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Old 04-04-2016, 07:25 PM   #99
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Sumitomo, I'm not at all familiar with them. You have me curious, I'll have to look them up. Thanks.

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Old 04-05-2016, 10:57 AM   #100
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Ok I asked Hubby what came off the Rav and they were definately Continentals and is pretty sure it was their Cross Contact LX model. "Contact" was definately in the name just wasnt sure about the "Cross" part of it. They look to have since been discontinued (were put on 3 yrs ago) so the chances of somebody getting a hold of a set unless used is probably pretty slim. But anyway at least if suddenly your vehicle starts acting out of character after replacing the tires thats the first thing I'd check. When I bought the vehicle the tires had already been installed so it never occured to me that could be the issue and it didnt show up in a short test drive around the block.

Mike, we've had Sumitomos in the past on both sports cars, vans and SUVs and have had excellent luck with them.

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:57 AM   #101
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I put a set of those Cross Cantact LX's on my Silverado 4x4 extended cab truck and they are 1000% better then the Bridgstones that were on there before. I've driven 8k miles on them in 2 months in rain, snow, ice and they are perfect on my truck.
Good tires on the wrong vehicle.

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Old 04-07-2016, 08:32 AM   #102
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Stiffer ride

Doug you got me thinking,I believe my Rav 4 might have been used as a ride share van, anyhow the rear springs have shown signs of weakening causing some drag on driveway exists. Sooo I put in a spring rubber in each side and the drag is gone. These are circular rubber coils that thread around the coil of the spring itself.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:30 AM   #103
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Ya the reviews for the Cross Contacts were really good online so I figured it was just not a good match to my Rav for some reason. Cant get over the difference in how she handles now! I feel like I got a new vehicle LOL.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:58 AM   #104
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I suspect the reason is the V6. Lots of power in a front-drive biased vehicle generates torque steer and requires a more performance-oriented tire. The raised center of gravity and relatively soft suspension of most Toyotas probably exacerbate the effect of torque steer. I'll bet the Cross Contacts do just fine on the regular 4 cylinder version in the hands of a conservative driver.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:14 AM   #105
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First time I stomped on the gas in a curve I scared myself half to death. RAV4 with V6 scoots. But, I really appreciate it for merging from a short on-ramp with the trailer in tow.

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