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I was up in Madras, Oregon watching the solar eclipse on Monday.  On the way back the traffic was extremely bad, so I took Google's suggestion and went on the detour.  I eventually ended up on a forest road.  The LR4 handled it with no problem at all, but afterwards I noticed my driver's front tire (BFG T/A KO2) has a small cut on the sidewall.  After the trip I took it to America's Tire to let them check it out.  They said the cut only went through the first of the 3 plys, it didn't expose the core and not sign of ballooning.  So it is still same and didn't recommend placement.  The tires only has 1500 miles on it.  I have the certificate (warranty) on the tire, so if I replace it, will cost me $40 to purchase a new certificate.

 

Do you think the tire is still safe to use?  For $40, should I replace it?

 

Photo of the tire: https://drive.google...SUJ1WWxmeld0a0k

 

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Just my thoughts, safe to use but for $40 saves you the peace of mind...

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$40 is nothing for peace of mind. Only question I have is how bad is it again to have 1 new tire and 3 old-ish ones on these cars with regards to diff, t-case? Used to be the old bogeyman the forums would talk about. 


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The set of tires has only 1500 miles on them, does that low miles cause enough wear to make a difference on the differential?



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I would get it replaced for the peace of mind. At 1500 miles, I wouldn't worry about the diameter difference. If you had a measurable difference, I'd be concerned, but many tire shops can actually shave your tire down to match diameter. 


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Can't remember the page in the book of Murphy's Laws that covers this but I swear it's in there.


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I would get it replaced for the peace of mind. At 1500 miles, I wouldn't worry about the diameter difference. If you had a measurable difference, I'd be concerned, but many tire shops can actually shave your tire down to match diameter. 

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On the other hand, I'm now debating on if I should replace the STT Pros on my LR3.  They show significant chunking of the tread and one complete treadblock tore off on the Sierra run - and that was simple backroad driving!  

 

I stopped by America's Tire and they said they'd replace them but it's pro-rated as the tires are couple years old.  The catch is they want full retail on the replacement tires @ $359 ea.  With a credit of $128 ea for the old tires that still comes to $1380 with mount/balance.  Yikes.

 

They did mention a new Yokohama, the Geolander M/T G003 that would come in cheaper at $885  It's so new though I don't have any info on it.  It does spec out a tiny bit smaller than the Coopers I have on now for the same 275/70-18 E, but within .25" dia and .1" width

 

Not sure if it's worth it or not - there's still a lot of tread depth on the tires I have, but they certainly are showing damage.


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The best part about this story is you were able to avoid sitting in traffic and you probably had a more scenic route. Thanks again Land Rover.
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Hi Alyson,

 

Yes, the normally 5.5 hours trip took me 14.5 hours.  The off road detour saved us 2.5 hours.  The cost was a lot of pinstripes on the truck and a couple of very deep ones down to the white based coat.  My brother stayed on the main highway and then stuck on a road maintenance.  It took him 20.5 hours to reach the same destination.

 

Now my LR4 is at LR of San Jose for some minor repairs (unrelated to the trip).  They will keep the truck till next Wednesday.  They are slow!  Normally they provide a Enterprise rental, after I complained, they gave me an EnVogue since they are keeping my LR4 for a whole week.  So far I am not liking the EnVogue.  I feel like the roof collapsed by 12 inches.



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Now my LR4 is at LR of San Jose for some minor repairs (unrelated to the trip).  They will keep the truck till next Wednesday.  They are slow!  Normally they provide a Enterprise rental, after I complained, they gave me an EnVogue since they are keeping my LR4 for a whole week.  So far I am not liking the EnVogue.  I feel like the roof collapsed by 12 inches.

 

Sorry to hear that.

 

Ya, LRSJ's loaner policy needs a revamp.  They used to keep decent loaners on hand (LR4s, LR2s) at the old place but the past few times I've gone for service there they are out of loaners and shuttle me over to Hertz to pick something up.  One time I did get an Evoque as a loaner and was NOT a fan.  It had a puny 4-cylinder and I couldn't see out of the back.


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You should really try Exclusive British European in Campbell. I saved over $2,000 on some work LRSJ quoted me for my work rover.




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