the stock 165/65/14 bridestone is almost gone, and i think they arent so great to begin with and are pricey for 14's. . so i plan to look for other tires. i also noticed that nearly no other tire makers make this size, so i was wondering if anyone tried to put something a bit wider?
i was thinking 175/65/14.. but not sure if the rears will rub..feedback plz.
___The Bridgestone RE92ís are actually inexpensive the last time I looked. IIRC, you can pick them up from Costco for something like $46.00 + mounting and balancing? I can find the exact number if you like but it can be found with a google search or over at Insightcentral.net.
___As far as the mileage hit, oh boy. Are you pushing for max mileage or just kind of starting her up and driving with your FCD meters turned off? If you drive for the former, anything but the RE92ís will take at least 5 mpg off you tally and that is being kind. If you drive like the latter, about what Eric mentioned. You should receive better wet traction, better dry traction, and better handling with another brand tire but an Insight was designed for one purpose and that was maximum FE. The OEM tires selected are part of the design and a change to it will cost you in some respects.
thanks for the reply, i live in western canada.. we have lots of rain here. and in winter, snow. summer is short lived. so i was hoping something with a bit of traction would pay off in the safety department.
i was thinking of getting Falken ziex 512 @ 175/65/14 size priced at $69CDN a peice
Usually they have a sale at least once a year where you get $60 for a set of tires.
Here's a quote from my previous experience buying tires in January 2005.
They were having their "$60 off a set of tires sale" but for some reason the price of the tire only showed $48.99 per tire in my online shopping cart, instead of the regular $59.99 per tire price that is shown in the tire description page? Not sure why it showed up this low.
Basically I just took it as a buy 3 get one free deal and didn't worry about the "missing" $20. It was still a good deal.
I could have called customer service to try to get the extra $20 but didn't. I figured they might want to change the "error" of the $48.99 price and try to change it back to $59.99.
In any case, here is the Costco tire price I got when checking on their site.
I went to the Costco Website and it came up as total price as
Here's the breakdown:
$1.00 disposal fee
$10.00 installation package
$2.50 State fee (your state may not have this)
Multiply this by four and you get...
There is not a Costco near me so I took the Web Page print out to a
local Tires Plus that has a set of tires in stock and they PRICE
MATCHED! Good deal, since Tires Plus originally wanted $81.62 PER
TIRE installed. (before tax)
For the price match deal it worked out, before tax, to be $53.36 per
tire installed! ($226.57 - $13.12 = 213.45. Divide by 4 equals 53.36)
Eric Powers www.EVPowers.com
EV Powers - A Green Vehicle workshop in Madison, WI