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Old 11-30-2004, 11:04 PM   #1
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Arrow How do you store tires/wheels when not using them?

This is more of a general question... I just got my Rota Boosts in today and will get my tires tomorrow... Probably get them mounted on friday and I will put them on my sti... question is where and how do I store my BBS wheels? Do you stack them like pancakes, store them vertical (like if they were actually on the car), deflate the tires?

I'm new to the whole getting aftermarket wheels..etc so any feed back is welcome :-)


EDIT: Where is a good place to get tires put on and balanced... I am fearful because I don't want them scratching the wheel or destroying it.. Once that is done should I get my car realigned? Or can I just take off the BBS wheels and put on my rotas?


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Old 12-01-2004, 07:54 AM   #2
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If your interested in selling your BBS wheels pm me.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:05 AM   #3
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Leave them stacked, waxpaper between each layer and inflated to proper pressure..
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Old 12-01-2004, 10:24 AM   #4
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You should also wrap them in plastics bags and put them in a dark damp place (like a basement) to keep the compound from getting too hard.
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:50 PM   #5
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Sorry Don Arm, I love these wheels... not getting rid of them unless I trade them for Advan RC II's :-p

I was going to wax the wheels, is it recommended that I use that spray to make the wheels shiny? and leave them sit as well?

Another question: I just got my wheels shipped from tirerack today. They didn't come in boxes, rather bundled in two pairs with that plastic bands holding them together... is this normal for tires to be shipped open like that? Should I be worried about damage or holes in them?

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Old 12-01-2004, 10:03 PM   #6
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:-)

You can see in that pic how the tires were shipped.

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Old 12-01-2004, 10:30 PM   #7
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If they were shipped with the tires mounted, that is normal. Visually inspect the wheels for damage - but of course if you didn't inspect them before accepting delivery, you're probably gonna have a hard time getting compensation.

Wheels without tires on them should ALWAYS come in boxes.

Tires always come shipped in bundles of two - sometimes they have plastic around them but not often.
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Old 12-02-2004, 01:38 AM   #8
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If they were shipped with the tires mounted, that is normal. Visually inspect the wheels for damage - but of course if you didn't inspect them before accepting delivery, you're probably gonna have a hard time getting compensation.

Wheels without tires on them should ALWAYS come in boxes.

Tires always come shipped in bundles of two - sometimes they have plastic around them but not often.

The tires weren't mounted on the wheels... I bought them from subydude and tirerack. Wheels came in individual boxes and tires came as it looks in the pic and what you said...

Cool beans :-)

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Old 12-02-2004, 08:30 AM   #9
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The tires weren't mounted on the wheels... I bought them from subydude and tirerack. Wheels came in individual boxes and tires came as it looks in the pic and what you said...

Cool beans :-)

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Normal.

I forgot to mention that I also thoroughly cleaned the waxed my wheels before putting them away.
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Old 12-02-2004, 09:23 AM   #10
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Since heat and exposure to the elements are the primary factors that influence a tire's aging process, drivers can prolong their tire's life by minimizing their impact. Here are some tips for storing tires that will not be used continuously.

• Don't store a vehicle with weight on its tires for extended periods of time. Long-term inactivity is more harmful to tires than short weekly drives that flex the tires and help maintain oil dispersion within the rubber compounds.

• DO NOT APPLY ANY TIRE DRESSINGS. Tire compounds are formulated to resist ozone cracking or weather checking.

• Keep the tires out of direct sunlight. The sun’s ultraviolet rays and radiant heat are detrimental to rubber. We have used a pyrometer to measure tires that were simply sitting in direct sunlight on a parked vehicle. Surprisingly those tires’ temperatures were 135° Fahrenheit on their surface.

• Place each tire in its own large, opaque, airtight plastic bag (such as lawn and garden bags) for storing. Avoid allowing any moisture and remove as much air as practical (some drivers even use a vacuum cleaner to draw out as much as possible). Close the bag tightly and tape it shut. This places the tire in its own personal mini-atmosphere to help reduce oil evaporation.

• Place the tires in a cool, dry location. It is better to place tires in a dry basement than outdoors or in a hot garage or attic. The basement temperatures will tend to remain cooler and more stable, while outdoor, garage and attic temperatures will often become hot and face daily fluctuations in temperature.

• Keep the tires away from sources of ozone. Electric motors that use contact brushes generate ozone. Keep your tires away from the furnace, sump pump, etc.

While tires will age somewhat regardless of what precautions are taken, these procedures will help slow the process compared to not doing anything.
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Old 12-02-2004, 12:43 PM   #11
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Can you post a pic of the Boosts on your STi? Are those the Pzero Nero M+S tires?
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Old 12-02-2004, 08:05 PM   #12
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Can you post a pic of the Boosts on your STi? Are those the Pzero Nero M+S tires?

I'll be happy to post some pics tomorrow after they get mounted and balanced :-) Yes those are Pzero Nero M+S tires. I guess their alright all season tires.. First time buying wheels and tires..lol I'll find out tomorrow how they drive.

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Old 12-03-2004, 08:38 AM   #13
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Nigel,
Great, look forward to the pics. Are the boosts bronze? The pics look sweet!
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I'll be happy to post some pics tomorrow after they get mounted and balanced :-) Yes those are Pzero Nero M+S tires. I guess their alright all season tires.. First time buying wheels and tires..lol I'll find out tomorrow how they drive.

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Old 12-03-2004, 06:53 PM   #14
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Nigel,
Great, look forward to the pics. Are the boosts bronze? The pics look sweet!

As promised:


















Tires are dirty, and not shiny and the wheels don't have the center caps in them mainly because I was soooooooooo COLD after washing the car in 34 degree weather and sitting in cold water changing the tires, just didn't get around to putting them in there and snapping a pic... if you want a pic of them in there I'll snap a pic for ya tomorrow :-)

I actually like these wheels about 10 times better now than the stock BBS... sad but oh so true!

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Old 12-03-2004, 07:15 PM   #15
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Nigel,
Wow those rims look really NICE! I have to admit, I like the stockers but those boost look OUTSTANDING. Good color combo with the white. Those BBS may not make it on the car again.... Thanks for the pics.
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