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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2011, 05:16:26 PM »

Angel wrote:
> The problem is not mounting 10" tires but 10" tires on 6" wide
> rims. 5" wide rims is not a problem either but the 6" have a deep
> offset and most tire shops can't mount them. Then if you have Yoko's
> A008 that multiplies the problem. They don't have no give when trying
> to mount and the bead will usually rip. After Discount Tire tore up
> about 6 Yoko's I switched to Falkens but by then Discount Tires had
[...]

Sing it, brother!

I finally got my 10" A008s (Yokohama 165/70R10 A-008) mounted on the 10"
x 6" Revolution rims by the sixth tire shop I tried.  (That is to say,
five tire shops -- three Discount Tires, one Woods Honda Fun Center
(think: little ATV wheels), and Leal's, down on East Cesar Chavez Street
-- said they couldn't do it.)  It was not pretty, cheap or brief, but I
thought the long, sad story was finally over.

Really enjoyed the new boots.  For a week.

Yesterday I had one tire go flat -- leaking air from a piece of wire
with rubber on it poking between outboard bead and rim.  Trash.  This
morning I noticed a second tire had started leaking air, slowly.
Damaged.  This afternoon my nephew remarked a bulge growing in the
sidewall of a third tire.  Rubbish.

So here in a little bit I'll be putting the other three 30+ year old,
"Made in Great Britain" Dunlops with their 10" x 5" Wolfrace wheels and
almost matched lugs back on, 'cause I don't cherish the thought of a
not-fatal-enough blowout on the 'burban expressway during tomorrow
morning's commute.  There's almost no wear on these tires, but they're
hard as rocks and 1/4" to 1/2" larger in overall diameter, making them
rub on the plastic arches in tight corners or over hard bumps.

What next, then?  I've got a set of 10" x 5 1/2" (I think) Aldic alloys
(think: Down Under) waiting in the wings, but don't have all the lug
nuts for them, have only two of their center caps, and do not fancy the
stench of death they carry from last Fall's closed-head-injury wreck of
the car they came with.

Sooo, I'm leaning toward sucking it up and dropping a fresh,
not-quite-affordable grand on four brand new Minator 10" x 5" alloys
pre-fitted with new A008s, balanced, and shipped (not without new chrome
lug nuts!) from Seven Enterprises -- but only if I'm confident that any
tire shop moron would be capable of mounting those tires on those
wheels.  When in Rome, and all ...


 -James Miller


P.S.  Anyone want four, formerly pristine, yet now accursed, 10" x 6"
      four-spoke Revolution wheels?  All with brand stinking new Yokos,
      some maybe possibly usable?  With only minimal dents, scratches,
      fingernail and teeth marks, blood, etc.?
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2011, 06:01:54 PM »

James,

That's terrible story. I hope it all works out for you.

John W
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2011, 09:01:20 AM »

Keep the wheels and change tires. Go with the Falkens 165/60-10. They have a softer bead and will stretch when installing unlike the Yoko's which rip at the bead. Try www.gbcarparts.com. They have better prices that 7Ent. or Mini Mania. You'll get longer tire life out of the Falkens also. I bought a set of Yoko's once. Once.  Soft compound, great for handling but don't last very long.
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2011, 12:10:37 PM »

  Embarrassed  Am I bad....just noticed I had posted here earlier and on another thread I was wondering if we had an intro thread!  Cheesy
Stay warm everyone it's a bit cool here in Houston!
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« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2011, 01:31:31 PM »

Finally made jump to forum. Some cases I don't like change...hassle. But forum looks good and see we've got some people here I have not heard from for a while, like Angel and Michael.

Charlene and I moved last year about this time to sort of "in town" Comfort. Bought a 2003 VW Golf GTI Anniversary car about four months ago. One owner. 310 hp. Been autocrossing it. Man, I'm rusty and sure isn't same as road racing, that's for sure, but getting better. First thing I did was put big Neuspeed rear anti roll bar on it. I pretty much now have an oversteering (tendency) FWD car. Smiley More suspension work to come.

Good work on forum, guys.
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« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2011, 03:07:46 PM »

Greetings, I have been a Mini fan for several years, though I only just recently bought one. I have a 2010 MINI Cooper S and it's sick! I can't wait to share my enthusiasm with everyone.
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« Reply #21 on: March 07, 2011, 06:44:53 PM »

Welcome to MOT !!
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« Reply #22 on: March 07, 2011, 10:12:46 PM »

Hi all,

It's David Martin in Carrollton with the Yellow '67 Austin Cooper S. I may not be on the forums much, but it's good to see and hear from you.

Cheers,
David
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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2011, 07:51:58 PM »

Hello all! I'm in Arlington and drive a silver 998 round nose Mini. I've met a few guys here. I hope to make it out to White Rock Lake in a few weeks if my old lady will let me.... Grin
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« Reply #24 on: May 11, 2011, 09:04:17 PM »

Welcome Dave and Jerm.

Check out the "Events" page for the upcoming Spring Drive.

John W
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« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2011, 12:34:02 PM »

Oh gosh I guess the polite thing would be to say hello after lurking forever...
Hi from Plano!
-David
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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2011, 08:52:29 PM »

Hey David

John W
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« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2011, 08:37:29 AM »

Paul from Houston here.  I will be picking up my Mini from Georgia now restoration is finished.  Looking forward to join you guys in upcoming activities. 


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« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2011, 05:56:54 PM »

Nice looking ride
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« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2013, 12:38:46 AM »

Hello! New R56 Mini Cooper S owner here in Austin! Look forward to meeting you guys.  Wink
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