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Mother fvcker!!!!!

Driving home from work last night a semi blew a tire and I, amongst others, ran right over the shredded tire. Being that it was dark and I was tired upon arriving home I failed to notice any damage during my cursory look.

Today I decided to wash the car and this is when I notice the only blemish on my beautiful new car. 4 inches worth of scratches on my left rear rim!!!!

F'ing A!!!!!
 

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generally, I'm not in favor of too many new laws, but, those recaps for trucks should all have 1 or 2 RFID chips inside them, the numbers associated with the end-user, and local communities and folks that have damage from them could then trace the last user. (kinda like those pet tags) The road cleaning crews could send in a bill for everyone they pick up, and insurance companies could get some payback from the trucking company if one of their clients' cars was damaged by a chunk. I realize it wouldn't be a perfect system, but, there aren't any perfect systems. It may be enough incentive to improve the recaps and keep trucks from driving on marginal recapped tires.
 

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Not my new Outback but my M3 BMW took a truck recap about 40% of it through my lower grill which destroyed the fog light fog light housing the lower grill all the lower panels and lost a fan blade too requiring replacement not to mention the black marks on my Alpine White paint.

I don't see near the number of these as I used to but I agree either make them better or track them so the there is some responsiblity.

Can you imagine if this was someone on a bike?

Either case he or she would have been either serious injured or killed.

Can't blame the trucker many times they don't even know they had a lose until getting fuel or RON someplace...
 

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First Scratch

First scratch always hurts most! As they become more common, the more you have of those later will add to the rugged look that Subaru should have! I've been through that with my 2 previous Subarus...
 

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Happened to me in my vette on I95. Tire rubber actually hit the fiberglass nose in full flight and cracked it in half. It was quite a shock at 80 mph. Like driving thru an asteroid storm when the tire delaminated. I managed to pull over and calm my wife without incident.
 

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Happened to me on I95 as well.

The wheels can be fixed I was just hoping for a few more months of perfection.

Anyhow, with all the kayaks and bikes something was bound to happen sooner or later I guess.
 

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I couldn't tell you. All I know is it was a semi trucks tire. The rest is pure speculation but nonetheless I'm still pissed!
 

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all new cars have TPMS - maybe it's time for trucks to get something similar too.
Wouldn't help. Most of the time the tire retains pressure, it just loses the tread.

Also, drivers are supposed to do a pre-trip inspection, on the list of things to check is tire condition and pressures. That said... sometime things get looked over. No one wants to squat down and check pressures on 18 tires at 5am in a piss puddled truck stop in Omaha.

I used to walk around mine, eyeball the tires for damage, and whack them with a tire thumper (think billy club) to make sure they had pressure. Not exactly what the DOT had in mind, but it worked.

I had one of my guys in an van get whacked by one on the Penn. Turnpike at 70 MPH right in the grill. It left a tread mark from the bumper to the roof, looked like the van got run over by a bike with a real wide tire... Lucky though, it didn't crack the windscreen.
 

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I am not a 'semi hater' - all my food and many other necessities of life are delivered by truck. I try to cut them some slack on the roads too.

Just seems that creating a financial incentive to improve the whole re-cap system might increase safety for everyone. Even trucker's wives and kids use the highway.
 

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Imagine what would have happened if I hit that "tire alligator" with my HD.
BTW, current trucking laws allow recaps on all axles except the steering axle.
 

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I remember my first few major marks on my OB - and its black so they really showed. But I loved getting to the point where my car had enough marks on it (and I had it paid off) that I just didnt care anymore. Its got major marks all over the rear bumper area - the side plastic, small circular dent in front corner, but when its washed - people are amazed at how good it still looks at 240,000 miles. They dont see those marks like I do.
But there is something very freeing once you get past those first few marks. You are on your way. :)

Sort of like scars on your body, in a way - they sort of show that you lived. :p

"I dont want to die without any scars"
- Tyler Durden
 
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