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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    Because it is the best way to light your differential on fire.

    Differential ON FIRE today....
    Whoa.

    So would you recommend just having it flatbedded, then? Good thing I've never had a flat, sheesh.
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    As a cruel joke.

    Given my background and daily interactions, I imagine it being an upper management decision contrary to the expressed opinions of the drive-train engineers. Somewhere there is a Japanese engineer that smirks every time he sees a WRX drive by.

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    Easy. More differential fires = more money Subaru can charge for repairs!

    Alright, enough with the conspiracy theories... the diameter of the stock donut should equal the diameter of the stock wheels. As long as there is no radial mismatch, the differential shouldn't be overworked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Easy. More differential fires = more money Subaru can charge for repairs!

    Alright, enough with the conspiracy theories... the diameter of the stock donut should equal the diameter of the stock wheels. As long as there is no radial mismatch, the differential shouldn't be overworked.
    Well...I ALWAYS call a flatbed. It's a free service included with my insurance payment, so I use it. Like Jeremy, I also carry a small 12v compressor just in case. I don't even carry my spare anymore.

    edit: Aren't there stickers you can get that say to only tow with a flatbed? I remember seeing someone have them on their car, I just don't remember where you can get them.
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    My recommendation would be get a full size spare, call a truck, or go straight to a shop on the donut if you are within 5-10 miles

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    Well...I ALWAYS call a flatbed. It's a free service included with my insurance payment, so I use it. Like Jeremy, I also carry a small 12v compressor just in case. I don't even carry my spare anymore.

    edit: Aren't there stickers you can get that say to only tow with a flatbed? I remember seeing someone have them on their car, I just don't remember where you can get them.
    IMO that sticker should only have to say "AWD".... Some do use a dolly though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    IMO that sticker should only have to say "AWD".... Some do use a dolly though.
    I believe the sticker stated that the car was AWD and could only be towed with a flatbed. I want to say that Ray has one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Agreed.Any spare tire on any car is just for getting you to the nearest repair shop,not to drive around on.
    Try living in Philly...morons leave the spares on forever. They will leave them on the front wheels of an FWD car too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    .edit: Aren't there stickers you can get that say to only tow with a flatbed? I remember seeing someone have them on their car, I just don't remember where you can get them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    I believe the sticker stated that the car was AWD and could only be towed with a flatbed. I want to say that Ray has one.
    If you're talking about me, mine just says "Symmetrical AWD".
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfieldsWRX View Post
    If you're talking about me, mine just says "Symmetrical AWD".
    Maybe you just posted a link to one at some point in time...
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    Probably a dumb question but since this is my first AWD car I'd figure I would ask:

    Say you get a flat and the tire isn't pluggable/fixable. Would I need to change out the other 3 tires with new ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maus View Post
    Probably a dumb question but since this is my first AWD car I'd figure I would ask:

    Say you get a flat and the tire isn't pluggable/fixable. Would I need to change out the other 3 tires with new ones?
    Depends on the wear on each tire. You don't want to mix 3 very worn tires with a brand new tire. If you absolutely must, make sure that you are rotating the tires regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maus View Post
    Probably a dumb question but since this is my first AWD car I'd figure I would ask:

    Say you get a flat and the tire isn't pluggable/fixable. Would I need to change out the other 3 tires with new ones?
    EDIT: Beaten by Zach, but

    Depends on wear. If your other tires were on their way out, maybe, although many tire shops have used tires on hand. If they have an identical used tire that matches the wear of the others, I'd use that. We have Les Schwab tires in the NW, and on other (non-AWD) cars I've had, they had an identical match to the other three, just worn down a bit (although by no means bald, still had at least 70% tread), so the treads matched much more closely. A side benefit was they don't charge for using a used tire, it was just $10 for labor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maus View Post
    Probably a dumb question but since this is my first AWD car I'd figure I would ask:

    Say you get a flat and the tire isn't pluggable/fixable. Would I need to change out the other 3 tires with new ones?
    Technically yes...unless you can find a used tire of the same model as yours that has similar treadwear on it, which still isn't always the safest.

    Anyone know if there are places that will "grind" a new tire down to the same wear as tires you have on?
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