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So I accidentally rode up on a curb that was buried in some sand (parking lot at the beach) and botched up the sidewall on one of my front wheels. My understanding is that with the sidewall being all screwed up, I can't just patch it, I have to replace it.

My tires are very new, they probably have around 6000 miles on them. I'd rather avoid getting a whole new set —*would I be crazy just to replace the one tire at 6,000 miles and maybe rotate the tires every 1000 miles for awhile? It would just be a huge bummer to have to replace all the tires so soon. Thoughts?
 

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At only 6000 miles I wouldn't worry about it. I would buy the same tire. Technically the specification is 1/4" diffference on the circumference which translates into about 1/32 " difference on the tread depth
 

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At only 6000 miles I wouldn't worry about it. I would buy the same tire. Technically the specification is 1/4" diffference on the circumference which translates into about 1/32 " difference on the tread depth
aaaaawwwweeessome. Thank you!
 

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I agree, 6k miles is pretty insignificant in terms of tire wear. I've replaced at single tire at 10k miles and had no issues.
 

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Just for informational purposes, Bandag has a process where they can replace damaged sections of sidewalls. Don't know what all sizes can be done, but I had it done on a 235-80R16 truck tire. IIRC, it ran about $30 maybe 10-12 years ago. I drove that tire for about 4 years and it was still holding air when we scrapped the vehicle.

Since Bandag primarily does commercial tires, they may not have the stuff to do the tire sizes Subarus use. On the other hand, it may be worth a try. Check with places that do a lot of commercial tire work or the Bandag website.
 
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