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Old 03-29-2015, 05:45 PM   #1
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Dammit NOT AGAIN!!

Well Friday March 20th I was on my way solo to Portland OR to go see a concert. About 43 miles from my destination into a 5 hour drive while in the left lane with traffic all around me my front left tire blew and the steel belted tread snapped and whipped the front left of the car pretty bad.

My bumper is totalled, the fender is damaged not sure if beyond repair, the door and rocker panel are dented, the back of the headlight was ripped out so I have no blinker or HID headlight on the front left. The tire blew going at least 70mph and I'm thankful to be OK and the car didn't get any more damage. I was able to limp to my concert after a tow where the tow truck driver helped me change the tire and zip tie my front end so I could drive. Stayed the night at my step sisters house then the next day Andy (Thirty-Nine) helped me patch it up better and loaned me a spare winter tire. Upon getting home I disposed of the 4 crap snow tires and put my summer wheels back on but am waiting for two more from discount tire.

The mighty yaris took it's damage but didn't try to throw me into the dividing wall or the other lane so I'm very thankful.

I'm now on the lookout for a new front bumper and would like the Canadian RS bumper as I like the OEM plastic better than the aftermarket. The aftermarket cracked to easy and never fit right. Anyone have any leads? I'm a few hours from B.C.

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Old 03-29-2015, 06:49 PM   #2
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Damn, sorry to see that. Glad you're OK!
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:02 PM   #3
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You have my sympathies.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:20 PM   #4
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:34 PM   #5
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Damn that sucks man. But at least your alright
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:12 PM   #6
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Don't get your cousin to repaint again...

Glad you're Ok, keep up posted
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:25 PM   #7
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You know, that last pic actually looks pretty good. Tough, like

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Old 03-30-2015, 03:02 AM   #8
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Holy shit that's quite bit of damage for only a blowout...

Glad you were able to keep it under control and it wasn't any worse.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:25 AM   #9
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Glad you are ok.

Question like that.. How old were your tires? Fab dates are written on the side wall.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:35 AM   #10
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Astro, I noticed you have used the word "crap" tires... were these retread/recap winter tires ?
It looks to me as such when I see the tread portion having separated from the body of the tire... I didn't know they still existed today taking in account that the market is saturated with various offshore brands.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:18 AM   #11
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Yikes thats a lot of dammage! Glad you are OK!

Do you have TPI instrumentation?
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:25 PM   #12
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Best I could gather from the 3 digit date code was late 1999 at best. Picked them up in unused condition stored in a cool dry windowless basement about 4 years ago for $50. They weren't recapped tires and the only name was wintertrax and country of origin was Korea. Heading today to get an estimate from the highest shop in town and going to have the guy who did my roof do the repairs and then got a couple recommendations for the custom paint. Thank goodness i put a rider on my insurance to cover the custom work.
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:28 PM   #13
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[quote=bronsin;759067]Yikes thats a lot of dammage! Glad you are OK!

I don't as mine is a 2007. About 3 or 4 minutes before it blew I noticed a thumping vibration and was heading for the next exit. Missed it by a half mile.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:05 PM   #14
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Ugh, bummer. Sorry about the damage. Glad you're alright.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:59 PM   #15
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Best I could gather from the 3 digit date code was late 1999 at best. Picked them up in unused condition stored in a cool dry windowless basement about 4 years ago for $50. They weren't recapped tires and the only name was wintertrax and country of origin was Korea. Heading today to get an estimate from the highest shop in town and going to have the guy who did my roof do the repairs and then got a couple recommendations for the custom paint. Thank goodness i put a rider on my insurance to cover the custom work.

Holy crap, you trust 16 years old tires! I believe anything made before 2000 didn't have anything coherent as date code. So you can guess they are at least 15 years old.

I am at a point where I wouldn't get used tires anymore unless they have were made less than 2 years ago.

I'm still wary about getting new tires that are over a year old since I drive so little, I wouldn't want them to dry rot before I get at least 5-6 years out of them.
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Assuming theres no manufacturing defect tire failure is unusual. Maintaining something like the correct tire pressure goes a long way to keeping this from happening. Also when the car is up on the ramps for an oil change I check the condition of the tires and the CV joint boots (if over 100k)

"Dry rot" and "manufacture date" have little to do with tire failure in my experience. (which is considerable)

Driving sanely also helps!
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Driving sanely have nothing to do with the condition of the tires.
Anyways, this kind of blowouts always happen at highway speed.
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Driving sanely have nothing to do with the condition of the tires.
Anyways, this kind of blowouts always happen at highway speed.
Right. I meant if you get a blowout and youre weaving in and out of traffic, its going to be worse thsan if you are just driving along.

I ride motorcycles and if anything happens, you get hurt/die so Im very careful.
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