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    Just installed my new Konig Zero-in 15x6.5 +38 with Ecopia 422 Plus tires 185/55. Handling has changed for the better. Will report back after I put on more miles.Name:  20161101_145020[1].jpg
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    Wow! Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoe1972 View Post
    Will report back after I put on more miles.
    Nice!

    Looking forward to what you think of the tires. I drive my car like an old lady...so I have never been able to comment much on how they handle.

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 51.5 mpg (US) ... 21.9 km/L ... 4.6 L/100 km ... 61.9 mpg (Imp)


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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoe1972 View Post
    Just installed my new Konig Zero-in 15x6.5 +38 with Ecopia 422 Plus tires 185/55. Handling has changed for the better. Will report back after I put on more miles.Name:  20161101_145020[1].jpg
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    Those look great. If my car was used for more than work I would have splurged the extra money for better Wheels. I too noticed immediate handling performances with the wider rubber patch on the road. I can drive just as fast in the wet as I do in the dry without any loss of confidence and I'm sure you'll find the same is true.

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    This post answered all the questions I had about a future set of wheels for my G4. Thanks for going through the trouble of putting it together.

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    Ecopia Tire review after one year. These tires are average in just about every category except... Obviously, they excel in low rolling resistance and low mpg (for the size). They do not fare as well in cold weather performance.

    When we had some hot days, I noticed the tires were gripper and ride more comfortable. Winter driving is not good as the long tread-life formula (70,000 warranty) seems to harden more quickly.
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    IN-EFFICIENT 15 inch wheel tire combo.
    Craigslist find weighing in at 34.3 lbs each....Got too used to 15 inch wheels and couldn't go back..... Winter only....looking forward to some snow fun!

    195/55r15 Hankook studdable snow/ice tires
    15x6 in. +38 "Team Sparco" made by Enkei in Japan
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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoe1972 View Post
    IN-EFFICIENT 15 inch wheel tire combo.
    Craigslist find weighing in at 34.3 lbs each....Got too used to 15 inch wheels and couldn't go back..... Winter only....looking forward to some snow fun!

    195/55r15 Hankook studdable snow/ice tires
    15x6 in. +38 "Team Sparco" made by Enkei in Japan
    I'm sure some (if not all) of your fuel economy hit is due to the Hankook snow tires.

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    For reference,

    The factory alloys are 25.7 tire loaded
    (per youtube)
    The factory steelies were 27 tire loaded
    (my bathroom scale
    Last edited by MightyMirageMpg; Yesterday at 03:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoe1972 View Post
    IN-EFFICIENT 15 inch wheel tire combo.
    Lol... Yeah...those may not be the best for fuel economy. But you won't care if they keep you from getting stuck in the snow.

    Ecopia Tire review after one year...They do not fare as well in cold weather performance.
    I can't argue with that. If you live in a place like Chicago, nothing is going to beat a set of dedicated snow tires. Where I live, we average about a foot of snow the entire winter.


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