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Unread 08-05-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Tire stabbed, replace 1 or 2?!

Apparently I have enemies in the world - overnight, one of my beloved Duratracs was stabbed right through the sidewall.

With about 11,000 miles on the tires so far, and very little wear, does anyone think I can get away with replacing just the 1 tire, or does everyone concur that I have to buy a new set of 2?

This bums me out, at over 200 bucks apiece these things are painful to replace.

Thanks for any input!

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Unread 08-05-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
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If the other tires have very little wear I would only buy one tire.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 10:57 PM   #3
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If the other tires have very little wear I would only buy one tire.
That's what I'm starting to think. A lot of guys don't get around to rotating in their full-size spare until almost 10,000 miles anyway.

What's the worst-case scenario. Anyone?

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Unread 08-06-2014, 03:12 AM   #4
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Worst case scenario is uneven wear, and or premature wear. If you go with one just be more careful about how you rotate them find the nicest one, then put them in the back. If they are way off go 2.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 05:23 AM   #5
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You can buy one and have the tire shaved to match the tread wear of your other 3.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 06:30 AM   #6
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I personally would never buy a new $200 tire and then have the shop shave it. That seems like a retarded thing to do. Go to the auto parts store and buy yourself a tread depth gauge. They're dirt cheap and it'll tell you exactly how much tread you've got left on your remaining tires. If you're within 4/32 to 6/32 of what a new tire is listed at, I would go ahead and buy one tire and be fine.

Having a small difference won't bother the vehicle. But if the other tires are, in fact, 50% worn then you can go to plan B. There are lots of places online that sell used tires and you can find one tire for cheap that matches the tread depth of your others.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 09:11 AM   #7
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before losing another $200 I'd take care of the 'enemy' first.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 11:39 AM   #8
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Good input guys. I did the math and I've got 9500 miles on these other 3. I think I've only worn off about 4/32 at most. Maybe I can get away with just buying one.

The complicating factor is that the 2 tires I've got on the back right now had been wearing uneven, due to a bad alignment in the front. I put 'em on the rear to wear them even again, about 2200 miles ago. Since the slashed tire was one of my 2 good ones on the front, I'm going to have to take the new tire and my one remaining good tire on the front and put them both on the rear, putting the slightly uneven tires from the rear back on the front.

I'll have to run it like that for a little bit and then start the rotating madness I guess!

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Unread 08-06-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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I would put the new and the next closest best tire up front. That way it will wear weird and match the rear tires. From there you can fix the frontend problem and they should all be with-in each other +/-.
If it is only the alignment, You can only set toe, Save some $$ and do I yourself with a tape measure. Good luck either way
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Unread 08-06-2014, 08:52 PM   #10
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I would just buy one.

But, if you don't have a matching spare, you could buy 2, and mount the worse tire as a spare.

And, IF, it happens again, you are covered.
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Unread 08-07-2014, 06:41 AM   #11
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before losing another $200 I'd take care of the 'enemy' first.
^^ Good point.
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Unread 08-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #12
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Do you have a spare?? To rotate in.
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Unread 08-15-2014, 05:12 PM   #13
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Just buy one, no puppies or kittens will die because of this.
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Unread 08-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #14
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Put that thing on blocks and call the insurance company! Just kidding!

Sorry to hear about your misfortune though. How do you like your dura tracs
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Unread 08-16-2014, 01:08 PM   #15
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Leather Ears, what did you end up doing?
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