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Speed rating; Quick question
Topic Started: Sun Dec 3, 2017 5:21 pm (280 Views)
bestie
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Hello all, time has come to get a new set of tyres. Decided I would go for the Michelin Crossclimates over the Dunlop Sport Bluresponses for their performance advantage in the cold.

I have factory standard 185/65 R15 but do not know the standard speed and load ratings for the car (Iím away from it at the moment) I seem to recall they are H (88) but am not sure.

I have the choice of T (92) or V (92) so if the minimum was an H I assume I have to go for the V rated ones.

Thanks!

P.S. anyone with a view on cross climate vs crossclimate plus? Itís an extra 40 quid total for the newer ones so leaning toward the older version.
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nsx_j
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Hi bestie,

I am pretty sure that 88H was the standard spec for 190 tyres so both of your options above would exceed that spec.

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James
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bestie
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Thanks for confirming James, Iíve just checked and conversely H rated tyres are rated to 130mph whereas T is 118.

So Iíll go for the V rating, not that Iím planning to go anywhere near that speed Iíve heard that the insurance could be invalid if you use a lower specification tyre than OEM.

Thanks again,

Richard
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Cockney21
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Had the exact same tyres fitted last week and went for higher rating, not a lot difference in price and not worth the hassle if the insurance did ever get involved.

Seem to offer better grip than my Michelin Energy that I had fitted, but they were 8 years old so no surprise.

In the wet the rear wheels would easily spin on a damp road pulling out of a junction, not so now.
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Chunk
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I'd change insurance company. A company that will try getting out of paying for a claim if speed rating is lower, not the sort of company I would want insuring anything I owned
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martinw190
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Mon Dec 4, 2017 1:11 pm
I'd change insurance company. A company that will try getting out of paying for a claim if speed rating is lower, not the sort of company I would want insuring anything I owned
It's not just that the speed rating is lower, it is that the tyres must have the speed rating as stipulated by the car's manufacturer to be considered correct for the car. It does state in the handbook (I think) what the rating should be, as defined by MB, not by what speeds you drive at.

You'll risk voiding your insurance if you fit the 'wrong' speed rating, with any insurance company.
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