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I knew the factory tires weren't that great, but this is ridiculous! I was hoping I'd be able to hold out on getting new tires until I could afford to get wheels with them, but now it looks like that's not gonna happen...

Is this a common problem? What tires do you guys recommend?

Also doesn't help that I'm broke, atm...
 

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How many miles are on your car? I had to get mine changed at I think 40,000. maybe 35,000...
also burnouts don't help :p
 

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That's the thing, the treadwear is fine. I've got about 28,000 on the car, and the tires look like that have enough tread to last at least another 10,000.

But there is cracking along the edge of the tire and I actually have a small bubble in the sidewall from dry rotting...

I could understand this if I still lived in Texas, but Ohio isn't exactly a desert...
 

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so why risk your safety on a few hundred bucks?..."penny wise and pound foolish"...those old sayings are old for a reason, Ebay has great deals on tires/wheels
 

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I agree, It's not worth putting my safety at risk for the sake of a couple hundred bucks...Luckily, I have a backup car I can drive.... (of course, buying the winter car is why I'm currently broke, but I digress.)

I will be fine, Just a little bit frustrated at the quality of these pirelli's... I don't want to put cheap stuff on my mustang, but I can't afford to get what I really wanted...>_>

Like I said, I'll be fine, I'm not stranded or anything, just annoyed. I don't know how long it will be until I can afford what I really want vs. something that's just ok.

Over on AM, they have some sort of financing thing. Anyone have experience with that? I know that due to recent laws, I'm pretty much unable to get a credit card until I turn 21, and even if I could, the 1,300 might be a bit much to start out with...any input.


I agree, It's not worth putting my safety at risk for the sake of a couple hundred bucks...
 

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Just replaced my original Pirellis on the 05 with a new set due to dry rot. They were 6 years old and had 45k miles on them and I'm not complaining. Probably could have gone at least another 5k on them, but I'd rather have the peace of mind knowing there's good rubber on the road.
 

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I honestly don't like those pirelli tires. They cost a fortune, don't last, and don't grip. Get some Nitto 555's, and save literally a thousand dollars.
 

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you should use nitrogen in your tires,going on five yrs,60,000 miles,daily driver,wheels were on two diff. mustangs,and still look new! [except the back is a little worn,since i got my gt i burn out more! shhhhh] :bigthumbsup
 

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Any pics of said dry rot and bubble? I would be interested in seeing.

Also, dont waste your money with snake oil (nitrogen)
 

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you can find a good take-off set of wheels with new tires for 5-800 bucks easy
 

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My 07 Stang has the Pirelli's and even though they only have 9K on them there still like New, Nobs and all, No Complaints, 4 Years Old this next Monday (July 11th) But I also keep My Stang Garaged 99% of the time with No Winters and No Rain, mabey it's the Ozone doin it:gringreen
Whatever the reason it's not happening to mine (Knock Wood) My Friends all said to me that My Tires will Dry Rot befor I wear them out.
When My Stang is Paid for in 2 more years it will have everything Factory execpt for the Oil, that's My Goal:bigthumbsup
 

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Has anyone had Riken Raptors on their car?

Everything I read looks like they royally suck in the snow, which is fine, since I'll be driving a 1989 Honda accord in the snow.

If you have any experience with them, how the tread life, and how's the grip in a line. I don't care about corners too much.

I guess I'm considering postponing my hopes of new wheels for the sake of being able to drive my car sometime before the end of September...
 

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i think the shelf life on tires is 6 yrs. i replaced a set of uniroyals that was on mine when i got it, someone must have bought used tires, they all looked like new tread wise, but 2 were 8 yrs old, 2 were 6 yrs old, and they all had cracks between the treads. i got rid of them real fast. hated to throw them out, but i wouldnt want to live with selling them and having someone die, knowing they had rot issues. the sidewalls still looked ok.
 

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My car isn't quite 4 ears old yet...

I think Im'ma get the Rikens and let the new wheels wait til next summer...

Of course, there's a whole lot more I can do with that 1,300 bucks... Stuff that makes the car go faster...>_>
 

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Tire rack just buys in large quantities is why the prices are low. The GT500 Goodyear F1's they usually have pretty damn cheap. But I did find when I got mine they were older than my damn car, lol. No worries, Goodyear uses perma black, an additive to the rubber compound that makes them hold out better than the others.

Edit: My snow tires for my beater are from the 90's no dry rotting and I trust them as they were new.
 

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Called the local ford dealership.
they told me to call pirelli.
called pirelli.
They sent to to a local tire store.
Went to the tire store.
They sent me to the Ford dealership.
Went to the Ford dealership.

They looked at the tires and agreed that they were messed up from 'normal driving' *cough cough*

They'll be filing a claim with Pirelli tomorrow morning.

Hopefully I'll get SOME help new tires....just hope they don't make me buy more pirellis...
 

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We are running the Riken Raptors ZR We were running the OEM pirelli p zero nero until this last set of tires which is the Raptors.

We have been changing our tires about every 35k miles or so (about 1 year). They still have tread on them when we take them off. Enough tread that I can sell them at the swap mean for about $100 for the set. So far, the Raptors look to be lasting just as well, if not better.

We have had 0 issues with the Raptors, BUT, they are directional (just making sure you noticed).. They balanced well and seem to grip well and are predictable. Before we did the suspension and rear end upgrade I would slide the car around some corners and I always knew how it was going to react. Now we have better springs/struts, and an 8.8 with LS so its much harder to slide the car. The car just grips, so the suspension and tire combo is working really well.

I can't speak for snow (we are in Southern Az), but I can say it does decent on dirt too (we drive on a dirt road 4 miles or so a day). Its predictable and handles all the rocks etc without issues. I've used cheap tires on the Honda and the rocks always rip the sidewalls, but not so far with the Rikens (only have 15k miles on them).

~Mark
 

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FINAL UPDATE:

If anyone cares...

After I took my car in last time, I got a call from the dealership saying that pirelli's policy was as follows:

Buy a new set of Pirelli tires
Ship old tires to Pirelli (on my dime)
If Pirelli agrees that it is their fault, they will reimburse 30%

gimme a break...

I called Pirelli up and told them that this was unacceptable, that I shouldn't have to pay for shipping, I DON'T want to buy more Pirelli tires, and the tread life left on them is more than 30%, and they conceded the following:

Taking my car to an authorized Pirelli dealer (in the case, Discount Tire) I will get 42% off any tire I want (35% off two tires with 565 tread, and 50% off two tires measuring 566), they will pay shipping, and if they inspect the tire and determine that it is not covered, that is discount tire's problem, because they said it was.

So I'm getting a set of Goodrich G-force tires:
Tire Details - Discount Tire

for a little over $500 out the door with lifetime guarantees...


I'm satisfied...:cooldude:
 

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I noticed in the past that when a vehicle of mine was parked outside all the time, I would start getting dry rot before the tire was 5 years old and it didn't matter how many miles were on the tire. Since I've been parking in the garage I don't have dry rot even after 6 years.
 
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