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Date:         Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:27:21 -0700
Reply-To:     OlRivrRat <OlRivrRat@COMCAST.NET>
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From:         OlRivrRat <OlRivrRat@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      Re: Tire emergency in Oklahoma City
Comments: To: Vincent Dow <ianvincentdow@GMAIL.COM>
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On 21 Nov , 2017, at 8:59 AM, Vincent Dow wrote:

> Hello friends, > Y'all are nice! It's very touching to get valuable help back from a request > to the community. > > Made it to LA last night. (And that's what matters) > > As for tires, it's a weird story: very typical thing to happen to me. > > On Saturday (day after the big puncture) was driving along on a new/used > 185, @ passenger-side rear. > > (I should have just moved the big 195s to the back, and The 185s in the > front - as so many have said. But the guys at the tire shop who sold it > were impatient, and my head was kind of spinning / as I wondered if I > wanted one of my rears up front. > > (I was not thinking well, after Friday night: there is some difficult stuff > happening with a family member) > > And we were quite raw-nervef after the tire stuff on the freeway. > > So we see a discount tire shop, as well as a Hibbons Tire on the freeway > west of Oklahoma City. > D.C. would have taken a few days to get me new c/d rated vanagon tires, but > Hibbons salesman said he had some even STRONGER 195s he could sell me. Of > course I said : do it. > $129 for two new rears, installed - that day ? Heck yeah. > It was a long wait, but we got em. > > Only after 30 minutes of driving did I notice my RPMs were noticeably > lower... > > Yeah (embarrassment here) id bought two new trailer tires. But, we were up > and running. > > It took me half an hour to finally mention it to Kathleen. I was thinking > thinking - mad at myself. > > The new trailer tires are: > PRIME WELL 195/70 R14 > > The existing ones are: > WESTLAKE 195R14C > > Don't know how I missed it! But they are shorter and narrower! The RPM > difference was not too significant, as I have a .17 4th gear. > We were doing 65 mph at 3200 rpm which is fine, thought the taller > Westlakes (also bought as a compromise when I couldn't get standard 185s in > Quebec) gave me 70mph at 3200 rpm which I loved, and my Subaru ej22 can do > it all day. > > Anyhow, the trailer tires got us here to LA. > > Now I'm thinking: I want to get rid of the 14" rims. > They look goofy, and they so limit choices. > I think I'll look into 16" wheels. > My girlfriend memorized the tire-size calculator, so we should be able to > find a rim/tire combination. > > I like the look of black- mags on a vanagon. > For the next few months here in Los Sngeles, will move the little tires > forward, and the taller ones back. It will give me the dragster look. > > Maybe I'll like it so much I never go back! > > Bigger issue at the moment is passing smog and getting tags! > Ah vanagon life. > > Best to all, > Vinnie > > > On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 10:22 PM Neil N <> wrote: > >> For sure. And for my the Hancock tire install on my '88, good user >> experience with Discount in Bellingham. >> >> They have a lot of outlets so service can run the gamut I guess. >> >> Neil. >> >> On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 3:56 PM, David McNeely <> >> wrote: >> >> Well, my experience with them has been good, including with road hazard >>> damage. Last time, Bridgestone tire (on my Prius), puncture with a >> screw. >>> About 10K miles on the tire iirc. Different Discount shop from where I >>> bought the tire. Replaced the tire, no mileage charge. they will match >>> prices, including online prices. >>> >>> mcneely >>> >>> On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:28 PM, Neil N <> wrote: >>> >> >> >>> If you buy a set of new tires from Discount Tires and pay extra for their >>>> 'free replacement' warranty, keep track of mileage and dates. ..... >>>> >>> >> >>> .... Mostly just a warning about how one might evoke the >>>> >>> warranty they paid for. >>>> >>>> Just my .02 >>>> >>>> Neil. >>>> >>> >> >> -- >> Neil n >> >> Blog: Vanagons, Westfalia, general <> >> >> 1988 Westy Images <> >> >> 1981 Westfalia "Jaco" Images, technical <> >> >> Vanagon-Bus VAG Gas Engine Swap Group <> >>

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