Hello again. During this morning's major service appointment, the tech discovered both rear shocks are leaking and recommended replacing them. I suspected they were pooched by the ride quality and noise. I know there was a TSB out on this issue but they it only covered leaky shocks under the 3 year/60,000 km. comprehensive warranty and I'm past that time window and mileage.
I've searched on and read through the shock absorber threads. I do have a hitch receiver and tow occasionally ... carrying approximately 300 lbs. on the tongue. I would like a little firmer handling (stiffer ride) than we now have but not looking for sports car handling or anything too firm or harsh ... I know new tires (planned) will also help here.
I do not like Monroe products. I do not want or need serious lift or off-road capabilities. By what I've read, it looks like the KYB's or Bilsteins are the preferred alternatives to going OEM again (I don't want the same issues occurring with OEM's in another few years again).
I had good luck with the Bilsteins I had installed on our 1996 Camry wagon. What product number do people use for your 2011 V6 RAV's (there seems to be so many listed for the RAV4 on their website).
Any other recommendations based on other brands you've tried and are happy with?
Thanks in advance.