This has been coming for quite some time. Well at least since my rear control arms were replaced. My rear tires, while still having plenty of tread, howl like a BART train at full tilt!
Good chance I’m just going to go with the Kumho Ecsta ASX’s again. It’s just a great tire and I’ve been pleased with the overall performance of them. They work great in wet, dry, stop extremely well and handle pretty good too.
This was recently a discussion CJ had. Click that link and look how bad his tires were. Yikes! He was trying to decide if he should go run-flat or ditch them.
I say ditch them!
My MINI is currently at a bit more than 175K miles on the odometer. That’s roughly 11.6 years of use. In that time I have gone through 4 complete sets of tires. Actually, it’s been 5, but the Yokohama’s on my extra set of wheels doesn’t really count since they don’t get used every day. Of those sets, only 1 has been runflats.
Now, as most of you know, I have a Cooper. that means I also have a spare. Can I tell you how many times I’ve had to use that since I brought my car home?
I tell you this because many of you like to have the piece of mind in case you get a flat tire. Completely understandable. I am going to suggest that maybe you don’t have to go to crazy with trying to figure out how you’ll get home with a flat. Here are my thoughts.
- For everyday around town driving, keep an extra wheel with tire at home. You get a flat between home and work, or driving around town, you could easily have someone fetch that and bring it, along with the required tool, to you. Handy too for those morning when you wake up to a flat tire. That’s the worst! To save a few bucks, the wheel doesn’t even have to match, just make sure it is the same diameter (16″, 17″, 18″)
- For longer drives (3-4 hours), get a can of fix-a-flat or a AAA Card or both. Carry the spare if you are going to be travelling on roads less traveled or desolate areas.
- For even longer drives (MTTS anyone?), maybe carry that spare wheel mentioned above in the back seat. You can get covers for them to they don’t make the interior all icky and you can pick up a bottle jack at every automotive parts store on the planet.
It’s good to be prepared, but don’t make it so hard on yourself. I mean, really, when was the last time you got a flat tire?