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Old 10-23-2017, 01:14 PM
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RPF1 15x7 +41. Best tire size? GE8 Base

I might be picking up a set of RPF1's from craigslist and I wanted to know what size tires you guys usually run on these rims. They are going to come with some pretty worn 195/55r15 Kumho Ecsta tires. These tires are 23.4" diameter and the stock size is 24". I'd like to get close to the stock size and it looks like my options are 205/55r15 @ 23.9" and 195/60r15 @ 24.2". The 195/60r15's have A LOT more options than the much rarer 205/55r15's. I have some reservations about running a larger tire, but it's only .2". I mostly bought this car for economy / utility reasons but I do drive spiritedly from time to time . Any input or guidance you could give on what you'd recommend for a tire size would be appreciated. Thanks!

Edit: My fit is stock, including ride height.
 
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It's getting progressively harder to find good 15" tires. Wide, high performance 15" tires used to be common. Now 15's are mostly narrow and low on the performance scale.

I also see lots of tire options in 195/60-15, but I don't see anything that I'd be thrilled to have. Maybe the Goodyear EagleSports? Whatever tire you pick, make sure to check the manufacture's specs. I believe that 7" wide is the max for most 195/60's.

I believe the most popular option is to run 205/50-15's, but that probably only looks good at lowered ride heights.
 
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It's getting progressively harder to find good 15" tires. Wide, high performance 15" tires used to be common. Now 15's are mostly narrow and low on the performance scale.

I also see lots of tire options in 195/60-15, but I don't see anything that I'd be thrilled to have. Maybe the Goodyear EagleSports? Whatever tire you pick, make sure to check the manufacture's specs. I believe that 7" wide is the max for most 195/60's.

I believe the most popular option is to run 205/50-15's, but that probably only looks good at lowered ride heights.
Thanks for the input. I'm not too concerned about performance tires, more concerned about LRR and weight. I'd just like to get close to the stock diameter and have a tire that's not too sticky.
 
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With those parameters, I think the 195/60-15's are the clear winner. They are even what TireRack calls for when selecting those wheels for your car I believe.

The 205's will be higher rolling resistance by nature due to their additional width.
 
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With those parameters, I think the 195/60-15's are the clear winner. They are even what TireRack calls for when selecting those wheels for your car I believe.

The 205's will be higher rolling resistance by nature due to their additional width.
Yep, you're right on the money about the tirerack.com suggestion. I forgot that that is a feature on their site. I'm most likely going to go w/ the 195/60 now. Do you have any experience running a slightly oversized tire? Will acceleration be sluggish? It's only .25" larger so I wouldn't think it would affect performance much. The lightweight RPF1's should more than make up for it i'd think.
 
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We ran 195/60-15's Yokohama Envigor's on the factory wheels for years on our Fit. For a GD, those are tall tires. Stock is 195/55-15's.

It did not seem to hurt acceleration and improved comfort, noise, and rpm on the highway. Those benefits came at the cost of fairly poor handling. It made the car pretty sloppy.

I would think that the 7" wide width of those Enkei's would take away a lot of the slop though. Ours were on the factory 6" wide wheels.
 
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We ran 195/60-15's Yokohama Envigor's on the factory wheels for years on our Fit. For a GD, those are tall tires. Stock is 195/55-15's.

It did not seem to hurt acceleration and improved comfort, noise, and rpm on the highway. Those benefits came at the cost of fairly poor handling. It made the car pretty sloppy.

I would think that the 7" wide width of those Enkei's would take away a lot of the slop though. Ours were on the factory 6" wide wheels.
The stock for the GE8 base is 175/65r15 so the sidewall height should be pretty similar with this tire. The calculator on discount tire says the 175/65 sidewall is 4.48" and the sidewall on the 195/60 is 4.61", so only a .13" difference (.26" total height)
 
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I agree...not far off.

My Mom and good friend have GE's. I'm sure part of what makes them mushier are the factory size tires. Much softer spring rates as well.

Those are offset by the GE's stiffer chassis.

Overall, I think you'll be set with the 195's. Can't wait to see pics!
 
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I ordered some 195/60R15 Goodyear Eagle Sport tires from tirerack. I looked at a bunch of different brands and styles and thought these were a good middle ground between performance/longevity/price. I'll post pics after I get them installed. Waiting on ebay TPMS sensors and tires to get here. Ended up paying $500 for the RPF1's with 3/32nd tires on them, centering rings and lugs. Even though the tires are pretty bald it at least lets me know the wheels hold air.
 
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Great deal on the wheels! Centering rings and lugs are a great bonus!

Those looked to be the best tire choice from what I saw with a quick look as well.

Just in case you didn't know...you will need a tire shop or the dealer to program the tpms sensors to the car. Some makes you can just throw new sensors in and be done with it, but Honda's require programming.
 
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Tires are on. I'm trying to upload a picture but it doesn't seem to be working. neither the drag and drop or url seems to be taking. The "insert" button just stays grayed out.
 
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Can't wait to see! Have you tried dragging and dropping the image straight from your computer? As in, just open up file manager and drag the photo over?
 
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Just washed it so calipers have flash rust.
I'll put the red Enkei stickers on this winter. The PO never applied them.

Yeah there was supposed to be pictures with this but didn't seem to work
 

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Any rubbing? They look meaty.
 
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Any rubbing? They look meaty.
Nah no rubbing. I'm sure they'd rub pretty quickly if I lower it though. Admittedly a larger wheel / thinner tire would look nicer, but I'd sacrifice a lot of weight savings and the tires would cost more. I realize now that the pictures posted multiple times now, they jsut aren't showing on this browser for some reason, had to view them on mobile.
 
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Old thread, but maybe this will help someone:

I just bought a set of 15x7 RPF1s (+41 ET) and shod them in a set of 205/50R15 Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires (a $100 gift card rebate is on until the end of May, at least in Canada).
I had a set of the same tires on my S2000 and found them to be pretty good - surprisingly, the tires for my S2000 cost less than the set for the Fit (possibly due to the lack of market for UHP 15" tires).

So far, I love the wheel and tire combo! No rubbing at all (wheels and tires are flush with the body, and the tires are slightly meaty).
Low-speed turns are actually easier with the new wheels/tires (compared to the OEM Sport wheels), mostly due to the significant reduction in weight.
I've been able to take a turn at 100kph with no drama (previously, 100kph was still doable, but felt a bit too exciting).

EDIT: After more time behind the wheel, there is some rubbing in the rear, but only when you hit bigger bumps/dips at speed (i.e. if the road suddenly dips and rises back up).
So far it's dealing with Toronto potholes just fine, and I haven't been able to log a full tank to compare gas mileage yet. Change to acceleration is there, but not as dramatic as the weight reduction would suggest (the Fit isn't a powerhouse). Definitely makes the car more tossable and fun though!
 

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