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What would you do? #4675915
02/23/18 09:01 PM
02/23/18 09:01 PM
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Olathe, KS
CARJ Offline OP
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I'm picking up a 97 Honda Civic HX from a friend of mine in UT. It's a 1500 mile drive back home to Kansas from there. The car currently has (3) 185-60-15 General RT43's and an unknown 195-60-15 tire. I don't like the idea of driving home with an odd-ball size tire. He says the current RT43's have "20k miles left on them". So, do I buy 4 new tires or should I just get one new RT43 or maybe a pair of new tires?

Last edited by CARJ; 02/23/18 09:02 PM.

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Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675924
02/23/18 09:08 PM
02/23/18 09:08 PM
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Tennessee
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Tennessee
Your concern is correct. You will need to inspect them yourself, of course, but it sounds like 4 new tires. They are your best safety item.

Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675927
02/23/18 09:10 PM
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If you're going to put new tires on it when you get home, and can afford it, no reason not to go ahead and get them put on before you set off for peace of mind. If not, and they're all round and not bald or rotten, put the odd one on the back (assuming front-wheel drive and not AWD) and bring it home.


To quote a friend, "Synthetics, man."

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Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675929
02/23/18 09:12 PM
02/23/18 09:12 PM
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Chicago, IL
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and how old are the tires? can you get the date code? I put a set of new tires on a truck I bought before I drove it 300 miles home. three of the tires looked new - but they were 20 years old.
as far as "one oddball tire"; as long as it is not on the driven axle it should not be a problem. if you put 4 new tires on the car, I doubt that you will regret it.


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Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675944
02/23/18 09:24 PM
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Four new ones would be the best way to go but if you don't wanna spend that kind of money I would just get two and keep the extra as a spare.

Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675949
02/23/18 09:28 PM
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I'd have your friend buy one used rt43 from eBay and ship to the seller of the car. Drive to the closest shop to swap out the odd sized tire.

Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675954
02/23/18 09:33 PM
02/23/18 09:33 PM
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Tread depth indicators are cheap. The chances of him having a camera or smartphone with a camera are high. Looking at a tire to get the type is idiot-proof.

Tell him to send you tread depth, pictures and make of the odd-ball tire. Until then, there is no advice that anyone can give you that will work. Tires are expensive. These may need to be replaced before the trip or in 5 years. Why guess???????


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter (40,803 miles)
Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4675985
02/23/18 10:12 PM
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Michigan
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Your safety is not worth compromising for old tires on an old car. Get the best tires you can afford, they are fairly inexpensive in that size (you can even premium tires like the Michelin Defender T+H for under $400 plus installation. Since you have a long trip, also have the brakes and suspension inspected, change the fluids, the battery if necessary and inspect the hoses (including brake lines) and belts for wear and cracking, and change the air filter.


If your friend has good maintenance records you may be able to skip a few of the steps above.

Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4676013
02/23/18 10:48 PM
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Wow....... I'm the only guy who doesn't care and would just drive it home like it is.


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Re: What would you do? [Re: Linctex] #4676016
02/23/18 10:53 PM
02/23/18 10:53 PM
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Minnesota
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[quote=Linctex]Wow....... I'm the only guy who doesn't care and would just drive it home like it is. [/quote

I would see if they are in decent shape and just drive the bugger home.

Re: What would you do? [Re: Linctex] #4676017
02/23/18 10:57 PM
02/23/18 10:57 PM
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Marshfield , MA
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You are not alone Linctex. Put the odd tire in back. Fill to door post pressure. Happy motoring. grin2


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Re: What would you do? [Re: Linctex] #4676021
02/23/18 11:08 PM
02/23/18 11:08 PM
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New England
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Wow....... I'm the only guy who doesn't care and would just drive it home like it is.


Not enough info. This isn't rocket surgery. Tell your buddy to send the info I mentioned above. SUPER easy.


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter (40,803 miles)
Re: What would you do? [Re: CARJ] #4676085
02/24/18 03:53 AM
02/24/18 03:53 AM
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Orlando, FL
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Orlando, FL
Just drive it and buy tires in the future.

Re: What would you do? [Re: Mr Nice] #4676144
02/24/18 07:05 AM
02/24/18 07:05 AM
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
What size is the spare tire?


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Re: What would you do? [Re: Egg_Head] #4676147
02/24/18 07:14 AM
02/24/18 07:14 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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I so liked the idea of checking the size of the spare. I hadn't thought of it. Thanks Egg_Head

I'd load 'em with air and drive it home.

If the oil was black I might consider an oil change before leaving or (if so inclined) throw the "200 miles before an oil change solvent cleaner Grandpa swore by" in during the home stretch.

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