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Old 28 Jul 2006, 07:32 pm
Rich
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Default Passenger Tires OK replacement for 2003 CRV?

Greetings,
My wife drives a 2003 4WD CRV that we bought in NJ & relocated to
Phoenix, AZ (no snow or off-road use). We are in need of replacement
tires. I noticed in a SEAR's tire ad that tires designated for SUV's
were more expensive than equivalent size passenger tires. Inasmuch as
this vehicle is a small SUV & driven only on paved city roads, could
regular passenger tires be used to improve drive comfort & save money? I
would like to have some informed opinion before I take on the inevitable
protest of the tire salesman predicting the impending doom if I go this
route.

Thanks, Rich
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Old 31 Jul 2006, 04:24 pm
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Rich wrote:
> Greetings,
> My wife drives a 2003 4WD CRV that we bought in NJ & relocated to
> Phoenix, AZ (no snow or off-road use). We are in need of replacement
> tires. I noticed in a SEAR's tire ad that tires designated for SUV's
> were more expensive than equivalent size passenger tires. Inasmuch as
> this vehicle is a small SUV & driven only on paved city roads, could
> regular passenger tires be used to improve drive comfort & save money? I
> would like to have some informed opinion before I take on the inevitable
> protest of the tire salesman predicting the impending doom if I go this
> route.
>
> Thanks, Rich


If you are never going to drive off road or in the snow then a more
passenger style tire as opposed to a mud & snow type makes good sense.
Your also want a tire with good heat resistance given your location and
many SUV/truck tires are not the very best in that regard. Something
with a speed rating of H or better would be a good idea.

You might try giving tire rack a call. They usually have good advice to
offer (www.tirerack.com).

John
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Old 31 Jul 2006, 05:35 pm
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Default Re: Passenger Tires OK replacement for 2003 CRV?

John Horner wrote:
> Rich wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> My wife drives a 2003 4WD CRV that we bought in NJ & relocated to
>> Phoenix, AZ (no snow or off-road use). We are in need of replacement
>> tires. I noticed in a SEAR's tire ad that tires designated for SUV's
>> were more expensive than equivalent size passenger tires. Inasmuch as
>> this vehicle is a small SUV & driven only on paved city roads, could
>> regular passenger tires be used to improve drive comfort & save money?
>> I would like to have some informed opinion before I take on the
>> inevitable protest of the tire salesman predicting the impending doom
>> if I go this route.
>>
>> Thanks, Rich

>
> If you are never going to drive off road or in the snow then a more
> passenger style tire as opposed to a mud & snow type makes good sense.
> Your also want a tire with good heat resistance given your location and
> many SUV/truck tires are not the very best in that regard. Something
> with a speed rating of H or better would be a good idea.
>
> You might try giving tire rack a call. They usually have good advice to
> offer (www.tirerack.com).
>
> John


John,

Thank you for your reply. Your information concerning the heat
resistance was particularly helpful & unknown to me. I already have
noted the tire load requirements(max 1499 lbs) & will now add "H" or
better for speed rating to my criteria.
Thanks again.
Rich
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Old 01 Aug 2006, 10:32 am
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Rich wrote:

>
> Thank you for your reply. Your information concerning the heat
> resistance was particularly helpful & unknown to me. I already have
> noted the tire load requirements(max 1499 lbs) & will now add "H" or
> better for speed rating to my criteria.
> Thanks again.
> Rich


The load rating and speed/heat rating are combined into a three
character identifier such as "95S". S in this case is the heat/speed
rating. You can see a chart of the rating system here:

http://www.tireguides.com/tip2.html

Basically you want to have a tire with at least the same minimum load
rating as came with your car (95 for the CRV I think) and also as good
or better of a speed rating. I believe the CRV comes with S rated
tires, but I recommend H or higher for dessert conditions.

Best of luck!

John
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