From what I can see in the pictures it looks good. But I may have to come and see it in person for a proper evaluation. Can you put me up for a few days? And are you close to the beach?
Very nice. What brand roof bars are they?Some recent shots of our EC. Got some ownership updates to share soon.
Appreciate the valuable inputs as I am gunning towards the Falken Wildpeak AT Trails as my next set after my Bridgestone Ecopias had ran 60k miles. Just debating on getting stock 225s or going for 235s instead. I would assume there were no rubbings with the 235 tires and no lifts needed. One last tho’, was there any noticeable difference in terms of gas consumption/mpg?Yes, according to 1010tires.com, at 100kmph / 62mph as displayed on the speedometer, the new actual speed would be 98.46kmph / 61.18mph on a speed/lidar gun. The upgrade thus makes the vehicle 1.54% slower.
However, revs per mile has reduced from 750 to 738 and ride height was increased by almost a quarter of an inch.
The tradeoff to me is worth it. Those OEM Made in Japan Toyos were really disappointing. Interestingly, the Goodyears I've got were made in Brazil.
The vehicle rides smoother with less impact harshness passing through the struts. Our spines are jubilant! Steering response has improved and wet traction has vastly improved. Where I used to hydroplane before, I now have proper grip.
Handling has slightly improved I would say but the car now has an extra 'jiggle' if making an abrupt emergency lane change maneuver. Nothing to warrant stability control intervention but just a little observation I have on the new set.
Lastly in terms of visual appeal, the tyres (tires for you), does squat nicely on the rims. The vehicle itself in my opinion looks better and now has a more European stance to it. I'm hoping this set will last us for the next 23months cause I certainly don't want to spend another dime on tyres whilst we have this car.
Thank you so much for your insights! You just got me sold on going for 235s!!! I do find the EC somewhat shaky on the stock 225 tires....I'm going 10mm wider too on the next set on the Acura MDX....I used to have Falken* in a previous car I owned which was the Ziex if I remember correctly and those had low treadwear ratings and did not last long on our very gruesome third world roads. The Wildpeak is for a completely different type of requirement and I suspect it will do you well for the 60k miles (should you choose it of course).
Apart from driving style, road quality plays a role in determining its life. Unfortunately for us, our roads here are more demanding on our tyres and as such its life is reduced significantly. The tropical heat also has a part to play.
Fuel economy for us this past week seems like it was reduced but we did get some unexpected hot weather and our commutes were in peak hours so gridlock traffic would have sucked petrol at an alarming rate. The air-conditioner being on full power didn't help either. Perhaps it's subjective but 1 week is not enough to form an opinion just yet.
I'd say go with the 235's. The ride height with resulting increase in ground clearance is always a plus. Ingress and egress are also improved as I'm sliding into and out of the car easier. I just hate to bend and crouch just to enter a car as this is hard on my lower spine.
I forgot to mention that we mounted the 235's onto the front wheels and turned the steering lock to lock whilst lifted and on the ground and there were absolutely no touching or rubbing.
Good luck on your decision/s, I'm sure you would make the right one for your car and yourself.
* FYI here in my country, our supply of Falken and Dunlop are made by Sumitomo but not necessarily made in Japan.