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A question out to you «connessors», I just bought a 2001

Wondering if there are tires better than others for summer driving.

Thanks in advance !
 

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Do you have Winters and want Summers or do you want to know what All Seasons are better for summer?

Either way.

Go to any of these 2 sites

http://www.1010tires.com/

http://www.tirerack.com/

Just punch in you tire size.

Then enter Summer Tires or All Season.

Next, look at the customer ratings and the Surveys.

Then narrow down what your needs and price point is.

And also be objective. Example: Some people complain about
Snow traction when they buy Summer tires :shock: :shock: so their knowledge is
Obvious.

Hope i could be of some help. :D

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Thanks Walt ..

I'm on winters (just bought the rav4) ... looking into which tire could serve me best !

The wet summers here in Quebec will surely influence my tire choice

I'll look into the links you posted !

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Hi Steff, I am in Toronto.

I too am looking for a summer tire. I bought a nice set of 18” enkei’s from the USA on Ebay for $600 including / ship/ tax/ fees / lug nuts. Thanks to RAV 4 WORLD I researched what i liked buy searching through the Gallery section.
You can see the Enkei's under Gallery and Member #283

The wet weather issue is same for me but not because it rains here too often but because I want maximum safe traction in all weather.
My winter Toyo's Observes (V Directionals) luv the slush and water.

I would suggest going for something that has a nice V directional pattern that expels the water out and through the shoulders. Also having a solid center line.
I also am looking for great handing and ridged sidewall tread and construction.


Having said all of that here are my pics:

1. Goodyear F1 GS-D3 Long life
2. Michelin Pilot sport Really expensive shorter life
3 Falken GRB FK-451 Does not fit my rims
4. Toyo Proxes T1-S short life
5. Yokohama AVS ES100 (I have on the rims now)short, short life

I believe if you want a nice summer you will have to invest in bigger rims and matching tires.
The average cost new in Canada is around $3,000 CAN Tax, installation included :eek: :shock:

Good luck,

Walt
 

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I dont know if they come in 18" but the Michelin Hydroedge I have in 16" have been an excelent tire. They show no wear yet despite scrubing them around just about every corner and they blast through standing water at 100 km/hr like it isn't even there. I'll buy them again if I ever manage to wear these out.
 

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I like the pattern of the Michelin HydroEdge. Also luv the Wear rating (87,000 miles)!!!
Good to see a tire that is better for the environment.

I would buy it as a replacement if i lived farther south and did not need pure Winters.

However i think Steff wants pure summers :D
 

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I like the pattern of the Michelin HydroEdge. Also luv the Wear rating (87,000 miles)!!!
Good to see a tire that is better for the environment.

I would buy it as a replacement if i lived farther south and did not need pure Winters.

However i think Steff wants pure summers :D
I use Michelin X-Ice in winter and they have been as good on ice as a studded tire and a LOT better on the highway. They are very soft however, they would probably disapear quite quickly in summer.
 
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Exactly ... I have winters on right now (thank god) ... huge snow/ice storm in the past few weeks ...

For those south of the border, don't be frightened but the Rav4 will plow through a 3 foot snowbank without hesitation !

Last snow fall was close to 20 cm's almost 8 inches with howling winds of 45-70 km/h ... all that in a couple hours

Yup, pure summers or good all-seasons .. that's what I want.

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Steff, What rims are you going to use for Summer and for Winter?

Normally you want a heavier rim for the winter and your lighter alloys for the summer.

It's not a must though. I have alloy's for both.

Later,

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For the moment I have the stock rims .. «B» Group.

I'd like to find something not too expensive or for this summer set the summers on the rims I have then buy rims for next winter.

Dunno what I'm going to do ...

In the market for rims ! 16 inch for my Rav4 (2001)
 

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For the moment I have the stock rims .. «B» Group.

I'd like to find something not too expensive or for this summer set the summers on the rims I have then buy rims for next winter.

Dunno what I'm going to do ...

In the market for rims ! 16 inch for my RAV4 (2001)
There are some nice nes here but they are frequently out of stock:

http://www.1010tires.com/
 

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Steff, phone the big auto wreckers every month or so and see what they have. Should find some rims cheap there.

Hate to think of a Rav in the wreckers :cry:
 
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