Hankook Ventus Tire Experience
so ya... as most of you know or may not know, I ordered those Arospeed RS-GT wheels from WheelsNext in July'ish. Well it was a package deal that came with 4 tires. They sent me some tires made by the comany Ventus. Well, just wanted to tell you guys about my little mishap last night with these tires. These tires had 85% tread left. ATLEAST. I only autocrossed on them one time. And only had a couple thousand miles on them. Well, last night I was coming back to baton rouge from my family get together in metairie when at about 80mph (and approximately 2 miles before sorrento/donaldsonville exit) my rear driver-side tire blows out. I ended up doing a complete 720 (and then some) in traffic and ended up about 3 feet from ending up in the swamp. I had just missed a pole and another car that was abandoned on the side of the interstate as well as the other cars in traffic. One of those cars was my cousin Krista, who was following me back to baton rouge. Luckily she braked enough to not hit me and i never hit anyone else. I ended up having to get my car towed out and pulled back to my apartment in baton rouge. I think im very lucky to be alive actually. HOWEVER. My new tire did infact blow out. Now you might wonder if my tire pressure was too high/low that it had something to do with it. "When was the last time you checked your tire pressure?" Well, i checked it at the last DELTA auto-x.
But anyways, this is what happened to me last night on thanksgiving and i thought I'd just give you guys a heads up for anyone that has Hankook Ventus tires or has done any deals with WheelsNext. WheelsNext also offers a tire upgrade for the package but at the time i got my wheels, i couldnt afford the kumhos. Hankook Ventus tires can also be bought at some autozone locations from what i understand. Anyways, with some minor damage to my car and a completely messed up wheel, I'm pretty pissed off with Hankook. I should be emailing them later today as well as contacting State Farm to see what i can do about this as far as insurance goes. Not exactly sure if they will do anything being that the wheel was aftermarket. But Hankook will definetely hear from me.