Sorry it took so long, I had to dig through old folders to find these photos.Hi Odd,
Previously, you posted some photos of your van before it had a lift. It had the 255-55r18 Contenentals installed, but no lift. I can't seem to find those photos. Could you re-post the photos please? Curious to know more about your impressions prior to lift. How did the lift improve and/or impair things?
I remember that after adding the new wheels and tires that it drove so much better. The handling was significantly improved, I'm guessing due to the stiffer side wall.
It's tough to compare how it drives compared to before the lift because it's had a very annoying problem since doing the lift - there is a clunky coming from the steering when turning at low speeds. I dismantled the suspension numerous times trying to figure out what I messed up. It turns out it has nothing to do with my modifications, although they may have exacerbated the problem that was already there - the intermediate steering shaft issue that is a not-uncommon problem to our Siennas. $200 and 2 hours later and now there's no clunking.
The other problem it had was vibration at high speeds. I've gotten numerous wheel alignments and the issue keeps coming back. It starts out good but then gets worse again. Sometimes it's rather scary. I believe what the problem was is that Discount Tire, who I ordered the wheel and tire package from, did not put the hub-centric rings on the wheels. The Sienna hub is like 66mm, and the wheel hub is like 72mm, so it gave lots of room for error. Yes, the lugs could keep it centered, but they're not designed for that. So now that I added the hub-centric rings, it is driving much better, and staying that way. But there is still some vibration at high speeds, but I'm hoping it's just that the tires have worn unevenly over the time that the wheels were not properly centered.