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S vs H for winter tires on a 2017 CRV

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  • Oct 4th, 2017 10:56 pm
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S vs H for winter tires on a 2017 CRV

My 2017 CRV stock all season tires are rated 104H.

Currently looking at winter tires . They have 108S rated tires and are $10 cheaper per tire. My vehicle is strictly for commuting to work and driving the family around. Considering the slower speeds one tends to drive in winter, would I be ok to downgrade to the S rated tires for Winter, or should I go for the H rated tires for the $10 additional?

Looking at speed charts, I don't hit anywhere near the max speed for either rating.

Thanks
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At this point, the speed rating shouldn't be the determining factor. Winter tires usually come with lower speed ratings than non-winter oem specs.

What kind of tires are you comparing? If they happen to be the exact same model tire with only the speed rating difference, then for $10/tire might be worth it to go with the higher speed rating, as higher speed rated tires are built more stringent to meet the higher speeds.
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180KM/H vs 210KM/H. Do you plan on sustaining 180KM/H or 210KM/H often?

Personally i wouldn't worry too much about it.

It's as important to look at the load rating.
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I was looking at Bridgestone - Blizzak DM-V2 (S rating) and Bridgestone - Blizzak WS80 (H Rating) from Costco to take advantage of their promotion. And yeah I have no plans to go anywhere near those speeds I just wanted to make sure I could safely downgrade for the winter. I've read that you can, but I've also read that you should keep with whatever rating came with the stock tires so I wanted to get some opinions before shopping around.

Also not 100% set on Costco. Needing rims too so may shop around for bundles (looking at stores recommended on other threads here on RFD).

Thanks for the help folks
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I'm not sure Costco will put S tires on in place of H.

It's a liability issue. They are pretty picky about tire load ratings too

Ask them first
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l69norm wrote:
Sep 13th, 2017 1:16 pm
I'm not sure Costco will put S tires on in place of H.

It's a liability issue. They are pretty picky about tire load ratings too

Ask them first
Noted.

Thanks. If I go with Costco and they want to match the rating I won't throw a fit over the potential $40 extra :)
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I'm looking for Blizzak WS80 ($$569.96) too for 2017 CRV with steel wheels ($65 each). Isn't too early to install or you can schedule it on November?

comparing it with SimplyTire last year offer
17” Options:
Package
4 x 17” Hubcentric Steel Wheels
4 x Plastic Tire Bags
4 x Mount, Balance and install
Option 8 package with Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 102H - $900.00
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boldventure wrote:
Sep 17th, 2017 1:32 am
I'm looking for Blizzak WS80 ($$569.96) too for 2017 CRV with steel wheels ($65 each). Isn't too early to install or you can schedule it on November?

comparing it with SimplyTire last year offer
17” Options:
Package
4 x 17” Hubcentric Steel Wheels
4 x Plastic Tire Bags
4 x Mount, Balance and install
Option 8 package with Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 102H - $900.00
I ended up with Blizzak DM-V2 from Costco (approx $771 with promo after tax/install). I ended up just financing rims from crappy tire (approx $307). $25/mo for a year interest free and no fee means one less bigger expense now (insurance renewal,birthdays and xmas on the horizon)

Costco books up to a month out so I'm booked for install on Nov 1st. And the tech on site there told me for winter tires Costco usually will go down a speed rating (DM-V2 has an S rating vs my all season's H rating) just as an FYI for anyone wondering.

Yes I probably would have saved a bit if I shopped around, but I don't see the difference being substantial. I have Costco's 5 year warranty etc...

..oh and laziness :)
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dnavia wrote:
Oct 4th, 2017 3:16 pm
I ended up with Blizzak DM-V2 from Costco (approx $771 with promo after tax/install). I ended up just financing rims from crappy tire (approx $307). $25/mo for a year interest free and no fee means one less bigger expense now (insurance renewal,birthdays and xmas on the horizon)

Costco books up to a month out so I'm booked for install on Nov 1st. And the tech on site there told me for winter tires Costco usually will go down a speed rating (DM-V2 has an S rating vs my all season's H rating) just as an FYI for anyone wondering.

Yes I probably would have saved a bit if I shopped around, but I don't see the difference being substantial. I have Costco's 5 year warranty etc...

..oh and laziness :)
I got Pirelli Winter Ice Zero instead from SimplyTire
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Whichever industry or government official approved use of the term "speed rating" should be retroactively fired, striped of their pension & benefits and fined a good chunk of their career earnings for labeling a safety standard in a way which is so open to flawed logic & misapplication.Angry Face

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