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Almost had 5 instead of 4 selespeed wheels


coming home from work, everybody knows these very fun guys that apparently always come on the road when you try to go to work or try to get home.
Yes, I'm talking of the farmers with there oh so slow and wide machines... rant

So there I was, just cruising and suddenly there he was, blocking the road due to the width of his vehicle.
No other choice than to stay behind and wait until we were on a road with 2 lanes. (this one was only one lane).
We reach a nice 2-lane road, so I prepare to overtake him, moving to the left lane so he can spot me and make some room.

He moves over to the right (I thought he saw me), so I started to overtake him.
But he, when I was right beside him, he moved to the left again!!!
I had no other choice than to go left also, driving my left tyres of the road, into this really deep ditch.
I kept on driving (you can't brake now, can you) and saw this really big rock coming towards my left wheels, and BANG!!! eek! eek!

I seriously thought that my front wheel was split in half! Man such a bang.
I drive on until I reached a location where I could stop and inspect the damage, but no visual damage...
I drove on, testing brakes, taking turns to see if anything was bend or broken, but didn't feel anything.

Next week I'm going to the dealer, to get some new parts fitted (in warranty) and I'll ask him to take a look at my left side.
Anyone has some ideas as to what he should be checking??

btw. the parts that will be replaced are the rubbers strips running on the roof. Mine have shrunken, so they agreed to replace them in warranty.

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Bad luck gunny.
He needs to take that wheel off and check the rim and tyre on BOTH sides, as you may not be able to see any damage to the inside when it is on the car.
Other than that, you should be OK.

Think yourself lucky. If that was here, it would have been a dry stone wall, and not a ditch!
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Check the track control arms, it could have bent one ever so slightly so it may knock the tracking out a bit,which means you'll scrub your tyres out quicker.
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Ricks, AJ,

thanks for the helpful hints.
I'll make sure he does this.

It was a bit of a scare, but I'm happy that I didn't hit him instead of that rock!

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The farmer should clean his rear view mirrors. They must be al dirty with ****.

Check everything as Rick and AJ told, Gunny.
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Bloody hell that sounds scary! eek!

Hope nothing is broke!
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Does sound scary Gunny, you ought perhaps check the Tyre Side walls, on the inside, as well. if they are damaged the tyre could fail at any time.
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I'm visiting the dealer on Tuesday, but I'll do a check of the wheel this weekend.
Like you said Ian, if the sidewall is damaged, the tyre could blow!! eek! (we don't want that now do we)
Thanks all for the advise!
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