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Old 10-13-2011, 11:44 AM
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You know its a good friday when...

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edit: yea i know my tires are bald
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by speedemon90 View Post
You know its a good friday when...

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edit: yea i know my tires are bald


Maybe now you have a valid reason to get a new tire..
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:04 PM
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That is very cleanly punctured. haha

Time to get some new good tires!
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That is very cleanly punctured. haha

Time to get some new good tires!
now here's the problem...

my dad wouldnt want to buy expensive tires for an old car. I object to that because well I love taking corners quickly :P but thats not a valid reason. Safety is but a $80 tire can get the job done. I'm looking more into the $109 range lol. Like I mentioned earlier I want the Conti DW.

It is my birthday sunday... maybe I can ask for that as a present instead
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Yes. Get a good set as a birthday present.
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it should be fine to drive like 10 miles to a firestone with that in there right?
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:19 PM
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it should be fine to drive like 10 miles to a firestone with that in there right?
Looks like it's pretty well embedded in there; I think you should be fine. You'll HEAR that thing the whole way there (it's rather large), but I'm guessing it will get you there.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:20 PM
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Drive slowly. Personally, I would put the spare on.

This happened to a coworker a few years ago. We were on a highway construction site and on the 2 minute trip to an exit....bolt flew off and tire was completely flat in a few seconds. Only going about 30mph or so.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:23 PM
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I drove with it on there. Firestone rejected it they said it was to close to the side wall to repair. All they could do is sell me a new tire. Found a tire shop near by that's doing it right now.
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:25 PM
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what? so you just got one brand new tire?
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oops sorry I kinda left my sentence incomplete. Found a tire shop to fix it.

But they do it differently than what firestone does. This place seemed to have just plugged the hole. I'm not exactly sure what firestone does, but it is different.

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Glad it worked out. Firestone probably does a plug and patch. I've been told that before, that its too close to the sidewall. Good thing I had road hazard!
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by speedemon90 View Post
It is my birthday sunday... maybe I can ask for that as a present instead
Damn, I miss those days of being able to cash in on something that I want for my car because it's my birthday. Getting older sucks.
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^ dude just ask something from your parents, maybe they will get it for you.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:00 PM
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Damn, I miss those days of being able to cash in on something that I want for my car because it's my birthday. Getting older sucks.
haha, like JS+MS3 said, just do it!

Can't hurt to try lol. But I bet they might expect a bigger present for their birthdays then like a new car lol
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^ dude just ask something from your parents, maybe they will get it for you.
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haha, like JS+MS3 said, just do it!

Can't hurt to try lol. But I bet they might expect a bigger present for their birthdays then like a new car lol
Psshh, I wish. All future presents are now forwarded to my daughter; Grandparents care about their Grandchildren more than their own children ..however..when she starts driving maybe I could tell them to get something for her car when it would really be for mine.
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I thought it would be too close to the sidewall...to patch, at least. The tire shop probably plugged it. Patches are better. Keep an eye on the tire as the plug might leak. I've had plugs that worked for years, others that worked for days. It's a crapshoot.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:12 PM
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Psshh, I wish. All future presents are now forwarded to my daughter; Grandparents care about their Grandchildren more than their own children ..however..when she starts driving maybe I could tell them to get something for her car when it would really be for mine.
But then she'll start asking you for stuff for her car.

You sir, are fuxored.
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Ever take a step back and look at your car's condition objectively? It's kind of disappointing if you don't have the time/dedication to keep it pristine anymore.

I thought my car was in decent condition, but when you add up all the things it needs done, it's really in crap condition.

- Clear up both headlights
- Fix key marks and rock chips on hood
- Repaint bumper (rock chips)
- Fix scratches on rear bumper
- Fix rust on rear door pillars
- Fix passenger door speaker
- New tires
- Fix scratches in paint
- May need a new axle or two.

It's getting old, but it didn't need any of this stuff when it was bought less than 3 years ago. She's in that transition stage from newish car that you wash often to an older A to B car. Does anyone know what I mean?
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Worst thing on my car is the tear in the drivers seat that I keep making worse by not fixing it.

But I do know what you mean...it's seven years old, and while I still like it and it can still put a smile on my face, I want something else. I haven't done a mod in years, just maintenance. I certainly don't wash it like I used to. But with no new car in sight, whenever I do get one, I'll probably end up keeping this one as it'll be worth so little. And if that happens, I do have a nice little list of things I'll do to it ...gotta plan for all possibilities
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But then she'll start asking you for stuff for her car.

You sir, are fuxored.
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I skimmed and noticed that some of you guys mentioned the 4G TL.

Say what you will, I was probably among the most vocal dissidents of the 09-11 TL and still am, somewhat. But dare I say it, I actually like the 2012 TL. All the little touches here and there add up. I've always loved the 4G TL's interior and the package as a whole, now the exterior looks decent as well. The front end is still awkward, but now it's more like Barbra Streisand rather than Brian Peppers.

who is Brian Peppers, you ask? Click.
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Shameless plug for some loser no one knows? Really? Why bother?

As for the 4G TL, I always liked the interior, but even though the MMC refresh was helpful, the exterior still doesn't do it for me.
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I thought it would be too close to the sidewall...to patch, at least. The tire shop probably plugged it. Patches are better. Keep an eye on the tire as the plug might leak. I've had plugs that worked for years, others that worked for days. It's a crapshoot.

thanks for the info, I'll keep it in mind. I know I have like 2 patches already on this car somewhere. This is my first time getting a plug. We'll see how it goes.
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how many of you buy tires from tire rack??

and where do you guys get your wheels mounted and balanced??

Cause while I was at firestone i just asked how much they do mount and balance and it was like $20 something per tire. That pushes those tires close to $600 and thats quite a bit
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I get my tires through Tire Rack and have a local shop mount and balance them for $12.50 each.

If you have a Costco/BJs/Sams Club membership, check out their prices too.
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how many of you buy tires from tire rack??

and where do you guys get your wheels mounted and balanced??

Cause while I was at firestone i just asked how much they do mount and balance and it was like $20 something per tire. That pushes those tires close to $600 and thats quite a bit
$20 a tire. That seems just a bit high.

I usually go to a spot in San Dimas called Tire Pros, really good service and great prices.
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I should just look for a local shop instead of a chain like firestone.

I got money for tires for my bday present
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I should just look for a local shop instead of a chain like firestone.

I got money for tires for my bday present
Damn kids.
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Niceeeeeee get a set of nice meaty tires
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Niceeeeeee get a set of nice meaty tires
I wish On stock rims, all i can get are 215's which is what i currently have

When the guy took my tire off to plug it, I was like theres no way my tires are that thin! It was like a toothpick!

I love wide tires.
I love looking at porsche's rear tires, they're soooo nice!

Everytime I'm behind a porsche at a light I'm always looking at them!
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Even if the tires are pretty narrow, a set of tires should make a pretty good difference in terms of driving feel. What's the stock rim size for your car? Sometimes, you can up the tire size by 10 or 20 depending on the rim size. Maybe you can go up to 225?
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I dont know the rim size off the top of my head, but stock tire size is 205/60

my dad upped it to 215/60 when he bought these tires. Stupid firestone guy didnt tell him that he needed 215/55

edit: I remember reading somewhere at least that if you increase the width the sidewall should come down too right?
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how many of you buy tires from tire rack??

and where do you guys get your wheels mounted and balanced??

Cause while I was at firestone i just asked how much they do mount and balance and it was like $20 something per tire. That pushes those tires close to $600 and thats quite a bit
I buy exclusively from them. And they mail them over here to Japan and Europe (there 10 years). Shipping is fair, and their customer service is second to none.
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edit: I remember reading somewhere at least that if you increase the width the sidewall should come down too right?
Yea, but keep in mind that the tire size is an aspect ratio.

So a 205/60 tire will have a 123mm tall sidewall whereas a 225/55 will have a 123.75mm tall sidewall. The second number is the percentage of the overall width of the tire (first number, in millimeters).
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oh yeah I purchased couple sets from tireracks before. they have some awesome C/S and delivery system. The pricing is pretty good as well.
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