Having recently been healed from its encounter with a hail storm with only 200 mi on the clock, our Bullitt #5657 has experienced another small glitch at the 300 mi mark. I was out in the garage (we keep it indoors after the hail thing), applying a second coat of Insulator wax when I noticed a little shard of metal sticking out of the sidewall of the right rear tire. Apparently it didn't go all the way through since the tire held air; but it raised all the questions. The end result was to bite the bullit and buy a new tire. NTB wanted $214; but the local Goodyear dealer replaced it for $150. I brought the damaged (300 mi) tire home, pulled the metal sliver out, and confirmed that it didn't go all the way through. Perhaps I can somehow use it for a spare? One thing...the goodyear store assumed the tire pressure sensor was associated with the valve stem and was careful on the dismount. However, the sensor was some kind of band (???) inside the tire and they broke it on the dismount. They got a new replacement from a Ford dealer and all seems OK. Its all new to me, but a heads up with this issue to anyone dismounting one of these things. Anyway, I hope all the bad luck is over for a while.