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    Default Tires are hard to find

    Seems like tires are hard to come by. Tried several local store for inventory and can’t even order the size for the front. Finally found some Conti Pro Contact in 165/60/15. Found them at Wal Mart of all places and still had to order them. Supposed to be here Sunday, we’ll see. Hope these will work. Their not the original size (165/55/15).


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    Have you tried tirerack.com ?
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    Yes. Several online stores. Thanks

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    Just ordered a tire from Tire Rack and got it in two days.

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    Tire Rack says it can be delivered “when available” and/or it’s backordered. Could be where I live??? IDK. Good ole Wally World says they’l have it here Sunday. I’ll just have to wait & see. If it doesn’t show up, time for plan B…???

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    Number of stories about looming auto tire shortages, so not surprised that the size we use are harder to find since those are not the most used by auto manufactures.
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    All those tires are sitting on off-shore container ships waiting in line to be unloaded. Tires may be dry-rotted by the time they hit dealers.
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    Just an off the cuff thought.

    Looming tire shortages for cars, autos waiting for computer chips, difficult availability for many new cars...

    Is this some kind of secret ploy so that everyone will get mad at their cars and jump on the electric ones when they are available?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARtraveler View Post
    Just an off the cuff thought.

    Looming tire shortages for cars, autos waiting for computer chips, difficult availability for many new cars...

    Is this some kind of secret ploy so that everyone will get mad at their cars and jump on the electric ones when they are available?
    .... don't the electric have tires also ????? ........... Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by LooseCannon View Post
    Seems like tires are hard to come by. Tried several local store for inventory and can’t even order the size for the front. Finally found some Conti Pro Contact in 165/60/15. Found them at Wal Mart of all places and still had to order them. Supposed to be here Sunday, we’ll see. Hope these will work. Their not the original size (165/55/15).
    Were you looking for tires in the OEM size, same as the Kendas that come on the Spyder? If so, that's why you don't find any. They don't exist except for Kendas and maybe Kumhos. If you want to put car tires on your Spyder you need to use a slightly different size than OEM.

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    There are serious supply chain problems from computer chips to chinese noodles. There are many hundreds of container ships off the So. California coast waiting and waiting to be unloaded. There are also trucking difficulties and fuel have gone up A LOT. I'd love to say things are going to get better but alas--------

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    .... don't the electric have tires also ????? ........... Mike
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    Just received Quadtrac (old style) 165-60-15 from tire rack, What a difference. They should be in stock now

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastfreddy View Post
    Just received Quadtrac (old style) 165-60-15 from tire rack, What a difference. They should be in stock now
    That's the " Q - 5 ", you are lucky, not many here have been able to get those ( production / shipping delays ) ..... Peter and I recommend 15-17 front & 18-19 rear for best ride ..... Mike

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    running 17, feel great so far just got about 100 miles so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUEKNIGHT911 View Post
    .... don't the electric have tires also ????? ........... Mike
    And computer chips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LooseCannon View Post
    Seems like tires are hard to come by. Tried several local store for inventory and can’t even order the size for the front. Finally found some Conti Pro Contact in 165/60/15. Found them at Wal Mart of all places and still had to order them. Supposed to be here Sunday, we’ll see. Hope these will work. Their not the original size (165/55/15).


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    Just got my Altimax 215/60/15 from tire rack last week. They sent a very fresh tire produced in Aug. of this year. Then I went to Harbor Freight to purchase their $189 lift that just went up to $219. My bad for procrastinating. Looks like it will work. https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-l...ift-63397.html

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    Turning 20K miles on my F3 now. OEM fronts usually give up to 25K for me (across all seven spyders). I want to be able to ride all winter, so having mine changed out next Wednesday. Lamonster Garage is my go to place, and currently only Kenda OEM's are available. i am one of the few that are all right with that, as I have been getting 20-25K on the fronts and 15K on the rear.

    Wanted better, but no choice this go around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew L View Post
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    There are serious supply chain problems from computer chips to chinese noodles. There are many hundreds of container ships off the So. California coast waiting and waiting to be unloaded. There are also trucking difficulties and fuel have gone up A LOT. I'd love to say things are going to get better but alas--------

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    Nothing like a bit of hyperbole to get attention.
    Unless your definition of "many hundreds" is something like "a hundred".
    As of Sept. 23, there were 73 container ships outside LA ports.
    Figures change over time, of course...

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    First, the headline: "The claim: There are more than 1,000 cargo ships off the coast of California that are not allowed to dock or unload"

    "Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told USA TODAY that, as of Sept. 21, there were 153 ships of all types at both the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Of those, 64 were at dock loading or unloading cargo, 60 were at anchor and 29 were adrift off the coast." So basically about 90 ships more than normal. It's a lot, yes. But "many hundreds"?
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    What size do you recommend in the Quadtrac for the fronts and what size for the rear? I have a 2016 RT. I ordered the wrong ones from Tire Rack that I am returning. Thanks. Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madison Sully View Post
    Nothing like a bit of hyperbole to get attention.
    Unless your definition of "many hundreds" is something like "a hundred".
    As of Sept. 23, there were 73 container ships outside LA ports.
    Figures change over time, of course...

    From: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ds/5797859001/

    First, the headline: "The claim: There are more than 1,000 cargo ships off the coast of California that are not allowed to dock or unload"

    "Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told USA TODAY that, as of Sept. 21, there were 153 ships of all types at both the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Of those, 64 were at dock loading or unloading cargo, 60 were at anchor and 29 were adrift off the coast." So basically about 90 ships more than normal. It's a lot, yes. But "many hundreds"?
    Well I'll be more subdued in the future. Although I should have included the container ships languishing at our ports other than L.A. Even just those 90 ships are Many thousands of containers at one port. Even our esteemed Secretary of Transportation says it will be a long time before it's cleared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yardageman View Post
    What size do you recommend in the Quadtrac for the fronts and what size for the rear? I have a 2016 RT. I ordered the wrong ones from Tire Rack that I am returning. Thanks. Nick
    I PM'd you with the answer ..... Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoMtnSpyder View Post
    Were you looking for tires in the OEM size, same as the Kendas that come on the Spyder? If so, that's why you don't find any. They don't exist except for Kendas and maybe Kumhos. If you want to put car tires on your Spyder you need to use a slightly different size than OEM.
    I got my OEM size Federal Formoza AZ01 tires from Walmart.com. picked them up and took them to my local tire shop to have them mounted and balanced and filled to 17psi with nitrogen.
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