90S vs. 90H tires

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Old 08 Feb 2010, 02:00 pm   #1 (permalink)
Michael
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Default 90S vs. 90H tires

Hi all,

I've got a '96 Camry (174k miles). The tires are pretty worn (via the
quarter/Washington's head method). The struts (shocks?) are also
shot... BUT, since we're not sure how much longer we're going to keep
the car, we're hesitant to spend $1000 to upgrade the shocks. (Car
handles just fine, if it rides a bit rough, and the shocks aren't
leaking.) I sure don't have the skills to change the shocks myself.

The '96 Camry uses the P195 70R14 90H tires.

My wife has a '99 Camry with good tires, P195 70 R14 90S.

We're sure we want to keep the '99 (< 98k miles).

I'm thinking of putting the good tires from the 99 on the 96, putting
the worn tires from the 96 on the 99, and taking the 99 to Costco for
4 new tires.

Is this a bad idea?

Is it ok to mix 90S from the '99 to the 96, where the manual specs
90H?

Thanks,

Michael
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Old 08 Feb 2010, 11:44 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 90S vs. 90H tires

Michael wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I've got a '96 Camry (174k miles). The tires are pretty worn (via the
> quarter/Washington's head method). The struts (shocks?) are also
> shot... BUT, since we're not sure how much longer we're going to keep
> the car, we're hesitant to spend $1000 to upgrade the shocks. (Car
> handles just fine, if it rides a bit rough, and the shocks aren't
> leaking.) I sure don't have the skills to change the shocks myself.
>
> The '96 Camry uses the P195 70R14 90H tires.
>
> My wife has a '99 Camry with good tires, P195 70 R14 90S.
>
> We're sure we want to keep the '99 (< 98k miles).
>
> I'm thinking of putting the good tires from the 99 on the 96, putting
> the worn tires from the 96 on the 99, and taking the 99 to Costco for
> 4 new tires.
>
> Is this a bad idea?
>
> Is it ok to mix 90S from the '99 to the 96, where the manual specs
> 90H?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Michael


The letters are speed ratings. If you don't plan on driving it for
more than a few minutes above 110MPH (heh) then you can use the S rated
tires if they are still in good enough shape and not too old.
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