Hi Folks, New member, great site and forum. Just bought a 95 VX here in Maine. It needs tires. Searching past posts I read folks are using Dunlops, Nokian, Vesdrestein Quatrac 2, and Sumitomo HTR T4. Some are using stock sizes and some are using 175's. Need some suggestions for FE, low noise, and traction. Thankshttp://www.gassavers.org/images/smilies/smile.gif
If you checked the right posts, then you've got all the info you're looking for. From what I've read and from experience with my Sumitomo HTR T4, I think your best bet for traction and FE is the Quatrac 2.
One correction to your post, the Nokian NRT2 has not been available for a couple of years (I think I mentioned this in one of the posts you read). In fact, Nokian does not make a 13" tire for the North American market anymore because there's not enough demand for it.
A curious side note Majestic Honda offers the original equipment Dunlop's
That IS curious. When I tried to buy the original Dunlops for my '95 VX after the original set was bald at 42,000 miles (in 1998), I couldn't get them anywhere, even from a Honda dealer. Those OEM Dunlops were extremely LRR tires, but the handling and braking sucked in all weather conditions. Knowing what I know now about LRR tires, I would not buy the Dunlops, especially when the Sumi HTR T4 last at least 2x longer (I have a set on my '95 DX hatchback). But just for kicks, I'll check with Majestic to see if those Dunlops really are available.
I am currently driving a Saturn SL that uses 175/70 R14 and wanted to put on a LRR tire. The only one I could find in that size was the Goodyear Integrity and that was not a very good tire. I then went one size up and saw in the 185/70R14's I could get a Bridgstone P381 or a Michelin Symmetry. As the rating on the Michelin was much higher I went with that one. My first couple of tanks I did not see a noticable differenct but the last couple of tanks were about 2 mpg better than my average. I recomend going to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-rol...sistance_tires and seeing what tires you can get and then looking at the wear rating. Some of the LRR tires don't hold up at all. That makes them less green than a tire that will go twice as long.
I then went one size up and saw in the 185/70R14's I could get a Bridgstone P381 or a Michelin Symmetry. As the rating on the Michelin was much higher I went with that one. My first couple of tanks I did not see a noticable differenct but the last couple of tanks were about 2 mpg better than my average.
Did you figure in the odometer error that results from the different size tires?
There's a link in my sig to a thread about LRR tires with some more modern research than the Wiki.