lots of raod rash... hopeing to find a place to fis the rash and then have them powder coated smoke black.
Looks about like my right side wheels, in fact mine may be worse! I'm getting mine chromed when I get new tires again, which won't be too long.
Speaking of tires, I don't see how you guys are buying tires that are not run-flats. Oh, I'm aware of the better handling benefits of doing it, but what are you guys doing about NO SPARE...!
Ideally, when a tire starts going low, you get advance warning with the TPS monitor, but what if you hit something in the road that puts a gash in the tire, then what...oh, I know..."that's what Roadside Assistance or AAA is for. Then when they get there, what are they going to do?...since your tire won't hold air...do they go and get you a new tire from somewhere?...do they happen to have one of those 6 lug wheels with them?...or are you carrying a wheel/tire?...which one do you carry a front or a rear?...or are you carrying and SRX(6 lug) spacesaver spare, which fits in the spare tire well, but does it fit over 'them great big brakes'...?
These are the tough questions that I asked myself and why I still run run-flats untill someone comes out with better ones in our size.
Speaking of tires, I don't see how you guys are buying tires that are not run-flats.
You just do, and plan the best you can for what might happen. Even with a run flat, situations on the road could occur that damages the wheel/tire enough that it's not drivable. Then the same type situation would probably require calling Roadside assistance in some form.
Besides a better ride and wider selection the tires are usually several hundred dollars cheaper, and that can pay for years of AAA type assistance.
Between On Star, a Cell Phone, Road Side Assistance, and towing on my insurance, it was not worth the expence to buy RF's . . .
Yeah, I got all of that too...I'm just not having it, especially with the wife driving it 1/2 the time. I guess I forget that my price on these tires isn't that bad and the difference in performance is no big deal on the street. If need be, I would just get another set of wheels and run "R" compound tires like I used to do before I started becoming and "old dude".
Oh well, "to each, his own" or "you do yo' thang and I'll do mine" and all that.
Does the STS-V not have a viable spot in the trunk floor for a spare?
It's two different size wheels on the car (18" fronts, 19" rears, stock). So the only one you could really carry would be an 18. Then your left with driving the car with two different size wheels on the back if you have a flat in the rear. Really just not practical. Now if you changed to the same size wheel all around, then a spare is more possible.
Not only would you have to buy a spare tire, but a complete "spare tire kit" which would include jack, lug wrench, etc. since this car comes with NONE of these things. BTW, Cadillac sells them for $420 - what a bargain! LOL