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Old 11-28-2005, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default Tire question for OT - screw the Tire & Wheel guys!

So I discovered a huge bubble in the sidewall of one of my winter tires today. Needless to say, I am very pissed because:

a. I didn't hit anything to warrant getting the bubble... I've never had this happen to me before, but from what I've gathered (read: googled), this type of thing usually happens when you curb a rim or hit a pothole. I did neither.

b. The tires were used for 1 season and have less than 5k miles on them.


So, I emailed tirerack, but it doesn't look good. I'm assuming they are going to turn down any type of refund because I didn't get their Road Hazard insurance. Even if I end up having to buy a new tire, they are out of stock of the brand/model I have. Sounds like I'm SOL either way. Any idea who might have Dunlop Wintersport M3's in stock?

Also... should I buy 2 new tires? Something something differentials. This sucks.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:10 AM   #2
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:11 AM   #3
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But You're Dr. Wheel?
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:11 AM   #4
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It's not doing me any good, apparently.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:12 AM   #5
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The rule of thumb (or so I've heard read: Unconfirmed) with AWD is you have to replace all of the tires at the same time.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:17 AM   #6
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I've been driving on a slight bulge for months....i really should address that issue.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:18 AM   #7
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I've been driving on a slight bulge for months....i really should address that issue.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:21 AM   #8
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The rule of thumb (or so I've heard read: Unconfirmed) with AWD is you have to replace all of the tires at the same time.
+1

Yeah, I blew a street tire and had to replace all of them..but that was because the tread wear was significantly different 25k+ miles

You should measure the tread depth of your tires now compared to new, because their is a suggested percentage that would decide if your tread wear would mess up your differentials.

Is there any other store/page that might have that tire in stock? You might wanna contact the manufacturer to see if newer years are all that different and if a newer tire has the same tread pattern and if they would be somewhat compatible.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:22 AM   #9
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I've been sporting a slight bulge for months....i really should address that issue.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:22 AM   #10
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instead of editing I will

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Old 11-28-2005, 02:27 AM   #11
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The rule of thumb (or so I've heard read: Unconfirmed) with AWD is you have to replace all of the tires at the same time.
Yes but if these tires were indeed having less than 5k on them then he could easily buy 1 tire and have it shaved to the tread depth of the other 3 tires.
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Old 11-28-2005, 02:29 AM   #12
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altho it sounds retarded, just shave the new one down to the diameter of the old ones
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Old 11-28-2005, 03:29 AM   #13
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But You're Dr. Wheel?

Shoulda been Dr. Tire
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:28 AM   #14
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nevermind i thought this was in the regional forum

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Old 11-28-2005, 11:22 AM   #15
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Tirerack shows them sold out for the year. Local Dunlop retailer doesn't have them in stock, will try to see if they can even order them (i.e. if they aren't sold out for the season). Crap.
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:23 AM   #16
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As a dr of wheels, you should already have the answer.

tbert did not read even the original post before replying
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:25 AM   #17
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buy 2 your dif will love you!
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Old 11-28-2005, 11:29 AM   #19
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buy 2 your dif will love you!
I asked the local retailer if they "shave" tires and there was an uncomfortable silence on the phone.

The local Subie dealership said that the rule of thumb is, as long as the other tires have 50% or greater tread left on them I should be 'ok'.

*shrug*

That's if I can even find the damn tire.
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you only need to replace all 4 tires IF the difference in tread depth is a certain amt. I dont remember the exact number.
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I asked the local retailer if they "shave" tires and there was an uncomfortable silence on the phone.

The local Subie dealership said that the rule of thumb is, as long as the other tires have 50% or greater tread left on them I should be 'ok'.

*shrug*

That's if I can even find the damn tire.
they are right

I was speaking if you bought another brand....then 2

tirerack will shave
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:38 PM   #22
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Help!

I emailed and called tirerack. I also had the local Dunlop retailer see if they could order one M3 for me. It's been 2 days and neither place has called me back. Looks like I'm on my own.

What 2 tires should I order that would be a similar match to the M3's? Blizzak LM-25s? Any other suggestions?
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:40 PM   #23
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Help!

I emailed and called tirerack. I also had the local Dunlop retailer see if they could order one M3 for me. It's been 2 days and neither place has called me back. Looks like I'm on my own.

What 2 tires should I order that would be a similar match to the M3's? Blizzak LM-25s? Any other suggestions?
I am sure this has been said...but running two different sets of tires is really not a good idea...
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I am sure this has been said...but running two different sets of tires is really not a good idea...
What choice do I have? No one seems to have wintersport M3's in stock, and I am NOT going to buy 4 new tires because one has developed a bubble in it.
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What choice do I have? No one seems to have wintersport M3's in stock, and I am NOT going to buy 4 new tires because one has developed a bubble in it.
I have new M3's coming in from Town Fair Tire this friday on 16 " Legacy steelies to fit over the 4-pots...I thought I would never find that combination, but they did !!! At least they told me they did...I will find out on Friday.

Why not sell the M3's and buy 4 new tires...might be a little more costly. But I would rather do that then run with two different sets of tires that will behave differently then each other...

I just remember that Tim O' Neil told us that you should never run on different types of tires...I'll take his word for it...
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