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May 27, 2015, 6:05 p.m.
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Just found out my truck has a full size spare with a matching alloy wheel. Decent!

May 27, 2015, 7:12 p.m.
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Just to let most peeps know a lot of the tires (even if they are the same brand and model) from crappy tire, costco, wallmart, most big box type stores are a cheaper quality tire than the same kind from a tire store. The big box stores make deals with tire companies which have dedicated factories to pump out the tires for big box stores foe as cheap as possible. The same is said for tools and stuff which is why you can see the same model # of dewalt drill at crappy tire for $130.00 cheaper than a tool store like KMS. On the outside the drills look the same but the guts are very much different. So don't just rely on the name of the tire as the deciding factor for the purchase. And no I don't own/work for a tire store its just something I learned when I did and had to do orders for one.

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May 27, 2015, 8:04 p.m.
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Just to let most peeps know a lot of the tires (even if they are the same brand and model) from crappy tire, costco, wallmart, most big box type stores are a cheaper quality tire than the same kind from a tire store. The big box stores make deals with tire companies which have dedicated factories to pump out the tires for big box stores foe as cheap as possible. The same is said for tools and stuff which is why you can see the same model # of dewalt drill at crappy tire for $130.00 cheaper than a tool store like KMS. On the outside the drills look the same but the guts are very much different. So don't just rely on the name of the tire as the deciding factor for the purchase. And no I don't own/work for a tire store its just something I learned when I did and had to do orders for one.

Any documentation on that. I'd like to read it.

I would assume Canadian Tires buying power on tires is huge. The ability to buy tires in huge quantities is a big bonus. Allows you to sell them much lower than other private tire dealerships who have to buy their tires from a tire distributer.

May 27, 2015, 8:06 p.m.
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I've got Hankook Dynapro AT-M tires on my truck right now. They came with the truck when I bought it but I have no complaints.

The BFG Commercial Traction tires I put on my trailer are really nice. I may try them on the truck when my current tires wear out.

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May 27, 2015, 10:52 p.m.
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Any documentation on that. I'd like to read it.

I would assume Canadian Tires buying power on tires is huge. The ability to buy tires in huge quantities is a big bonus. Allows you to sell them much lower than other private tire dealerships who have to buy their tires from a tire distributer.

I don't have any hard documentation, here is a website that has a lot of peoples stories although it's anecdotal I think most of us have felt that the some products at one time or another from the big box stores just didn't measure up.

http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/NussbaumOnDesign/archives/2007/02/can_this_be_true_of_wal-mart.html

I worked at the tire shop almost twenty years ago, but reading a few articles it seems like things have shifted in the tire world in the last ten years.

http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20050314/OPINION/303149995/mail-call-march-14[HTML_REMOVED]template=printart

I am not trying to dissuade anyone from making one purchase over another just putting my two cents in for some people asking about tires.

Just like any purchase go and check out the same product offered by different stores and see if there really is a difference; sometimes there might not be any, sometimes subtle, and sometimes it will be glaringly obvious. With tires it might be harder to tell but if something is cheaper at one store and feels/looks cheaper/different there might be a reason for that.

Manufactured landscapes is a documentary that can really open your eyes about this sort of stuff.

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May 27, 2015, 11:45 p.m.
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As I understand it….
A GoodYear DuraTrac, for example, is a DuraTrac no matter where you buy it. Same quality across the board.
But A GoodYear Territory…while made by GoodYear, is exclusive to CanadianTire, made for them to their specs…it isn't the same quality as the DuraTrac….even tho they're the same brand

May 28, 2015, 7:57 a.m.
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As I understand it….
A GoodYear DuraTrac, for example, is a DuraTrac no matter where you buy it. Same quality across the board.
But A GoodYear Territory…while made by GoodYear, is exclusive to CanadianTire, made for them to their specs…it isn't the same quality as the DuraTrac….even tho they're the same brand

I bought some Territory tires due to their cheapness and I got what i paid for. While they seem decent on dry pavement and off road, they are almost to the point of dangerous in wet conditions.

I manage pretty well with them now that i know what to expect, but recently other people had to drive my truck and they were both surprised at how shitty the tires were in the wet even though i gave them fair warning about the tires.

Pretty fun tires if one is into drifting though .

June 30, 2015, 2:46 p.m.
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Found out a few things about my car. One broken clutch pedal assembly and a badly leaking clutch master cylinder. Getting that fixed asap but screw you Canada day, stat holidays and adding an extra day. This pedal assembly should be a tsb, kinda widespread issue at high mileage.

And it's as quick as a new 5.0L but a supercharged m3.. not so much.

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June 30, 2015, 2:54 p.m.
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clutch pedal and slave is fuck all to change..

Ha Ha! Made you look.

June 30, 2015, 6:38 p.m.
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I've seen this with power tools: for example my Makita drill and driver are way more solid than the versions sold at Home Depot. I haven't checked the model numbers, but it's obvious by holding them and by how long they last that some of my co-workers versions with the same specs are inferior versions. I am kinda curious about my new HD DeWalt miter saw, but for the price ($450 for a 12" double compound slider!), and how it'll get used (at home) I really don't mind if it's not quite as durable. For the drill and driver, they need to be tough.

Just to let most peeps know a lot of the tires (even if they are the same brand and model) from crappy tire, costco, wallmart, most big box type stores are a cheaper quality tire than the same kind from a tire store. The big box stores make deals with tire companies which have dedicated factories to pump out the tires for big box stores foe as cheap as possible. The same is said for tools and stuff which is why you can see the same model # of dewalt drill at crappy tire for $130.00 cheaper than a tool store like KMS. On the outside the drills look the same but the guts are very much different. So don't just rely on the name of the tire as the deciding factor for the purchase. And no I don't own/work for a tire store its just something I learned when I did and had to do orders for one.

June 30, 2015, 6:51 p.m.
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re: BFG AT's (original version): Has anyone had theirs siped to improve winter traction? My experience confirms what's been said above. Mine are snowflake rated but, not surprisingly considering the design, they're not too great on ice, frost etc.

June 30, 2015, 6:54 p.m.
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I've seen this with power tools: for example my Makita drill and driver are way more solid than the versions sold at Home Depot. I haven't checked the model numbers, but it's obvious by holding them and by how long they last that some of my co-workers versions with the same specs are inferior versions. I am kinda curious about my new HD DeWalt miter saw, but for the price ($450 for a 12" double compound slider!), and how it'll get used (at home) I really don't mind if it's not quite as durable. For the drill and driver, they need to be tough.

Milwaukee fuel is what you want. The dewalts that the journeymen have where I work are junk in comparison

Ha Ha! Made you look.

June 30, 2015, 7:09 p.m.
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I'm pretty committed to Makita for 18v stuff. I chose em because of the wide variety of tools available and they're pretty tough. My experience with the Milwakuee M12 batteries has been horrendous. The 18v drill and driver seem super tough. Folks I work with seem to really love the 20v DeWalt drill and driver but they're pretty new so we'll see how they hold up.

July 1, 2015, 12:46 a.m.
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clutch pedal and slave is fuck all to change..

Clutch pedal bracket/assembly. Bolts through the firewall. See attachment.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

July 2, 2015, 6:39 a.m.
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I've seen this with power tools: for example my Makita drill and driver are way more solid than the versions sold at Home Depot. I haven't checked the model numbers, but it's obvious by holding them and by how long they last that some of my co-workers versions with the same specs are inferior versions. I am kinda curious about my new HD DeWalt miter saw, but for the price ($450 for a 12" double compound slider!), and how it'll get used (at home) I really don't mind if it's not quite as durable. For the drill and driver, they need to be tough.

I use Makita 5" and 7" angle grinders at work. Our old ones (bought in 1990) slowly started wearing out arbours. Their new equivalents have been awful. These aren't home Depot specials.

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