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Remember that book I wrote back in late January? Well, I finally got paid for the sales of it, and it's just enough to buy a new set of tires for my truck. Basic tires, not premium ones.

Before I get into the whole tire thing, I elected to be paid via PayPal. A nice e-mail was sent to me that stated a transaction had occurred, so I happily logged into my account to check it out, and yep, it definitely did happen. Cool. At that point I needed to transfer these funds from PayPal to my checking account. After scoping around, I found that "withdraw" was the place to do this, so I did that, and the system reported it would be put into my checking account in about four days. So I guess we'll see if that transaction occurs before Tuesday. I'm guessing Wednesday, because I swear that even computers take a day off on Sunday. 🙂

My 2005 GMC Canyon has over 51,000 miles on the original rubber, that being a set of P235/75 R15 General Ameri-GS60's. They've worn well but are a bit noisy. Today I discovered that the passenger-side rear had only 15 pounds of air pressure in it. It normally has 35psi. Yowza. I'm guessing that tire has a slow leak.

Small note before continuing: On the inside of the door jamb there's an inflation guide just as there is on every car. It states to inflate all tires to 32psi. The tires simply don't look right at that pressure. I can see sidewall bowing indicating that there's not enough air 32, so I inflate them all to 35psi and they look (and ride) proper.

Tire prices have risen significantly since I last bought a set online. Last time I bought rubber, it was easy to find tires in my size for a good price. No problem. But now I can't find a single one that hasn't gone up by at least fifteen bucks per tire. Bleah. And don't forget the shipping costs either. Add in rotations and over time you can easily spend a good amount of loot over the life of the tires.

What I will be doing is reverting to something I thought I'd never be doing again: Buy tires from the installer. The place where I'm purchasing/installing the rubber offers free lifetime rotations (big plus) and the price per tire absolutely destroys any online quote.

"You get what you pay for" definitely does not apply when it comes to general-use tires (not for me, anyway). All I want is a set that lasts at least 50,000 miles, rides quietly, rides smoothly, wears evenly and stays inflated. The Generals have done their job fairly well, but seem to lose air frequently. I have to put at least two to three pounds of air in them every month. Not a big deal, but it'd be nice to have a set that didn't require air that often.

When the transaction completes and the funds are placed my checking account, I should be getting some new rubber next week. My truck definitely deserves a new set; she's earned it.

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