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post #1 of 3 Old 09-22-2017, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Winter Tire and Tire Ratings

Living up North here in Canada. I purchased a 2018 Compass with original 215/65 R16 Tire with 98H load and speed rating. My plan is to get a set of Winter tires and saw a set of Hankook 215/65 R16 Ipike RSV with 98T load and speed rating which is priced to fit my budget.

My question is, will the T speed rating vs H speed rating matter for snow tires ? I read conflicting information regarding speed rating on winter tires and would like to have members chime in and provide advice before i make the purchase.

Please bear in mind that the door information sticker does not have any information regarding speed H vs T information as required, just the tire size and load requirement. I could not find any such information in the owner's manual as well.

I only drive 10 mins to work and do very little driving during the winter months.

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post #2 of 3 Old 09-22-2017, 03:39 AM
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This is from consumer reports:
"Speed rating
Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Except for winter tires, choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard and consult the owner's manual. Speed rating may vary by size."

Personally, I'd be more concerned with the tire itself than the speed rating. I've had one set of Hankook tires. They were Dynapro ATMs. They looked great. Agressive tread, good traction, they were great in snow, but I couldn't keep the things balanced and led to shakes and wobbles at highway speeds. Then I started reading reviews (should have done that first) and saw that this was a common problem. I know it's a different tire than the Ipike, and they were on a pick-up truck, not an SUV. So my suggestion is to definitely read reviews BEFORE you settle on a particular tire.
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Thanks for your response. Will check out more reviews. Most of the reviews were positive on the Ipike RSV, will inquire a bit more before making a decision.
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