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Old 01-07-2010, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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155/80-13 tires (looking for LRR options)

A lot of us here have to get tires this size. The Metro uses them, Paseo, Tercel, and probably Civic too.

What tires are you guys running? Do you guys know of any good LRR tires that are currently available?

Tirerack has two options from Kumho. I haven't gone through many manufacturer's sites, but plan on doing some more digging. I see Michelin (who makes my beloved energy saver tire) doesn't even make 155/80-13s...

If we can not find any tires that claim to be LRR, is there any way of identifying tires that have better rolling resistance than others?

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Old 01-07-2010, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Following this thread. Sooner or later I'm going to need some new rubber, too.

EDIT: for comparison, here are the relevant ratings on the Firefly's tires, which have good rolling resistance properties. Maybe (?) this can be useful in deciding on replacements...

Goodyear Invicta GL M+S (79S)
155/80/13
Max Load 436 kg / 969 lbs @ 44 PSI
Treadwear 260
Traction A
Temperature B
Tread: 3 plies (1 polyester cord + 2 steel cord)
Sidewall: 1 ply polyester cord
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Unfortunately, I think the tire manufacturers are trying to "phase out" 13 and small 14" sizes for mainstream auto use... It seems like the norm are mid-size 14 and small-medium 15" tires, and increasingly, 16-17" or larger.

In fact, most new cars don't even seem to have an option for 14" rims anymore.
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In Europe you can still get Continental Eco Contacts. But I guess that getting them to across the ocean would cost more than the tires themselves...
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Here are the Kumho options:

Kumho Power Star 758

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Positioned for the classic import market, Power Star delivers good mileage, even wear, low noise and improved wet handling and traction. The Power Star 758 utilizes Kumho’s ESCOT design technology for excellent uniformity and performance.


Special Features

* Good resistance to aquaplaning.
* Improved wet handling and traction.
* Improved comfort and low noise level.
* Increased mileage and even wear.
UTQG - 400 A/B
Weight - 12 lbs.
Tread Depth - 5/16"
Max Load - 906 lbs
Max Inflation Pressure - 35 psi




Kumho Solus KR21

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The perfect choice for family transportation, the Solus KR21 is an all-season, premium touring tire that offers high performance, incredible mileage and peace of mind.

The KR21 carries an unprecedented 85,000-mile limited treadwear warranty, which includes road hazard service for the first 25% of wear and 24-hour roadside assistance, which remains in effect for two years from the date of purchase.


Special Features

* Advanced carbon tread compound delivers outstanding wet and dry grip.
* Nylon belt edge layers, normally found in high performance tires, provide a higher degree of durability and stability.
* Full-depth sipes, effective for the life of the tire, cut through water film for greater wet traction and maximize all-season performance, even during harsh winters.
* Jointless, spiral-wound bead bundles isolate road harshness, provide enhanced comfort, lower vibration and allow for a more precise tire to rim fit.
* Kumho’s ESCOT Tension Control technology increases the tension in the bead and shoulder area, providing improved handling and steering response.
UTQG - 640 A/B
Weight - 13.5 lbs.
Tread Depth - 5/16"
Max Load - 957 lbs.
Max Inflation Pressure - 44 psi
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In Europe you can still get Continental Eco Contacts. But I guess that getting them to across the ocean would cost more than the tires themselves...
Yeah, that would be very nice. I just checked their website. They don't have any 155/80-13s.
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Here are the Firestone options.

Firestone FR380
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Whatever the season, whatever the road surface, count on the FR380 to deliver performance on demand. The tread design channels water away to enhance wet traction. Biting edges give you the added advantage of grip in snow, as well as in wet conditions. With the great value price, the large selection of sizes plus a strong warranty, it is no surprise that the FR380 is one of Firestone's most popular tires for year round travel.

All-season block tread design - Improves wet handling and provides strong grip in snow.

Four circumferential grooves - Channels water out of the footprint area.

Computer-generated random pitch sequencing - Reduces the noise.

Polyester cord body - Results in a smoother ride and two steel belts resist cuts and impacts.
UTQG - 400 A/B
Weight - 13 lbs.
Tread Depth - 9/32"
Max Load - n/a
Max Inflation Pressure - n/a




Firestone Winterforce
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The Firestone Winterforce is "siped and studable" for good winter performance. Its directional, computer-modeled tread design helps to deliver confident snow, wet and ice traction. The Firestone Winterforce is designed to deliver a quiet and comfortable ride to get you to your destination--regardless of the weather conditions.

Severe Snow Performancem - Meets the severe snow service requirements of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC).

Pinned for #12 studs - Extra traction potential

Directional Tread Pattern - Optimizes wet and dry performance through tread design

High-sipe density - Latest in high-sipe density, three-dimensional tread patterns for confident snow, wet and ice traction. Mud and snow rated.
UTQG - n/a
Weight - 15 lbs.
Tread Depth - 3/8"
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When they say "good" or "excellent mileage", do they mean fuel economy or tread life? It's not clear to me.
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In Europe you can still get Continental Eco Contacts. But I guess that getting them to across the ocean would cost more than the tires themselves...
Don't be too hasty there Piwoslaw. I bet if you found a relaible source for LRR 155/80/13 or even 145/80(85?)/13 then I bet some of us would jump on the chance and we could get a large enough order to make the shipping worthwhile. I'd be in for 2.
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In Europe you can still get Continental Eco Contacts. But I guess that getting them to across the ocean would cost more than the tires themselves...
Can't run them anyway - not DOT legal.

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