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Old 06-20-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Decent place for tire mounting and balancing

Unfortunately I had to order my rims from wheeldude and my tires from tirerack because neither had he rim + tire combination I wanted. Any recommendation for a decent place to mount + balance them near 01824 (Chelmsford/Billerica/Lowell/Nashua area). I know of Towne faire tire in Billerica but they scare me a bit from stories Ive heard.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Fast track in Peabody is a bit of a ride, but a great outfit.

http://www.fastrackservice.com
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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pm kandyrousch

he runs this shop out of pepperell
http://www.holmesauto.net/
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:12 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions, waiting on my wheel shipment before I contact anyone.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #5
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NTB does a perfectly fine job and is cheap, usually less than $60 out the door. They are a Tire Rack installer so I get the tires shipped directly to them, then drop off my wheels.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:11 AM   #6
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Hey, just looking to resurrect this question but with an eye towards the Cambridge MA area.

I have a new set of wheels that I am planning to swap my stock summer tires onto and then have a new set of snows mounted on the stock wheels. I was thinking of getting the snows through TireRack. They have Direct Tire in Watertown as a recommended installer.

Any thoughts on Direct Tire or other shops in the vicinity?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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Go to Rimpro in Tewksbury
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:22 AM   #8
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Hey, just looking to resurrect this question but with an eye towards the Cambridge MA area.

I have a new set of wheels that I am planning to swap my stock summer tires onto and then have a new set of snows mounted on the stock wheels. I was thinking of getting the snows through TireRack. They have Direct Tire in Watertown as a recommended installer.

Any thoughts on Direct Tire or other shops in the vicinity?
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:59 PM   #9
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Advance Tire. 185 Broadway Cambridge. I'm a rep for in the tire business and they are one of my accounts. Also Abes complete auto at 317 fresh pond parkway or Chicos Sunoco at 515 Concord. Royal wheel on Mass ave in Arlington. You should get decent service at one of these.

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:50 AM   #10
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Direct Tire will do a fabulous job, but you will want a total price up front. They tend to be expensive.

Tom Lyon tire on Lexington st in Waltham has done my racetires in the past. Although they're near impossible to do, they spent the time and got them mounted.

Chang at FunHondas has seen more wheels/tires than anyone else. I'd say dozens at this point.

My son just got one done at NTB and they seemed to do a good job.

I've had a bunch done at Firestone in Natick and although they have sort of nickle and dime pricing structure, they do a good job.

Overall, it's hard to find someone who doesn't do a decent job. It aint rocket science. I even have a manual mounting jig in my garage and an old school balancer....and no, I won't do your tires.

Most of these places will do the job a little cheaper (and/or faster) if you bring the wheels/tires in and they don't have to mount them on a car afterwards. It's a step that takes them time but anyone can do.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:17 AM   #11
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Overall, it's hard to find someone who doesn't do a decent job. It aint rocket science. I even have a manual mounting jig in my garage and an old school balancer....and no, I won't do your tires.
This.

Anywhere you would bring wheels and tires to wants to make a decent impression on you so you bring them other more lucrative business, and it's one of those things that's either done right or it's obviously wrong.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #12
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I'm going to resurrect this but instead of mounting snows (did that last weekend), I need a nail removed from an RE-11.

It's at an odd angle and the fact that I can see just the tip ( ), leads me to believe that it has gone in head first somehow. I don't think it'll be the standard pull and plug, but will any of the shops listed above be a good option for this? I'd rather not have to buy a replacement.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
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I just put my snows on and found a nail in a summer tire, I intend to have a local shop remove the tire, patch from the inside and reinstall. Should be $30 or less, far better IMO than a quickie fix that may let me down in the future. I don't see why this isn't a job any competent shop could handle.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:37 AM   #14
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buy a plug kit at autozone and some good cutoff pliars.

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Old 11-20-2013, 06:07 PM   #15
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I just put my snows on and found a nail in a summer tire, I intend to have a local shop remove the tire, patch from the inside and reinstall. Should be $30 or less, far better IMO than a quickie fix that may let me down in the future. I don't see why this isn't a job any competent shop could handle.
TFT will do this for free, you pay for the rebalance.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:08 PM   #16
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Unfortunately I had to order my rims from wheeldude and my tires from tirerack because neither had he rim + tire combination I wanted. Any recommendation for a decent place to mount + balance them near 01824 (Chelmsford/Billerica/Lowell/Nashua area). I know of Towne faire tire in Billerica but they scare me a bit from stories Ive heard.

Thanks in advance!
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We're in Boxborough and can Mount and Balance no problem.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:08 PM   #17
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TFT WILL NOT touch brand new wheels or tires that they didnt sell, btw.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:14 PM   #18
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TFT WILL NOT touch brand new wheels or tires that they didnt sell, btw.
Yep.

Back when I had my old Toyota Xtracab I bought a set of Cragar D-Windows from Summit and they had the best price on the BFG All-Terrains I wanted. They wouldn't mount the wheels without me signing a waiver that any damage they incur is on me. I figured it was giving them a free pass to do a sloppy job, so I said thanks but no thanks.

I've had decent luck at Kenwood Tire in West Bridgewater for those who are south of Boston. They mounted the aforementioned Cragars without any issues as well as the most recent set of TRD wheels on my new Tacoma. They will also match Tire Rack's "shipped" price if you ask them to, which is pretty fair in my book (granted you'll pay tax that you wouldn't pay if you ordered online).
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:52 PM   #19
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We're in Boxborough and can Mount and Balance no problem.
do you guys have a road force balancer?
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:40 PM   #20
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do you guys have a road force balancer?
Our balancer is not a road force balancer. We have found we actually get better results without..any defect in the wheel freaks them out.

We do have a brand new Hunter Auto34 mounting machine. Fully lever less and will handle pretty much any wheel/tire combination we can throw at it.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:36 PM   #21
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Avoid: Goodyear Tire and Auto on the Lynnway in Lynn.

Instead: Sullivan Tire in Peabody. Cost me $100 but I'm happy.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:38 AM   #22
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Our balancer is not a road force balancer. We have found we actually get better results without..any defect in the wheel freaks them out.

We do have a brand new Hunter Auto34 mounting machine. Fully lever less and will handle pretty much any wheel/tire combination we can throw at it.
I hear you on road force in general, however i had my new Hakkas done on a RF machine to get a sense on the structure of the tires (i believe the wheels are good) and got some crazy numbers - but yet it drives fine at all speeds. I'm still deciding on whether or not i have them redone but they still drive fine 10 days later so for now i'm sticking with the theory that if it isn't broken don't fix it. We'll see how they do in some accumulation...
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:56 AM   #23
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I hear you on road force in general, however i had my new Hakkas done on a RF machine to get a sense on the structure of the tires (i believe the wheels are good) and got some crazy numbers - but yet it drives fine at all speeds. I'm still deciding on whether or not i have them redone but they still drive fine 10 days later so for now i'm sticking with the theory that if it isn't broken don't fix it. We'll see how they do in some accumulation...
This is a common problem with Nokians, Michelins, and some Goodyears. The actual problem is the bead of the tires do not fully seat EVENLY until being driven on. I would bet $20 that your Nokians would now road force fantastic having some miles on them. We have found a few tricks to help this particular problem at our dealer. I suspect most shops with a RF balancer have as well.
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:40 PM   #24
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This is a common problem with Nokians, Michelins, and some Goodyears. The actual problem is the bead of the tires do not fully seat EVENLY until being driven on. I would bet $20 that your Nokians would now road force fantastic having some miles on them. We have found a few tricks to help this particular problem at our dealer. I suspect most shops with a RF balancer have as well.
given the performance so far, i'm sure you're right. Unfortunately the shop who did it just threw their hands up and did not offer any further thoughts/suggestions which surprised me as they are known to be very good. Thanks for the info, appreciate it!
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