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#4 of 24 Re: Toyota RAV 4 Sport [capriracer]
Nov 19, 2010 (4:29 am)
The original post was in reference to the factory Rav4 Sport with the Appearance package which comes with run-flat tires and no spare tire, which personally looks great w/o that spare tire hanging on the back of the Rav.
I'm quite certain that you can install a conventional tire on the rims when it comes time to replace tires.
#5 of 24 Re: Toyota RAV 4 Sport [ricsch]
Nov 19, 2010 (6:53 am)
Replace the "Run Flat Tires" with "Conventional Tires"? What would you do for a spare tire? And I do understand they do ride rough comparatively speaking which may be good for younger people but not for this old gal.
#6 of 24 Re: Toyota RAV 4 Sport [toyotagal]
Nov 21, 2010 (7:37 am)
Carry a can of tire sealant? How often does one get a flat tire?
Many new cars are doing away with spare tires and come with a can of sealant.
A guy I work with that has a BMW, says many a BMW owner changes to conventional tires and has roadside assistance coverage in case they have a flat.
I personally think Toyota could design to do away witht the exterior mounting and have a space-saver spare inside. Maybe for 2012? They don't need to continue with the exterior-mounted spare "because that's the way it has always been".
#7 of 24 Re: Toyota RAV 4 Sport [ricsch]
Nov 22, 2010 (10:49 am)
I much prefer a spare. A can of sealant won't do much good for a blow out or a sidewall tear.
#8 of 24 Any adjustments possible?
Mar 09, 2011 (9:52 pm)
I just purchased an '09 Sport (V6, 4WD), and indeed the ride is pretty rough. I didn't appreciate it until I drove it on rougher, pot-holed roads.
In any case, I generally like a stiffer ride and better handling, but a little softer would be nicer. Does anyone know any adjustments that can be made (without compromising safety, of course). For example, can a slightly lower air pressure in the tires be used? Will that damage the tires over time? Affect gas mileage a lot? Can any adjustments be made to the struts?
Thanks for any experience and advice!
#9 of 24 Re: Any adjustments possible? [nfrancis88]
Mar 15, 2011 (5:29 am)
Since the Sport model comes with not only run flat tires but also stiffer sport suspension, your options for softening the ride are limited to replacing the run flats with conventional tires and/or the sport shocks with the standard shocks for any non-sport RAV.
Either or both are quite doable. If you opt for non-r/f tires - get a can of tire sealant and a 12v compressor in case of a flat.
If you ever do sustain a blow-out or sidewall damage, just call for roadside assistance to get the damaged tire/wheel or whole car to a tire shop.
Very doable if you cary your cell phone and AAA card.
Do not drive with tire pressure lower on run flat tires. This will not improve the ride at all as the sidewalls have no flex, hence no cushion.
#10 of 24 Run-flat replacement tires
Mar 18, 2011 (3:47 am)
Anyone replace their run-flats with conventional tires for the RAV4 Sport? I have a 2010 with rf's and will probably replace the tires next year, mostly to improve the ride quality. Thanks.
#12 of 24 RAV4 SPORT RIDE OVERLY STIFF FOR STREETS
Oct 29, 2011 (9:37 am)
I recently purchased a 2011 rav4 sport without the doughnut on the tailgate and I find it really uncomfortable on rough city streets. The ride is the same as a bmw 330i with sport suspension I owned a few years ago.
So far I've changed the run flats for normal tires which helped some. Whats next, changing out the shocks? I'm guessing there is a somewhat more forgiving shock that offers a slightly less harsh ride, hopefully something in between the ride a limited offers and the harsh untuned sport ride. Suggestions?
Thanks in advance.
#13 of 24 Re: RAV4 SPORT RIDE OVERLY STIFF FOR STREETS [bim7]
Oct 30, 2011 (4:21 am)
What brand/model tires did you purchase? (I have a '10 RAV Sport and when the OEM rf's wear out, I'm planning to put on conventional tires, too).