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#27261 of 32735 So its either...
Sep 13, 2012 (8:21 pm)
Quit buying cars or get a bigger garage......
#27262 of 32735 Re: Punch my card again......... [breld]
Sep 13, 2012 (9:02 pm)
I mean, 32 mpg on the highway ain't all that bad, right? Hmmm
I average 26-28 mpg in my Mazdaspeed 3, and that includes a bit of "spirited" driving. With the Mazdaspeed Cold Air Intake it's making 287 bhp at the crank.
#27263 of 32735 I might have to start a Chronic Tire Buyers topic...
Sep 13, 2012 (10:08 pm)
First, I won a set of four Michelin tires, any type up to 22". I already had a set of 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 wheels that I bought off eBay, so I went back to eBay and found a new set of OEM TPMS for 50% off MSRP. Next I used my certificate and ordered a set of Pilot Super Sport tires and had the local shop put it all together and I installed them on the Mazdaspeed 3. All I can say is, WOW! They are even stickier than the Dunlop Star Specs I have on the ti. Tons of grip and incredibly responsive to steering inputs. I had to drive to a rural county today for a hearing and the car simply devoured the winding two lanes all the way there and back. I can't wait to track it- maybe at Mid Ohio in October.
Next, my wife's CPO 328i came with 17" Continental ContiSportContact 2 SSR summer tires. I called up Tire Rack and ordered a set of 205/55-16 Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT tires mounted on Sport Edition F10 wheels:
So now I have two sets of tires to store. I bought Tire Rack's wall mounted rack which is where the Mazda's wheels are stored:
While I have a Tire Rack "Tire Garage" for the 328i wheels:
Oh yes, I also have a set of 15" OEM BMW wheels that fit the ti- stacked in a corner...
#27264 of 32735 Re: I might have to start a Chronic Tire Buyers topic... [roadburner]
Sep 13, 2012 (9:45 pm)
I bough Tire Rack's wall mounted rack which is where the Mazda's wheels are stored:
I might have to get a couple of those. We have 2 sets of tires (one winter/one summer) for each vehicle, thankfully for now we have our trailer to store them in. Wow, that's 3 sets laying around at any given time, ugh, plus 2 spare tires for the trailer. Going to start looking like a tire shop.
I'm thinking about going to a 17 or 18" wheel on the Sierra for summertime, only hang up is fuel economy. It currently has the boring stock 16s on it which are fine for winter tires. However since it needs summer tires anyway next spring......
#27265 of 32735 Re: I might have to start a Chronic Tire Buyers topic... [akangl]
Sep 13, 2012 (10:11 pm)
The rack saves floor space; but each wheel/tire weighs 45 lbs- so muscling them onto the rack is a bit tough...
#27267 of 32735 Re: all this talk... [breld]
Sep 14, 2012 (8:01 am)
So has the 1'er got you a bit off manual trannies?
ummm... not really a clearcut answer here. I still think I made the right decision for THIS car.
#27268 of 32735 Re: I might have to start a Chronic Tire Buyers topic... [roadburner]
Sep 14, 2012 (8:31 am)
Oh, I would so belong in that thread.
I like the tire shelf, but just didn't have a good place for it in my garage. What I wound up doing at one point was buying 4 heavy duty shelf brackets from home depot. I bent the ends up and just hung 1 wheel/tire on each bracket so they were flat against the wall.
I currently have 2 extra sets of wheels (18" and 17") and a total of 25 unmounted tires of varying sizes and remaining life.
#27269 of 32735 Re: all this talk... [qbrozen]
Sep 14, 2012 (9:29 am)
Yeah, I know what you mean. The particular car's character, dynamics and intended use has a lot to do with whether a manual or automatic fits best.
And some manufacturers just can't seem to get the shift feel right - like the manual was an afterthought. Years ago, I shopped the then new Saab 9-3 and found a manual, but hated the feel of it and ended up with a TSX.
#27270 of 32735 Re: I might have to start a Chronic Tire Buyers topic... [roadburner]
Sep 14, 2012 (10:13 am)
Hah! That's me, too. Thankfully, I have a 43-year-old van that works very well as a mobile storage unit. I keep all my spare tires (twelve of them, all mounted) in there in neat stacks, along with all of my spare rabbit and chicken food (keeps the critters out of it!). Plus, I don't have to remove any of it when I use the van from time to time for a recreational outing, so no harm, no foul.
Once my garage becomes a garage, the wall-mounted units from TR look appealing. I might also just use a HD Gorilla rack without the shelf installed, so the sides of the tires simply rest on the rails. Either way should work. I like to make the most of my space, so I'm sure I'll come up with a solution that maximizes what I have available.
My new tires for the Fiesta just came in earlier this week. I ended up getting them from Tire Rack, but through Sears. Oddly, that saved me $100 compared to if I had purchased them from TR directly.
I bought 15" Sport Edition CE wheels with Blizzak WS70's mounted on them. I skipped the TPMS; I hate nanny tech. It still ran me $873.