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Hello all and happy Sunday!
Thought I would pop back in to see if there has been any activity about the noisy rough tires. Factory 20" wheel package with the stock Bridgestones. I am at a dilemma trying to decide whether I want to risk spending a lot of money for the same size tire I in a different brand, or putting smaller rims and new tires. Seems like this car comes with 17s, 18s and the 20s. My BIL has a Charger with 245/45/20 tires(mine are 245/40/20). Parked side by side it's obvious he has more rubber between the rim and tread. I physically measured his tires against my wheel wells and I'm afraid it might be a problem with clearance. Was wondering if anyone has tried this size or any other? I know a fella here changed his to Pirelli and liked them better. Been thinking also of ditching these wheels and tires and buying a refurbished set of LTZ wheels in a smaller size. I love the midnight edition wheels but they are over double the price. I'm just tired of the rough ride and noise. Less concerned about the handling. Figure I should be able to Craigslist these 20s just turned 28k mostly Highway miles. Any suggestions or stories most appreciated.
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John
PS, anyone know how much of a big deal it is to have the car re-progammed to a different tire size?
 

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I fell in love with the Impala by renting them from National through work (many times in Austin!).


We too fell in love with the car by renting one. We rented an LTZ but it had the standard wheel package. I could not believe how much different the car was with these 20" wheels and tires. I also have to battle the tire people to rotate the damn things correctly. They all have beat in their heads to do front/back rotations which is WRONG..That will wear the tires faster and will cause wear patterns..Even the chevy guys look at me with a blank stare.
 

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Replace the tires with Grand touring tires instead of the performance and high performance All season. All High Performance A/S tires are loud
Thanks Angus, I was thinking about that. Sure don't need a high speed tire on this car, or at least how I drive. I guess the tires could be rated on the top speed the car is capable of which I have no idea what that is. I've not had it over 100.
 

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Update: I got a call back from my Service Advisor, who just heard back from GM. According to GM, these 20" tires on the Impalas are performance tires and it's "NORMAL" that they will maintain a flat spot in them for (wait for it) 10-12 MILES until the tires warm up. WTF? He suggested I call GM, (800-222-1020) which I did. Any minute now, a Sr Advisor will call with some options.

No other car that I know of has this issue. My 2003 Z06 with Z-rated tires didn't do this. Heck, my 1976 Jeep I had in high school didn't do this. Why in 2017 would a new car do this?

They know they have an issue with these sub-par BF's but haven't dealt with it yet. Fingers crossed they do the right thing for those impacted.
Our Mustang GT has HP tires on it that do that too, but it usually sits for many weeks at a time between drives. VERY annoying. I've not experienced this on the Impala though.
 

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I changed my tires at 38k miles to Michelins
Angus, do you have the 20" wheels/tires as well? Which Michelin did you put on and did it make a difference?
 

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Well I finally decided to do something. I found a seller on Ebay, they are Detroit wheel. They sell wheels both refurbished and new that they do a chrome plating process called "PVD" which is supposed to be more durable than regular chrome plating (and can be repaired, where chrome cannot) They have the LTZ 19" wheels that have been chrome plated, with new Goodyear Eagle Touring tires (245/45/19), mounted, balanced including new caps and TPMS sensors for $1595 plus shipping. I think I am going to jump on it and put these damn 20's on Craigslist. I think the car will look really nice with chrome wheels and I like the design of the LTZ 19" wheel. They also have the midnight edition wheels, same package for about 100 less. They state these are new, not refurb so they must buy them, then redo the finish in chrome. Interesting process how the PVD system works. They also have a five year warranty on the finish.
 

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Post pics up of the wheels when you get them installed please.
Are yours chromed factory wheels? If so, did you have them done or did you buy them like I'm doing? They look great!
 

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No they are wheel skins. They fit the factory wheels like a glove. I've had them almost a year now and they have held up great, still like new.




More info here http://www.impalaforums.com/chevy-impala-9th-gen-discussion/1466313-drool-drool-3.html#post3040169
Oh I saw those somewhere online. I was really pissed they didn't have them to fit the 20" wheels. Indeed they look just like chrome wheels, at a fraction of the price i'm sure. Great look on that car. Hope our car looks that good with the new wheels.
 

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Here's the stock photo of the wheel and tire.
I'll take pictures of the car before and after once they get here and I get them on. I think I'll take it for an alignment and they can program the new TPMS sensors at the same time.
 

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Here's a teaser..Got the wheels in, they are beautiful. Put them on last night and drove the car to Austin this morning and it's like a completely different car. I think I traded it for a LaCrosse! Here's a picture of the wheels next to the car. I'll post a picture later of them on the car. The only thing I don't really care for is the center caps. They are chrome, but the Impala emblem is a decal. Good quality, but still a decal. I suppose it's the only way they can get chrome caps, since chrome was not an option so they had to do something. Got almost all the way to work before the car realized it had different tires on it and the light came on. Have to take it to Discount to buy the road hazard warranty and get them to zap the TPMS sensors.
 

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You can buy "blank" chrome center caps (they aren't cheap - about $50 for a set of 4) and then buy and apply vinyl bowtie emblems to the blank chrome center caps. I did exactly that with the charger wheels on my 8th gen (instead of having "Dodge" chome center caps!). There is a company (can't remember the name off-hand) that makes blank chrome center caps for a bunch of different wheels.

If interested, let me know and I'll look up the details and take pictures of mine so you can see what the end result looks like. I went with black 'outline' bowtiw emblems, but you can also get solid black bowtie emblems.

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These are blank chrome caps with vinyl bowties, but are the bowties you are talking about nicer? They really do look better in person, you can't really tell they are decals unless you're down there cleaning them. I'll post some pix on the car.
 
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