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My current Kumho KH16s show uneven wear (only after 25k miles even with proper rotation and alignment) and road noise that they make is terrible. :mad:

I think I need to get a set of tires before the winter comes. I live in mid Ohio where snow traction cannot be ignored.

I have 08 v6 4wd and my driving style is normal.
90% city and 10% highway.

Here are the list of tires that I am considering.

1) Continental TrueContacts $115
2) General RT43 $103
3) Cooper CS5 Grand Touring $105 ($60 rebate)

Any recommendation/input is highly appreciated.
 

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General RT43 are great tires but I still switch to snow tires in winter.

However, if I ever did not have snow tires, I would not hesitate to use them on snow. Maybe not on ice. Great reviews on TireRack.

RT43 offers a comfortable ride. However it makes the ride less precise; they are not Sports tires.
For those who want to make the RAV4 Sport less harsh, I definitely recommend this tire.

If you are going with RT43, don't forget to choose the H-rated tires. They are usually the same price as the T-rated tires (or just 2-3 dollars more)
 

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General RT43 are great tires but I still switch to snow tires in winter.

However, if I ever did not have snow tires, I would not hesitate to use them on snow. Maybe not on ice. Great reviews on TireRack.

RT43 offers a comfortable ride. However it makes the ride less precise; they are not Sports tires.
For those who want to make the RAV4 Sport less harsh, I definitely recommend this tire.

If you are going with RT43, don't forget to choose the H-rated tires. They are usually the same price as the T-rated tires (or just 2-3 dollars more)
Thank you very much for your input.
Is there any specific reason why you recommend H rather than T?
I thought T rated tires tend to give softer ride than the H rated ones.
 

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H-rated tires are stronger built. The RAV comes with H-rated tires from the factory. Might be better for insurance purposes?

But if the H-rated RT43 tires are already soft enough, why go with even softer T-tires?
I think that the RAV will ride like a Buick!

RT43 H-rated tires are supposed to wear off faster though.
 

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I just put Continential TrueContacts on my 2007 RAV4 2.4L 4WD
235/75R17

I live in Arizona, I dont expect much snow. But they have been dealing with the wet roads nicely. Its monsoon season dont ya know.

TireRack.com says the TrueContacts are good tires.
 

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I just put Continential TrueContacts on my 2007 RAV4 2.4L 4WD
235/75R17

I live in Arizona, I dont expect much snow. But they have been dealing with the wet roads nicely. Its monsoon season dont ya know.

TireRack.com says the TrueContacts are good tires.
Do you have pictures. Isn't that a little tall for our RAV.

Stock on my RAV is 225/65/17=28.5"
235/75/17=30.875"

That is about 2.35" greater in diameter. Any rubbing issues?
 

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I have Hankook dynapro atm and love them...great in the snow...pretty low noise...on my second set...I replaced the 18 inch wheels on my sport and use 235/65-17s...
 

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Do you have pictures. Isn't that a little tall for our RAV.

Stock on my RAV is 225/65/17=28.5"
235/75/17=30.875"

That is about 2.35" greater in diameter. Any rubbing issues?

My bad,
225/65R17 28.52dia
235/65R17 29.03dia

adds 1.17mph to the speedo when doing 65 which now squares it with the GPS on my Jensen VX7020.

I dont have alot of snow so all season, LRR, and long treadlife were what I was looking for. With the monsoon rains, I have noticed they stick to the pavement really good.
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I took notice to your post because I have been curious and what the largest tires people have stuffed into the wheel wells.
 

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I bought some inexpensive Doral tires and they have a bunch of miles on them and show very little wear. The OEM Bridgestone Duellers were worn out without near as many miles and they are pretty expensive, the Dorals also seem to ride better and have tighter handling.
 

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I have 225 65 17 Conti LX20 Ecoplus on mine. Love them and I get great gas milage. They were amazing last winter. WOuld have upsized had a read sooner that we can do it with no issues. Next time I plan on going 235 65 17. We just got a set of Cooper CS5's for my wife's Prius V. I must say. I love those too and they have a longer treadlife rating than the Conti's. I might get them for the rav next time. My friend put general rt43's on her forester last year and I like them but they are a bit squishy and noisy for my taste. My parents had goodyear cs tripletreads on their rav and those tires were beastly. Lasted 72k in brutal upstate NY winters too. Tremendous roadnoise from the goodyears though. Like almost unbearable. My vote is for the Coopers for best all around , but the Conti's are pretty close though I hear they wear out sooner. Mine only have 12k on them right now so I can't comment on that yet.
 
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