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Are there any negatives to using a 102S tire on the V? Sure expands the choices and never will drive the V over 100 MPH. The load rating is important and will not compromise on the 102 spec.

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You know that is a very good question....

The Honda CRV LX uses 215/70/16 Continental Cross Contact LX which are rated at 100S
The Honda CRV EX uses 225/65/17 Continental Cross Contact LX which are rated at 102T

Does the CRV EX/EX-L weigh that much more then the LX?!

Curb Weight (lbs, 2WD/AWD)
LX: 3305 / 3426
EX: 3365 / 3490
EX-L: 3408 / 3529
3424 / 3545 (EX-L w/RES)
3424 / 3545 (EX-L w/Navi)

3545 - 3426 = 119 lbs... :eek:
119 / 4 = 29.75 lbs extra the tire has to handle. w/o driver.


The only downside of using a lower speed rated tire is handling, I agree most people will never go above 100 MPH anyways. The materials on the tires used for S might be different then a tire used for a T rating. Taking into consideration, tread pattern, rubber compounds used, it might be acceptable if you do a lot of city/ suburb and occasional highway driving.

Interesting article...... http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/235 Looks like they said it affects braking also.... Now I am also curious on what others think..

I say it would be ok as S = 112 MPH vs T = 118 MPH is the next step down so it shouldn't affect things to much since the LX uses a S rated tire, but the EX and higher has more weight to deal with so I guess that is the reason for a higher speed rating? The higher speed rating allowed safer characteristics with the extra weight added?
 

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It has been my experience that higher rated tires last longer. They're built so the tread doesn't squirm around as much so it doesn't wear out as fast.
YMMV.
 

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Thanks for the responses, especially the agcoauto.com link. That is the best explanation of the Speed Rating value I have read!

Replacement tires will be 102T class/rating!!
 
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