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I stopped by my local installer. He looked up the tire measurements on a table and told me what I already knew about the section width and overall diameter. The question was whether it would rub. He said something to the effect that it wasn't that much difference in width so it wouldn't rub. I wasn't exactly satisfied with this off-the-cuff answer. It may not be that much difference ... but the question is is it TOO MUCH difference? The other research I did suggested it might just BE too much.
Anyway, I also picked up a copy of 06 Consumer Reports and it compared the Turanza LS-V and the Yoko Avid V4s in the same category ... and it showed the Yoko to be the softer ride. And that was my primary criteria. Odd, since TireRack listed Turanza LS-V as Grand Touring and the Yoko as High Performance. Yet CR picked the Turanza as the better gripper and the harsher ride. So I ordered a set of the Yokos, being not only the softer tire (not surprising after a couple of sets of Yoko AVID Touring on my last two cars) but availble in the OE size/spec as well. The Yoko is supposed to come up short in the wet (and the Tourings DID do that), but I am a conservative driver in the three-season Carolinas, so that works for me.
Everyone, thank you for your input.
UPDATE: I purchased the Toyo V4s and I have now driven them about 1,000 miles. These are in the OE size, no issues regarding offset or plus sizing. They are a clear improvement over the Michelins that came on the car. The ride is much softer. Absorbs typical bumps like RR tracks very well. Unfornunately, not as soft as the Yoko Avid Touring that I had on my Caddy ... but then again this is a V tire, the Caddy took an S speed tire.
When the temperature was in the 30s around here, the tire seemed lumpy out of the gate, but warmed fairly quickly. As the temperature has risen, so has the tire's comfort level. Much smoother now that its up in the 60s and 70s around here.
Though it is hard to tell (due to the infamous blue screen MPG calculator), it does seem that this is a heavy tire with a MPG penalty when compared to the OE tires, perhaps 2 to 3 mpg, more in the city than highway. I am currently running them at 33 pounds. I assume that upping the pressure would reduce the penalty somewhat, but I am going for comfort so I probably won't increase the pressure that much.
Since I drive conservatively and we don't incur a great deal of inclement weather round here, I can't really comment on gripping/handling or wet/snow/ice performance...though the Yoko Avid Tourings were clearly less capable in these areas.
The tread is expected to last much longer than the OE tires. Overall, I recommend the upgrade if you are looking for longer tread life and a more comfortable ride.
Last edited by Dr.Quality; 03-11-2006 at 11:51 PM.