Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Tacoma 2wd PreExtCab
Miles Driven on Tires: 12,000
Location: Kenosha, WI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61
Initial Review: 12,000 miles on tires
July 06, 2012

Compared to the OE tires these Kumhos are the most awesome tires ever. No more feeling like a bobble-head doll or shouting to be heard. So far I have experienced every traction and handling situation and these tires kick-donkey over anything else I've had.

Normal Driving: When new, the steering felt refreshingly lite. They have inspired more confidence going around curves/corners allowing for my more spirited side to show. Oh, did I mention how quiet and comfortable they are? Going over expansion joints and potholes is no longer a jolting experience.

Inclimate weather: Good grip so long as you do over accelerate (LEADFOOTS BEWARE). If you do just backoff and reaccelerate and they'll bit. In the snow they do a great job of pack-and-release. That's good thing. On ice/hard packed snow they cut like a saw to get traction and it doesn't take long for that to happen.

My two problems with these tires neither of which will prevent me from buying them again, but would be nice if improvements where made.
1) I beleive this tire will have a mid life crises and lose some of its ability to handle snow/ice well. This is based on the outer channels losing their ridges.
2) The Revolutions per mile (trpm) is lower then the OE tires. This affect the speedo reading. It shows a higher speed then actual. If this is a concern then be sure to compare your stock tires trpm to the Kumhos. TR's Help website can help clarify the speed differences between the two.

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