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    Wheel size question---a problem here?

    My new Mazda CX-9 has 20x8.5 wheels, 5x114.3 lug circle, +45 mm offset, 67.1 mm center bore. 255/50-20 tires. I'm planning for snow tires. I have a set of Sorento wheels, 17x7, 48 mm offset, other dimensions the same. The wheels bolt on front & rear without interferences. The Sorento is...
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    Tires for Honda Element

    A friend needs tires for an '03 2wd Honda Element. The originals are 215/70R16 99S. Not much in this size and load index except pickup & SUV tires. Her needs are mainly quiet, comfy ride, excellent wet braking traction, hope for low rolling resistance. Her first choice in a tire shop pushes...
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    '03 Forester ATF recomendatins

    A friend just bought a 2003 Subaru Forester, 80,000 miles, very well maintained with all records, from a widow who works with her. It was the late husband's car. My friend is a high mileage driver who needs this car to last for a coup'la hundred thousand more miles. --What should be done to...
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    Hard cold shift into 2nd (MT)

    From another forum..."I have a 2011 Kia sorento with the four cyl, manual trans, and front wheel drive. It doesnt matter the weather. the initial start it is hard to shift into second. once you have been thru the gears or let it warm for a bit it is fine." I think the gear oil spec is 75W-85...
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    KIA coolant questions

    Where can I find a reference to a correct aftermarket coolant for the KIA/Hyundai engines? I'm mainly looking for info on the 2011 to present Sorento. Does anyone know what flavor coolant is the factory fill from KIA/Hyundai? HOAT or OAT or what? What will an indie shop probably use--the...
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    Cooper exclusive tires for Discount

    <a href="http://www.discounttire.com/cooperAtpHtp.html" target="_blank">http://www.discounttire.com/cooperAtpHtp.html</a> I was in a Discount Tire store last week and saw two new Cooper light truck & SUV tires, the Discoverer ATP and Discoverer HTP. They are exclusive patterns for DT. I...
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    Anyone use Cooper Discoverer M+S Sport studless?

    Has anyone got experience with Cooper's Discoverer M+S Sport studless winter tire? I think it came out in 2007. I'll soon be shopping for...snow shoes...for the car, and I'll need 235/65R17 tires. Superior wet road behavior is higher on my list than the best snow or ice traction, and the...
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    Are all 75W-90 gear oils synthetic?

    The owner's manual for a Kia calls for 75W-90 gear oil in the rear differential and the driveline clutch pack/center diff. It doesn't specify synthetic. I'm most interested in low running resistance and fuel savings; the rig isn't run heavily loaded. Are there any conventional 75W-90 gear...
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    Anybody bought from SimpleTire.com?

    SimpleTire.com has great mail order prices. But.... A Google search of the address, 472 S. Walnut Ave., Cookeville, TN 38501, shows a residence. It might be some kid living in his Mom's basement running a web site. Or, it might be a guy who knows tires, has accounts with some wholesalers...
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    Anyone interested in a warm winter tour?

    I just signed up for a Dominican Republic 8 day motorcycle tour. Last year we took their mountain and north coast tour, and this year I'm taking the southwest coast and desert tour the first week of December. They have a fleet of a dozen Suzuki 650 V-Stroms, the husband rides and leads, and...
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    Which coolant for 2003 VW?

    I just had the radiator replaced on my 2003 VW Passat. It had G-12, changed at five years (and not much mileage), and now the radiator was leaking. When I got the car back from my indie mechanic, he told me that he put Dex-Cool into it. The nearest source for G-12 is an hour away. Should I...
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    Note about a USA battery

    I needed a battery for my bike, the OEM Yuasa lasted five years, and I trust the Yuasa brand. I was highly surprised to see the Yuasa battery I bought was made in Reading, PA! "Yuasa Battery, Inc. has been manufacturing motorcycle batteries in the U.S.A. to uncompromisingly high standards...
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    General info on types of coolants???

    I'm in a discussion about coolants on a motorcycle forum. Can anyone recommend a link to a concise discussion of the different types of antifreezes and which engine makers prefer which types? For Suzuki motorcycles, I'm making the assumption that any Japanese engine coolant is better than...
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    To soften the ride....

    I want to soften the ride of my Volvo. I have the choice to buy 205/60-15 or 205/55-16 tires (both size OEM wheels are in my garage). I'd prefer to use the 16" wheels, but if there would be a noticeable difference in ride quality, I'd use the 15's. Anyone know which will feel softer (I know...
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    HIR H4 bulbs

    Has anyone seen these HIR H4 bulbs? <a href="http://www.vstroma.com/HighIntensityInfraRedBulb.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vstroma.com/HighIntensityInfraRedBulb.htm</a> I know that the written description of them is incorrect. Any guesses if they are any good??? <img...
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    Fogs Recommendation, pls

    I want to put some small fog lights on my motorcycle for conspicuity, not for lighting the road. The twin headlights on my <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_DL650_V-Strom" target="_blank">Suzuki V-Strom</a> do a great job of putting light on the road, but a triangle pattern of...
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    Chinese Purolators

    I just got a couple of Purolator motorcycle oil filters. Made in China. sheeesh.
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    '04 Volvo V70 drain & refill suggestions???

    A friend has a 2004 Volvo V70 with 90+ thousand miles. I don't think her transmission has been touched except level checks. I don't know which engine/transmission option it has...are there automatic transmission differences in '04? Do they all use 3309 fluid? (I know, ExxonMobil makes the...
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    Do Continental and Hankook have a connection?

    I've noticed that the studable winter tires Continental sells look exactly like Hankook's tire. Also, some Continental motorcycle tires are made in Korea (and getting more quality problem returns than the German ones). Does anyone know if Continental has bought Hankook or if they have some...
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    New cheap motorcycle oil

    I recently was in China*Mart and saw some Warren Performance Packaging 10W-40 API-SF oil. Clearly labeled for no car newer than 1988, but just the stuff for the motorcycle riders who take the text in their motorcycle owner's manual absolutely literally.
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