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Old 04-01-2010, 01:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I reckon it be thread bumpin' time.
I have some cheap primewells, that were $40 when I bought them 2 years ago. The same tire is now $50, (?). Anyway, I want a SERIOUS upgrade, as I've have tread separation in one of my tires, and I got my prorated warranty a few weeks back for a new one.

I've been looking for some LLR tires, with good pricing, and it seems that the Ecopia EP100 is the best tire for the mpg, and has especially good wet traction. They are about $80 each for my tire size, but I'm willing to pay that kind of money for an upgrade from my low quality tires I have now. I deliver pizzas now, and I'm planning on going on a huge road trip this summer, so the savings will come much faster than I thought they would a few months back, when getting new tires would not have made financial sense.

I have a 94 Corolla, and my tire size is 175/65/R14.
Any other good LRR tires that would serve my needs?

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The original insight came with Bridgestone Potenza Re92. That specific size is, I believe, still the lowest RR tire out there. Otherwise, I'd look at the tirerack test, or talk to basjoos who runs the same size. He gets to test a fair number of tires with the miles he puts on.
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The Michelin energy saver a/s tires rated a little higher in the tire rack FE testing. The Ecopias were slightly better in traction as I recall, and also a fair amount cheaper. I just ordered the Ecopias for my Prius.
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Those ecopias are doing very well for diamondlarry. He had a 121mpg segment yesterday.
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Do you know what pressure he is running with the Ecopias?
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Likely more than you'll want to run, lol. Last time I was in his car they were 70 psi if I recall correctly. Larry is a bit... extreme.
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The prius tire pressure sensors light up at 70 psi and last I heard, the light was on.

I'm running 60+ myself.
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I comparing the Michelin Energy Saver with the Good Year Fuel Max and the General Tire Altimax.

I'm leaning towards the Michelins -- they are lower revs per mile (larger diameter) and they weigh the same (17 pounds). This seems to be the lightest for the 185 width 15" diameter tires. The Michelin tread wear rating is lower. than the Goodyear's, but similar to the General's.

The General's have higher sidewall max pressure, and better wet traction, and they cost (a lot) less.

Hmmm.
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I don't think the Altimax is designed to be LRR at all. Not that its a bad tire, I just know you'd get better FE with the two others.
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I have GY Assurance Fuel Max tires. There is also a "WeatherHandler Fuel Max" but it may be an exclusive for sears. The GY's are rated for 51 PSI; they didn't fee stable until I hit 67 PSI in 'em and had 1000 miles to wear off the 'newness' of the tire.

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