Well, winter is coming and you're in MN and discounttiredirect.com has some Hankook winter tires (Winter iPike W409 or Icebar W300) in that size and 102 load rating. That'll get you thru the winter at least.
I have called my VW dealer and 2 large locally owned tire dealers and no one can find a tire with a proper load rating for my Eurovan. Tirerack.com also says there are no tires available. Any suggestions?
The last time I bought tires I had Michelins 225/60 R16 with a load rating of 102. The VW dealer is selling Eurovan owners the new Michelin version but with a 98 load rating. These tires come just shy of the front axle weight rating of 3329lbs. I use this van commercially for a few thousand miles a year and it seems like a liability to have underrated tires.
I know there have been other posts with this topic but my searches under tire did not find anything.
If you jump up to a 235 you can get lots of tires with load ratings of 100...
Not big on Kumhos but there is one with a 104 load rating for $78.00 (Kumho Road Venture APT KL51)
I see Michelins for $137(Michelin Primacy MXV4).
I have some Nokian Hakkapeliitta's mounted on different rims for the winter. These are great tires.
I saw a Eurovan Camper at the VW Dealer getting new Michelin Primacy MXV4's. These tires are load rated at 98. Maybe I am being to anal about this. However, my van spends about half its life towing a 12ft enclosed Featherlite trailer and a "lite" duty tire does not seem like a good idea.
Are there any issues going to a 235 size?
Thanks for the feedback.
If you go from a 225 to a 235 it'll effect your speedo a smidge, but more importantly it's going to make your transmission work harder turning a larger tire.
Check out this "Tire Size Calculator" http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html You can play with the sizes and see what comes close to the OEM tire. Cool tool to have if your thinking of going up a couple sizes.
I was having the same problem. I went to my local VW dealer in Seattle and they recommend the Dunlop SP Sport 2000E
It has a load rating of 102 for the 225-60-16 size tire and it is about $150 online and $218 at the dealer.
Thanks for the feedback so far. The tire calculator is a great tool.
I have been told by the vw dealer and a tire shop that the Dunlops only last about 20k miles.
Looks like going to 235's will solve the load issue.
It still seems crazy to me that a VW dealer would throw on 98 rated tires when the OEM tire was a 102.
tires-easy.com has the OEM Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus, 225/60/R16 102H for $146.40 each plus S&H. I've dealt with them and their customer service is excellent.
Quote, originally posted by Bike55105 » It still seems crazy to me that a VW dealer would throw on 98 rated tires when the OEM tire was a 102.
This may not be entirely crazy depending on the original load that the original 102 tires were to bear.
I can't speak for the 225-60-16 size since my '00 never had them, but to use my '00 as an example, the original tires were also 102/100T (the 100 being the load when mounted in a dual situation, which is not applicable to the Eurovan). The max load of 1874lbs (reflected in the 102) was achieved at a max pressure of 55 psi (Michelin's current specs for the Agilis lists it as that). As you lower pressure, the load-carrying ability is reduced. VW's recommended pressures were (for my van) IIRC 42 front, 36 rear for a light load or something like 45 front and 39 rear (I forget the exact values but it was something like that...a few PSIs higher) for a full load. VW, while fitting 102 tires to the van, didn't require the full capacity of the tire to be used.
Therefore you can get away with a lower-rated tire but most likely cannot follow the same pressures to do so. The question is (and this is where I can't really find any info on the 'net), how much less load was VW intending the tire to support (relative to the max load) at the lower-than-max PSIs? What I'm getting at is you can get away with a lesser-rated tire if you run the tire at a higher pressure than originally stated by VW (provided that you don't exceed the new tire's max pressure either). However calculating that new pressure is what remains to be a question.
Note however that most of the above is not applicable to P-metric (as opposed to Metric or Euro-Metric tires that follow the 'SL' or 'XL' load rating scale in which case the max pressure is not at the max pressure stated on the tire, but rather at 35psi for SL tires and 41 psi for XL tires.
Modified by gti_matt at 10:18 AM 10-11-2007
Try these guys, they seem to have a few in the size you need.
They had a Hankook and a Dunlop with the correct load rating. You can search by car model and make and it will come up with what you need. I hated the Dunlop's that were OEM which is what they have. They never balanced and wore out in 12k. The Agilis's I had after that I got 60k out of and now I have a set of MXV4's that I am hopeful for.
I just got a set of Nokian WRC Van tires in 215/65-R16 109/107 for my '01 EVC, at $189/ea. from Discount Tire in Seattle. They were special order and took four days from Colorado.
With the high load rating (8-ply equivalent), I don't have to worry about overloading them ever (unless I run them seriously underinflated). I've got 50 lbs. in them now and just got back from a trip around Eastern Washington State. Ride is better than the Michelins they replaced, and traction seems to be excellent, but at 50 lbs. inflation there was a little sidewall flex on fast cornering. Noise is roughly the same as the Michelins; maybe a little quieter. Gas mileage on the trip was 20.2, which is just about a record for this vehicle.
The tread is asymmetrical and the tire is M+S rated--a true four-season tire.
The tires can be inflated up to 70 lbs, so I'm going to try 55 or 60 or so to see if that will firm up the handling without making the ride too stiff.
Looking for tires for an 03 weekender,called Tirerack and was told that they had noted 235-60-16 as an alternate size for the van and there are several tires available in the 100-102 load rating.Has anybody tried this size on the stock alloys 225-60-16,what is the downside?
Yes, I have that size, there is some minor running when the steering is locked all the way..right or left - can't remember. But I've had them on the van for over a year now and they're fine. They're General Altimax RT.
I'd buy them again.
I have the Kuhmo Road Venture APT KL51 235/60. I was very happy with them until I realized the fronts are shot after 20K mi. I probably ran them under inflated a bit for too long. And never rotated them =(.
The taller than stock size makes zero noticeable difference on the speedo or power on the road. My speedo matches my GPS reading exactly. Clearance is no problem.
There is an excellent string of posts in the FAQ's at the top of the postings list. I think the issue with finding tires is behind us now. If you cant find our crazy factory size of 225/60/16, dont sweat it. This is a beefed-up passenger tire anyway. It appears that some of the new SUV's out there use 235/60/16's, which means you now have a bit of a selection to choose from. I'll bet they all (or most) ride better anyway and all probably have the higher load rating (not to mention I've seen some crazy low prices under $100/tire). Happy shopping!
My wife backed our van into something years ago and while it was repaired, it does seem pushed in slightly and I worry about clearance issues with 235's.
Where did you get your Nokian enTyres? A local shop that deals in Nokain snow tires says they can't get them.
I see a place called tire-easy has them online for $117 plus shipping, which is a lot cheaper than locally sourced 235 Michelins, but I have never heard of this place.
any one have recent good or bad experiences with this outfit?
Two thumbs up for tires-easy.com. I've ordered three sets of tires (including the Entyres) from them - excellent prices and super speedy shipping. Highly recommended.
As for the WRG2's - had them for less than two years. Rotated every 6500 miles. Very noisy starting at 18,000 miles and down to the bottom wear bars after 23,000 miles. There was no way they were going to make it through another winter. No treadwear warranty from Nokian.
The Entyres are quiet and the ride & handling are very good. I only wish they had just a tad more grip in the Chicago snow, but overall I'm very happy with them.
Just to follow up in case anyone looks in here down the road...
Ordered the Nokian enTyre from tire-easy.com
Tires are not mounted yet, but ordering thru tire-easy was, well, easy. I ordered on Sunday night, had the tires by Wednesday morning. Can't do much better than that!