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Old 06-10-2017, 11:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Civic vx tires

What are my tire options for this car? I called Costco and it seems Michelin no longer makes tires for this car. I really liked these defenders as they had decent grip and got good mileage. What 175/70/13 tires are still made?

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Old 06-11-2017, 12:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There are bunches of them on eBay. Hell, Walmart even still carries some.
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Upgrade to civic HX (14 inch) rims and run Bridgestone Potenza RE92's.
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Upgrade to civic HX (14 inch) rims...
This is probably the best advice. And then you can use 185/60/14 tires, they are almost exactly the same diameter.
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I'll keep an eye out for hx rims and in the meantime going to order some tires off eBay for my vx rims.
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Thanks for asking and thanks Baltothewolf. My new (to me) not-Civic shipped with 175/70/13s and now has 14" alloys with 185/60/14s. I knew there was a preferred LRR tire, but I didn't remember.

What's the go-to tire for all-season mud and snow?
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Wow. Tirerack.com no longer seems to carry Michelin Defenders in 13" size, but they have several 175/70-r13 tire choices still. So if you are not after LRR... get one of those. I have the VX wheels and have had Michelin Defender LRRs on them for several years. I love 'em. Excellent longevity. If I had to upgrade I would skip over 14" and go to 15"... you'll get more selection. Here is my list of swaps and weights gathered from all over le internets:

Possible wheel swaps for gearing and/or weight advantages:
13" CRX HF OEM (just under 13lbs)
13" Civic VX 8 spoke (9.7 lbs.)
14" Civic HX 8 spoke (approx 11.75 lbs)
14" first generation Honda Insight (11lbs)
14" Civic Hybrid 2003-2005 (approx 14 lbs)
15" Mini Cooper R81 Imola 7-hole (12.1 lbs)
15" Mini Cooper R86 star-spoke (15 lbs)
15" Mini Cooper R96 7-spoke (13.8 lbs)
15" Enkei Classic J-speed (14.1 lbs)
15" Enkei RP-F1 (9.5 lb)
15" Kosei K4R (10.7 lb)
15" Konig Helium (11.2 lb) 40mm offset, hub bore 73.1mm
15" Acura Integra GSR (94-95, 16lbs)
Other size specs to double-check for any possible swap: Offset 35-45; bolt pattern 4X100; lug size 12mmX1.5; hub center bore 56.1mm minimum (larger needs spacer rings).

Hope that helps.
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Sweet list cacivic. I called my local discount tire and the guy is getting a defender set from the East coast. I like them as they get good mileage and handle great for a lrr tire.
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RE92 all day off of the insights!

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