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Second year and 4 out of 4 rims now have curb rash! I had one last year and had it repaired for something like $230 with tax. I might as well swap everything out and put some decent rubber on. Thing is, none of the rims on Tirerack strike my fancy. The Touring 19" rims seem to not stick out like the Sport's, has anyone here done that switch? I do like the Sport rim's looks but it was just not engineered right IMHO.
 

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Second year and 4 out of 4 rims now have curb rash! I had one last year and had it repaired for something like $230 with tax. I might as well swap everything out and put some decent rubber on. Thing is, none of the rims on Tirerack strike my fancy. The Touring 19" rims seem to not stick out like the Sport's, has anyone here done that switch? I do like the Sport rim's looks but it was just not engineered right IMHO.
The 19 inch Touring wheels are just as susceptible to tire rash as what you are experiencing... don't ask me how I know.:cry: Large rims and low profile tires are a recipe for curb rash the slightest contact w/these wheels will result in damage.
 

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Second year and 4 out of 4 rims now have curb rash! I had one last year and had it repaired for something like $230 with tax. I might as well swap everything out and put some decent rubber on. Thing is, none of the rims on Tirerack strike my fancy. The Touring 19" rims seem to not stick out like the Sport's, has anyone here done that switch? I do like the Sport rim's looks but it was just not engineered right IMHO.
I replaced my Sport wheels with 18” Enkei wheels with Pirelli P Zero Plus A/S tires. My reasoning was not the vulnerability of the Sport wheels, but better handling and ride because of the big reduction in weight. The handling is improved. The OEM Michelin Primacy's are decent, but not performance tires, The ride was not improved so much probability because the Pirelli’s are more aggressive tires. Probably should have gone to 17”s for a better ride.
 

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I replaced my Sport wheels with 18” Enkei wheels with Pirelli P Zero Plus A/S tires. My reasoning was not the vulnerability of the Sport wheels, but better handling and ride because of the big reduction in weight. The handling is improved. The OEM Michelin Primacy's are decent, but not performance tires, The ride was not improved so much probability because the Pirelli’s are more aggressive tires. Probably should have gone to 17”s for a better ride.
17's are indeed a much better ride. I have a set of snow tires in that size. will be putting them on soon and deciding what to do with these wheels.
 

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My wife drives our 2018 Accord Touring and all the wheels are a mess with curb rash. She did not have the same issue with her SUV. I will probably switch to 17" wheels and tires when the Michlins wear out so if you switch to the Touring wheels that will not solve your problem. lousy design from Honda on these wheels. They look good but are prone to rash.
 

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You guys are nuts.... Curb rash is earned by bad driving. You hit pot holes, drive on bad roads, not paying attention to the road to see what you are driving through. There are a plethora of reason as to why damage can happen, least of all, is the manufacturer's fault. Yes low profile tires can stack against you but only if you are unfamiliar with where your wheels/tires are while driving. Accidents happen but take responsibility for your own actions.
 

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Well that said , there are Tires - that have Built In - Rim Protection along the Bead and it does work for those Light Bumps or Rubs ..
NOT Heavy Rubs or Carving Curbs , I did a rim two yrs. ago on VW CC - backing Up using the Camera ( Also Trying to get Very Tight to Curb )
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It was Cars Fault NOT Mine ~ LOL - should have had the 360 Degree Camera , or Curb Feelers or Hit the Power Window and ask the Girls walking by to
Check My Rubber and see it's Close to Rubbing Her Curves - ( I Meant Rubbing the Curb ) BraHaaa
 

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Love the low profile performance of the tires for cornering but in the northeast with winter potholes that you sometimes cannot see, even small holes can nick these sport rims edge. I do notice the factory 235 width tires do leave very little sidewall bulge to prevent the slightest rub on curbs to help avoid rim rash. Don’t know if next width up will provide more sidewall bulge out beyond the rim edge but I have also been pondering a tire profile change to up to 50 or 60 series and smaller diameter rims if I buy out the lease. Think one needs to keep overall circumference in-line so speedometer is not impacted by the diameter/circumference change going -1 or -2. However do agree with others posting I have learned to alter my driving with even small depressed holes I would normally drive over I now avoid because of the low profile tires and initially leave a lot of room along curbs!
 

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Second year and 4 out of 4 rims now have curb rash! I had one last year and had it repaired for something like $230 with tax. I might as well swap everything out and put some decent rubber on. Thing is, none of the rims on Tirerack strike my fancy. The Touring 19" rims seem to not stick out like the Sport's, has anyone here done that switch? I do like the Sport rim's looks but it was just not engineered right IMHO.
I crashed one of my 2019 Touring rims so I'm not sure they are better than the Sport rims. I would much rather have some normal 18" rims with some substantial tires! Probably would ride better too!
 

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If I don't upgrade the wheels to something like a Vossen I will be putting wider tires on the stock rims to protect them a bit more. I have to agree with this being 90% driver related. Yes roads sucks and sometimes circumstances are unavoidable but driving requires paying attention and missing potholes and curbs and knowing where the front and rear of the car are fall on the driver.
 

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Second year and 4 out of 4 rims now have curb rash! I had one last year and had it repaired for something like $230 with tax. I might as well swap everything out and put some decent rubber on. Thing is, none of the rims on Tirerack strike my fancy. The Touring 19" rims seem to not stick out like the Sport's, has anyone here done that switch? I do like the Sport rim's looks but it was just not engineered right IMHO.
Hmmm, I don't think the wheels are the problem.
 

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Same problem with my new 2019 Touring wheels and tires. Okay, I'm not used to driving a vehicle that sits so low to the ground. It's also difficult getting in and out. By the time I get used to driving this car, the wheels will look like crap and the tires will need to be replaced. I'm thinking of trading it in for an SUV or a Mercedes sedan with a little ground clearance and some bigger, more sturdy tires!
 

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If I don't upgrade the wheels to something like a Vossen I will be putting wider tires on the stock rims to protect them a bit more. I have to agree with this being 90% driver related. Yes roads sucks and sometimes circumstances are unavoidable but driving requires paying attention and missing potholes and curbs and knowing where the front and rear of the car are fall on the driver.
The fact that Honda chose to put a 235 mm wide tire on a 8.5" wide rim IS an issue, as there is zero rubber extending laterally past the rim. There is zero room for error, unlike any other car (Porsche, two VWs, two other Hondas, and two Chryslers) that I have ever had.

I'm hoping going to 245s will add a little margin
 

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The fact that Honda chose to put a 235 mm wide tire on a 8.5" wide rim IS an issue, as there is zero rubber extending laterally past the rim. There is zero room for error, unlike any other car (Porsche, two VWs, two other Hondas, and two Chryslers) that I have ever had.

I'm hoping going to 245s will add a little margin
That is a great idea. I may do the same. My Camaro with 20" has no wheel rash and that is because the rubber extends out past the wheel and I have only hit a curb 2 times and no wheel damage. Now part of the problem is that my wife drives the Accord but she has not had the issue on past cars.
 

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That is a great idea. I may do the same. My Camaro with 20" has no wheel rash and that is because the rubber extends out past the wheel and I have only hit a curb 2 times and no wheel damage. Now part of the problem is that my wife drives the Accord but she has not had the issue on past cars.
I've scratched two wheels already in a month. The second time it happened I didn't even notice until much later.

I've never had this issue with any other car, and I can assure those who think "learn to drive" is the answer that I do know how to drive quite well with several track schools and several years of autocross experience behind me. Never mind the 34 years of street driving experience that I have.
 
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