Been catching up on a lot of things lately, so apologies for the lack of updates.

Had quite a weekend again, after last weekend in Penang this weekend was going fairly smoothly..

Until Sunday night when I was heading out to delivery some pictures to a client and I heard a weird noise coming from front driver side tyre..

I pulled over and to my dismay I had a mega flat, thankfully it failed gracefully near home and didn’t blow up when I was bombing back down the highway from Penang.

Flat Tyre

It was really really flat, so flat in fact it was coming off the rim! Ok so get the tools out, locking nut adapters and loosen the nuts before I jack it up.

Then time to jack it…man that was hard work.

Jacked Up

Then whip the tyre off and get the big black bobby tyre on there…which limits me to 80km/h. Thankfully my spare had air in this time because I’d just filled it last weekend as part of the challenges in Penang.

Spare Tyre

The last time I used it…it was flat too! So always remember to pump air in your spare.

And well it’s always smart to change your tyres before they get too bald…I’d say mine was a little TOO worn, that’s why all the air came out.

Bald Tyre

Oh well. No damage done this time! The outsides looked fine, I think my camber was really messed up because all the tyres were worn differently.

Headed to the tyre shop on Monday afternoon to get a new set of shoes and get the camber electronically corrected.

Tyre Shop

Went for cheaper tyres this time as the old Pirelli Dragons don’t seem to be so good any more (I’ve been using them since 2005).

I got myself a set of Goodyear Eagle NCT 5 with alignment and balancing + camber adjustment for all 4 wheels. Total damage RM1075.

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14 Responses to Puncturised

  1. Yatz July 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    new tyres..stimness

  2. kevin July 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm #

    havent commented on your blog for awhile now.

    anyway, there is a very simple way of testing your tyre threads. use a 20cent coin, put it in the grooves of the threads. you can read the words on the coin’s inner ring, then its about time to change a set of tyres.

    dont forget that the only thing separating you from the tarmac are these 4 tyres, so dont be stingy on changing them.

    for that price why didnt you try out bridgestone turanza’s or falkens? btw, falkens are dirt cheap in ipoh last time i checked.

    takecare shaolin.

  3. Jacky Yong July 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    Ohhh I don’t know if the Goodyears are a good choice. I had a set of Goodyears before, but they were noisy as hell after only a year. Especially the old Goodyear Ducaro and the NCT5, the loud humming is comparable to the engine noise if not louder! No doubt they are cheap, but for just a little bit more, I’d get the Falken. Bridgy’s and Michels are way too expensive.

  4. Tan Yee Hou July 8, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    The thread doesn’t look too aggressive.

    Speaking of docile looking threads, my Yokohama A-Drive doesn’t even let me go tail out in the rain. That’s pretty good stuff.

  5. ahloon July 8, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    awesome…. i got my Michelin primacy LC last month… but top speed very weird! i do on and off wheel balancing also same… 110 to 115 will vibrate.. 120 wont d…

    one question… how to do the camber thinggy u said ah? how much it cost? sorry nood question.. hehe

  6. Myhorng July 8, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    dude ur tyre just like the F1 for dry track. no wonder burst!!!

  7. Tian Chad July 8, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Some clicks for your new tyres ;p

  8. Ryan July 8, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Lol… what have u been doing with your car? Drifting?

    Man those look like slicks already..

    Wokay I’ll start clicking on your ads. So cheer up =D

  9. KY July 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    “a little too worn”? HAhahaha

  10. ShaolinTiger July 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Yatz: The having to pay part..is not stim LOL.

    kevin: Yah know that bro, but the camber was screwed so if you test at the outside it passes fine…what I didn’t know was interior wall was bald to the max. Will check out more tyre options next time when I change car, gonna sell this one off sometime so not that bothered for now.

    Jacky Yong: Yah have to admit they are quite noisy, ride is nice though. Much better than the Pirelli’s. Will have to check out Falkens next time…although I’d love some Eagle F1 or Pzeros.

    Tan Yee Hou: Yah haven’t really tested it out yet, it seems assertive though. Need to wear it in a bit first.

    ahloon: Sounds like could be something else, could be your wheel bearings or the drive shaft. Better check your engine mount too. Camber adjustment should cost about RM25 per tyre (for electronic system). That’s if you have camber kit, if you don’t have camber kit add another RM35 per tyre.

    Myhorng: Haha yah slick and can see wire already.

    Tian Chad: Thanks thanks.

    Ryan: Yah I think too much hard cornering.

    KY: A little bit of understatement haha.

  11. stephenstreets July 9, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Total damage RM1075. Ouch!!

    Mine had a puncture too when my dad was driving it in Kelana Jaya. Temporary patch the tire only. Waiting for salary to replace.Cars are just like your 2nd wife, spend to much cannot , spend too little oso cannot. Haiz

  12. Huai Bin July 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    It’s a good thing it didn’t puncture while you’re driving back from Penang. Having a burst tyre while driving at high speeds nearly made me a tree hit me a couple of years back. :S

  13. superwilson July 14, 2009 at 9:41 am #

    It looks pretty bad but thank god it din burst on the highway…

    RM 1075… not too bad, Michelin would cost around RM 1.3k at least…

  14. ShaolinTiger July 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    stephenstreets: Yah painful eh, oh well what to do.

    Huai Bin: Yah the condition it was in it could have been a complete blow out.

    superwilson: Yah, not too bad. Old pirellis would have cost me at least RM1400.

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