View Full Version : Mike and Austin's tire and wheel adventure...

01-08-11, 12:41 PM
Austin's Roadmaster has aftermarket wheels on it, which he decided to keep.
However, the original wheels, covers, locking brackets, AND key came with the car.

I've been wanting winter tires on the white wagon, so I bought the whole lot and after much logistics, everything is here.


The alloys that came on the DCM wagon are scabby looking and not very attractive -- so I put the winter tires on those.
Those alloys won't be year correct for a '94, but only a freak would know that, so I'm not too concerned. Here is the result:




The tread looks pretty awesome...however, being Goodyears, they'll probably last about 20,000 miles before being useless...


I spent pretty much all of yesterday evening between Sam's Club and taking cabs back and forth to my house...
Plus Sam's had 2 bays taken up w/my wagons and they were getting ready to close, and the guys working in there were getting a little nervous...

So now, the original wires that came on my white wagon, are now on my DCM with its whitewalls.
These are year accurate, although not VIN accurate...again, who cares.
AND -- I'm missing the locking hub key....I hope the dealer can get me one...



Now, all that is left is to get the white wagon's whitewall tires mounted onto Austin's wheels.
I was able to fit everything into the DCM wagon to drop off at the tire place for them to mount. Try this in a Prius...




Beretta's home away from home...


01-08-11, 12:55 PM
My GSD, Lyse, would have been jealous of Baretta's "home away from home." She never had a car of her own, but just had to ride around in the back of my Mercedes (actually, she once told me she preferred the Alfa Romeo which she originally came home in). Actually she didn't really care what car it was as long as she could ride!

01-08-11, 12:57 PM
What does Sam's Club charge for installation? Up here I've seen prices anywhere from $15 at Reuther in Creve Coeur on up to $40 at some places. :annoyed:

01-08-11, 01:33 PM
On new tires, $15 per wheel that includes road hazard and a bunch of other crap. To do a seasonal swap, I think it's $9/wheel.

01-08-11, 02:43 PM
There was quite a discussion a while back about those keys, there are a variety of them, so tracking down the right one might be hard, I experimented with my 80 cdv.,
they are not really locked on, it only requires a 1/4 turn counter clockwise to release the tab, try a screw driver to turn them.

01-08-11, 02:50 PM
Yeah, there's apparently a pair of pliers that has been used to unscrew the rubber bolt. They're color coded...the one I need is green. Supposedly there is a letter code that matches each color. I'll have to see on Monday.

01-08-11, 02:54 PM
According to the logic of this thread, I'm a freak. >_>

Also Mike I'm curious: when going from your '94 to your '95 did you notice a huge difference in the side mirrors? Everyone on the wagon forum LOVES the 95-96 mirrors, but I can't imagine them really making all that much difference....

01-08-11, 03:30 PM
They are larger, but I drive the '94 more, so I'm just used to them. As long as they're adjusted properly, I don't really care one way or another.

01-08-11, 03:38 PM
Glad everything arrived as it was supposed to and fedex didn't lose anything. Can't wait to see how the wires look once actually on the car.

01-08-11, 03:40 PM
Yeah, I'll add that pic in the spring!

01-08-11, 03:45 PM
Have you had the tires mounted and balanced on the wheels yet?

01-08-11, 03:49 PM
No, everything is in the back of the red wagon. I'll take them in on Monday (since I also have to take the white wagon in again to get the headlights worked on...).

01-08-11, 03:57 PM
Ah, ok. I was just wondering if the wheels were true or not. They looked good and straight, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

01-08-11, 10:15 PM
I've never been a fan of wire wheel covers (well, except for Betty's spinners), but I always liked Buick's last version of them that you have on the DCM wagon. They look good on it.

01-08-11, 10:23 PM
I like them too. I wish they'd been exclusive to the RM, but I like that there's not a lot of wire. I like the ones I got from Austin too. Those might have been RM exclusive...not sure what was on the PA of the day. Those were only on RMs for 91-2.

Unfortunately, they look like ass if you don't have WW tires -- and those are getting hard to find. I'm having to resort to Kumhos and Hankooks.

01-09-11, 11:15 AM
Hueterm, a mutual friend of ours told me about a week ago he was afraid you are developing an addiction.....to wagons. :D The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. ;)

01-09-11, 11:37 AM
Mmm hmmm...he told me the same thing... An addiction would mean that I kept buying them, however I'm definitely done at two.

Now rearranging the Cadillac inventory at some point is another matter...

And said cousin-in-law is not the most objective critic of my car buying habits...considering he'll probably keep that Explorer until his oldest is in out of high school (in 10 years or so...). :-p

01-10-11, 03:11 PM
Those winter tires have turned the white wagon into a snow BEAST! I tried to spin out in our empty parking lot at work, that had a couple of inches of virgin snow on it -- NOTHING! Same for slamming on the brakes...NO skid.

LOVE it!

01-10-11, 07:51 PM
I want moar wagons. :hide:

01-12-11, 02:34 AM
Olds Custom Cruiser, please!