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#16 of 22 New Kumho tires on the 05 XB
Jun 19, 2008 (5:36 pm)
I just installed the third set of tires on my 2005 TCM XB auto at 85,000 miles. The Falken 195 60 15's were a great handling all around tire but they wore to the wear bars in 26,000 miles. I researched the usual websites and opted for the Kumho Solus 716's with an H rating.
The Kumhos really improve the ride a great deal. They have much more cushion than the Falkens and thus more of a comfort ride. They grip well in the rain as well as in tight, sweeping curves. The sidewalls feel like they are flexing more than the Falkens but they feel like they track better. The Kumhos are twitchy though. You turn the wheel slightly and these tires go there immediately. I'm hoping that as they wear they'll settle down a bit, but overall I'm pleased with them.
So far MPG has been on a par with the Falkens-about 325 miles out of a tank. MPG has gone down in the last 2 weeks due to the high temps here in the DC area, and my use of the defroster in the morning annd the A/C on the drive home.
#17 of 22 Re: New Kumho tires on the 05 XB [crazedcommuter]
May 12, 2009 (8:27 am)
My 2005 Scion rides rough. I want to purchase tires to make a smoother ride. Hoping you have found them. It is now almost one year since you purchased them. How goes it?
I agree the steering on these is very touchy. I replaced a small steering wheel with a larger one on a toyota I had once and it helped immensely. What do you think?
Do shocks need replaced frequently on the 2005 XB? I have been wondering what is the widest/ largest tire I can go? I thought it would look really cute with the fat tires.
Aug 28, 2009 (5:52 pm)
I now have 100k on the 05 XB and 15k on the Kumho's. They ride great still and the wear is relatively low on them. I rotate them every 6k miles. For the price the 195 60 15's are a good buy.
As far as the widest you could go in size--I'm not sure. I've read that some members have 205 series tires on their XB's but I'm not sure what size rim they're running with that tire. I stayed with the 15 inch tires due to lower replacement cost.
#19 of 22 Re: Tires [crazedcommuter]
Jan 17, 2010 (2:11 pm)
Well my '05 xB came with some after market 17 in. motegi wheels. They had Nexen 5000 radials that were 215/40/R17 and they don't rub at all and in fact they've lasted quite a long time. They're getting bald but still get traction even when it was pouring outside. I just bought some 225/45/R17s to see if they fit. I'll let ya'll know how it works out.
#20 of 22 Re: Tires [crazedcommuter]
Feb 28, 2010 (8:28 am)
Just an update on the Kumhos on my '05 XB. Now at 20k mark they are starting to lose their wet gripping traction. Wet traction is noticeably reduced with slipping and sliding around corners and when taking off from a stop. Tread wear is light and I would say they could run another 20-25k but traction is reduced. They roll great on dry pavement and still handle great but the wet traction concerns me. I will run then through the summer and probably put on a set of Michelin Hydroedges in the fall.
#21 of 22 Wrong Tire Placard
Mar 07, 2010 (6:03 pm)
Hello: Looking for feedback...I purchased a 2009 Scion xB with the optional 19" TRD wheels and "recommended" Toyo Proxes 4 tires. The original wheels/tires were 205/55/R16 and the original tire placard calls for 35psi front and 32psi rear. Long story short, I've been running these tires at 35/32 instead of the proper 39/37 (Toyo and Scion Customer Service have confirmed these numbers). Scion says that the dealer should have replaced the original placard with the proper placard. The dealer says they never got a replacement placard, blah, blah. I've got over 18K miles on the tires and they show severe signs of underinflation (shoulders worn down while center hardly worn). Looks like they are trying to "scimp" and give me some prorated value while I contend that the tires have never performed like they should because they were underinflated. Also, I had to replace a rim a few months ago after hitting a small pothole...I'm thinking if the tires were properly inflated, the rim wouldn't have been damaged and I wouldn't be out ~$500. thoughts??
#22 of 22 Re: Wrong Tire Placard [alexandy]
Mar 12, 2010 (2:11 pm)
I've never seen a dealer replace the original door sill placard, and I've bought a few wheel upgrade packages. At a minimum, the salesman should have briefed you on the pressure difference. I ran into this initially back in '89 when the pressure changes on the performance tire and wheel I purchased from a Chevy dealer were not mentioned and I did the same thing that you did. After I complained loudly in the service bay they replaced all 4 tires and it cost me $75.
After that I always ran the pressure 5-6 psi higher than stated on the door for better fuel economy and handling.