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Old 08-21-2005, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Are my tires dry-rotting?!?!

I bought a set of 17x7 MB Motorsports Weapons and 205-45-17 Yokohama ES100s from Discount Tire Direct in November or December of 2004. They were mounted on my Legacy a month after buying them (had to wait for winter weather to start clearing up). My passenger's side front tire started to show some funny wear a couple months ago, and has now gotten MUCH worse. The Driver's side has now started with the same thing, but not as bad, and the rears are doing the same on a much milder level. It looks like dry-rot to me, but I'm not sure. I run 35psi front and 32psi rear for normal street use, and ran 42 for auto-x today. Anyone have any diagnosis for me?

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Since I figure I'm going to be getting new tires now (whoohoo! spending the money I hoped to spend on pullies and an Auto-x helmet!! ), what tire would you all recommend? I'd like something that I can drive on daily, but it still nice enough to use for Auto-X in wet or dry conditions. Also, is there a way to avoid this happening again if it isn't dry-rot?
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Old 08-21-2005, 09:27 PM   #2
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hmmm...looking at it again, it looks like that's where my tires ride in a turn when they're at 35psi rather than 42psi...any possible connection?
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Old 08-21-2005, 10:01 PM   #3
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Rubbing on fender?
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Old 08-22-2005, 02:18 AM   #4
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That looks like normal wear for tires that are driven hard in corners. Dry rot is normally in the side wall of the tires and result in cracks in the rubber. That just looks like you are rolling the side wall onto the road when cornering. If you run 40 psi all the time it should stop some of that.
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Old 08-22-2005, 06:08 AM   #5
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alright...I'm going to get new tires anyways, as I don't really trust tires that have chunks coming out of them. Looking at BFG g-Force T/A KDW-2s. Stock tire for the SRT-4 and they're apparently really nice, but still yet affordable enough to be driven on daily. I guess I'll lose some ride quality and go with 40psi this time.

And no, they're not rubbing on either corner.
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:24 AM   #6
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yah man. thats how my first set of tires looked, and i drove the car hard. i wouldnt worry about it as it led to no further problems with my car.
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:27 AM   #7
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alright then...tonight when it cools down I'll go to 40psi and see how that does. Hopefully the tech inspectors won't fail me and not allow me to race next month. I guess I'll wait a week or two and order my pullies and helmet...just to make sure...
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:25 AM   #8
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That looks like normal wear for an autox'd tire. And the 'chunk' looks very very small.

There is many other tire choices for a good street/autox tire: Kuhmo MX, Hankook Z212.
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