Last post on Sep 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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Honda Pilot, Tires, SUV
#154 of 173 Re: changing out rims... how to size the new tires? [06_pilot_guy]
by kyfdx HOST
Jul 13, 2011 (3:42 pm)
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...
#155 of 173 Re: changing out rims... how to size the new tires? [kyfdx]
Jul 13, 2011 (4:28 pm)
i guess they are 6.5 wide actually...
#156 of 173 Re: changing out rims... how to size the new tires? [06_pilot_guy]
Jul 14, 2011 (3:54 am)
"...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.
#157 of 173 Re: changing out rims... how to size the new tires? [06_pilot_guy]
by kyfdx HOST
Jul 14, 2011 (4:33 am)
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.
Jul 28, 2011 (7:49 am)
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.
#159 of 173 Re: Off-road plus wet weather handling for Pilot AWD [odie6l]
Sep 04, 2011 (10:55 am)
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.
#160 of 173 2010 Honda Pilot rear tires
Oct 13, 2011 (10:07 am)
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.
#161 of 173 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rear tires [tornadog]
Oct 13, 2011 (3:29 pm)
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
#162 of 173 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rear tires [tornadog]
Oct 14, 2011 (1:10 pm)
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.
#163 of 173 Re: Off-road plus wet weather handling for Pilot AWD [odie6l]
Nov 08, 2011 (10:21 pm)
I also uploaded a video of when my son & I were riding on a rough dirt/rocky road in the Pilot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rexBKW0YlDU
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!