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Old 12-01-2016
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Default Best place to have tires and shocks installed

I need to order and have tires and shocks installed. I'm planning on going to Q this year so I'm wondering if I would be better off stopping by a place in route or if I should have it done locally. I have a local place I trust, but price wise, it's like taking your car to a dealership and more so living outside DC.
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I need to order and have tires and shocks installed. I'm planning on going to Q this year so I'm wondering if I would be better off stopping by a place in route or if I should have it done locally. I have a local place I trust, but price wise, it's like taking your car to a dealership and more so living outside DC.
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Can get you Yokohama at a pretty good deal around Atlanta ga
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Thanks Greg, I'm deciding between the Toyos and Michelins, from what I've been reading, it may come down to availability. I really don't want this to turn into a fuel additive type discussion. My question is should I pay extra to have the installation down locally, or is it worth the effort/risk, to travel somewhere to get it done?
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I am a novice in the Bluebird world but speaking from experience I would replace the tires before a long journey. I intended to replace my tires closer to home an ended up with a blowout late on a Saturday night on the I-5. After getting home I used the Michelin discount program and got an excellent discount. They will tell you the price before you have to purchase if you want to comparison shop. Also as a side note I had Coach net roadside service and they were great help with the blowout. Have an awesome trip to Q this year.
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Dan,

My opinion is do it local.

I replaced my tires 1.5 years ago on my 03 LX. I tried the Michelin discount, but I was told availabilty was an issue. I had a mix of Michelin and Toyo. I asked colonial what was the best tire for the money, and was told Dunlop, I went with Dunlops. 8 new ones and after ~10,000 miles so far so good.

Colonial Tire Distributors
10098 Patterson Park Road
Asland Virginia 23005
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804-752-0077

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LOCAL if a problem a rises broken studs , oil leaks, wheel bearing, you are now at their mercy.
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Dan, like me, you might decide $$ impacts your decision. Thus, you might consider running through Atlanta and have the outfit that did tires at Pine Mt this year do them. I have forgotten their company name. Randy has contact info, or he might even have tires himself for you. I paid them $4,200 and change for 8 Toyo 315s, mounted. They might still honor the same price.
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I know it's a distance to cover from the east...and the... should I take a chance...but in previous years Pete's Road Service was selling tires at Q. There # is 800 352-8349. Might be worth a call to Pete's and ask if they will be at 2017 Q. I've purchased big rig and smaller tires from them for over 30 years, and I'm happy with the purchases and their service. The BoF boys are looking forward to meeting you at Q.
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To me your questions has 2 main areas of concern.
1. What are the condition of the tires.
2. What price should I pay for convenience.

For #1 you need to check the Date Codes of the tires and visually check the condition.
I did not when I bought my Bird. Drove it from Michigan to Florida and was lucky nothing happened. Others were not, as you have read above. My tires were over the recommended 7 years and had extreme cracks on the sides. Ended up using the Michelin program and bought 8 new tires. Four 315's and four 22.5's.

As to the price/convenience, that will need to be answered by you based on what you read here on the WOG. There have been many discussions as to brands. Go with what you feel is best for the safety of you and your wife.
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