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We had a puncture in the driver's rear a few weeks ago, but 5k of tread left all around, so had it plugged. It blew out yesterday, on the freeway. ("Is that a helicopter over us? What is that noise? Change lanes maybe it's the surface?") We're limited to 2 tire choices for the Prius, they're 14s but require a higher sidewall rating due to the weight of the car. But now there's a full new set of General's on it and we should be good for 65k.

Stepson asks though, why aren't car tires like bike tires w/ red or blue or leopard spotted sidewalls built right in instead of painted on?

Also, those weird spinning spoke things, s/d?

Jaq, Sunday, 6 May 2007 09:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I've budgeted myself to pick up some tires later this month and was thinking of ordering directly from the Tire Rack. I've never done it before, but their reviews/service has been good.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:18 (seventeen years ago) link

We went to D1sc0unt Tire - they wanted to sipe the tires (extra $$). I said no, meant to check what the hell this is about. Free rotations and repairs and not too much extra for a full replacement warranty if a punctured tire can't be plugged.

Jaq, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Looks like just saying no was probably right: http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/tech/sipe/

These are all weather radials, no doubt pre-siped.

Jaq, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Don't forget Costco.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 7 May 2007 22:48 (seventeen years ago) link

I have an irrational disgust of Costco. I can't explain it. Maybe because I am anti-crowd and anti-cavernous-warehouse. I feel the same about Frye's.

Jaq, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:43 (seventeen years ago) link

The tire sales area is usually separate.

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 01:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Do you still have to have a membership card and all that?

Jaq, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 02:49 (seventeen years ago) link


lxy has one. she hates that place too, but she'd take you.

jergïns, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 10:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, we'd be a great shopping team then :)

Jaq, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 15:06 (seventeen years ago) link

what is hilarious: i completely forgot i had one, or i would have offered myself! yes, of course, jaq. except you got your tires already, didn't you? well, next time.

lxy, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 15:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, got 'em in Oly so we wouldn't have to drive all the way back to Seattle on the fake spare (at 50 mph). Costco would be handy before the next all-Seattle croquet FAP though!

Jaq, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 15:37 (seventeen years ago) link

lotsa lotsa toilet paper would make sense

jergïns, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 18:35 (seventeen years ago) link

As a tire???

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 18:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Stuff it in the airspace for a quieter ride?

To compensate for bad thread derail, I give you this slick mustang with Cragar SST wheels. (no image sharing code? oh well, worth a click.)

Jaq, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 19:05 (seventeen years ago) link

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