Tire Size 215/60 R16 H


#1

I need new tires on my 2007 Subaru Forester. The present tires are rated as H and my local tire dealer says I don’t need an H and I should by 215/60 R16 S. The owners manual calls for H tires. Should I go along with my dealers advice. Thanks for your reply.


#2

The owner’s manual rules. Now if you really want to cheap out and buy something less and you or another driver will never drive on the freeway, go ahead. I have no idea why the dealer said something like that. If you were to follow that advice and if there was a high speed tyre related accident he could be held responsible. Really dump dealer.


#3

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire_code for a full explanation of tire codes.

H is rated for 130 mph, S is 112 mph


#4

There are a couple of reasons why H rated tires are specified - and one of them is that they are more dimensionally stable - which is of particular importance for an AWD that seems to be sensitive to tire diameter.


#5

You probably don’t NEED H rated tires, but it’s a good idea to keep them. Going to a S rated tire you’ll notice a difference in how the car handles.


#6

www.carbibles.com is another good resource in understanding tires.

I agree that you should stick with the H rating. While S may not be unsafe, assuming you don’t plan on actually cruising above 112 mph, you’ll likely feel a difference in handling.


#7

While I’ll tout this tire: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Pilot+Exalto+A%2FS&partnum=16VR6EXAS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&place=29&speed_rating=H&speed_rating=V&speed_rating=Z&speed_rating=W&speed_rating=Y&speed_rating=(Y) there are plenty of others available in your tire size.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Compare1.jsp?sortValue=1&resultsNumberSelected=Y&displayResults=38&compare=true&compareList=&RunFlat=All&goWhere=%2Ftires%2FCompare1.jsp&sortCode=&width=215%2F&ratio=60&diameter=16&speed_rating=H&speed_rating=V&speed_rating=Z&speed_rating=W&speed_rating=Y&speed_rating=(Y)&performance=UHPAS&performance=HPAS&performance=PAS&performance=GTAS&performance=ST&performance=AS&startIndex=0


#8

Any difference in handling is going to be negligible at sane speeds, so the S-rated tires should be just fine.