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Old 06-18-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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Low Rolling Restistance tires in 165/70/13

I was just lucky enough to purchase a Honda Civic VX and it needs some new tires bad. I would like to have some with low rolling resistance of course, but does anyone know of ones that are for sale here in the US in the size 165/65/14?
I could get wider tires but that would be at a cost I'm sure and 165/65/14 is the original tire size for the light weight alloys found on the VX.
Any recommendations?
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:28 PM   #2
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165/65/14 is not the original tire size for the VX. The correct original size is 165/70/13 and the only LRR tire in this size that I'm aware of is the Sumitomo HTR T4:

http://www.sumitomotire.com/catalogs...at_Rev5.05.pdf

Your best option for a wider variety of LRR tires is to move up one size to the compatible 175/70/13, which was the original tire size for the '92 - '95 Civic DX hatchback and will fit the VX rim as well. Check out the following Consumer Reports list for "excellent" and "very good" LRR tires:

http://www.wsj.consumerreports.org/wsjreport140a.html

The Michelin X, Michelin Harmony and Sumitomo HTR T4 are all rated as "excellent" LRR and are available in size 175/70/13. I just bought the Sumitomo HTR T4 for my '95 Civic DX a few weeks ago, and can confirm they roll well (much better than the previous Firestone tires that were on the car).
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for correcting me. For some reason after Googling around some that size stuck in my head but you are correct of course. Your reply was very informative and just what I needed. I'll check the links out.

Thanks again,

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:22 PM   #4
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I am Dutch myself so I looked at some European tires as well and saw that the Vredestein Quatrac 2, which is an all season tire with LRR is also available in the US in size 165/70/13 for $53,50 (plus shipping) a tire here http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/Vredestein/vred_quatrac.htm.
Not sure what I will do yet, but it looks like there are some options, which is always nice.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:50 AM   #5
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I am Dutch myself so I looked at some European tires as well and saw that the Vredestein Quatrac 2, which is an all season tire with LRR is also available in the US in size 165/70/13 for $53,50 (plus shipping) a tire here http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20...ed_quatrac.htm.
Not sure what I will do yet, but it looks like there are some options, which is always nice.
Right...I completely forgot about the Quatrac 2. I did quite a bit of research on this tire a year ago. I even contacted Vredestein to get some test results on the coefficient of drag compared to other tires, but they wouldn't release any info. I decided against the Quatracs because they cost substantially more shipped to my door than other more common tires from a local tire dealer. The Sumitomo HTR T4 that I bought a few weeks ago were on sale (size 175/70/13) for $34.99 each. Size 165/70/13 were $47 each (never on sale due to the odd size).

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Old 06-19-2007, 06:14 AM   #6
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My 93 VX came with 185's from the previous owner. They run fine and the michelin xradial, sold at cosco, comes in that size. $65 or so... and if I am able to buy tires at Cosco or Sam's, I always do.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:01 AM   #7
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I never knew that Michelens X-Radials had LRR

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My 93 VX came with 185's from the previous owner. They run fine and the michelin xradial, sold at cosco, comes in that size. $65 or so... and if I am able to buy tires at Cosco or Sam's, I always do.
I always buy at Costco/BJs because of the price and warranty. Im SOOOO glad I chose the Michelins over the Bridgestones, even though the Michelens were more money and had a shorter treadlife warranty. I never knew the X-Radials had a good LRR rating. This was just over a month ago when I never even had heard of LRR. Two weeks later I joined this site and was upset that I had just bought tires and woiuld not be able to shop for LRR tires. So now Im happy that my tires arent sucking up my gas
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:38 AM   #8
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I can't wait to wear out my tires so I can get some LRR ones.
But running them at 3-4 psi over max sidewall they seem to be lasting forever...
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Bridgestone RE92's are stock on the Honda insight.
The size is 165/65/14 and they are definately LRR.
When replaced on the Insight mileage always drops 5~15%
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Are these Bridgestones reviewed anywhere for their LRR? I saw that Tirerack has those in 165/65/13 as well...
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