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Old 04-02-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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So 2 weeks ago I put the summer shoes (factory reproduction 22's) on my Trailblazer and last Wednesday I started losing air in my passenger front tire. I figured it was no big deal and I just picked up a nail in the lot at work or in one of the construction areas I drive thru. WRONG!!! These wonderful roads with their giant potholes, horrible railroad crossings and speed bump like expansion joints got my rim and cracked it on the inside lip. I'm fucking pissed and want to go after the state for money but we all know I won't get a penny and I can't prove where it happened anyway. I'm taking it to Wheels America in Arlington Heights/Elk Grove today after work and praying it won't cost me what a new rim will cost.



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Old 04-02-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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Yeah that happened to me 2 summers ago, I tried to go after the city of Palatine, had pictures and locations and proof that their construction (it was in a construction zone) was out of code, and I still didn't get shit out of them, ended up having to buy a new rim.
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Man, that's bad. You had to feel that when you hit it, even in a Trailblazer.
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I had that happen once and had the township pay for it, but I knew the road comitioner and I called him and made him come out and look at it right ware it blew my tire at
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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Man, that's bad. You had to feel that when you hit it, even in a Trailblazer.
On a lowered Trailblazer with 22's and low(ish) profile tires I definitley feel it and I'm amazed it didn't destroy the tire. If anyone is going southbound in the Rt 53 express lanes stay out of the right lane, the expansion joint going over Algonquin Rd is most likely what did it. The road lifts up what feels like at least an inch on the passenger side and you're hitting it at highway speeds.
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I bent a rim on 53 last year! Fuck IL. Wheels America will take care of it
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On a lowered Trailblazer with 22's and low(ish) profile tires I definitley feel it and I'm amazed it didn't destroy the tire. If anyone is going southbound in the Rt 53 express lanes stay out of the right lane, the expansion joint going over Algonquin Rd is most likely what did it. The road lifts up what feels like at least an inch on the passenger side and you're hitting it at highway speeds.
I drive that every day in the right lane
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will insurance cover this?
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Unless his rim is like $1000 I'd say thats not worth it at all.
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Yeah, unless you have a super low deductible, it's not worth it
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The old wheels I had on my Talon, when I finally tossed them 3 of the 4 were cracked. 2 had been welded already, and one wheel had multiple cracks.

So looking forward to Cali roads.
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Ouch, had that happen to a GFs SRT-4 rim and they welded it up and it held air. It wasn't pretty but it got the job done.
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That's a shame. I don't miss Illinois roads.
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Unless his rim is like $1000 I'd say thats not worth it at all.
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Yeah, unless you have a super low deductible, it's not worth it

unless its a comp claim... but i dunno if it would be...

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That's a shame. I don't miss Illinois roads.

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That's a shame. I don't miss Illinois roads.
You can thank my father for your beautiful Florida highways
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$200 deductible, maybe $150 for the fix, a little over $300 just for a new rim that I'd most likely have to wait quite a while for.
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You can thank my father for your beautiful Florida highways
Other than 75 which is in an extended construction period, the roads down here are beautiful. Thanks to your dad for anything he has done to make them as good as they are.
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Let us know how your experience goes with Wheels America. I want to have one of the wheels on my G8 refinished and I'm looking for a good machining place.
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I had a wheel fixed there. One of the ones I mentioned already.

I think that a crack formed right next to their weld. Whether it was a poor weld or if my wheels were just that terrible. Good to deal with though.
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Other than 75 which is in an extended construction period, the roads down here are beautiful. Thanks to your dad for anything he has done to make them as good as they are.
All state roads in and near Manatee county including 75
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All state roads in and near Manatee county including 75
His area is just a little north of the stretch of 75 I take to the casino in Sarasota.

Nice part about Florida highways is the 70 mph posted limit and 80 mph "real" limit. Even in construction areas, the normal speed limit is still usually in effect except fines are doubled. No long stretches of 45 mph construction like Illinois. I set the cruise on 79 for the middle of the night ride home from the casino and relax. I cut it down to 73 through the 9 miles of construction and then back up to 79. Potholes are such a rarity you don't have to worry about them. Granted, no freezing/thawing stress on the roads so it's easier to maintain them but the highway dept. still does a good job.
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Yeah his "base" is actually in Sarasota, so I would assume his range is at least 20 miles north and south
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The only down side to some FL roads is (I don't know if they do this any more) a few roads I've been on down there had partially been mixed with sea shells and they eat tires like you wouldn't believe.
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Either way, jelly of anyone living down there.
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