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Adil6

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I'm due to collect my accord ES gt on Saturday. I've noticed the stock tyres are 225/50/17 which seem to cost a lot more than the 225/45/17 I have in my civic, alongside much poorer selection.

Besides the 3.4% speedo discrepancy due to overall diameter is there anything I should be worried about if changing to the 45's? Anyone know if my insurance company might frown on this?
 

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Apart from profile the other big difference between the 225/45/17 tyres specified for the Civic and the 225/50/17 tyres found on the Accord is the load rating. Civics come with a 91 rating, although 94 rated tyres are widely available. The Accord is a much heavier car and has a far higher gross vehicle weight. Its tyres have a 98 load rating.

If you fitted tyres with a load rating less than that specified by the manufacturer I would imagine your insurance would be invalid.
 

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Just stay with what is recommended by Honda size wise! After all it these four bits of rubber stopping you falling off the road etc. Yes 225/50 cost a little more but what cost is safety? Just bite the bullet and get the best you can afford in the correct recommended size.
 

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Stick with the correct size. The handling characteristics of the car are designed around a number of components including the tyre size. And yes your insurance company could technically void your insurance as this can be classed as a modification and even a dangerous compromise to vehicle safety.
 

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The Type S has 8.0J wheels which take 235/45/18 's I wonder if they went to 235/45 to give some more ride comfort over 225/45?
 

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Thanks for the reply guys.

When I bought the car they had some cheap sailun tyres, I tend to buy premium as its the only thing connecting you to the ground.

Interesting reviews on the new efficient grip 2 tyres, might give them a bash over the primacy 4's I normally get
 

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@Adil6 I have just fitted Goodyear efficient grip 2 to the front end seem far better then the Continentals Premium Contact 6 that were on there before. However they have only been on for two weeks.
 

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I have Nokian Powerproof fitted replacing GY Eagle F1 Asy 5 and I must say the Nokian are everything I wanted them to be in cool damp and frosty conditions.
Nokian are a favoured brand for me and I have had great service from many of their models over the years, The Finns know how to build a good tyre in my experience, it must be all the rallying genes in them!
 

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never heard of Nokian Bounder, are they readily available here in IRL?

what kinda driving do you do?
 

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I have been running them for years, for a long time they were winter tyre specialists and still are to a large degree, however over the last few years Nokian started to sell more summer orientated Models.
They work well here because they work in cool and damp conditions which as you know are pretty much 6+ months of the year here.
I get mine online from Tyreleader.ie and have them fitted locally. €15 per corner F+B
They had a model called Allseason+ and I used them with a heavily loaded Avensis Roofbox/Bike rack to the south of France in 30+ heat and they didn't shred or wear unduly which I found surprising for a model that also worked in snow and cold conditions.
I mainly drive N and R roads here not much motorway work, I have to say the Powerproof feel very planted when I was coming back on some gritted N roads with wet greasy surfaces.
 

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thanks bounder, ill consider them at the next change! I do a mix of R roads, motorway and urban driving.
 
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