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Old 11-19-2010, 10:44 AM   #15
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FYI, I agree with the others who recommended a commercial truck shop. I put six new GRV 670 tires on my Journey this past spring and used a local Good Year truck shop. They knew what they were doing and it took about four hours start to finish.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:07 PM   #16
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Your wheels should be 22.5 not 16 inch. I doubt that cw can even replace them. I had mine replace at a tire shop and they used cardboard to protect them while changing the tires. Didn't work. I had to buff out the scratches from the rims laying on the cardboard. Next time I would make sure to wash the wheels first to remove dirt that might scratch them and then use a blanket to lay them on.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:08 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the useful information and advice from all of you. Its obvious to me that I need to find a qualified dealer for truck tires.

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Old 11-19-2010, 08:13 PM   #18
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I have Alcoa aluminum wheels and have been through two sets of tires. Both times, I went to a professional truck tire shop. Neither time did they put the wheels on a machine --- used hand tools and breaker bars to break them down and put the new ones back on -- used some type of lubricate to aid in the mounging. None of my rims have been scratched either time. A good shop knows what they are doing and that is the only way I will go.
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One other comment... Daughter's first real car (A very nice Ponticac Grand Am) had Mag-alum wheels.. Dealer did a brake job, failed to instruct her about checking the lug nuts a few miles after takeing it off the lot (She should have come back the next day) lugs came loose, wheel came off and .. Several hundreds of dollars in body work ensued, Dealer ate the cost since it was their fault No argument (Nice dealer)

I do not know if this applies to the Alcoa rims or not.. but be sure to ask about it when you get the tires changed.
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One other comment... Daughter's first real car (A very nice Ponticac Grand Am) had Mag-alum wheels.. Dealer did a brake job, failed to instruct her about checking the lug nuts a few miles after takeing it off the lot (She should have come back the next day) lugs came loose, wheel came off and .. Several hundreds of dollars in body work ensued, Dealer ate the cost since it was their fault No argument (Nice dealer)

I do not know if this applies to the Alcoa rims or not.. but be sure to ask about it when you get the tires changed.
any time you remove and reinstall a wheel on any vehicle or trailer, the lugnuts require retorquing after they are run for a while. aluminum or alloy wheels are even more sensitive to this requirement.
the lugnuts on my moho require 475'# of torque. when i purchased it it was about 5 years old with <8k miles and the lugnuts had about 250-300'# of torque. i think that the wheels were never retorqued since new.
i carry a 42'' long 600'# harbor freight 3/4'' dr. torque wrench and 33mm socket and extensions for this purpose.
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