Tire Blowout - Bridgestones
Havent been around lately with the move to Austin and new job, but wanted to post a warning to anyone running the Dueler A/T. I've been a fan of the Dueler since forever, but found myself eating crow about 10 days ago. I run 32's, check inflation regularly, and rotate often. I blew out one of them a few days back - 35k miles and 4 years old and Bridgestone did not want to honor their 5 year Plat Pact warranty (warrants to 2/32 and 5 years, but mine had 9/32's). This tire had cord seperation and was totally shredded at blowout. Upon inspection, I found two more with wires from the cord poking thru the tread and sidewall. Fought for a week to get the dealer to replace under warranty and Bridgestone was no help until they announced last week they were recalling 16' Duelers for the exact problem I experienced. All of a sudden my 15' 32's urgently needed to be replaced according to the dealer....4 new BFG KOs were on there faster than I could say "class action". Beware and if you are running these, check for wire strands protruding the tread or sidewall. I'm done with Firestone/Bridgestone.