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 #51171  by KuroNekko
 Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:34 am
I like Sumitomo tires too. I had them on my Mazda3. I had the HTR A/S P01. They were the generation before the P02 and were uni-directional. Much like the P02, they had great reviews while being a great value. I liked them quite a bit while I had them but didn't run them down as I sold the car with those tires on.

While Sumitomo Tires is somewhat an off-brand in the US, they are a division of one of the world's oldest and largest corporations. In fact, the Sumitomo Tire Division owns Falken and Dunlop tires. They have a huge corporate building in my hometown of Kobe, Japan located about a 30 minute walk from my parent's house. What I didn't realize until researching it recently is that the building is the company's global HQ.

I currently have Falken Ziex ZE950 tires which I like. Great grip and great value. About my only minor complaint is that they generate more road noise than my former Michelins but those were literally twice as much. It seems like Falken and Sumitomo tires have great designs and features and get the lower cost from manufacturing in Thailand instead of Japan.
 #51174  by Ronzuki
 Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:41 pm
Getting the Sumitomos put on tomorrow morning during annual state inspection along w/an alignment check...not experiencing any issues though. Let's see if they tell me, for the third year in a row, I'm going to need brakes before next year's inspection. :roll: 91k+ and it's still sporting the original Akebono components. (I use the paddles....a lot) :drive:
Last edited by Ronzuki on Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:36 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: chng'd mileage statement from 92k+ to 91k+...my bad haven't driven it but once since fall.
 #51176  by Ronzuki
 Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:34 am
New sneakers on, car inspected and passed w/ flying colors as usual. Cost me zippo...again. Original brakes still pass...again. 3/32 all around, however, won't get away w/ it again come next year. Tires are round, smooth, and quiet once again. Enjoyed the casual driving today and now she's tucked back in the garage. Life is good. Love my zuks.
 #51180  by Ronzuki
 Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:22 pm
Guinness Book of Records- holder of the title for most miles driven in a Kizashi. How many total miles is that now? Over 350k?
 #51182  by mysuzyK
 Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:22 pm
2010 SE 97,895 finally replaced original front brakes. I am very pleased with the mileage on them.
overall the car has been great. No major repairs. a couple of headlights and rear brakes @50,000.
not sure what I am going to get for my next car, will be very hard to replace for me.
 #51186  by Ronzuki
 Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:01 am
mysuzyK wrote: will be very hard to replace for me.


you and everyone else on this forum. :cry:
 #51242  by old tech
 Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:49 pm
I got to change my first Kizashi AWD rear differential clutch. I thought these units were bulletproof due to the fact Suzuki used them in the SX4 and even lock them constantly and I had never seen a failure. As it turns out it’s easy to kill them. Alls you got to do is load the Awd Kizashi up on the car dolly, ignore any common sense voices in your head that this is a bad idea and also the owners manual towing instructions and drive the car down the road at say 50 miles an hour for about 20 miles and ignore any kicking and screaming the car does while the clutch is trying to weld itself to the shaft. That should do it. I wasn’t there to see it happen but I got to see the remains. I change out the failed transmission and then found the Awd action had been replaced with a bunch of noise when you wanted it to work. I’m just venting I guess but this particular car had many inflicted issues for me to straighten out . The jack and tools and owners manual were gone and probably sold by the used car dealer on eBay. The rom that it came with the car didn’t mate the computer leaving me with the code p1825 and this 2012 was very difficult to get it to accept that rom . All kinds of broken and missing stuff from past attempts of repair I think, but it’s working great now. Just to clarify. The transmission had already failed before the tow. There wouldn’t be any damage to this from this towing fiasco.


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 #51249  by Quimicax
 Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:04 pm
old tech wrote:I got to change my first Kizashi AWD rear differential clutch. I thought these units were bulletproof due to the fact Suzuki used them in the SX4 and even lock them constantly and I had never seen a failure. As it turns out it’s easy to kill them. Alls you got to do is load the Awd Kizashi up on the car dolly, ignore any common sense voices in your head that this is a bad idea and also the owners manual towing instructions and drive the car down the road at say 50 miles an hour for about 20 miles and ignore any kicking and screaming the car does while the clutch is trying to weld itself to the shaft. That should do it. I wasn’t there to see it happen but I got to see the remains. I change out the failed transmission and then found the Awd action had been replaced with a bunch of noise when you wanted it to work. I’m just venting I guess but this particular car had many inflicted issues for me to straighten out . The jack and tools and owners manual were gone and probably sold by the used car dealer on eBay. The rom that it came with the car didn’t mate the computer leaving me with the code p1825 and this 2012 was very difficult to get it to accept that rom . All kinds of broken and missing stuff from past attempts of repair I think, but it’s working great now. Just to clarify. The transmission had already failed before the tow. There wouldn’t be any damage to this from this towing fiasco.


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ECCD (electronically controlled via a multiplate wet clutch)
It is a unit totally separate from the rear differential in the repair manual explains step by step how to remove this unit
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