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#645 of 793 17" wheels on Highlander - Maybe. Goodyear 19"
Feb 12, 2011 (3:16 pm)
As has happened to many Highlander owners on this forum, the OEM Toyo tires on my 2009 Highlander Limited with 19" wheels were seriously worn with NO snow traction at just over 20,000 miles. Other than the dubious Toyo and Bridgestone tires, the only 19" replacement was the Hankook Ventus AS RH07, but these were on national backorder.
As 17" all season tires are widely available, I tried to switch to 17" wheels -- which come standard on the Base and SE Highlander models. However, 17" wheels from those models will NOT work on the Limited edition -- brake calipers on front hit the wheel's spokes and the wheel will not turn. My local Toyota worked very hard to find a 17" wheel that would work -- he even tried Lexus wheels, but could not find any 17" wheel that would clear the calipers. Hope this info is useful to Highlander Limited ownersw who are considering switching wheels.
Very recently, Goodyear care out with a P245/55R19 version of its well-regarded Assurance Fuel Max all season tire for crossover/SUV models. These were delivered within 48 hours. My initial reaction -- excellent tread with low road noise, especially for an all-season tire, and good handling characteristics.
At least now there is a very good alternative to the hard-to-get Hankooks.
#646 of 793 Re: 17" wheels on Highlander - Maybe. Goodyear 19" [wncmountainman]
Feb 12, 2011 (6:19 pm)
NOT TRUE... the 17" wheels will fit - I have done it. Go to the dealer and check the part numbers for the hubs, calipers, and brake pads. They are the same part number whether you have a Base, Sport, or Limited gas vehicle (i did not check the hybrid and suspect some of those might be different). At least it was that way for the 2008 model year - I doubt they have changed. It is impossible that there will be a problem if you are using true OEM wheels from the same year!
Please tell your mechanic that the shiny side of the wheel with the valve stem should point to the outside of the vehicle, perhaps YOUR mechanic is mounting the wheels improperly.
#647 of 793 Goodyear 19"Fuel Max
Feb 13, 2011 (5:55 am)
Put a set of the Fuel Max 245/55/19,.Good ride,low noise level ,handles as well ,if not better than Toyo OEM.Had rotated all 5 Toyos-had 30,000 miles with sliding on wet pavement etc.
Fortunately live in Va. so little snow this year.Would not drive with Toyos in snow(could not visit daughter in Syracue this winter-100+")
#648 of 793 Re: Goodyear 19"Fuel Max [darnyankee]
Feb 16, 2011 (9:44 am)
Just replaced my 2008 Highlander hybrid Toyo OEM tires with less then 26000 miles on them. Being in North Dakota I had enough of driving a hybrid toboggan around town. One of the local tire shop in town did me a great service and talked to their Toyo rep. They agreed to cut 25% off retail price for a set of Toyo Open Country H/Ts. Very Happy.
#649 of 793 Re: Goodyear 19"Fuel Max [2tollers]
Feb 16, 2011 (6:45 pm)
Glad to hear you got rid of those tires. Sad to hear the Toyo rep and your tire store only got you 25% off a set of replacement Toyo tires. When that happened to me (same issue), I got replacement tires from Toyo for 50% off and free mounting. I have same tires as you noted in your post and they have performed so-so in Michigan winter. Have them for about one year and this winter season has been brutal. At the time, Toyo tires were only company that I could get 19" wheel size to replace OEM tires. Hopefully, when it comes time to replace these Toyo tires, there will be more options like Goodyear or other major brand tires. Never had been a big fan of Toyo tires and especially the 19" variety. Good luck with those...
#650 of 793 Re: Are the tire issues only with the 19"? [mama2ally]
Feb 20, 2011 (9:27 am)
As far as I know they are. I found a good replacement at Tire Kingdom here in Orange City, Florida. Bought 4 Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max tires 245/55R19 for $975.00 out the door including mounting, balancing, and road hazard warranty. Tire is rated at 65,000 miles. Just got them so I have no stories to tell yet....but, at least they are made in the USA (I think). I don't trust Toyo...although I got 34,000 miles out of mine on a 2008 Highlander Limited. I heard that the Bridgestone Duelers aren't very good either. Falken makes the size, but I can't get past the name. I thought I had falken tires in the Toyos.
#651 of 793 Re: Are the tire issues only with the 19"? [joethetroll]
Feb 20, 2011 (11:08 am)
I had the bridgestones and they were just as bad. Got just over 30,000 mi on them, but shouldn't have been driving that long on them. I don't think the Goodyear Fuel Max was available last year when I bought my Hankooks. Hankook Ventus AS RH07
255/55R19XL 111V SBL
I did adjust the size a bit, but they have handles well in rain & snow. I've had them about a year now.
I do have to add that I've ALWAYS driven on Michelin's until I bought this Toyota. NEVER had a problem with Mich's. I was very hesitant on the Hankooks, but so far so good!
#652 of 793 Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles
Mar 02, 2011 (4:47 pm)
Can someone please help what tires should I replace on my Toyota Highlander 2009 Sport? It has only 22,000 miles but the front tires are already worn out. I understand only choices are TOYO and Bridgstone in 19'' and both are NOT good based on reviews. It is a new vehicle I bought and it is surprising that I have to do this in 1.5 years. Do I get any credit from OEM TOYO company?
#653 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [georgeb10]
Mar 02, 2011 (5:40 pm)
My recommendation is the Hankook Ventus AS RH07, which IS available in the original 245/55r19 size, but is VERY difficult to find in that size. You won't go wrong with an upsize to 255/55r19 in the same tire, which is almost always readily available, especially through an online retailer such as Tire Rack.
This different size is only 10mm wider and WON'T cause any clearance, rubbing or warranty issues, despite what some will have you believe. Wet traction and light snow/ice handling have been supurb for me so far and even deep snow traction was above-average in Chicago's 22" blizzard about a month ago.
#654 of 793 Re: Need advice on worn out Toyota Highlander 2009 TIRES AT 22,000 Miles [georgeb10]
Mar 02, 2011 (6:12 pm)
I went with Toyo H/T Open Country replacements and find them to be very good esp in the heavy snow we've had this winter up here in the Northern Plains. 13,000 miles on them and they look (still) brand new. 60,000 mile warranty, too. FWIW.
I can't help you on getting a credit from TOYO.