- Sep 12, 2005
Here's the best side shot from the stage shot I found. Textreme discs, for sure. Probably matching front tri-spokes.
What the hell is going on in Philly and metro NYC that the roads would destroy car rims and tires? Those have to be huge and deep potholes for that to happen, so why is the area not fixing the problem? I can't imagine why some private citizen hasn't sued the city for damages to their car because they failed to keep up the roads; I think there should be a class action lawsuit because then they can't ignore it.
a dozen alloy rims and tires in 15 years...my god, I've hit potholes before and never damaged a car rim or even a tire. Do you have those stupid tires that have about a 1/2 inch of sidewall? Maybe that's the problem, I would get different size rims that would allow for a standard 3 inch or so sidewall.
Auto manufactures engineers aren't using their brains...what else is new! there is no reason to use tires with sidewalls that are 1/2 inch high, tires need to be a minimal of 3 inches of side wall (includes the weight of the car pressing down on the tire) to absorb impact from pot holes so the tire doesn't bust and tire has enough air volume to protect the rim. I know the manufactures don't care as long at the car looks cool, but that's a crazy reason.
Sure, one factor is climate, but the other factor is traffic volume. Philly's bad, NYC metro area is worse. My guess is that the traffic volume in the Northeast metroplex is greater than FT Wayne.Live in Fort Wayne Indiana where we have the same issues with freeze and thaw cycles as Philly in fact much worse than Philly! compare the two for yourself:
I'm thinking of selling the Camaro and buying a 2001 to 2004 Corvette sometime this next winter.
1. You'll absolutely love a C5 Vette. Best value going right now IMO.
2. You'll have to lose the mullet.
I'm not so much a Mario Andretti on public roads as someone that likes a safe merge. On 70 MPH interstates the average running speed is North of 80 MPH. Coming up an on-ramp I want to KNOW what's there, what's coming and how fast it's going. My daily drivers are HP challenged...sad. And the pickup trucks and sport-utes I own handle like sleds and and are timed using the Mayan calendar.
So that's how my brain works with cars. I went through the same process when I needed a new sedan, I got the 09 Acura because it was the fastest of all naturally aspirated 6 cylinder front wheel drive on the market in that time frame, and with the depreciation the used price was right. It's a process I go with all my vehicle purchases and the internet helps find the lowest mileage with the best price deal. I bought a 94 Ford F150 with a 302 about 4 years ago, it only had 69,000 miles on it and no rust which is unheard of around here especially a truck of that age. It's my towing the camper, carry stuff I need when I work on my rental properties, it's my winter vehicle for driving to work.
We don't have the traffic volume like Philly that's for sure but the freezing and thawing cycle is much more then Philly and it cracks and potholes the streets pretty bad, but the city is fast with filling them in as they get reported. And like I said they are always getting grants to help pay for resurfacing the roads. The roads will get rough due to the repairs but nothing that will blow a tire, and when a street has had too many repairs and is too rough they repave it.
What I can't understand though is that (everywhere does this) they repave a road with blacktop, and then leave, if you notice all streets that have been blacktopped have a seam down the middle (because the machine only does one lane at a time), and the blacktop has small crevices, water gets into the seam especially and in freeze cycle a crack develops and eventually leads to repairs, so if they know water does this how come they don't coat the new surface with tar to seal out the water longer and prevent this sort of damage? This sort of lack of prevention to cut cost of repairs and save taxpayers money just drives me crazy. On top of all that chip and seal is actually more durable and provides more traction in the rain and winter, and cost less then blacktop but they only use that on back county roads?