Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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Honda Fit, Tires, Wheels
#204 of 213 Re: New Set Of 205/50R-16 Tires on Honda Fit [pantsdontfit]
Dec 22, 2012 (4:19 pm)
One other thing of mention, the wider Yokohama tires should last far longer than the junk Dunlop factory tires that I only got 40,000 miles out of. I had the Dunlop tires rotated on a regular basis, & most of those miles were highway.
Jan 18, 2013 (9:54 am)
Have these on my '06 Civic and the car handles very well though I would prefer a larger sidewall, something in a 60 or 65 series. Not going to change though since I just bought new sneakers in August and haven't even put 500 miles on them yet. Really like the 16" size but should have gone with the 60's...lesson learned for next time though I doubt I will be buying anymore tires for this car. At the rate I'm going, by it's 10th year, I won't even have 50k miles on her and by then, I'll probably be ready for a change anyways.
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#207 of 213 Re: 205/55/16's [sandman_6472]
Apr 27, 2013 (6:12 pm)
Started a new part time job the last week of January and now have just over 40k on the clock...I drive 26 miles each way and though it's only a part time gig, the miles are starting to pile up on the Civic. But the 10 year plan is still in effect unless my son takes it which is a very real possibility! But any new vehicle I'd get would have to have 16" tires on it as tires any bigger than this get to be pretty expensive.
#208 of 213 Frequent alignments?
Nov 26, 2013 (9:36 pm)
We just bought a new 2013 Honda Fit Sport. Today, at 584 miles, my wife took the car in to the local Honda dealership to have the snow tires put on. They told her an alignment should be done with every tire change, and sold her a lifetime alignment plan for $170. A lifetime of alignments for $170 might not be so bad, mind you, except that we'll be moving out of the area next June. Now I know little about mechanics, but the idea that a car should be aligned with every tire change arouses my suspicion. I've been having tires changed for 35 years and never before have I been told such a thing. Is there something I've been missing?
#209 of 213 Re: Frequent alignments? [kennybeeak]
Nov 27, 2013 (12:14 am)
Hello, unless your roads are filled with pot-holes I would not get the alignment. Our 2009 Honda Fit sport model has 54,000 miles on it, and has never had an alignment, & the tires all run true. I have always done what little maintenance there is (oil changes, air filter & cabin filter). I would keep on with the tire rotation. Ours has been a great car so far!
#210 of 213 Re: Frequent alignments? [kennybeeak]
Nov 27, 2013 (6:16 am)
The idea is that mis-algnment can wearout a set of tires pretty rapidly. Getting an alignment every time a NEW set of tires is purchased is so that the tires get the lowest risk of wearing out before their time.
Yes, a pot hole or a curb could knock the alignment off at any time, but if you don't measure the alignment, you won't know if the alignment is good or not.
But it seems like the dealer really stretched a point. Not only should the vehicle have been aligned from the factory, but you aren't really putting "New" tires on.
So is it a good idea to get an alignment when purchasing tires? Depends on how much risk you are willing to take. Some folks don't want to accept any risk at all = and some are willing to accept a huge amount. Which one are you?
#211 of 213 Re: Frequent alignments? [capriracer]
Nov 27, 2013 (4:09 pm)
You could call me a "sensible risk" as I often take note of how tires are wearing, & keep inflations maintained & rotate my own tires often.
The dealer grade tires my Fit came with were junk, as I expected them to be. I only got about 39,000 miles out of them, before they needed replaced. If I could have found Michelin's that would have fit my Sport model when I purchased tires about 8 months ago, then it would have them on it now instead of Yokohama's.
On another note I have an old 90 Mazda pickup that is about to turn 300,000 miles. I have a set of Michelin's on it with 107,000 miles on the tires (honest to God), & never have had the wheels aligned since back when the previous set of tires were installed. I have had alignments done in years past where the alignment was better before it had been messed with, & I ended up taking the vehicle back to have it done over.
I am not against alignments, but one needs to use common sense & pay attention to any abnormal wear patterns.
#212 of 213 Re: Frequent alignments? [pantsdontfit]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Nov 28, 2013 (9:19 am)
As my buddy who owns a tire/shop garage says, there's no such thing as a perfect alignment. Once the alignment is to spec, regular rotation is definitely the way to go.
I'm with you on the tires that come with new cars. Generally they are NOT the best of the best. 25 - 30K is about all I ever get out of those, but I'll get 55-60K out of a set of anything I chose to replace them with. (Usually Coopers)
#213 of 213 Re: cupping/scalloping rear tires [coastofmaine]
Dec 08, 2013 (6:44 pm)
You are dead on. I thought how could the back tires wear out first. I thought I was losing my mind. Great job,