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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Replacement tire question - NEW input appreciated

I have an 04' Sienna XLE Limited AWD with 160,000 miles that I bought for my wife to haul grandkids and go camping in AND YES, it needs tires. I've read the questions and comments about tires on this site and a host of others. I've gotten very educated about the problems with RFT's and have decided to go with a conventional, non RFT tire. My question is this, because the Siennas are front heavy which seems to be most of the reason for tire problems (I've read about alignments, tire pressure, etc.) should I go with an XL load rated tire vs. an SL AND an H speed rated tire vs. T? From what I've read the XL adds "Additional material to the shoulder of a tire for extra strength. These reinforcements (usually accomplished with polyamide belting found where the sidewall and tread meet." The H rated tire is supposed to have a little stronger sidewall. NOW, the tire I'm considering is a Yokohama AVID ascend 235/60/17 NOT A 225/60/17. Any problems here?
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Re: Replacement tire question - NEW input appreciated

The H rated Yokohama is what Discount Tire recommended to me for exactly the same reasons you mentioned, specifically about the stiffer sidewall and treadlife. Haven't had them long enough to see if this line of thinking will hold true on the Sienna yet though.

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