Saved By The Rack


Yesterday I whined about how I was short one wheel centering ring as a result of lending my Neon’s third wheelset to another driver. This morning I called the Tire Rack hoping they could help me come up with a solution. Amazingly, they had my original order of the wheels from 2008 still on the books. And they still had the centering rings. And they’re sending them today. And I’ll get them tomorrow. For free.

There are a lot of people who bemoan the 800-pound gorilla aspect of Tire Rack’s participation in motorsports — my brother and I can think of a particularly unpleasant autocrossing-related incident from a decade ago that serves as a perfect example of why no one company should have too much “juice” in a particular sanction or series — but in this case I have nothing but praise for the folks from South Bend. I’ve already ordered twelve tires and eight wheels from them in 2016 and I expect there will be more to come.

11 Replies to “Saved By The Rack”

  1. Josh Howard

    I was going to point you in the direction of Discount tire if for some reason you weren’t able to get one. So glad to hear this is about to be done and over with. 🙂

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  2. Hank Chinaski

    I’ve been buying from them for myself and on behalf of extended family since the eighties and have always been happy, with the quibble that they don’t carry my preferred brand of snow tire (Nokian).

    /brain dump
    ‘Negging’ CUVs. Awesome.

    Another productive week for Mr. Tacos.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Wasn’t it, though? And as usual he manages to raise a bit of envy out of the readers in spite of the general depravity of his behavior.

      • Hank Chinaski

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        Perhaps then he could afford another cat.

  3. Kevin Jaeger

    I had exactly the same experience with Tire Rack. The winter rims on my wife’s car had a centering ring go missing and wasted some time and effort getting a couple of local tire shops interested in helping me out, to no avail.

    Thirty seconds on the phone with Tire Rack and the ring was in the mail.

  4. Jesse Shaffer

    Debating a purchase really soon – would you buy a 20 year old 1gn neon as a cheap way to get started in racing today in 2016?


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