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Underbody panels cost $450.00

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I had a tire that the tread separated from on my first long trip in the Insight since returning. The tire was 6 years old with 140K miles but still looked good but I guess you could say I was asking for it since I use 50PSI in the tires as well. Anyway the tread seperation acted as a whip and took out the wheel well panel, drivers side strake, vertical plastic piece, under-engine panels, and the metal front panel. The cost of the replacement panels and screws was in the 450 neighborhood. Kind of makes you think of buying a spare insight for parts. I'm lucky it didn't destroy the wiring harness behind the wheel well as it looks like it took a beating as well. The edges of the fender have some of the tire residue but I hope to be able to scrub the remains off. I did collect some of the pieces off the road but they had holes punched in them from the tread and the screws were ripped out. Have fun, Rick
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Actually he only made 139,999. That "last" mile is what cost the big bucks. :( Rick was a long distance hyper-miler commuter.

More or less straight line reasonable speed driving is the key to loooong tire life. Used to commute 160 miles / day myself in my old CRX Hf. Pulled 180K out of a set of Michelin LXi's. My second set of RE92's lasted 44k miles. Low and medium speed cornering is a big factor in tire wear.

Sounds like tire "dry-rot" finally caught up to him.

HTH! :)
Ed said:
I asked the kid at the tyre fitters the other day but he just seemed a bit mystified as to why I wasn't running the widest set of low profiles I could get my hands on.
No trans-Atlantic reverse exchange going on there. ;) Its apparently already common to both sides of the pond. :lol:
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