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Old 02-14-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default Good place to mount tires and TPMS sensors on the South Shore? Story inside.

You guys wanna hear a good one?

I bought my 09 WRX in December and immediately realized that the summer tires are not going to cut it for the winter, so I ordered some all seasons from the Tire Rack to replace the stockers. I figured that any competent tire place should be able to mount the tires, so I went to Expert Tire in North Weymouth and had them do the job. After I got home I realized that they scuffed and scratched every wheel all over the wheel face when they installed the tires!!! They also did an awful job at balancing the wheels, and the car now shakes at highway speeds. After about a month of fighting with them, they decided to pay for new wheels to replace the damaged ones. Yeah, don't go there for anything!!!! At least they eventually made the situation right.

That brings me to today. I am trying to get the tires and sensors from the old damaged wheels mounted on the new wheels. I tried Quirk Subaru this morning, and after making an appointment yesterday with them to do this, they informed me after they pulled the car into the shop that their tire machine has been broken for 2 weeks! Does anyone know of a place, preferably on the South Shore, that can do this the right way? Road Force balancing is a definite plus as well. I would like to get this done on Monday if possible.

CN: I need tires and TPMS sensors transferred from one set of wheels to another, by people that know what they are doing, preferably on the South Shore.

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Old 02-14-2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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not on the south shore i don't think, but send a PM to NewGwrx
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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Bump for some help...

I went to Clay Subaru this morning and they can do it, but it's gonna cost me $160+tax to do it there! Damn!!! I might just bite the bullet and go there.

I'd also go to a place in the Dedham/Westwood/Norwood area, as I work around there and could go before work. Does Dentsport mount/balance wheels? They are not too far from me.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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Just about any tire shop can work with TPS sensors nowadays. I had mine done at NTB in Plainville, no issues. It was $60 to mount and balance four tires though it was supposed to be more as the tires were runflats.
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:06 PM   #5
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Yeah, I thought the same thing when I went to the first place that screwed up my stock wheels. I have an NTB in the town next to me, and they royally screwed up my friend's MS3's wheels and the balance was also way off. I bought tires from them before his incident, and they could never get the balance right on my car either.

I was kinda hoping that there was a good local place that you guys know about that can do this without messing up my new wheels. Every place around here that I once trusted just sucks now. It's like no one knows how to do a simple task like mounting and balancing tires anymore!
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:33 PM   #6
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Ok, one last suggestion, I used these guys last year for my M, they mounted 265's without any issues. Very nice guys too.

Kenwood Tire Co Inc www.kenwoodtire.com

118 S Main St
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:03 PM   #7
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what are you going to do with the old wheels? pm'ed ya

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Old 02-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #8
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:01 AM   #9
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I put winter tires and rims on my car. Needless to say I didn't spend the money for another set of sensors. At this point dont bother. You you 2-3 months driving around with the stupid "light" on. In my opinion its not worth paying $60 to put the sensors in. There should be no real effects to having the sensors not in the tire.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:23 AM   #10
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Ok, one last suggestion, I used these guys last year for my M, they mounted 265's without any issues. Very nice guys too.

Kenwood Tire Co Inc www.kenwoodtire.com

118 S Main St
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
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Highly recommended. I use them for all my wheels. I only take my race car (240sx) there. They do very high quality work and deal with a lot of high end wheels and tires.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:35 AM   #11
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I put winter tires and rims on my car. Needless to say I didn't spend the money for another set of sensors. At this point dont bother. You you 2-3 months driving around with the stupid "light" on. In my opinion its not worth paying $60 to put the sensors in. There should be no real effects to having the sensors not in the tire.
A set of sensors is about $200, you're going to drive around with a light on all the time every winter for years instead of buying the sensors? They also provide a real world safety feature. I put the sensors on my new wheels myself, just requires an allen wrench (included with the sensors), then a normal tire mount/balance.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:44 AM   #12
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I might have to give Kenwood Tire a call today to see what they can do for me. These wheels are going to be my daily driver wheels, and I have the TPMS sensors already, so I'm going to just transfer them from the old set to the new ones. I don't want a light on my dash lighting up in my new car all the time. Besides, they can probably fail you on the MA safety inspection if that light is on, as it's a safety feature.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #13
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After spending $1600 on new rims and tires I didn't want to spend the other $200 for the sensors. I'll put them on next season.
Its a safety feature, yes. but every car you had until now didn't have them and you got by with out them. Inspection would fail you, but if you need to get insepcted throw the set of rims with the sensors on.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:08 PM   #14
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I'm transferring the tires and sensors from one set of wheels to another that has no tire or sensors, so why wouldn't I put the sensors in there at the same time? It would be dumb for me not to install the sensors at the same time, because then I'm going to have to get the tires taken off and have the sensors mounted and the tires reinstalled later. That makes no sense to me.

These wheels are replacing the stock ones. They will be on the car pretty much all year. They will be the only wheels I have with any sensors. I have a set of 18'' Enkei RP02's with summer rubber that I can use in the summer if I want, and they don't have the sensors because they are from my 2002 WRX that I used to have.

And for the record I HATE that there are TPMS sensors on these cars! I check my tire pressure regularly and don't need a stupid computer to tell me that they are too low.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:16 PM   #15
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Try truwheels in east weymouth. they're a little off the beaten path (moved from rt 53, NOT CLOSED as most people keep thinking!) , but they did a great job of straightening my wheels when they were a little out of shape. Guy was straight to the point and reasonable in my book.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:25 PM   #16
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Try truwheels in east weymouth. they're a little off the beaten path (moved from rt 53, NOT CLOSED as most people keep thinking!) , but they did a great job of straightening my wheels when they were a little out of shape. Guy was straight to the point and reasonable in my book.
I've known Brian over there for a while (the guy that runs the place), and I lost track of them after the Rt. 53 shop closed. I thought he went under, because from what I've been hearing from local guys, he was in some sort of financial trouble. Where did they move to? I practically live in East Weymouth!
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:20 PM   #17
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My bad silverfleet. I though you were going to run two sets of tires/rims. Summer and winter packages.
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:47 PM   #18
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My bad silverfleet. I though you were going to run two sets of tires/rims. Summer and winter packages.
Don't worry about it. I have confused more people with trying to get this done than I care to remember!
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #19
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I've known Brian over there for a while (the guy that runs the place), and I lost track of them after the Rt. 53 shop closed. I thought he went under, because from what I've been hearing from local guys, he was in some sort of financial trouble. Where did they move to? I practically live in East Weymouth!
I had the work done last summer, so I'm not exactly sure of their current state. I'll take a ride on the way home and check the location. I"ll google it too and get back to you on a location. (I know landmarks better than street names!)

They were on Ease street in an industrial looking building....right where the train crosses the street. Last door on the left (looking at the building). Might be worth taking a ride by...

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Old 02-18-2009, 03:40 PM   #20
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The Tru-Wheels website is no more, so I'm thinking they are gonzo. I searched trough Google, and all that came up was their location on Rt. 53. Let me know if you come up with anything.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:34 PM   #21
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If you originally tried in weymouth, why not try Planet Subaru?

I'm in the westwood/norwood/dedham area, and all I can think of is Clay Subaru for that area. Sorry

Hell, just goto sears in dedham
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:10 PM   #22
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im confused why not have 2 sets you have all the stuff right now dont you

just buy a new set of sensors and throw the all season on the scratched rims to run for winter and keep the new rims for summers and the summer tires????
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:28 AM   #23
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I have to give back the scratched rims to the place that damaged them as part of the agreement that I have with them. They are paying me for the wheels, and I have to return the old ones. I need the tires and sensors off those wheels taken off to put on the replacement wheels. If I didn't have to do that, I would have just kept the money and repainted the stockers myself!
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:37 AM   #24
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a little off topic, but does your car happen to be the silver 5 door in Hingham that I have wondered how it got in and out of that driveway in the snow if it didnt have winters on it
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:02 AM   #25
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It gets in and out of that driveway wonderfully on all seasons! Actually, this thing is an absolute tank in the snow. I haven't had any problems traction-wise since switching to all season tires, well, except for the wheel damage BS. It's actually better than my 2002 wagon was in the snow, probably because of the traction control. It was a little scary with the summer tires that came on the car though!
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