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Old 12-12-2003, 02:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy A lil worried!

Sup guys, just curious, i had a flat tire the other day, so now i'm riding on my spare tire. My regular tires are 205/60/15 and i believe the spare is 185/55/15, something like that, anyway, the car sits slightly LOWER on that one corner. Now a buddy told me that might be messin up my balljoints, and other precious suspension components, but i dunno what to believe?!
Is anything gonna mess up in the long run with that tire!?
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Old 12-12-2003, 07:01 PM   #2
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Im not exactly sure, but im guessing he is saying that because the car is leaning on one side, maybe the weight of the car is on that side of the car? im not sure..but just get a new tire soon!
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Old 12-12-2003, 08:21 PM   #3
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Just take it easy on that spare,drive calmly and nothing will happen.
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Old 12-12-2003, 09:06 PM   #4
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well its a FULL size spare, but ya, like jon said, my buddy is saying because the car has a slight lean on that one tire, that the suspension components are gonna get worn out more!
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Old 12-12-2003, 10:13 PM   #5
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well its a FULL size spare, but ya, like jon said, my buddy is saying because the car has a slight lean on that one tire, that the suspension components are gonna get worn out more!
You are putting more pressure on the suspension components if thats what you wanna know,but its nothing extreme.Just dont ride on that spare all your life,know what im sayin
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Old 12-12-2003, 11:20 PM   #6
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Re: A lil worried!

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Sup guys, just curious, i had a flat tire the other day, so now i'm riding on my spare tire. My regular tires are 205/60/15 and i believe the spare is 185/55/15, something like that, anyway, the car sits slightly LOWER on that one corner. Now a buddy told me that might be messin up my balljoints, and other precious suspension components, but i dunno what to believe?!
Is anything gonna mess up in the long run with that tire!?
Have you tried putting more air in the spare tire? I highly doubt anything bad will happen. Their might be some extra stress on the ball joints but not enough to do any damage if you keep it easy when you drive.
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Old 12-13-2003, 03:15 AM   #7
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regardless how much air i put in, the Tire size makes it SHORTER than the other tires on my car, and therefore making that one side lower!
So would it be safe to change my FRONT balljoints, or would they wear out!
And i just realized, wouldn';t my DIFF, be sorta messed up, since the REAR tire is smaller wouldn't that make it seem (to the diff) that i'm in a turn all the time since one tire spins more than the other!
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Old 12-13-2003, 03:41 PM   #8
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Your diff wont get messed up..because it isnt sending uneven power..since it goes to 1 wheel only.

check the joints as often as possible..just to make sure they arent being worn out, but dont fix anythin that doesnt need to be fixed..right?
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Old 12-13-2003, 04:03 PM   #9
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Kev man buy a damn tire.
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Kev man buy a damn tire.
im saying man........your causing such a big deal over a tire.
relax and just buy a tire asap
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Old 12-13-2003, 07:43 PM   #11
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It will only mess up your diff if you have LSD, that said, usually you're supposed to put the spare on the non-drive wheels anyway.

How long are you planning on driving with it for. It also puts some weird stresses on your chassis.
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Old 12-13-2003, 09:20 PM   #12
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ahhhhhhh, chasis stress, that would make a lot of sense, and YES i am cheap, because i'm POOOOOOOOOOR!
And i can't just buy ONE tire, i need to buy 2, and i'm serious when it comes to tires so i need SERIOUS tires, which mean MUCHO DINEIRO!
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ahhhhhhh, chasis stress, that would make a lot of sense, and YES i am cheap, because i'm POOOOOOOOOOR!
And i can't just buy ONE tire, i need to buy 2, and i'm serious when it comes to tires so i need SERIOUS tires, which mean MUCHO DINEIRO!
Well, you're not going to buy serious tires to drive around in the snow?

Why not buy two crappy winters to get by for now, then unmount them and get a pair of good tires in the spring?
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Ya Kev why buy good tires for your winter rims. My winter tires are wooden pieces of shit (damn fun) I swear they were $25 a piece.
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Old 12-13-2003, 11:14 PM   #15
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hmmm, my spare is 205/65/R15 like the stock ones that came on the car.....Maybe the earlier e36's didn't have the exact full size

Can the flat be fixed or is it to close to the wall of the tire???? I would get a new one asap especially since winter is here, and I know we are suppose to get snow tonight......

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