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Old 08-24-2005, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tire size help for 2003 Highlander

I have a quick question and Im not sure if anyone will be able to help here. The stock tire size on my Highlander is 225/70/16. I need new tires and was just gievn a set of like new Dunlops that are 225/75/16. I used an online calculator and the stock size overall circumferance is 89.2261 and the new tire is 92.009. I know my speedo will be off by 2 miles an hour at 65mph, which isnt a big deal. However, I am curious if I will have any other issues such as tire rub. Its not a big size difference but it may not take much on these vehicles. Thanks in adavance for your help!!
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Old 10-30-2005, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take this for what it's worth but I have heard that size differences of more than 3% can possibly confuse the transmission and/or ABS control units.
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I recently took delivery of a 2006 Highlander Limited that came with P225/65R17 All Season tires. I had snow tires mounted on rims that I used for my 2002 Highlander. These are P225/70R16. The dealer and a tire company said I should be OK. I did notice that when I stood the two tires side by side, the snows were about a 1/2 inch lower. I now that this will throw off the odometer and speedometer a little. With the All Saeson tires the gas station I use shows as being 14 kilometers (approx. 8.7 miles) away. With the snow tires on, it has increased the distance to 14.3 kilometers (8.9 mi.). I have had them on since October 30 and so far, no problems...and no snow.
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One of the least visually appealing aspect of the Highlander / RX330 series of SUV's is the ridiculously tall and skinny tires. It makes the vehicles appear top-heavy and ungainly.

I took delivery of my Highlander Hybrid four months ago. One of the first things I did was upgrade the wheels and tires, and had snows mounted on my factory wheels.

For summer, the vehicle rides on 255/55 18 Pirelli Scorpion tires, mounted on Voxx aluminum wheels. What a difference!! Not only does the vehicle look better, but it handles *significantly* better than before. Quick turns (and therefore emergency maneuvers) are handled with ease.

For winter, I have 235/65 17 Michelin Pilot Alpin tires. So far we've not had much snow here, but the tires have handled what we've gotten with complete ease.

So to obliquely answer the question about using different sizes, the two sizes I listed above have had no problems with fitment or performance.
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One of the least visually appealing aspect of the Highlander / RX330 series of SUV's is the ridiculously tall and skinny tires. It makes the vehicles appear top-heavy and ungainly.

I took delivery of my Highlander Hybrid four months ago. One of the first things I did was upgrade the wheels and tires, and had snows mounted on my factory wheels.

For summer, the vehicle rides on 255/55 18 Pirelli Scorpion tires, mounted on Voxx aluminum wheels. What a difference!! Not only does the vehicle look better, but it handles *significantly* better than before. Quick turns (and therefore emergency maneuvers) are handled with ease.

For winter, I have 235/65 17 Michelin Pilot Alpin tires. So far we've not had much snow here, but the tires have handled what we've gotten with complete ease.

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I just purchased a 2006 Highlander Limited. I cannot find one picture on the web of how this thing will look with a new more sporty stance. Would you happen to have any photo's you can post. Thanks
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bigger tire - better handling

I have a 2006 Highlander LTD. New it had Michelin P225/65/R17.

Now have P235/65/R17 Mastercraft Courser HTRs. A wider tire.

Vast improvement. Steering is tight and ride is smoother.

Only drawback is a small loss in mpg.
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