Is it ok to mix h-rated tires with V-rated tires?
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    Is it ok to mix h-rated tires with V-rated tires?

    Since no one has responded to my last post about tires, I am going to try to focus in on one question.

    We have one tire that is ruined. So, need to get a new tire (and thus possibly two new tires). Our tires aren't old -- just have 5,000 miles on them. So we don't want to go to the expense of replacing them all (unless you all think we are crazy not to).

    We have narrowed our search to two tires: Bridgestone Turanza LS-H and
    Yokohama AVS dB S2.

    We are leaning toward the Yokohama's but they are VR speed rated and our current tires are HR rated (and we plan to keep two of the old wheels which are Michelin.) Is it bad to mix the speed ratings? Should we stick with HR since our other two tires are HR? Do we need to try to match them as closely as possible to the stock Michelin tires on our car?

    Thanks!

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    if you keep the same tires on the same axles, and dont exceed the speed rating on your slowest tires, you should be ok.

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    Yea just make sure you have the new ones on the back so you won't get into any handling problems. That's the way most tires shops will do it anyway.

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    You CAN put new tires on the back, but what have you accomplished? Assuming the whole point of replacing the Michelins is to get tires with better grip, your handling will still be limited by the grip of your front tires. Also, you won't be able to rotate your tires due to risk of oversteer if your rear tires give way first. Personally I would stick with 4 Michelins until you are ready to replace them all.

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    You only have 5,000 miles on the clock on the other three tires? Just replace the one tire, then -- 5,000 miles of wear isn't really anything to worry about. And from what I've read, it sounds like you want to replace the ruined tire and one of the good ones with two new tires of a different brand/model, which is NOT recommended. Just my $0.02.

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    Its not a good idea to mix different speed ratings on the same vehicle. They will be gripping the road differently and give different steering response. This could throw off the handling of the vehicle. If you get 2 new tires, you should put the 2 new ones on the rear axle to cut down on the chance of oversteer problems. Oversteer is much harder to control than understeer.
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    Thanks everyone for your responses!

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