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Old 04-10-2004, 10:44 PM   #1
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Hi all -

Happy Easter. Mine's not so happy so far. I drove up to my girlfriends parents' house in Forest Hill, Md in my sube. I noticed earlier today that I had a nice new nail in my spankin new Parada Spec 2's. Nice. Didn't think it would be a big deal and thought I could get it plugged on Monday.

Wrong. I ate dinner at Bertucci's in Bel Air and went to leave and felt something funny. Yep, no air in the tire. I think the flat tire is cooked - the sidewall is probably ruined, so I'll need a new tire.

Two major problems, aside from the fact that I have no idea how I'm going to source the tire a.s.a.p. For one, I have no lug nut key (I lost the key and last time had the place that did my tires get it off with a special tool). The other thing is, I have no spare, and can't b/c I have 17" wheels and the JDM 4-pots. A spare won't fit.

Now, what do I do? Have it towed the 40 miles to the shop and call Luke @ tirerack and beg for an overnight shipment?

Thanks for your help? P.S. If anyone knows anyone who will tow for cheap, hook me up!

Garret
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Old 04-10-2004, 11:01 PM   #2
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Supposedly a cheap-o gator grip socket will take off most locking lugs. Sorry, no other help.
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Old 04-10-2004, 11:07 PM   #3
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Didja try Fix-A-Flat?
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Old 04-11-2004, 01:29 AM   #4
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Find someone with AAA and use their number to get your car towed for free.
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Old 04-11-2004, 09:30 AM   #5
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I second the Fix-A-Flat. If you plan on replacing the tire anyway, it might be enough to get you home.

As far as using the spare, if it's a front tire, put the rear tire on the front and the spare on the rear. Should get you home, but nothing more than that.
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Old 04-11-2004, 11:00 AM   #6
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Nah, the tire is actually off the bead. I drove on it before realizing it was flat so the sidewall is dead as well.

I'll figure it out. Where can you get this gator grip thingy?

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Old 04-11-2004, 11:41 AM   #7
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yea, that's one of the ugly things about upgrading brakes.. it also makes you need to buy a spare rim for the car. Sorry about the flat.. best thing to do is actually order 1 Spec 2 tire, and order a spare rim. Eventually, you will need to fork over some more money later for winter/all season tires since the paradas are not snow tires.

You can probably get a gator grip at Sears even. I would suggest to get some McGard SplineDrive lug nuts as well online somewhere. And keep the lug keys in the glove box or in some safe place in your car.. You'll never know when you will need it.

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Old 04-11-2004, 12:15 PM   #8
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The bolt/nut extractor set they sell at Sears works great for pulling off locking lugnuts. Just don't ask how I know.
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Old 04-11-2004, 02:34 PM   #9
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Thanks guys - Trying to arrange for a friend to tow her to Annapolis for me, and I'll order a new tire on Monday (hopefully overnighted).

Then one of my first stops will be to Sears....

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