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    LRR tire Suggestions?

    Not really concerned about getting maximum MPG, I'm looking for the correct financial decision in the long run.

    Suggestions? Ide prefer a bit taller tire than the 165/65/14s But not married to the idea.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMirageMpg View Post
    Not really concerned about getting maximum MPG, I'm looking for the correct financial decision in the long run.
    My new OEM-size tires: Vredestein Quatrac 5


    Oh, and I put together a tire comparison chart for the OEM size:

    Tire comparison of current tire offerings for 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage 165/65R14
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMirageMpg View Post
    Not really concerned about getting maximum MPG, I'm looking for the correct financial decision in the long run.

    Suggestions? Ide prefer a bit taller tire than the 165/65/14s But not married to the idea.
    Taller tire? - How much are you willing to have your speedometer & odometer readings be off?

    Factory OEM tires are 165/65-14 (22.4" outside diameter) on some trim levels and 175/55-15 (22.6" outside diameter) on others. If you stick with 14" rims & want a slightly bigger tire, 175/65-14 (23" outside diameter) seems like the most logical choice to me.

    A 175/65-14 tire should mount on any 14" factory rim without issue. It will give you a slightly wider/taller tire than the factory 165/65-14 tires, but the outside diameter variance is less than 3%. At 60 mph, your speedometer should be less than 2 mph off.

    If you are interested in comparing tire sizes, this is a very good site below. If you plug in two tire sizes like 165/65-14 and 175/65-14, it will give you all the numbers (variances on diameter, width, sidewall, circumference, & revolutions/mile). It also gives you a front & side profile look of the two different tires side-by-side, & the mph differences.

    https://tiresize.com/comparison/

    If you are sticking with 14" rims, I think 175/65-14 is a good place to start (if slightly wider/taller is your desire).

    Likewise, if you have 175/55-15 factory tires, a 185/55-15 tire would be a good place to start. 175/65-14 & 185/55-15 tires, however, are the exact same overall height. They both have 23" outside diameter. One tire is not taller than the other even though the rims are different sizes.

    Search for 175/65-14 tires on sites like walmart.com, simpletire.com, tires-easy.com, tirerack.com, etc.... & you will see you will see all sorts of tire options to pick from. It's a slightly taller/wider tire (without going overboard), & it is a tire size that most major tire brands carry/sell.

    Having said all this, I plan on sticking with 165/65-14 tires myself. So far, I am very happy with 165/65-14 Federal SS-657 tires (can usually be found for under $50/tire). If I want to upgrade to something slightly better, I am going to try the 165/65-14 Vredestein Quatrac 5 tires. 165/65-14 snow tire options (Dunlop & Nokian mostly) exist. If given the choice, I will always pick a skinner snow tire over a wider snow tire on a lightweight FWD car.
    Last edited by Mark; 08-30-2019 at 01:23 AM.

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    Walmart will fit out a Mirage with 4x 175 65 r14 for $200, including all services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    So far, I am very happy with 165/65-14 Federal SS-657 tires (can usually be found for under $50/tire).
    would you say there any downsides to the federals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler View Post
    Walmart will fit out a Mirage with 4x 175 65 r14 for $200, including all services.
    Are you quoting Walmart's Douglas tires ($37/tire)? Tire prices seem to fluctuate (sometimes daily).

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    I made a list a while back of LRR tires for OE wheels. I ended up going with the Kinergy ST tires (185 wide) and I am really liking them. I think if you really want the best you have to go with the Potenza RE92s.

    Fuel efficient tires for 14" OE wheels
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Are you quoting Walmart's Douglas tires ($37/tire)? Tire prices seem to fluctuate (sometimes daily).
    That could of been it. I was at Walmart the other day to see if they had those Federals 165s but they didnt, so I inquired about putting on some 175s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler View Post
    That could of been it. I was at Walmart the other day to see if they had those Federals 165s but they didnt, so I inquired about putting on some 175s.
    I wouldn't let a Walmart decide what tires are going on one of my vehicles.

    The odds of finding 165/65-14 tires in a store anywhere would be quite slim in my opinion. That doesn't mean you can't order them. When ordered, most places get tires in a day or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler View Post
    That could of been it. I was at Walmart the other day to see if they had those Federals 165s but they didnt, so I inquired about putting on some 175s.
    Walmart stores don’t generally carry the Federals in the store. If you order them through the Walmart website you can have them installed just as though you bought them in store no additional charge. This is what I did when I ordered mine.


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