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Is AUDI trying to kill us?

Dear fellow listers,

Do I have a story to tell.....

As you may remember I am driving an AUDI RS2.

When I bought the car from its second owner, it has just been shod with four
brand new Bridgestone S-02 tyres.
The size used was the original fitment of 245/40/17' on the original PORSCHE
CUP design rims of 7'/17' size.

After driving the car for 18 months and experiencing problems with three
tyres being destroyed by potholes and cracks on the tarmac roads I started
seriously thinking about the opinion of my tyres specialist.
When he had seen the car he told me that the 7'x17' rims were too narrow for
the 245/40/17 tyre size.

In fact his recommendation was to either increase the width of the rims or
reduce the size of the tyres.

About one month ago, while lifting the car for an oil change I found out
that the right front tyre had started to disintegrate and the steel and
linen belts were exposed at the shoulder of the tyre.

I contacted Bridgestone European HQ and after a few days the Director of the
Technical department of their Greek representative has phoned me and asked
to examine the tyre.

After he examined the tyre we met and eventhough he proposed to give me two
free S-02 tyres he told me that according to the European tyre norms issued
by E.T.R.O (European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation) the fitment of
245/40/17 tyres is illegal for 7x17 rims.

AUDI was fitting the 245/40/17 tyres to the RS2 on the 7x17.

Have other RS2 owners experienced problems with their tyres?

I will be contacting AUDI in the following days requesting a set of 8.5x17
rims for my car, together with an official explanation and a reasoning
behind the illegal selection and combination of rims and tyre sizes.

I am still thanking God for seeing the tyre before going our on the highway
and having a most probably fatal accident because of AUDIs negligance.

I will be happy to hear from my fellow listers, RS2 owners and I will be
keeping you posted of the outcome of my contact with AUDI A.G. in Germany.

Pantelis Giamarellos

-----Original Message-----
From: Todd Young <tyoung@wamnet.com>
To: Jim Calore <jcalore@yahoo.com>; quattro@audifans.com
Date: &Pgr;&eacgr;&mgr;&pgr;&tgr;&eegr;, 9 &Sgr;&egr;&pgr;&tgr;&egr;&mgr;&bgr;&rgr;&iacgr;&ogr;&ugr; 1999 5:32 &mgr;&mgr;
Subject: Re: Cryogenically Frozen Rotors

>I saw a portion of a program once ( I might actually have it on tape
>too) on Discovery about a company that freezes items down to absolute
>zero and then warms them back up. According to the show, metal seems to
>be "harder" and more able to endure stress. They mentioned "freezing"
>entire engines for racers, and musical instruments too. In both cases,
>the end users claim better performance from the "frozen" article.
>So, if they are doing it properly, it should be a viable upgrade.
>Jim Calore wrote:
>> Listers -
>> Has anyone out there ever used cryogenically
>> frozen rotors? These guys
>> <http://www.frozenrotors.com/> perform this
>> service, and will also supply the rotors,
>> cross-drill them, and machine gas grooves too if
>> you want. They will also use your rotors.
>> Supposed to greatly increase the life of the
>> rotors too.
>> This outfit was discussed on the Bronco List and
>> Offroad.com, and is used by some serious off-road
>> vehicles.
>> Might be a good option for Audis with unusual
>> rotor designs that you can't find good
>> aftermarket rotors for.
>> - Jim
>> 89 200TQ
>> __________________________________________________
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>Quote for the day:
>Of course I don't look busy, I did it right the first time.
>Todd Young              WAM!NET Inc.
>tyoung@wamnet.com       655 Lone Oak Drive, Bldg#A
>651-256-5051            Eagan, MN 55121
>800-585-1133 ext.5051   http://www.wamnet.com/
>'93 Audi 90S(|___\====OOOO====/___|)