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Old 07-08-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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Is this true?

when I had my tires installed they charged me more because my rear tires have a 35 side wall and they said its very difficult to mount and it will cost more because he needs to take his time to keep the rim and tire from being damaged in any way. He said if the side wall was taller it would be a lot easier and faster so that's why I had to pay 120 rather then 80. Of course he told me this prior to the work being done and just from him stating its because he doesn't want to damage anything made me opt for paying the extra money. It was a good sales tactic lol made me trust his workmanship but maybe I got played a bit
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Shouldn't have charged you more, but yea thinner sidewalls are harder, especially on deep dish wheels like mine. When I got tires changed on my deep dish 18x10 with 285/35-18s he had a hard time getting the tire off.


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So it is more difficult then.
Yeah I figured they should just have a set price but at the same time I could have got it done down the road for 60 bucks. Pay for what you get sometimes. Someone who will take there time to do it rite or some punk who just slaps the tire on the rim.
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You been had.

While it's true that a larger sidewall is easier to work with, anyone in the tire changing business that is halfway decent at their job should be able to mount/umount a 35 sidewall with little to no issues. Regardless of if it's done fast or slow, he should still take care not to damage your wheels.

The $80 price is really high too. On my old AMG E55, I had 255/35/19 front and 285/30/19 on the rear and I was only charged $40 to unmount, mount and balance ... $10 per wheel. I was in and out in less than an hour.
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The place that does mine is $15 per wheel.
I used to mount tires when I was in high school and some setups were definitely more difficult than others to mount. We always charged the same price and if I f'd up and screwed up a wheel or tire we still would have been responsible for the damage.
That is the industry standard.
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You got screwed pretty bad. Tires with lower profile sidewalls take me literally about 30 seconds more per wheel than large sidewall tires.
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I guess. Most places are 80 + tax
I payed 120 cash so I don't think I over payed crazy to have someone put some care into it haha..
do you guys just hit up any random garage or go to known big name business's
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I understand where you're coming from, finding a good tire shop is hard
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yeah I stopped at a few when searching and there shops were pretty dirty.
All that crossed my mind was scratches and carelessness.
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I guess. Most places are 80 + tax
I payed 120 cash so I don't think I over payed crazy to have someone put some care into it haha..
do you guys just hit up any random garage or go to known big name business's
They charge a tax on labor up there?

I was lucky to find a good, family owned, tire shop in the town that I recently moved to. It really is a trial and error process to find ANY good shop, though, if you don't have any solid references from people that you trust.
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Yeah there is a good shop here that's really involved in the track as well. Unfortunately they couldn't get me in for about a week so had to look elsewhere.
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Many shops around here charge more for thinner sidewalls. Its not actually an uncommon practice, but I don't patronize those shops because, as was said, they're idiots if they can't install a 35 sidewall without an issue. My tire shop now is the best one I've ever heard of, 0 scratches, dudes are careful with the rims, they use rubber padded sockets so as not to nick the lug holes etc... $20/corner for wheels/tires from these guys no matter what it is.

Now, I can't say for sure that they wouldn't charge more for something like... a 22" rim with a 25 or 30 sidewall. They also might just laugh and say they don't put rubber bands on rims...
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Yea that's insane. I will never have a tire place do my tires. Rather do it myself.


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^ you work at a shop or have a tire machine?
I think it comes down to, mechanics and people who like cars. A guy who is just going to work everyday doesn't give a **** about your tires or rims where a guy who likes cars can appreciate the show quality finish your looking for.
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The base I work on has a shop we use If not that I have Frieda that work in ships that let me use equipment.


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Same here, base hobby shop tire machine is $3/hr. I need to learn to use it...
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It's really not that hard but they sould also help u out. Wht base u at


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Same here, base hobby shop tire machine is $3/hr. I need to learn to use it...
If that price includes use of the tire balancer, that's awesome!
Lol. Even if the balancer is another $3... THAT'S STILL AWESOME!
Providing they have the balancer calibrated on a semi-regular basis.

I'd be in there all of the time flipping my tires around on the rims at tire rotation time.
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If that price includes use of the tire balancer, that's awesome!
Lol. Even if the balancer is another $3... THAT'S STILL AWESOME!
Providing they have the balancer calibrated on a semi-regular basis.

I'd be in there all of the time flipping my tires around on the rims at tire rotation time.
It's $3/hr to just dick around in the shop with their tools and not use a lift, so yeah, $3. Its $5.50/hr to use a 4 post lift. I'm going there tomorrow to drop/re-install this goddamn trans AGAIN... yeah I really want to be doing that tomorrow.
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same care should given whether its a trailer queen wheel or bicycle . you should not have to pay extra .... lower profile tires are a little more difficult , (well require a little more effort) . wide offset wheels just need to be placed on machine face down. if placed face up then it is very difficult to mount tire and greatly increases chance of damaging tire or wheel. if you see your deep offset wheel face up on a machine stop them and take it somewhere else because they either don't have experience or don't know what they are doing.
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Mine was face up and the guy had the tire on in 5 minutes. Not a scratch on it.
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