bzublin
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Re: Tire recommendation

Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:53 am

On my 2015 Spark EV:
OEM front tires lasted about 10K miles. I drive moderately aggressive.
Replaced front tires with Yokohama Avid Ascend which lasted about 15K miles. Handling and traction was good. Mileage warranty is 65K miles so I will get some credit when I replace them.
I plan to replace the front tires today with Yokohama YK740 since that is what Discount Tire has in stock.

RamAirDave
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Re: Tire recommendation

Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:08 am

I did the Firestone Fuel Fighters recently...couldnt be happier!

sphinx
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Re: Tire recommendation

Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:58 pm

Does anyone know the difference between the Ecopia EP150 and EP422? I've got about 12K miles on my OEM ep150's and they are almost done! :) Yes, they are too much fun to not squeal them. Anyway, was going to buy a pair of EP 150's from Tirerack but I also see the EP422.

And I need to return the car with a matching "set" in two years. So that puts me only to the EP150, but if they are all the same, might pick up 4 EP422's for the next two changes (personal guess is that the rears will last for the entire lease) because TR is running a rebate on them (but no promo on the EP150).

(my car has the offset tires).

CCIE
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Location: CT

Re: Tire recommendation

Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:52 am

The EP150 is a total POS and the EP422 Plus is a good tire. I have them on my Volt and couldn't be happier. Wish they made them in the correct size for both front and back.
2018 Tesla M3 LR RWD
2015 Spark EV 2LT with DCFC (traded-in 8/2018)
2012 Volt

SparkieVee
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Re: Tire recommendation

Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:07 am

sphinx wrote
Does anyone know the difference between the Ecopia EP150 and EP422? I've got about 12K miles on my OEM ep150's and they are almost done! :) Yes, they are too much fun to not squeal them.
I've had the EP422s on the front for almost 2 years now. I'd say they have no noticeable effect on range and are marginally better than the EP150s in all other aspects. Traction is slightly better, both wet and dry, but it's still pretty easy to break them loose. I may be imagining it, but I think they're slightly quieter as well. As a bonus, you actually get a treadwear warranty.

Porsche
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Re: Tire recommendation

Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:06 pm

I just got my 2015 Spark EV LT2 but I need tires. So let me ask, now that it's been a while, do you still recommend the Kumho Solus TA31's?

Compared with the stock tires, have they been better worse or the same regarding:

range/mi/kWh?
performance/acceleration/handling?
wear/longevity?
noise?

I'm also considering:

General Altamax 43
Michelin Premier A/S
uniroyal tiger paw touring a/s
goodyear assurance maxlife (not sure if they have my size though)

If anyone has any experience with any of these or any comments, I'd love to hear. Thanks for any help.

Kermit
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Re: Tire recommendation

Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:47 am

On a previous car I owned I had Kumho's and they were noticeably louder than any other tire I had. The Michelin's are what we have on our volt and are quiet.
2016 Spark EV
2017 Volt

ZNuts
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Joined: Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:48 pm
Location: Puget Sound Area

Re: Tire recommendation

Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:48 pm

I can't find Fuel Fighter on Tire Rack or Discount Tire in 185/55/R15.

Looking to replace them before the Fall.

sachan0101
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Re: Tire recommendation

Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:50 pm

Porsche wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:06 pm

I'm also considering:

General Altamax 43
Michelin Premier A/S
uniroyal tiger paw touring a/s
goodyear assurance maxlife (not sure if they have my size though)

If anyone has any experience with any of these or any comments, I'd love to hear. Thanks for any help.
My 2015 Spark EV is currently using General Altamax 43 as summer tires. I think they are way better than the Ecopia EP422. With Altamax, my spark has much better grip and control, and is also quiter too. I also think the thread life of these General tires is good.

For winter tires, I use Michellin X-ice. These winter tires make my winter driving in Northern Ohio's snow and ice safe and fun.

Porsche
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Re: Tire recommendation

Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:05 am

Kermit wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:47 am
On a previous car I owned I had Kumho's and they were noticeably louder than any other tire I had. The Michelin's are what we have on our volt and are quiet.
Which Michelins do you have? Has your economy been affected? Now that I look again, the Premier A/S's only come in 195's not 185's. I use Michelins on most my other cars, but most don't come in the right size, especially any LRR ones. I think the X-ice are the only ones that come in the right size, but I don't think it's a good choice for all-year. Also, were the Kumhos, the Solus TA31 series or a different one? Thanks for the reply.
sachan0101 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:50 pm
My 2015 Spark EV is currently using General Altamax 43 as summer tires. I think they are way better than the Ecopia EP422. With Altamax, my spark has much better grip and control, and is also quiter too. I also think the thread life of these General tires is good.

For winter tires, I use Michellin X-ice. These winter tires make my winter driving in Northern Ohio's snow and ice safe and fun.
Thanks. The Altimax sounds like a good improvement and nice compromise. I've been leaning towards the Altimax or the Kumhos, probably the Altimax. They're listed as all-season. I'm on Long Island, New York. The winters are usually pretty mild, at least by comparison, so I won't bother with snow tires. How has your economy been affected, better, worse, same? How long have you had them? Wearing OK too? Thanks very much for the info.

I am also still curious about the uniroyal tiger paw touring a/s's. On paper they look good, and the right size, but I haven't seen them mentioned anywhere for Sparks or other EVs.

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