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Old 07-04-2005
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I rolled my truck last week

oops . . .didnt relize i didnt post it here. . .

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ok, so i was heading down I-95 at 6:00 thurs. night and it starts to pour. . . i slow to about 45-50. it's sort of light traffic (given its near ft lauderdale and rush hour) which i am highly thankful of. a/w im nearing the oakland park exit (for you locals) and i hit a puddle. the truck pulls the the tight, i hold it, it comes out of the puddle and starts to turn, i overcompensate, do a 180 from the middle lane over though the carpool lane and my pass rear hits the wall.a split second later im on my driversside skidding for a couple hundred feet. thankfully i was wearing my seatbelt and the airbag didnt deploy. i walked away w/o a mark (a bit anxious but thats to be expected). i feel fine now save a little sore neck (my laptop bag [which weighs about 10-15 pounds] was in the pass seat and hit my head when i rolled. i thought it was the airbag at first.)

Damage Report: **all by my untrained eye and no prof. opinion**
the pass rear end is f'd and i may/will have to get the bed replaced, enitre dirver side will have to be replaced/ repainted, hood will have to be re aligned, ill have to take my new damn clr corners apart AGAIN and do the stupid headlight mod so they'll match the headlights, and im some how hit my pass front fender ( to you who follow the forums) so that'll have to be fixed.

The up note:
I believe a rollpan is cheaper then a new bumper and since they will probably have to cut the exhaust back im going to shoot for a new exhaust and have it dumped for now. also i just ordered my new taillights last week and they'll be hear shortly.

Estimate should be tomorrow. . . ill keep it updated.

Im too lazy to repost so the pics are here:
http://photobucket.com/albums/y183/DanNEBTD/Accident/
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HOLLY SMOKES....

That sux real bad. At least ur ok
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Dang That sucks

I'm glad your OK tho...
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damn man that blows
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not a good week for the reg cab 04s :( glad you are ok tho
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dang that sucks...at least you walked away from it...
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bummer man... glad you are okay
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At least you are alright.

Rangers have really been having a rough last few days.
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man glad ur ok..
and man im glad i got an extended cab
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dude.. im sorry to about what happened.. but good thing u walked away
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yea id say so, Just last week i got in an accident in mine, this friggen kid wasnt looking came flying out backwards outta a parking stall so i hit the brakes throuhg it in reverse ( or lose the front of my truck ) and put it to the floor, the lady behind me comes crusin right up sees whats going on stops a ft behind and honks her horn and SMASH i hit her, the kid takes off and im left with replacing a bumper on an 99 grand am. alls the accident did is i have a FORD light up hitch plug and it left that indent of the FORD plug on her bumper and my bumper scratched hers. God was i P'oed!!!
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I bet you anything that you wouldnt have wrecked with different tires...
Those Rt/s are freakin horrid in rain.
Which is only one of their MAJOR flaws.
In a generic tire unworthy of the goodyear name.

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Man Danny sorry to hear that glad your ok!
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Dude that sux, trucks can be replaced and repaired lives can not.
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First off, I'm very glad you're OK. Get yourself checked out, since you may have some minor whiplash. Take it easy for the next few weeks. The vehicle can be fixed, so don't worry about it.

Second, I'm going to remind everyone again: The RT/S is dangerous in the rain. Same thing happened to me when I hit a puddle. Zero control in a split second. Nothing you can do but hold on, and hope for the best. I honestly believe this could constitute a class action lawsuit, if we could properly organize ourselves.
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I agree, the RT/S is NOT a suitable tire, esp for the light Ranger. I thought it was because of how small the stock 235 tire was, but I had a set of 265/70R17 RT/S tires on my Ranger for a few months as well, I ditched them as soon as I could afford something better. The Falken Ziex make a world of difference in the rain. I suppose its possible that the tires I have no are only average, but compared to the RT/S they may as well be aquatreads. I would NEVER recommend the RT/S tire to anyone who EVER drives in the rain.
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I agree, the RT/S is NOT a suitable tire, esp for the light Ranger. I thought it was because of how small the stock 235 tire was, but I had a set of 265/70R17 RT/S tires on my Ranger for a few months as well, I ditched them as soon as I could afford something better. The Falken Ziex make a world of difference in the rain. I suppose its possible that the tires I have no are only average, but compared to the RT/S they may as well be aquatreads. I would NEVER recommend the RT/S tire to anyone who EVER drives in the rain.

The best quote I ever heard about those tires came from a guy at the dealership. he looked at them an said:
"I had those things on my old Dodge truck. They were a decent tire when dry, but if someone just spit anywhere near that tire it would spin for days".

I think that about sums it up
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45-50 is too fast in a vehicle if it's raining the way it was the last few days.... sorry to say sometimes user error is misinterpreted as a malfunctioning piece of hardware....
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45-50 is too fast in a vehicle if it's raining the way it was the last few days.... sorry to say sometimes user error is misinterpreted as a malfunctioning piece of hardware....
sometimes it is user error, But not always. Especially with cheap tires. I had those same tires on my truck when I first bought it. Those have to be the worst tire that I have ever owned.

If it was a humid day, Those tires would spin for a couple of blocks, never mind if it was raining or in the snow.

I switched to BFG ALL-TERRIANS, and it was a night and day differance on traction. The truck was all over the place in the rain with the old tires. Now with the BFG's, I don't have to worry about the rain. I haven't kicked the rear out yet by mistake.
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45-50 is too fast in a vehicle if it's raining the way it was the last few days.... sorry to say sometimes user error is misinterpreted as a malfunctioning piece of hardware....
I got the same response when I posted about my accident last year, and it still rankles me.

This is 23 years of all season driving experiance talking. 23 years that includes long drives in a plethera of motor vehicles driven aound the US, Canada and Europe.

Let me put this simply. Those tires have zero wet traction.
Couple this with an unloaded light pickup truck, and you don't need "user error" for something bad to happen. I fully support anyone who says "the truck just went out of control in the rain".
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I got the same response when I posted about my accident last year, and it still rankles me.

This is 23 years of all season driving experiance talking. 23 years that includes long drives in a plethera of motor vehicles driven aound the US, Canada and Europe.

Let me put this simply. Those tires have zero wet traction.
Couple this with an unloaded light pickup truck, and you don't need "user error" for something bad to happen. I fully support anyone who says "the truck just went out of control in the rain".
me too. especially with those tires.
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That was what I was getting at too in a round about way..
You dont need user error with tires that have no traction when wet.
I've had generic 30$ car tires that were better!
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dude that must have sucked
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45-50 is too fast in a vehicle if it's raining the way it was the last few days.... sorry to say sometimes user error is misinterpreted as a malfunctioning piece of hardware....

If it was raining hard and he was hauling tail that would be one thing, but a puddle on I-95 down south could've been a pothole that just filled up. And like everyone has said those stock tires suck in rain. In rush hour traffic there's no way he could've been going that fast because everyone is on both the turnpike and the interstate trying to make it home...i've driven in that traffic and you can't get anywhere fast; especially since they're doing contruction...

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