Honda Clarity: No Wheel Covers

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Viking79, Mar 3, 2018.

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  1. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

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  3. Hobbesgsr

    Hobbesgsr Active Member

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  4. ab13

    ab13 Active Member

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  5. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    And I doubt that thieves would be interested in the OEM Energy Saver green tires either. Only the most dedicated hypermilers could love those and I doubt you'll find a single wheel thief among them. On top of that, given the rarity (best selling Honda Accord is usually #1 for parts) and (undeserved) perceived "ugliness" of the Clarity, there will be little interest from car thieves too. The benefits of owning one keep piling up!
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  6. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    True. When I bought new tires for my Plug-in Prius a few years ago, I did not even look at the "energy savers" out there. For me was all about tire performance (not necessarily speed, lofl) - and energy savers are really not very good in that respect. What they save in gas costs is easily eaten up by performance losses. I ended up dropping about 8% in MPGe after the tire change - and that was after a year (it was greater than that at first). So that was a somewhat significant 'feature'. Still, I suspect I won't be looking for energy savers when this car needs new tires (but at the rate I'm driving these days, those 30K miles might take a long, long time!)
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  8. bfd

    bfd Active Member

    It'll be interesting to see how the data comes out on this tire. Adds some choice to the decision if indeed the tire can do what Goodyear claims … Replacing these tires with good ones won't be cheap, either. I'm anxious to see it show up here:
  9. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    I like the black colored plastic covers on the fuel cell version. They are exactly the same but the color. They look a lot better to me.

    BTW, thanks for posting the photo. I was really curious myself.
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  10. aapitten

    aapitten Active Member

    Well that answers the question if I should remove the covers. Yuck... I do wonder how long those plastic pieces will hold up before just breaking off though. It is plastic afterall...
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  12. PHEV Newbie

    PHEV Newbie Well-Known Member

    I'm looking forward to when that happens so I have my excuse to buy those custom wheels I have my eye on ;)!
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  13. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    Plastic can hold up better than you suspect. Sun/UV does tend to be brutal on it, but I would give it at least 10 years barring any physical damage. The plastic will brittle with age and physical damage might get more likely to crack or break the plastic.
  14. Ragman

    Ragman New Member

    The covers on my Clarity must have broken clips as they rattle over road imperfections. Very annoying with the windows down or when people look to see where the noise is coming from. I like the idea of making them my winter wheels. These are my current winter wheels.

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  15. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member Subscriber

    A November, 2017, snow-storm prompted me to have my dealer put winter tires on my OEM wheels before I first drove my new Clarity PHEV home. They've always been my winter wheels. When Spring arrived, I purchased a set of Clarity Accessory Wheels and put the OEM tires on them. They don't have the noise-reduction fins inside, but the road noise is less than with the OEM noise-reduction wheels with Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires.

    When the wheels are off the car and you can see their backsides, it's easy to check the tabs that hold the plastic pieces onto those aluminum wheels.
  16. Ragman

    Ragman New Member

    Winter tires installation is schedule for November 6. I can feel the tabs whit the wheel on the car and I can feel both of the prongs. They might have broken off the plastic cap though while still being tight on the wheel.
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