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Finally got my excuse for bigger tires

techieman33

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I'm glad I decided to wash the bronco today. As I was cleaning the tires I found a huge gouge out of the front passenger side tire, all the way down to the cords. I'm just glad it didn't blow on me before I found it. I guess the good thing is now I have my excuse for bigger tires, probably gonna get some 235/75's for it in the next couple of days. I sure don't want to be on the spare long since the guy who had it before me had the spare tire studded for some reason. Here are the pics.

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Gald you found that. Have any idea what you might have hit? Seems you would have felt something. A lot of abrashions above cut also. Post pics with new tires.
 
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I've got a couple gouges like that on my tires. No problems yet.
 
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techieman33

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Now that i've thought about it, it was probably the rebar in the parking lot where I work, they put in new "islands" for plants, and left some of the rebar in the ground around them. Ofcourse idiots have hit a bunch of them and knocked them down, so my thinking is that I hit one. I remember feeling a little bump, but didn't think anything of it at the time, just figured I tapped the curb. The studded tire sure was fun driving on though, I've pretty much taken them all down to the rest of the tire in 5 miles of driving, roasting them ofcourse since I knew that I was getting new ones today.
 
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techieman33

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Well I got the new tires, they're goodyear gs-a's. 225/75/15 They weren't to bad at $75 each, but then ofcourse they had to add on an extra $100 of crap charges, like $3 each to get rid of the old tires. Oh well it's only money. Here a couple of before and after shots.

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I do like the way it feels with the bigger tires, much more like my old explorer, and less like a car. Though I really wish I could just drive my mom's explorer instead. You can see it in the last pic, the poor thing just sits in the garage since she broke her leg a couple of months back. It's probably one of the lowest mileage 03's around only 12k on it.
 
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