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Old 08-10-2005, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default H-rated vs. V-rated, otherwise identical tires, whats the real world difference?

I've decided to replace the OEM tires on my wife's Baja with Falken Ziex-512s in 225-60-16 (stock size). In the same size and same tire there is an H-rated and V-rated. Everything else is identical about the two tires, the speed rating being the only different. In real world driving, will there be any difference? Handling? Response? Anything??

The difference in price is $6 per tire, I know that seems trivial, but I'm weird like that! Dont want to waste money if theres no advantage in the real world driving. I'm closing on a new house august 31st! Pinching pennies!
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Old 08-10-2005, 04:32 PM   #2
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I would get the V-rated. They may have a stiffer sidewall or more aggressive compound in order to withstand higher speeds.

I had the stock V-Rated re-92s on my old wrx, and then upgraded to legacy gt rims and 17" Z rated Re-92s... I definitely noticed a difference, but I don't know if it was attributable to the size (215/45-17 vs 205/55/16) or the speed rating....
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Old 08-10-2005, 05:47 PM   #3
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Old 08-10-2005, 05:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. Anyone have experience with same size tires but different speed ratings?
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:01 PM   #5
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It really does depend on the individual tires in question. I can't claim to know anything about these Falkens.

My personal experience with this issue relates to Michelin Pilot XGT's. I have run both the v and h rated XGT's. I chose to run the h rated ones after 1 set of each. My reasons being that I preferred the tread pattern for my all season and all terrain needs. They also carried the highest test rating on the market for wet stopping distance, and they made a lot less noise than the v rated ones. And the H had a fair bit more treaddepth when new. I could make them last a full year and buy them every October to run through the winter and have them nice and shaved down by spring.

The sidewall was marginally softer, but not enough for my casual auto-x, rally-x and occassional trackday needs. But I also found of they were the tire of choice at Skip Barber's Formula Ford racing school on their cars, and figured if his race cars were running the h, why not me? In fact, I frequently have better stick than guys with v and z rated tires from other manufacturers when out at the track...
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:46 PM   #6
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I suspect the main difference between the two tires is the softness of the rubber compound. The H rated tire will probably last a bit longer under normal use.
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:15 PM   #7
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I suspect the main difference between the two tires is the softness of the rubber compound. The H rated tire will probably last a bit longer under normal use.
They have the same treadwear rating. I told you, IDENTICAL in EVERY aspect except for the speed rating. Same tread pattern too.
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I was in your exact same spot a little while ago. I went with the V rated 225/60's. I don't have a good reason why, just went with the higher speed rating cause it's a higher speed rating. I'd like to think that's due to a stiffer sidewall, but can't say for sure. I believe thay say the V's are 2lbs heavier then the H's.
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since its on a baha, i doubt you can tell which is really better. if you wanna save the $24, i'd say do it.
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Thanks for the feedback. Anyone have experience with same size tires but different speed ratings?

^ yes, the different ratings means you can go faster. just read it dude. H is for babies and R is for h4x0r5.







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Old 08-11-2005, 09:28 PM   #11
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H speed rating up to 130
V rating up to 149
How fast are you going to go in that Baja any way?
From what i recall the higher the speed rating the better the tire resists heat generated by traveling at high speeds. That said, a higher speed rated tire could be a safer tire , especially in the summer or at maximum load .
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