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well i clipped a curb leaving the gas station and ripped the side wall on my tire. went to the tire place and since my tires were new end of last summer they still have more than 50% tread left. i asked the guy if i needed to buy all 4 but he said i could get by with just buying 2. seeing as how i would hate to shell out for 4 new tires, does any one see a problem with replacing just 2 since i still have good tread on the others?

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I read somewhere on here that the front/back cannot differ more than 1 or 2/32 from each other. Otherwise, the awd system will be fighting against itself basically, and it can wreck your transmission. I feel your pain... my front 2 need to be replaced, but I was going to measure them to see the exact difference. I was going to get 4 new ones anyways because mine are cheapos, but I've had other persistent problems that are gobbling up my bank account.

Again, I'm just repeating what someone said about "no more than 2/32 difference." It was months back, and I forget who said it or on what forum. Perhaps someone else can chim in. Sorry about your tire dude.
 

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from my experience, as long as the tread type and tires are the same, you should be fine. Make sure that both L+R are the same, even though front and rear are "different sets"

I have had to do that many times, unfortunately since i get a flat tire just about every 2-3 months due to all sorts of road debris and potholes here in central florida.

no problems with my diffs/transmission, but ymmv. some people here have way more sensitive cars than mine.
 

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I have heard the same as dougie.. no more then 2/32 difference in tread depth.. I feel you pain.. i took a curb sunday.. chewed up my wheel though..
 

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Mine was all wheel.. about 4 inches on the outside lip.. ill have to repair it this winter..
Teaches me to pay more attention when im gonna parallel park something..
 

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Since the rear diff is in an unlocked state durning normal driving, put the new tires on the front, so if there is any difference in overall circumference, the fronts are spinning slightly slower than the rears, the AWD won't find cause to engage. If the rears spinning slightly faster than the fronts, the slippage in the rear diff will nullify it.
 

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your supposed to replace all 4 but you should be ok with just doing 2 new on the front. another option is to sell the 2-3 tires on craigslist and get a new set. it will offset a good chunk of a new set and then you would have no worries.
 

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the tires i have on there are in pretty good shape. basically had them put on in september last year and ran them til late october, then put them on april this year. they have about 5000 miles on them i'd say.
 

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well i clipped a curb leaving the gas station and ripped the side wall on my tire. went to the tire place and since my tires were new end of last summer they still have more than 50% tread left. i asked the guy if i needed to buy all 4 but he said i could get by with just buying 2. seeing as how i would hate to shell out for 4 new tires, does any one see a problem with replacing just 2 since i still have good tread on the others?

and a pic of the beautiful donut.

I have heard the same as dougie.. no more then 2/32 difference in tread depth.. I feel you pain.. i took a curb sunday.. chewed up my wheel though..
What is it curb your wheel in Pittsburgh week? Lol. Not that I find your situations funny just slightly ironic.
 

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i find it hilarious, learn how to drive and you wont have this problem.

It would suck for me as i run 250$ rubber on each of my rims, hopefully your cheap and can get a new set of tires for all 4 at a good price.
 

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Few months back I had an issue with the wonderful roads here in PA.

I managed to bubble the sidewall in one of my Eagle GT's. It was the rear drivers side. Managed to also put a small bend into the rim. Still have no clue how I did it. Maybe changing lanes on the highway?

Anyways, the tires I put on were only about a year old (20k miles), if that. With a wedding coming up, I didn't feel like plunking down on a set of four.

I thought about it for a while and after talking to some friends and the guy at the local tire shop (read: not a national chain) they thought I would be okay with just swapping two.

My buddy with an WRX does this so he doesn't get burned every time he needs tires. 2 every 18 months or so is better than 4 every 18 months.

Anyways, I have noticed zero problems.

I had them put the new tires on the front of the car to help get some wear on them versus the older ones.

Good luck w/ your decision.
 

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I've been told by my tire shop to replace all four tires at once due to the AWD system, otherwise it can cause problems, lack of traction, and, as has been said in this very thread: transmission problems. They flat out told me they didn't feel safe only replacing two tires at once if the tread is too far apart.
 

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i find it hilarious, learn how to drive and you wont have this problem.

It would suck for me as i run 250$ rubber on each of my rims, hopefully your cheap and can get a new set of tires for all 4 at a good price.
Oh I'm sorry we aren't all freaking perfect and make a mistake here and there. I'm replacing 2 and that's that. It's not cause I'm cheap it's cause the tires are fine and have plenty of tread where adding 2 new ones won't be an issue. So sorry money bags we all don't run $250 tire which seems like a waste unless you actually race the car and have a need for them. But then again your car is black with metallic flake cause you couldn't call it black mica.
 

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I had a similar problem but I hit a brick in the road that I didn't see till the last second while switching lanes at night. I went over it with both my front and rear passenger tires but only the back one blew. Pinched the sidewall so hard it took a clip out of the bead on the inside and had a nasty hole on the sidewall. I called around to every tire shop in my area and even checked online, nobody was going to have toyo proxes t1-r in my size for another month as the factory didnt make them a priority... so rather than rocking a donut for a month i shelled out the money for a Falken ZX912 ... so 3/4 are toyo's and the one is the Falken... the fronts are wearing pretty bad and the both rears look decent... I'm not in a position to shell out for 4 new tires so I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to do... Any ideas?
 

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you should invest in cheap tires like bova , lmao...

bova, dont get mad that you hit potholes instead of paying attention to the road coming up. And I'm not "money bags" (only make 45k/yr) and the guy i bought the car from in june put those 250$ rubbers on his sick a$$ rims, i'm just unlucky because now i inherited 1000$ worth of rubber to replace every so often.

And to clear the record i had no idea it was called "black mica" but i have updated my sig.

and i didnt mean to call you "cheap" instead i meant to say "hopefully your rubbers are cheap so you can replace them all"
 

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if you think you need $250 tires for them to be considered good then once again you are mistaken. and just because you inherited $1000 worth of rubber doesn't mean you have to keep putting them on. you can get better tires for less money.

as for my tires, i replaced 2 and its fine, put the new ones up front.
 
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