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Old 01-06-2006, 02:46 AM   #1
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Default Replacing single tire (don't worry I searched)

Hey guys I'm new here and this is my first post.

I just bought an '02 WRB WRX 5-speed that's bone stock except upgraded tires. The car's got Bridgestone Potenza RE750s.

Well after owning the car for less than a week, I've already got a nail in one of the tires. The tire situation is a bit wierd. All four tires were replaced in mid 2004. ONE (right rear) was replaced by the original owner 1,200 miles ago due to a punctured sidewall (brushed a curb). Today I got a nail in the front right tire (which also has a small slice in the sidewall and should probably be replaced). So my dilemma is what to do. I'm severely financially strained at the moment with a new semester about to begin and having just bought the car, so replacing all four tires (as you're apparantly supposed to do) is a bit much. For now, I may only able to be able to buy one new tire. This would mean I've got 1/2 worn (tread is still very good) tires on the left side, a fairly new tire in the right rear, and a brand new tire on the front right.

Question is, can I manage by moving the worn tires on the left to either be both on the front or the rear, and then do the same thing with the new(er) tires?

Remember, I'm trying NOT to buy 4 new tires right now (I simply can't). Advice/help appreciated!
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:13 AM   #2
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Assuming you have some substantial mileage on your old tires... Take the bus until you can afford a new set. If you only have a few thousand miles on the old tires then you should be all set.

If you have a small cut in your sidewall... replace the tire. That's dangerous.

You can run one new tire but you are going to wear down ALL your tires quicker because of the uneven wear (different sizes because of the tread depth). Borrow money, sell yourself, or do whatever to get a new set, otherwise you WILL be shelling out more money for tires sooner than you think.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:27 AM   #3
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The important thing is to get the same model of tire with the same circumference. Subaru recommends that all tires be within a 1/4" circumference. Measure the good tires (with a string or very flexible tape measure) as see what the circumference is. Then go to a tire shop and, assuming they have one in stock, measure a new one as well. If itís within a 1/4" youíre good. Some shops will also shave it for you to make it match.

Another alternative is to post a WTB (want to buy) thread in your local regional forum to see if someone has a couple of semi-used RE750ís laying around. Thereís a good chance that someone else has been in the same situation as you, but has bitten the bullet and bought four new tires. Be sure to measure the circumference before you buy.

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Old 01-06-2006, 03:05 PM   #4
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I got the tire plugged for now. The nick on the sidewall isn't too bad...I'm going to replace them all in February.

Thanks for the advice.
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