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#1 of 31 Hyundai 2006 LX Tires
Aug 07, 2007 (1:46 pm)
My 2006 Sonata LX has Michelin 225/50x17 tires that give it a noisey and hard ride. 2007s have Michelin 215/55x17 tires. Would changing to that size or another brand improve these?
#2 of 31 Re: Hyundai 2006 LX Tires [douglasc]
Aug 07, 2007 (3:24 pm)
Nope, I have a 2007 limited with the 215-55/17 and they are firm. These are low profile tires with short sidewalls and you should expect a firmer ride.
#3 of 31 Re: Hyundai 2006 LX Tires [vabear]
Aug 07, 2007 (5:41 pm)
The sidewall height on your 215-55/17 tires is probably about the same as it would be for a 225-50/17 tire. (Would have to do the math.) Someone posted a while back the calculation for determining the sidewall height based upon its % of the tire's width.
If available, a 225-55/17, and if it fits, would give a slightly softer ride.
#4 of 31 Tire dimensions calculator
Aug 14, 2007 (6:21 am)
Here is a link to check out dimensions of replacement tires of a different size, aspect ratio, etc that you may be interested in. To maintain correct speedo readings, you should pick a tire height very close to original tire height. Be also aware that a shorter tire would mean that the tire would have to do more revolutions to cover the same distance(i.e. engine works more) as original tires, and speedo would read faster than actual speed.
When that time comes, I will likely buy replacement size 235-50/17. Sidewall height should be same as present 215-55/17 with about 1" wider foot print for a similar ride. The 225-50/17 has a shorter sidewall height resulting in a slightly harsher ride. Those who choose 45 or 40 aspect ratio tires must love punishing buck horse rides.
#5 of 31 Replacement Tires
Aug 14, 2007 (7:55 pm)
When replacing original tires, is it necessary to choose a tire of at least the speed rating of the tire being replaced? Also, what kind of mileage are members getting from the Michelin energy mxv4 s8 215/60/16R 94v tires that came with their 2006 Sonata GLs? I have gotten 37000 miles (highway and city) and the tread is down to about 4/32". Doesn't seem like much for that expensive of a tire.
#6 of 31 Replacement Tires
Aug 14, 2007 (7:57 pm)
When replacing original tires, is it necessary to choose a tire of at least the speed rating of the tire being replaced? Also, what kind of mileage are members getting from the Michelin energy mxv4 s8 215/60/16R 94v tires that came with their 2006 Sonata GLs? I have gotten 37000 miles (highway and city) and the tread is down to about 4/32". Doesn't seem like much for that expensive of a tire. I am a pretty conservative driver.
#7 of 31 Re: Replacement Tires [sundazed]
Aug 15, 2007 (3:43 am)
Should be at least the same speed rating or higher for safety and performance factors.
The referenced tire is V speed rated(remember the speedster that was clocked at 147mph in AZ?)and is good for the max speed of the car. The Sonata V6 has a measured top speed of 137mph by C & D. Tires of lower speed rating may overheat at higher than rated speeds and rupture.
Yes most folks don't do those speeds but there is always the very few that like some excitement. Many domestic cars are speed limited to about 110mph to use cheaper, lower speed rated tires. I am glad that my 2007 Sonata Limited does not have that limitation.
37K miles and more is great for V speed rated tires. Many/all higher speed rated (eg Z) last maybe only 15K due to their softer rubber that provides better traction.
#8 of 31 Re: Replacement Tires [macakava]
Aug 17, 2007 (3:07 pm)
I'll throw my 2 cents in here. When my Michelins wear out I probably will not go to the "V" rated tire. I don't plan on driving mine that fast again.
#9 of 31 Re: Replacement Tires [craigbrooks]
Aug 18, 2007 (5:00 pm)
It is not only higher speed capability/rating that comes with V and higher rated tires. The tire rubber compound are softer for better traction and cornering for superior handling.
#10 of 31 new tires
Jan 30, 2008 (8:52 am)
Here is my 2 cents also, the 215-60 16 Michelins on my 2006 Sonata are shot with 25,000 miles on them, never liked them from day one they pick up nails and other hwy trash like no other tire i have owned, also the ride and handeling fade after about 6,000 miles feal like driving on ballons.Drove from Florida to californa 9000 miles and wanted to see how fast i could get it up to in the desert but at 120 mph the tires did not feal safe at that speed so i backed down ,ill be getting new tires soon but will go with an H rated tire and no more Michelins for me way over priced for my money .Will do some research Tire rack .com before i buy.