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Tire wear - mileage in HK on OEM wheel/tire

Discussion in 'Hong Kong' started by Titus, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. Titus

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    Just wanted to see how many kms people are getting out of their OEM 19 and 21" wheel/tire packages thanks.
     
  2. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    OEM 19's: good, not great.
    OEM 21's with Michelin's? Terrible. I got 9k out of them. I switched to Hankooks. Much better wear.
     
  3. Titus

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    Thanks; that's actually better than I thought on the 21", my current car burned through a set of Pirellis less than 12,000kms. I'm a bit OCD in trying to find the tires that lasts longest lol
    Will see how the 21" Michelin do when they arrive.... Am wondering if the store in HK can do a swap to a 19" with credit back on the 21" option....
     
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    Don't think they will credit back for a 19" option
     
  5. Titus

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    Darn it thanks =)
    Guess I'll run the 21s and see how they do. Guess the Tesla store would be about the only place to get them sind I think the 245/35/21 and 265/35/21 are pretty much only used by the Model S so far?
     
  6. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Titus, Get these for the wheels: AlloyGators. I can't tell you how many times they have saved my wheels. Just today some idiot bicyclist cut right in front of me when I had right of way and I had to clip the corner of a curb with both right wheels. Without them, both wheels would have be toast. Not a mark anywhere (except on the poor Gators) They are cheap and worth every single penny. They come out of the UK. They are the toughest I have found and they look pretty good too! Several colours from which to choose.
    Alloygator close up (1).jpg Alloygators 2.jpg
     
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    I heard these are not easy to install. Did you do it yourself or did some garage do it for you?
     
  8. Titus

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    Yea I heard that too; the part where the 2 ends comes together needs to be perfect otherwise it's the part that will fail and start peeling off

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    Thanks, will check them out!

     
  9. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    #9 CHG-ON, Sep 25, 2015
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    I did it myself. A total PIA to install. Instructions are OK, but not great for the newly initiated. But once you understand the product, it does make sense. When they get yanked out due to hitting something, it's another PIA. I need to deflate the tires completely, slather them in soapy water to lubricate the tire and gator, and then bang the heck out of the gator with a mallet to get it back in. They actually wrap around the rim on both sides very tightly. Hence the superior protection. I have seen other, much easier to install options that I actually think look better. But in every instance where I have had a problem, it has been more severe than I think the other options would be able to protect the rim. So, even with the hassle of doing all of the above, I think they have been well worth the trouble. Otherwise I would have spent at least $1,000USD for repairs. These only cost about $75USD, delivered from the UK. All I had to invest was time and muscle.


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    I have had no peeling at all. There is a cap that covers the joint. It's not the most attractive to me. But probably not worse than the others I have seen. I just did another post in this thread on dealing with them. They can be a challenge. But I think they are worth it. I will tell you, the 21's take a real commitment if you want to keep them safe and pristine. I have had my doubts about my decision to get them. But I absolutely love the look and that seems to keep me sticking with them. They just look so much better than a MS with 19's, IMO.



     

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