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#1616490 - 26/02/2018 18:33 Killed two 19” low profile tyres
MeanRedSpider Offline
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Registered: 25/03/2006
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Loc: Cambridge & Cotswolds
As title, on the M11 yesterday in a pothole - £400 of tyres - still don’t know if the wheels are OK - otherwise it might be a £1000 problem.

I’ve contacted the Highways Agency to see if I can claim.
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#1616507 - 26/02/2018 22:33 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
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That sounds dangerous as well as expensive! Did the tyres lose pressure straight away?
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#1616508 - 27/02/2018 00:19 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: Jim_Clennell]
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During my Alfa 166 ownership period I lost three wheels and a few low profile tyres to pot hole damage.

When I bought my first A5 fitted with 19's and ultra low profile tyres I decided to search for a set of 17 inch wheels, shod in winter tyres. I found a full set for £350, with almost new tyres, and have run those wheels on both the old car and the current car for the last three years.

So impressed was I with how the super thick sidewalls eat up the holes in the road, and the levels of winter grip, that I did the same on Mrs BB's TT too.
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#1616562 - 27/02/2018 18:51 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: Jim_Clennell]
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Originally Posted By Jim_Clennell
That sounds dangerous as well as expensive! Did the tyres lose pressure straight away?


No - fortunately not. In fact, the front tyre has only lost a bit of pressure despite looking a right mess. The rear has slowly gone flat which I hope isn’t due to a cracked wheel. The side wall is bulging though.

Would have been catastrophic on a motorbike.
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#1616564 - 27/02/2018 18:54 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: Barmybob]
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Originally Posted By Barmybob
During my Alfa 166 ownership period I lost three wheels and a few low profile tyres to pot hole damage.

When I bought my first A5 fitted with 19's and ultra low profile tyres I decided to search for a set of 17 inch wheels, shod in winter tyres. I found a full set for £350, with almost new tyres, and have run those wheels on both the old car and the current car for the last three years.

So impressed was I with how the super thick sidewalls eat up the holes in the road, and the levels of winter grip, that I did the same on Mrs BB's TT too.


Yup - I’ve been running 16” wheels and cross-climate tyres on the E-Class rather than the 18” wheels. Not least because the house in Cambridge has a crappy kerb by the drive. It’s a more comfortable ride.
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#1616583 - 27/02/2018 21:08 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
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Both nearside wheels are buckled - not too bad but noticeable. No cracks.
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#1616592 - 27/02/2018 21:41 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
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Originally Posted By MeanRedSpider
Both nearside wheels are buckled - not too bad but noticeable. No cracks.


Bugger frown
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#1616593 - 27/02/2018 21:57 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
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Just checked - £1400 worth of wheels plus £400 of tyres.
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#1616595 - 27/02/2018 22:05 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
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That's poor. Sorry to hear it!
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#1616824 - 04/03/2018 07:52 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
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Similar experience a couple of weeks back but on the A1 a little further up, no tyre damage but wheel buckled. Got lucky I suppose in that I didn’t lose pressure but had a £90 bill to have it straightened.
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#1616978 - 06/03/2018 15:08 Re: Killed two 19” low profile tyres [Re: MeanRedSpider]
1200smithy Offline
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Loc: Notts
These pot holes are getting worse! Did 2 tyres years ago on Citroen VTS and 1 last week on my every day V70!
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