Last post on Nov 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM
You are in the Honda Fit
What is this discussion about?
Honda Fit, Tires, Wheels
#167 of 212 Re: Got new wheels & tires, not what I expected [204meca]
May 31, 2011 (7:08 pm)
Update on post 157. I took my own advice as shown in post 166. Here is what I found regarding tires sizes suitable for the 09-11 Fit Base OEM tire size 175/65x15 :
Tire Dia tread width rpms wt %Dif
Dunlop sp31 175/65x15 24. 5.5"? 872 17 OEM
Hankook 727 185/60x15 23.7 6.4 875 17 .05%Hankook 195/60x15 24.2 6.7 858 20 2.6% (so when actual speed is 65, speedo will read 66.69)
After lots of consideration I decided that I was OK with the stiffer ride, but but not the noise. I reasoned that becasue the 195 has a 2.2" wider footprint that would affect my city mileage - (where I drive most) as would the greater weight. I also reasoned that at least part of the problems of the significant increase in road noise. I decided it could live with the stiff ride of the 60 series, but wanted less road noise & was willing to sacrifice some gains in handling that come with the wider footprint for the better acceleration & mpg with the smaller 185/60 tire.
So I called the guys at Discount & told them I had errored in my judgement and want a somewhat smaller tire. Since the 195s had only 100 miles on them & the smaller size had a $5 lower price tag, the graciously offered to swap the 195s for 185s at no charge. I am blessed or what? They did say this was a one time only deal & the wouldn't put the OEMs back on at NC - nor would I expect them to!
So after I get the smaller 185s on I will update this forum with how that has impacted the ride & noise of the car. May not make a lot of difference, but I pretty confident that I will have a longer wearing, better handling tire then the OEM Dunlops that everyone loves to hate and not sacrifice too much in the ride & noise category.
#168 of 212 2007 Honda Fit Sport Tire Recommendation???
Jun 13, 2011 (10:17 am)
First of all thanks for any assistance...
My wife's Honda Fit is in need of new tires. Any high-recommendations out there?
#169 of 212 Re: 2007 Honda Fit Sport Tire Recommendation??? [seanokenney]
Jun 13, 2011 (11:54 am)
researched a lot about the tires...as for my experience went thru 4 dunlap tires..2 at 10,000 and 2 at 27,000...cupping...they came with my sport 2007
after much research, i chose Michelin Plt Exalto A/S they were highly recommended for this car....heard a lot of not so good stuff about bridgestone as you may have found out by now (or maybe you havent) there is not a great deal of choice.
The Michelin are wonderful....all season...quiet...great!! and i dont have the awful thumping i had with the dunlaps.. a little expensive but for me now i want the best...a lot on tires at this site...take a look and happy hunting
#170 of 212 Re: 2007 Honda Fit Sport Tire Recommendation??? [eli8]
Jun 14, 2011 (3:21 am)
Thanks, Eli....Will check them out. I am just beginning this research, so this thread will help!!!
#171 of 212 Re: Not surprised... [bradv59]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:55 am)
I have a 2008 Honda Fit Sport. I love it. I haul everything in it, including stoves and kayaks. I had it about 2 weeks and I hit a steel curb and wrecked the tire. It was December 2007, and there still were not many Fits around. My tire guy had to get the replacement from the dealer and it cost me $145 installed.
Those Dumlops lasted 25k. I replaced them with Nitto Neo Gen VR
205/50r15 xl 89v. They shipped for $380, and I paid $88 to have them installed and balanced. I was not out of the lot and I could tell the difference. The tires are great. I have made three winter trips to Canada facing temps of -40F. My brother's lake place has an insane steep driveway that rises 40 ft in 200 yards while going around a 180 Degree corner. No way I can get up that hill with chains. So I have chains. With the chains I go any where even through the 30" snow storm we had winter before last.
Alas, I picked up a utility knife blade somehow that cut through too many cords to plug. I have 25K on these tires, and might have gotten another 10k, but I am going to replace them all. ( can't stand mixed tires ).
I would like to get 50 or 60K out of a set of tires, but I also like to drive like I own a sports car.
The Nittos were great. I might still buy them again, they give me a lot of confidence on the highway and in tight fast corners. Noise is not a big deal as I use roof racks and often have a kayak tied to the roof. ( I used to haul the kayaks inside but I got a dog and he likes the front seat).
#172 of 212 Re: Not surprised... [ujjo]
Jun 21, 2011 (10:54 am)
Thanks, ujjo...will check them out!!!
#173 of 212 2009 Fit Sport tire issues
Jul 21, 2011 (12:30 pm)
I posted previously about trying to find 185 55 R16 tires for my 2009 Fit Sport. The Bridgestone Turanza tires that came on the car new were worn out at 25k miles. My repair shop said that the only ones available to them in that size are Dunlop Sport 7000 A/S. Although others on this forum say there is no problem with putting a different size tire on the wheels that came with the car, my mechanic recommended against it, so I decided not to. I considered buying new wheels, but finally decided to just buy the Dunlops despite the bad reviews I have read of them. I got them today. When the tire shop went to align the wheels, they found that the rear wheels are out of alignment, and cannot be adjusted. They say since it's a solid axle, the car must have come that way (it's never been in an accident), and the fix is to replace the axle. The old rear tires wore unevenly. They advised me to take it to the dealer, as it is under warranty. I have made an appointment. Meanwhile, on the drive home, I found that the car felt like it was drifting around on the road. I don't know if that's just due to the tires, or if the misalignment is involved. All in all, given the tire situation and the fact that the car apparently came with an axle problem, I am no longer happy with my purchase of a Fit.
#174 of 212 Re: 2009 Fit Sport tire issues [johnk15]
Jul 25, 2011 (3:26 pm)
Update - I took the car to the dealer. They agreed that it was misaligned, and after consulting with Honda they are going to replace the rear axle under warranty. Hopefully the car will handle better once it's replaced.
#175 of 212 Re: 2007 Honda Fit Sport Tire Recommendation??? [eli8]
Aug 11, 2011 (11:00 am)
I just bought new ecopia tires for a 2010 honda fit standard .. i am all over the road. its very windy. the last tires were dunlap and i replaced at 25k miles..
what michelins are you referring to.
#176 of 212 Re: 2007 Honda Fit Sport Tire Recommendation??? [dianeinhawaii]
Aug 11, 2011 (2:56 pm)
i chose Michelin Plt Exalto A/S