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A spike took out one tire! An idea!

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On my 2014 Frontier with 3/4 tire life left; I picked up a nail/spike that could not be repaired. No choice but to order a new tire, so ordered the same Goodrich rubber the truck came with OEM. This would leave me with 3 tires with 3/4 tread and one new one. I thought about it and realized my spare was full-size...! So I talked the shop into moving the spare off the steel rim onto the alloy and mount it on front with other new one. So now I have TWO new ones on the front and a 3/4 tread spare! I can live with that! The shop balked a bit but finally realized I would not order new tire UNLESS this was done. So they did it and no charge for mounting or balancing the spare... Got lucky there. A plug for Big O tires!!! Plus they matched the price for same tire at Costco...

Bear in mind this would probably not be a viable option if the spare was 10 years old or some such...
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Good thing that didn't happen to a Subaru or you would replace all 4 tires.
Yeah my last irreparable flat on my Outlander (full time AWD) resulted in a full 4 tire set. AWD has it's perks but not without a few trade offs. At least when that happened the remaining tread was getting low I was probably going to get at most one more summer out of them.

I have gotten one irreparable flat in the truck too but I had less than 5000km on long trails so there wasn't much of a tread wear difference after replacing it.

I have also heard of tire shaving to bring the new tire into check with older ones, but I have yet to meet someone with AWD admitting to doing it.
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