also weighs 185lbs more than my '04 4cyl )but this car tracks much better and flatter around the curves than my 4 cyl EVER did even when new. As far as alternate tires are concerned, things get expensive quick. I've read some good reviews about the Kumho Solus KH-16--a much cheaper tire, but it's so hard to know. Keep me posted if you learn anything definitive. Neil ( By the way, once your car broke in what kind of mileage were you able to achieve?)
Mar 03, 2008 (10:05 am)
Ok peoples i would like the pros and cons: F20 vs H22, which do you think. the car gettin the swap : 94 accord coupe, manual.
#308 of 342 Re: Engine Swap [trumpcar]
Mar 03, 2008 (3:45 pm)
H22 - the Prelude VTEC one. Its easy (relatively), proven, has aftermarket support, and isn't excessively costly. Oh and its bigger then the F20 so it might have a little more torque.
#309 of 342 Honda Accord93 acts sluggish
Mar 19, 2008 (9:44 pm)
I added a new fuel pump, radiator with 2 fan blades, power steering hose and my car seems sluggish. It seems as if I'm riding the brakes and it pulls to left side when braking. The engine light & ABS goes on. Can someone direct me to upgrading my car to a better performing car? I know I need a tune up but I'd like more horse power as well. Thanks - Jim
#310 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 acts sluggish [cybercool]
Mar 20, 2008 (3:41 am)
Short of using nitros, or installing a turbo, there is not much to be gained performance-wise. Of course fixing the dragging brakes, and a tune-up, could be a big help.
#311 of 342 Re: Honda Accord93 acts sluggish [cybercool]
Mar 20, 2008 (6:04 pm)
A car needs to be maintained before doing any performance upgrades. Plugs, wires, cap, rotor, fuel filter, timing belt and valve adjustments should be done first to make sure the engine is performing as well as it can be in stock form.
Also, addressing concerns that leach engine power like dragging brakes, under-inflated tires, poor wheel alignment, and worn suspension components is critical.
Once you know you fixed everything BROKEN on the car, intake and exhaust (which arguably make more noise than power) are about all that there is in that motor. Be nice to it and let it save you gas money while you save up for something faster.