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#1 Robert9119

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:57 PM

I do road trips as well as Santa Cruz Mt. driving and consider handling my #1 priority, followed by comfort and quiet. My RX came with 18" wheels.

- Different wheels?
- Different tires (rain included and very occassional snow) Current tires are Hancook with good tread though Consumer Reports gave them an average rank.
- Shocks?
- Different stabilizer bar?

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:16 PM

Seeing the importance placed on comfort and quiet, best not to change wheels to larger diameter.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:20 PM

I do road trips as well as Santa Cruz Mt. driving and consider handling my #1 priority, followed by comfort and quiet. My RX came with 18" wheels.

- Different wheels?
- Different tires (rain included and very occassional snow) Current tires are Hancook with good tread though Consumer Reports gave them an average rank.
- Shocks?
- Different stabilizer bar?

Thanks


I would look up "Tire Rack" online for their evaluation and recomendation. They are by far the "go to" source used by most car guys. Personally, I think their more accurate than Consumer Reports.

A larger wheel will make your RX ride like a lumber wagon. Stick with the OEM wheel size that came with the RX.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:25 PM

First thing is to play with the PSI that you are running in your tires. My guess would be to lower it a couple PSI in each tire. Most of the dealers over inflate the tires. I alway readjust my tires and end up lowering it a couple. The lower pressure will give you a much better ride.

Personally, I think their more accurate than Consumer Reports.


Even better than AOL? :blushing: :lol: :)

Haven't messed with you in awhile! :cheers:

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:13 AM

Perfect example had my GX460 serviced yesterday. Checked the air in the tires this morning and they all were at 37 PSI. This gives a much rougher ride. Dropped them all to 33 and as the weather warms up I may end up lowering them more. Check your air pressure first.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:32 AM

First thing is to play with the PSI that you are running in your tires. My guess would be to lower it a couple PSI in each tire. Most of the dealers over inflate the tires. I alway readjust my tires and end up lowering it a couple. The lower pressure will give you a much better ride.

Personally, I think their more accurate than Consumer Reports.

Even better than AOL? :blushing: :lol: :) Haven't messed with you in awhile! :cheers:


I'm no longer using AOL. At your suggestion, I decided to swtich to K...M.A. .( LOL)

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:09 PM

:) :lol:

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:09 AM

What's AOL?

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:54 AM

AOL...is that like those "record" things I've heard so much about? ;)

As for the handling, it all depends on what you want to spend...

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