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« on: March 23, 2011, 11:47:37 AM »

Okay so I know this has been posted a few times and it gets old re reading the same posts.  But I wanted to get some ideas from all of you on a different tire size for the 18" wheels.  As my wife's 09 is about 450 Miles from 40,000 Miles and I am not happy with how the Fortera's are acting now.. Looking around at new tires.  Any input you all have would be great....I have come to use this forum for all types of information and really value your opinions.
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 12:03:32 PM »

Not too many choices available in 255-65/18.  TOYO makes that size and has received a couple of good comments on the other Lambda lists. You could go to a 265-60/18 in many different brands as long as the tire diameter stays real close to 31" in diameter. That size fits as several Lambda owners have done that.

I'm a couple years away from new tires but will probably go with the 265-60/18 Michelin brand whrn the time comes.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2011, 06:58:45 PM »

Personally I'm looking at replacing my GY's with Michelin's.  I have always had good experiences with them.  There isn't a direct OEM fitting tire from Michelin, but I think its a 265-65-18, and it fits on the stock rims with no issue. 

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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2011, 09:17:24 AM »

You could always check tirerack.com as well. They carry almost every brand of tire, and if all you are wanting is pricing and to find out what's out there, they are great. They have reviews for almost every tire, or you can even narrow the tire reviews by the vehicle if you want.

I have used them several times before, and have been very satisfied so far.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2011, 12:34:29 PM »

The key to any tire size or brand you select is to match the OEM tire diameter of 31" to keep the computer happy and the spedometer accurate. If you check the GM specs for the Lambda's you will see that the 17", 18" and 20" rims all have tires within a fraction of an inch of the same diameter. They do this by changing the aspect ratio of the tire's side wall.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 08:52:33 AM »

I personally think goodyear and chevy were in kahoots on the tire size it is next to impossible to find an affordable good tire.replacement forterra $250.00 not worth it.i saw that bridgestone has a new line ecopia dueler in our size i am leaning towards those not many reviews as the ecopia line just came out last year.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 09:25:15 AM »

I'm not looking forward to when it's time to replace the 18" tires.  I'm hoping there are more options, but it sure doesn't seem that way.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2011, 06:52:48 PM »

If you haven't seen this site before, it will help you find other sizes which can be substituted for your original size.  It shows all the measurement comparisons, and also the RPM's and effect on the speedometer readout.  

Using the OEM tire size of 255/65/18 and putting in 275/60/18, the two sizes are almost a perfect match!  Using 265/60/18, that size would also work, but it's not as close at the 275 size is.

Using tirerack.com as a source of information, they show

3   tires in the OEM size 255/65/18
41 tires in the 265/60/18
12 tires in the 275/60/18  

Should be able to find something to satisfy just about anyone from those choices.



http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011, 09:08:21 PM »

just got a set of cooper cs4 tires in oem size so far very comfortable ride and quiet as well. best of all they are made in america.
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2011, 12:16:24 AM »

Coopers are great tires
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2011, 08:09:09 AM »

chicago,

how many miles/km on your old set of tires?
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2011, 10:50:07 AM »

I'm not looking forward to when it's time to replace the 18" tires.  I'm hoping there are more options, but it sure doesn't seem that way.
Worth considering that you can get used or takeoff tires for a fraction of the price you'd pay at a tire shop from your local salvage yard, or one that ships nationwide.
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 09:54:13 AM »

Mine were just changed, and I am extremely happy with these new tires we have on ours.


Nitto Crosstek 255/65R18 filled with nitrogen.

The ride is smooth, no road noise, have exceptional wear and traction ratings, plus they look really good on the Traverse.
Crosstek's are specially designed for Crossover SUV's. thumbs up
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 10:48:00 PM »

nitto makes a great tire glad we have another choice
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 11:25:07 AM »

Well, I only got one new tire. Loaned my Trav to my daughter for a couple of days and she managed to back over a landscape spike and puncture the side wall on the left rear. She was kind enough to replace it for me. The new Goodyear  Fortura cost $284.00 including balancing and taxes.

How come our cars can't ever use those $85.00 tires I always see advertised from some tire stores? :-)
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2011, 01:40:33 PM »

How come our cars can't ever use those $85.00 tires I always see advertised from some tire stores? :-)

have you seen those tires?  hehe... I have....
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2011, 02:11:07 PM »

mostly because our cars use a special size tire and those 85 dollar tires are scary. ill pass
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« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2011, 03:35:19 PM »

$85 for tires! They must be go-kart tires?
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2011, 03:41:04 PM »

http://www.nittocrosstek.com/tires.aspx?tt=2

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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2011, 11:29:33 AM »

only had about 51000 on the goodyear and i rotated them regularly.....just drove from Florida to Chicago and back coopers were great very smooth and quiet....i can't say so much for the water pump I had to change on the way back though.....
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