frontrangeleaf
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Re: Recommended replacement tire

Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:28 pm

danowpg wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:23 am
If you don't need every single km in the battery each day, I'd probably recommend just a normal set of tires.

If you need to save range, perhaps try a set of performance wheels. The stock wheels are about 21 pounds each. I have a set of aftermarket ones (and there are others) that are in the 12-pound range. Saves rotational and unsprung mass.

Agree. Except that the stock 17" wheels appear to be a good bit heavier. I haven't been able to confirm yet, but will do so after tomorrow, when we mount the stock Michelins to our new wheels. The stock wheel + tire assembly weighs about 46#, implying a wheel weight closer to 25# if the specs on the Michelins is accurate.

When the Michelins have worn out, I'll be looking for a different energy efficient tire that also has some grip. I had a stoplight change unexpectedly the other day, and got into the brakes hard for the first time under ideal conditions - the car immediately dropped into ABS, and I had to threshold brake to stop in time. Not confidence inspiring. They're really nothing to write home about.
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danowpg
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Re: Recommended replacement tire

Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:10 pm

frontrangeleaf wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:28 pm
danowpg wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:23 am
If you don't need every single km in the battery each day, I'd probably recommend just a normal set of tires.

If you need to save range, perhaps try a set of performance wheels. The stock wheels are about 21 pounds each. I have a set of aftermarket ones (and there are others) that are in the 12-pound range. Saves rotational and unsprung mass.

Agree. Except that the stock 17" wheels appear to be a good bit heavier. I haven't been able to confirm yet, but will do so after tomorrow, when we mount the stock Michelins to our new wheels. The stock wheel + tire assembly weighs about 46#, implying a wheel weight closer to 25# if the specs on the Michelins is accurate.

When the Michelins have worn out, I'll be looking for a different energy efficient tire that also has some grip. I had a stoplight change unexpectedly the other day, and got into the brakes hard for the first time under ideal conditions - the car immediately dropped into ABS, and I had to threshold brake to stop in time. Not confidence inspiring. They're really nothing to write home about.
And if anyone's interested, I have a set of SSR Type F's that I still haven't sold from 3 years ago that match the stock 16" wheel specs:
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Re: Recommended replacement tire

Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:50 am

The 17-inch OEM Michelins that came on the 2015 were the worst radial tires I have owned. I now have another set and will be replacing the ones that came on the 2019 with something better when they wear out (which won't be long).
Gerry
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gncndad
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Re: Recommended replacement tire

Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:30 am

GerryAZ wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:50 am
The 17-inch OEM Michelins that came on the 2015 were the worst radial tires I have owned. I now have another set and will be replacing the ones that came on the 2019 with something better when they wear out (which won't be long).
Were the Michelins Energy Savers? I have them on our 2017 Fusion Energi, and the slightest bit of spit on the road will cause them to slide...at 29k miles, about 1/2 tread remaining.

I've been extremely happy with the Bridgestone Ecopia PLUS...in the OEM 17" size, on OEM steel wheels.
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frontrangeleaf
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Re: Recommended replacement tire

Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:32 am

I can confirm that the stock 17” wheels weigh more like 25#, not 20 like the 16s.

New wheels look great. No noticeable impact on range (about 5# lighter presumably less aero though).

When the Michelin’s wear out, we may try the Conti Pure Contact LS tires for our all-seasons.

Seem to test well.
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Re: Recommended replacement tire

Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:38 pm

gncndad wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:30 am
GerryAZ wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:50 am
The 17-inch OEM Michelins that came on the 2015 were the worst radial tires I have owned. I now have another set and will be replacing the ones that came on the 2019 with something better when they wear out (which won't be long).
Were the Michelins Energy Savers? I have them on our 2017 Fusion Energi, and the slightest bit of spit on the road will cause them to slide...at 29k miles, about 1/2 tread remaining.

I've been extremely happy with the Bridgestone Ecopia PLUS...in the OEM 17" size, on OEM steel wheels.
Yes, the OEM tires on the 2015 were Energy Savers and the 2019 has the same tires. Let's just say wet traction is marginal with the Energy Savers even with almost new tread. I put Bridgestone Ecopia PLUS tires on the 2015 the last time I replaced tires and I was happy with them. I may use those on the 2019 when the Michelins wear out, but I may try some sport performance tires since range (rolling resistance) is not an issue.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015; traded 8/10/2019 at 82,436 miles
White LEAF 2019 SL+ purchased 8/10/2019

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