Last post on Dec 02, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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#18 of 24 Re: Replacing run flat tires rav4 v6 sport [zigpep]
Jan 17, 2013 (3:49 pm)
I recently bought a 2011 sport, and just today changed out the oem dueler (death trap on snow/ice) for hankook winters (not run flat). The tire guy basically told me I was playing russian roulette by putting a non run-flat tire on a run-flat rim. He said don't be surprised if I have problems with that setup. I thought it was just the tire that was run-flat, but apparently it's the wheel too? He also said no guarantees with a regular rim (not run flat) and regular tire, as it's not what the manufacturer recommends. I had a hard time believing him, and left with my hankooks mounted on the stock rims. Anyone ever hear this, not to put a regular tire on a run-flat rim?
#19 of 24 Re: Replacing run flat tires rav4 v6 sport [tjfour]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:49 am)
There are 2 kinds of RunFlat wheels - and one of them will not accept regular tires. But that ought to be obvious as the tire size being taken off is different. So it might be that the dealer is remembering that.
It's also possible that the dealer is commenting on the fact that there is no spare, so a flat tire would disable the vehicle - or that driving on a flat tire will damage the wheel and those are expensive.
#20 of 24 Finally replaced the RF's
Jul 10, 2013 (12:30 pm)
I have a 2010 Sport that had oem rf's - after 33K it was time to replace them (hydroplaning in the rain and not really good snow traction last winter were two reasons). The dealer gave me several options and after researching those and other tires, I decided on Firestone's Destination LE2 - P235/55R18. I agree with most that the rf ride was rough, but so far, I've only noticed a slight improvement in ride quality with the Firestones. Perhaps time will tell, especially in rain, if there is a significant change. Also, according to the dealer, the rf tires, because the sidewalls are so stiff, require extra labor to remove and extra labor to install replacement rf's on the rims (another reason to go with conventional rubber besides a much greater cost for the replacement rf's). I'll post more as the miles go by or if I find other issues.
#21 of 24 Re: Finally replaced the RF's [alimin]
Jul 13, 2013 (9:18 am)
Thanks this is helpful info. I've got about 30K miles on my oem's now and am thinking about what I'll do when it comes time for replacement. From the sounds of it, I'm not hopeful that non RF's will help that much. If you don't mind, can you say how much the Firestones were (and how that compared to replacement run flats, if you priced them).
Thanks in advance!
#22 of 24 Re: Finally replaced the RF's [nfrancis88]
Jul 14, 2013 (5:04 am)
Drove about 290 miles yesterday (7/13) with the new tires, and I've noticed that the RAV seems much more "planted" and steering seems "tighter". And a vast difference in traction during the rain we drove through for the first 140 miles, which would be expected with new tires anyway. I paid about $170 although Amazon had them for $159 and I don't recall what Tire Rack's price was; the dealer includes free rotation that will make up some of the price difference. Plus, Firestone was promoting the tires with a $50 gift card with purchase of 4. I think the new RF's were well over $250; with the additional labor for removal and installation, I didn't think new run-flats made much sense. So I have my AAA card and a "spare tire in a can".
#23 of 24 Re: Finally replaced the RF's [alimin]
Jul 16, 2013 (6:39 am)
Another difference between RF's and conventional tires: weight. So I am noticing slightly better mpg with the new, non-RF tires; the dealer said the RF's weigh about twice as much as non-RF's. And ride quality is slightly improved, but not by much.
#24 of 24 rav4 run flat tires
Dec 02, 2013 (6:12 pm)
I recently replaced the stock bridgestone run flat tires on my 2010 toyota rav4. Only had 20,000 miles on them and they were worn out. They were horrible in the snow since new. The worst tires I ever had on a vehicle. Just replaced with the continental dws contra and bought a 17" rim for the base rav4 off of ebay as a spare for 90 bucks. I will only put spare in truck if I take a long trip and will always carry a can of fix a flat in truck. The treads on the new tires are awesome and the ride so much better. I finally have a piece of mind and not afraid to drive in the snow.