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Hey everybody! Just bought tires from Town Fair Tire across the street. For those of you that live in the NE of the U.S.A., I would check them out! Getting my tires installed tomorrow. I'll report back when they are on.

Here is all the info you will need if you go there. Hope this helps those that need tires.
 

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Brett did town fair have any issues with the car? Getting the proper specs for alignment, jacking .. Anything? Have they did smarts before .. Which town fair did you go to ?
 

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They didn't have any issues yet. I'm getting the tires on tomorrow. They did have the alignment specs, but I just called and opted out of it since my car was realigned after the first accident and it doesn't need it.

They didn't do smarts before, but they are going to do mine. I'll probably inform them of the jacking points so they don't puncture a hole in my side skirt.

I went to the one on rt 34. They are the only ones locally that have the tires available. They actually have to go to two different Town Fair Tires to get the two different tire sizes. If you go to that Town Fair, ask for Billy. He's a cool guy that's been working with out families' cars.
 

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Thats the same town fair that I go to. The alignment guy is real good but I don't know if he is still there. The last set I bought was from my local garage and it turned out cheaper since they didn't charge the extra fees. Let us know how you make out.
 

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So I just came home and....


WOW! Those tires have some meat on those bones! :D

They did a fantastic job. Actually got away for under $500 by taking out the alignment and the disposal service. Great group of guys and they were all enjoying the smart! They gave it a few revs because they heard me pull around back and I tapped on the gas to let the exhaust make some noise (because I'm so [email protected]$$! :D). They were all yelling, "alright who wants the smart! It's only 3 lugs!" I got a kick out of that.

No TPMS light and she purrs like a kitten. I'll probably check the tire pressure tomorrow or something just to be extra sure that the pressures are right. Hope this helps and PM me if you head over there...I literally live a stone throw away :D
 

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Great to hear of another chain that can handle smarts - I go to the local Tire Kingdom, and the last set of tires I put on, they handled the TPMS tuneup (new batteries and seals), along with alignment check. Seems some specs, at least, are drifting out to the service centers.
 

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Darn, I was hoping for a link...:D

Looks like they had fun with the car. Not bad pricing, tires for the Envoy run way higher than that.
 

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It was a fun experience. I was really surprised when Bill opened up the book and got the alignment specs for the smart.

I believe when I called yesterday to ask what the $15.80 charge was for the valve stem, they told me that they replace the core (???) and do a TPMS tuneup.

I also checked the pressure in all 4. They got the two back right with 36psi, but the front two were 36 as well. That's fine...I used my pen-type tire gauge and depleted it down to 30. I am very glad I was able to get these tires the next day installed from a great company at a great price.

I'm glad the specs are drifting to service centers. It allows us all to have a variety of different options when we get tires or other services. I can't wait to tackle the brutal snow we get here in CT. I would have never been able to survive another winter with my stocks...especially since I skidded the front treads off. When I get my new Genius rims, I'll probably just get two new fronts since the rear tires look alright.
 

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How did it go as far as jacking the car? Did you have to give them any advice or did they know how to do it correctly ? I know sometimes have seen them break out the floor jacks when the bays are full to change tires and their busy ., stuff like that always bothered me. I have seen some other tire places jack a car from under the oil pan and crush it.I'm glad everything worked out for you.. The snows make a huge difference .
 

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Right before they closed the door, I did get to see them jack it up. One of the guys looked under the car for the lift points, and I saw the car getting lifted as the garage door was closing.

I just went under my car for the second time to see where they put the jacks, and by the dirt moved under the car, I suspect they lifted the backs from the De Dion tube. I am not really sure where they put the front lifters, but so far, no damage underneath. They might have lifted somewhere from the underbelly plastic, but I can't confirm that. The only reason I would say that is there is a dent in the underside, but that could have been from my first accident since I don't ever look under there that much. No under body plastic was broken and the dent is only on the left side. If they did lift it from the under body plastic, the dent would have appeared on both sides, so I'm going to take a guess and say they used the front lifting points and the De Dion tube.

I did not inform them of where to lift the car, but I was going to, but just went over to Heavnly Doughnuts and grabbed a hot chocolate.

I'm surprised people actually think they can effectively lift from the oil pan. I knew where to lift cars on their lift points a decade ago, and people are getting paid to do work on a car and use the oil pan to lift? Wow...how did they get certified?

I do wonder how long these tires are supposed to last in terms of miles. I don't want to continue to drive without snow or ice because of the soft tire compound, it will wear the treads much quicker since snow tires are designed for snow, not just driving around. I'm hoping for a 4 winter season stretch with these altering the all weather tires to the snow tires from between December and late March.
 

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Well I have basically the same tire , the firestone version on my scion and put about 8500 miles on them last year and ran them till end of April and they stll look great , slight wear of fronts compared to the rear but not much. I had Dunlop wintersports on another car , those are High speed < 130 > rated and I ran them into end of may , they are a softer compound but handle so good in the dry that a lot of people run them year round . They also wore well , I would expect 3 seasons from your tires before their worn enough to not be effective.
 

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So I went for a drive in the snow around the block since it was blizzard like conditions out here in Connecticut and...

WOW!

The car handles so much better in the snow now than it ever did! I have much more control, but it still wasn't like driving on dry pavement, nor will it ever be like that. The traction control light and safeties were working almost all of the time and even though it fishtailed a tad, I was in perfect control of the car! Yeah! As Rich would say, let the fun continue! :D
 

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So I went for a drive in the snow around the block since it was blizzard like conditions out here in Connecticut and...

WOW!

The car handles so much better in the snow now than it ever did! I have much more control, but it still wasn't like driving on dry pavement, nor will it ever be like that. The traction control light and safeties were working almost all of the time and even though it fishtailed a tad, I was in perfect control of the car! Yeah! As Rich would say, let the fun continue! :D
Glad to know you are having fun and are safe. More appears to be on it's way to you! ENJOY! "Let it snow!" Didn't I see that somewhere on a card?
 

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I haven't seen a plow come down or up my road or the roads I drove on. Then again, they are more concerned with the main roads and when those are ironed out, they then draw their attention to the back roads.
 

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Well I hope the highways are being cleared .. I have a long way to drive before I even see the highway and it's been snowing here since 9:30 this morning. I'm one of very few who don't have a 4wd or AWD in this area.. Its a wicked drive in winter.
 

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Well I hope the highways are being cleared .. I have a long way to drive before I even see the highway and it's been snowing here since 9:30 this morning. I'm one of very few who don't have a 4wd or AWD in this area.. Its a wicked drive in winter.
Be careful out there, and we know you will be!
We want everyone to get home safely this weekend.
 
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