NEW WHEELS AND TIRES

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by Knightrider, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Knightrider

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    I have had the chance to experiment over the last week and some w some new wheels I bought used off Marketplace. 17" Kosei forged - These are light-

    They had BFG G-force Rivals mounted 225/45R17 very evenly worn, no heat cycle or low temp cracking. https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=BFGoodrich&tireModel=g-Force+Rival&partnum=245WR5GFRV2&GCID=C13674x012-tire&KEYWORD=tires.jsp_BFGoodrich_g-Force+Rival_Tire&code=yes&ef_id=EAIaIQobChMI_sb3yK_f5AIVyiCtBh1wJQRPEAYYASABEgKGdPD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!3756!3!72322431853!!!g!132701890093!&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_sb3yK_f5AIVyiCtBh1wJQRPEAYYASABEgKGdPD_BwE
    Driving was like a go cart. When cold (60's) they tracked and wandered until they were up to a moderate temperature. In the wet they were amazing-

    These were on for a week and more and used daily - to work/highway use and were only a bit harsh w ride aired to 38/38 F/R

    Worried about temperature drop coming in a month or more I had bought some take off Continental PureContact 215/50r17 w 80% tread.
    Dismounted Summer Sticky and going to these is a world of difference.

    Aired to 40/40 the amount of difference from Stock 185/65r15 to these is next to zero aside from handling w corners being able to take slightly faster and ride is actually a bit less harsh.

    Expecting good rain the next few days I will update-
    On factory I had BFG Sport AS and they were great- but aired to 41/40 did allow harsh expansion joint hits - and some understeer w sidewall flex.
     
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    I should add-
    I enjoy experimenting- and this was perfect as I got to try sticky summer tires w day temps of 90 degrees and stock all season tires as well as aftermarket wheels with All season tires. I was worried about the Contis as they are XL (Extra load) range - they haven't proven to be any worse than stock size.

    I will see w Rain and mixed weather along w high temps how they prove out- but thus far Excited to have a well handling daily w some average grip tires and still get 40mpgs.
     
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    This is on your 2005 Prius or a different car?
     
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    05 Prius-
     
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    Been wanting lighter OEM wheels/rims (still looking).... 15" rims/wheels OEM.....Except for Rays Volk all ever found in the USA domestic market....Prius C and Yaris 4 lug pattern 15 inch wheel rim style have some options but none for 5-100 lug pattern 15 inch ………...
     
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    Here are some pics of both setups-
    Two on gravel are the AS Conti's
     

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    I got 16" Motegi Traklites, they are only 12.4#. I still got 50+ mpg in the summer when I worked far enough from home for the engine to fully warm up. now I get 49.5, which ain't bad considering I drive a bit aggressively.
     
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    After a few days of
    Warm weather
    Wet weather and 55 in am to 90 and some

    I like the daily of 215/50 - but the handling of 225/45 is amazing for the slightly lower ride height and wider footprint.

    The Contis are confidence boosting but the BFG were seriously amazing - far less body role -
    I liked the look of the 225/45 better.....but imagine in winter theyd be awful w expansion joints and pothole-
     
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