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Old 11-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #15
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You're worried for no reason.
LFC, I appreciate the time you've taken to reply and I'm encouraged to think the bulge in the sidewall might not be a problem. But your reply lacked an explanation for why it's nothing to worry about. Have you had GYM's that have performed well with sidewall bulges like the one in the picture? Would just like to know a little more about why it might not be a problem.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:02 AM   #16
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Andrew T,

I have not seen any Michelin or BFG T/As in 14" in the USA. Have you seen this size recently in Ontario? I'd love to go with a Michelin when I replace mine. I've been looking online at places like Discount Tire and Tire Rack but, of course, have specified USA as my country on initial loading of the page. Maybe I should change that and nose around some more.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #17
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Info from Tirerack.com

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...jsp?techid=32&

"However, if protruding bulges, as shown in Fig. A (photo provided by a customer), rather than indentations appear on the sidewall of a recently installed tire, it reveals that there is an undesirable gap between some of the body ply cords inside the tire. The tire should be removed from service and replaced under the tire manufacturer's defects in materials and workmanship warranty.

If a protruding bulge doesn't appear until later in the tire's life, it was usually caused by a road hazard when the cord was injured as the tire struck a pothole, curb or object in the road."

I had protruding sidewall bulges on my fresh GYM's a couple of years ago, the tire shop quickly took care of it exchanging for tires of my choice.

Just my .02$

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Old 11-03-2013, 12:19 PM   #18
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tire rack shows BFG Radial T/A on their site in 14"
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #19
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LFC, I appreciate the time you've taken to reply and I'm encouraged to think the bulge in the sidewall might not be a problem. But your reply lacked an explanation for why it's nothing to worry about.
Because I agree with CapriRacer

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I just love tire threads. Lots of bad information. Gives me something to do.

That bulge is caused by a slight spreading of the PLY cords (not the steel belt). Some amount is to be expected - and the photo is about half way to excessive. Nothing to worry about. If it were twice as bad, that would be something worth taking care of.

Will this cause a blowout? Absolutely not. A bulge has to be 4 times as large to cause a blowout - and I have yet to see one cause a blowout after having looked at 10's of thousands of failed tires.

So don't be surprised if they don't do anything for you. And be gracious if they do.
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Hi, I had two GYM's with a sidewall bulge and Goodyear's answer was that I ran over something. It's their cop out, forcing you, to buy something that should have been covered under warrantee. In nine years, I have had 5 Marathons fail. [2 bulges and 3 separations] Luckily I haven't had a single flat or blow out.
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Hi, I had two GYM's with a sidewall bulge and Goodyear's answer was that I ran over something. It's their cop out, forcing you, to buy something that should have been covered under warrantee. In nine years, I have had 5 Marathons fail. [2 bulges and 3 separations] Luckily I haven't had a single flat or blow out.
And you are still running on GYMs?
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And you are still running on GYMs?
Hi, I have a spare that has never been used and someday will be replaced. I'm down to one Marathon on the ground and three Carlisles due to the fact that I had no other choice while traveling.
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