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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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Blimey – since the word 'dude' seems to be making a strong comeback in polite UK society it's only right that Americans adopt a new British word in exchange. I for one would like to see Californians in particular embrace cockney rhyming slang,
e.g. 'Cor blimey guv, sounds like a lionel blair. Lucky you didn't pie and mash'.

In all seriousness though does anyone know when it's a good idea to get rid of tyres due to their age; my rear B391s have 5 years and 45, 000 miles on but still have a lot of tread. 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.
Thanks for the advice, I best get them changed early next year.

I believe the kid at the tyre fitters drives the Golf outside, equipped with tractor sized wheels wrapped in what appears to be a strip of liquorice. Must be better at avoiding kerbs when parking than me.
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