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    Kerb damage

    So, in a fit of impatience during the dash north out of London on friday evening, I finally managed to kerb my nearside rear (box junction squeeze on Holloway Road). I'm not too stressed about it, since I've managed to keep it pristeen for over two years, and let's face it - these things do happen (and it was 100% my fault).

    What I'm more concerned about is the state of the tyre. If the Michelin blurb is to be believed, the Pilot Sport has a "rim protector" on the outside of the tyre wall. This bit of rubber is I suspect meant to be sacrificial in these situations, and indeed in my case has taken some damage. There are splits in this rubber, and although not at all deep, they are unsightly. I think they look worse than they actually are, although it doesn't do much for my confidence in the tyre. There is certainly no penetration through this protection layer, and absolutely no differene in handling or pressure.

    So my question is this - is there anyone out there with Michelin PS2 experience in these circumstances, and should I be worried? I'm inclined to get the tyre changed, but with 10,000 miles on the clock I guess I'll need to change both rears, right? Is the tyre wall really designed for this (as they claim), and should I stop worrying?

    Any feedback which can settle my mind one way or the other would be appreciated!

    cheers (and merry christmas),

    Gaz.

    PS: I'd driven 200 miles on it before I noticed the damage, so it can't be that bad!

    Re: Kerb damage

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    Gaz said:


    PS: I'd driven 200 miles on it before I noticed the damage, so it can't be that bad!



    I think you gave the answer yourself... Except of your pride and the tyrewall, nothing will be injured IMO.
    It happened to me with my daily driver (also lowprofile tyres) It gave no probs, altough on the front axe, and FWD.
    Merry christmas

    Re: Kerb damage

    What does "kerb my nearside rear" mean?

    Re: Kerb damage

    Kerbside means the passenger side of the car (kerb is the term we use for the edge of the pavement/sidewalk).

    Re: Kerb damage

    Kerb = curb in US???

    Re: Kerb damage

    Means to scratch your back alloy wheel on the side closest to the pavement. The road side of the car is referred to the offside in the UK. Usually caused by some clumsy clot trying to go straight into a side on parking slot front first rather than trying to parallel park by reversing.

    If you've kerbed a wheel - especially on something like a 997, as well as having the wheels reshimed and reweighted, consider having the tracking and alignment checked too.

    Re: Kerb damage

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    Gaz said:
    I'm inclined to get the tyre changed, but with 10,000 miles on the clock I guess I'll need to change both rears, right?




    You still have the original rear tires on the car after 10,000 miles and you worry about replacing both of them?

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    You still have the original rear tires on the car after 10,000 miles and you worry about replacing both of them?




     
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