How much of gain do you expect with a Kerma Tune? Or, whats the thought behind keeping the OEM DPF system in place and going tuned?This is one reason to go Malone. From my reading Malone will do tunes for deletes, while Kerma will not. I am not planning on doing deleted at this time.
Malone is the more expensive of the 2, Malone is 550 plus the 195 for the tuner, where as Kerma is 650 all in.
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How much of gain do you expect with a Kerma Tune? Or, whats the thought behind keeping the OEM DPF system in place and going tuned?
You mentioned "not planning on doing deleted at this time". That sounds like there is a possibility?
Wonder if I am asking too much to have a decent all around all season tire, that also isn't too loud, but lives a lot of miles? Tire would need to deal well in snow, rain, mud, dirt, dry pavement and not be too loud (this is me being nit picky) and have decent life (50-60k plus miles?)
If I had to pick one tire to run all year, it would be the Nokian WR G4. That way I wouldn't have to take off Nokian Entyres and put on Nokian Hakkas each season (so you know where I stand on Nokian).
MICHELIN AS3+ 18000 MILES 7/32 F 8.5/32 R that is running with 0 toe ft. Good in up to a few inches of snow.
I have WRG3's on the Golf for three-season use, and Nokian Hakkas for winter in New England/Upsate NY. Once they wear out, I'll replace them with G4's. The G3's are at 50,000 miles or so, I'd have to check my logs.Never ran this brand of tire, I will have to do more reading! Getting good life out of the WRG4s?
How do you avoid unknowingly buying someone else's bent/out-of-true rims? Here in the pot-holed SF area, wheel repair shops do a brisk business charging half of original list price to straighten a bent rim.
While on a 9 month road trip I picked up some used stock 17s for my A3. $100 and he swore they were straight and round. I had time. So I went to see them, put my car on flat ground and in park but no emergency brake. Got out the emergency jack, took off the right rear and used that hub. Bolted all 4 up with one bolt and spun them. He was not kidding. I have been burned before.This is a slight worry I have, but also deal seemed too good to pass up. They look very straight on both inner and outer areas of the barrel, and in general not beat up/sit flat on flat surfaces.
The Genevas are 24 lbs.I stopped by Americas Tire today on my way home from work, had them order in a set of some 235/40/18 Continental Contact DWS06 tires. I will be getting the set up installed on the car this Saturday if there shipping is accurate. Everything I have read shows these will fit, look nice and since I would be going with a 235 over the 225, the sidewall will be slightly larger to help with ride quality and what not. I think I will be quite pleased. Should save me about 3-6lbs per corner of un-sprung weight too. Rims alone are 19 each, where as my factory ones must be 22+, and the tires are 1 lbs lighter each as well. Might be a totally different car come saturday!