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Old 10-09-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Should I replace as a pair or individual?

I hit something on I-5 today, and it ripped my sidewall open and destroyed my rim also. Was wondering if I should buy just the one replacement tire or replace my front set as a pair, thank you for your help.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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Re: Should I replace as a pair or individual?

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I hit something on I-5 today, and it ripped my sidewall open and destroyed my rim also. Was wondering if I should buy just the one replacement tire or replace my front set as a pair, thank you for your help.
Just replace the tire that is ripped. Fix your wheel/ get a new one (not sure how bad the damage is, you be the judge). You really don't need to replace the front as a pair

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Not sure if I agree... How many miles / how old were on the tires when this happened?
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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The tires were at about 75%. The wheel (OEM ZCP) is destroyed unfortunately, see attached pic. Sucks because the police don't know who lost the item off their vehicle, so I have to claim it through my insurance for now. About 6 other cars got damaged as well.

EDIT: The tires were also about 2.5 yrs old, iirc. I don't drive my car often.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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The tires were at about 75%. The wheel (OEM ZCP) is destroyed unfortunately, see attached pic. Sucks because the police don't know who lost the item off their vehicle, so I have to claim it through my insurance for now. About 6 other cars got damaged as well.

EDIT: The tires were also about 2.5 yrs old, iirc. I don't drive my car often.
Make sure you tell the insurance it was bouncing down the roadway after it fell off a truck. If it was just sitting there, they will say you should have been able to avoid it.
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Ouch. One 25% wear is a bit iffy, but you can always purchase a replacement tire from Tirerack, and have them shave it down to the same height as the rest of your tires.
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I was thinking about having it shaved, most cost effective option I'm sure. The tire I need is hard to find however, so now I need to work on that (Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta). Thanks for the insurance advice, but I did say that I couldn't avoid it due to cars on both sides of me in traffic, which is true. I-5 just sucks.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #8
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replace both tires if there is more than 30% wear difference (ie 7/32 or more wear)

since you are claiming insurance, best to replace both tires on their dime
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They're trying to screw me over completely and won't pay to replace two tires to begin with. The appraiser couldn't even properly read my odometer, he put the service countdown mileage as my vehicle mileage during his appraisal and used discount tire.com to calculate parts costs... So you can imagine how this is going.
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Re: Should I replace as a pair or individual?

Insurance certainly isn't going to pay for a second tire in this scenario. As long as they give you enough money to buy a name brand replacement tire I'm not sure what you can complain about.

Discount tire should be able to offer you any brand tire you want...

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Old 10-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #11
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I will be replacing the damaged tire with the exact brand of tire that was damaged, and they'll be paying for it. Also, you can ask any tire guy on here if it's wise to mix radial tire types/brands and they'll all tell you that it isn't. If the repair/replacement is done as cheaply as possible (which I know is what they're going to try to do) vs. returning my car to its EXACT state before the incident, what's the point of even having insurance? If I wanted cheap, shitty, mismatched tires on my car I would have put them on myself before this happened.
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Re: Should I replace as a pair or individual?

I'm not saying you should mix and match tires, but if they give you the money for a name brand tire then that is what you pay premiums for. If they were offering a $65 prep boots brand replacement then I would agree with you.

If you have super expensive tires or wheels or aftermarket stereo, etc you need to add those as a rider to your policy.

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Oh okay, I see what you're saying. In regards to the tires, the oem is michelin pilot sports... we all know how pricey they can be. I have the Vredesteins because they actually beat out the pilot sports in european comparison tests, however they're not as popular in the US yet and thus significantly cheaper while offering comparable performance. I like them a lot actually, very unique tread pattern and great tread wear, grip, all around awesome. I did a lot of research before I chose them, and couldn't find anything bad about them anywhere really.
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