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#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).
#14 of 24 Re: Run-flat replacement tires [alimin]
Jun 25, 2012 (8:49 am)
I recently replaced my OEM 2010 RAV4 Sport run-flat Bridgestone tires after about 45,000 miles. I bought the Bridgestone Alenza HL as the replacement tire. The new tires have been great. Have a much better ride.
I kept the best run-flat tire from the OEM set and will get a rim to serve as a spare for long trips. I have not been able to find a spare 18 inch rim thus far.
I also have a can of Slime quick flat fix in the vehicle and have road hazard coverage through my auto insurance plan.
Hope this helps.
#15 of 24 Re: Run-flat replacement tires [chadbama]
Jun 26, 2012 (3:20 am)
Thanks! I've begun to look at replacements and your information is very helpful.
Any issue with the tps? I've had the OEM run-flats repaired twice when the tps went off - dealer found screws each time - and I wouldn't have known that except for the tps light.
#17 of 24 Replacing run flat tires rav4 v6 sport
Nov 07, 2012 (8:45 am)
I replaced my factory run flats with conventional tires, had bridgestone duelers RFT, replaced with Goodyear comfort tred, a 70,000 mile all weather tire not a RFT. I replaced the Bridgestones when they had 46,000 miles and I was pleased with how the car handled with the RFT. Now with the goodyear conventional tires my rav4 feels like it is skating all over the road, almost hydroplaning and it is really bad in high winds. Dealer assured me I could use non run flats but ride is awful and a little scary. I have been told suspension was set up for run flats and conventional tires will not have the right percent of road contact and will not handle well. The cheapest set of RFT I can find will cost 1200.00 and I drive 24,000 miles a year.
Anyone else had this problem and were you able to find a set of conventional tires that handled like th RFT. Thanks
#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.