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Old 12-13-2005, 05:08 PM
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Where can I find the exact speed ratings for tires?

As far as tire ratings go I know there are T-rated, V-rated, Z-rated, etc. Does anyone know where I can find the exact speed ranges for each rating? Is there a chart somewhere on the internet that anyone knows of? Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:22 PM
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Click at the top ( TheTirerack ).
Enough information to keep you busy til Christmas.
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Old 12-13-2005, 06:46 PM
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Here you go:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=35
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:46 AM
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Beginning in 1991, the speed symbol denoting a fixed maximum speed capability of new tires must be shown only in the speed rating portion of the tire's service description, such as 225/50R16 89S. The most common tire speed rating symbols, maximum speeds and typical applications are shown below:
M 81 mph 130 km/h
N 87 mph 140km/h Temporary Spare Tires
P 93 mph 150 km/h
Q 99 mph 160 km/h Studless & Studdable Winter Tires
R 106 mph 170 km/h H.D. Light Truck Tires
S 112 mph 180 km/h Family Sedans & Vans
T 118 mph 190 km/h Family Sedans & Vans
U 124 mph 200 km/h
H 130 mph 210 km/h Sport Sedans & Coupes
V 149 mph 240 km/h Sport Sedans, Coupes & Sports Cars

When Z-speed rated tires were first introduced, they were thought to reflect the highest tire speed rating that would ever be required, in excess of 240 km/h or 149 mph. While Z-speed rated tires are capable of speeds in excess of 149 mph, how far above 149 mph was not identified. That ultimately caused the automotive industry to add W- and Y-speed ratings to identify the tires that meet the needs of new vehicles that have extremely high top-speed capabilities.
W 168 mph 270 km/h Exotic Sports Cars
Y 186 mph 300 km/h Exotic Sports Cars

While a Z-speed rating still often appears in the tire size designation of these tires, such as 225/50ZR16 91W, the Z in the size signifies a maximum speed capability in excess of 149 mph, 240 km/h; the W in the service description indicates the tire's 168 mph, 270 km/h maximum speed.
225/50ZR16 in excess of 149 mph, 240 km/h
205/45ZR17 88W 168 mph, 270 km/h
285/35ZR19 99Y 186 mph, 300 km/h

Most recently, when the Y-speed rating indicated in a service description is enclosed in parentheses, such as 285/35ZR19 (99Y), the top speed of the tire has been tested in excess of 186 mph, 300 km/h indicated by the service description as shown below:
285/35ZR19 99Y 186 mph, 300 km/h
285/35ZR19 (99Y) in excess of 186 mph, 300 km/h

As vehicles have increased their top speeds into Autobahn-only ranges, the tire speed ratings have evolved to better identify the tires capability, allowing drivers to match the speed of their tires with the top speed of their vehicle.
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Old 12-14-2005, 10:38 AM
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Luke,
Am I correct in saying the Max. Speed rating applies to vehicles travelling at that speed sustained for 1 hour?
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Old 12-29-2006, 10:50 PM
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Speed rating is not for speed ratings!

Unless a few separate guys, over the years, at the tire stores told me wrong, a speed rating is not necessarily about speed! It's also about the grade of the rubber used, it's tightness or something, with the most important part that the proper tire for your car, helps you STOP in the distance the car is supposed to stop within.

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