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Old 12-30-2009, 02:11 PM
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Default Tire Life . . do you worry about it??

I get posts from a baby Bird group. They were having a discussion about tire life. Essentially there are claims out there that tires last 6 years.

I have to admit I was appalled! I have Diamondback Classics I bought in 2004 and which have about 10K miles on them. I expected to convert the car to Hydrogen power before I figured on more tires any of you replace your tires simply based on age? Has anyone had any disasters that might be blamed on age??

I emailed Diamonback Classics to hear what they had to say; of course they would be happy to sell me another set...

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Old 12-30-2009, 02:17 PM
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I've got tyres on my F100 that are about 8 years old.

And I bought a car that had been sitting for 5 years - and its tyres were old before that.
Never had a problem with the tyres.

Maybe for high-performance/high speed driving you would not want to use old tyres though.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:51 PM
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I've never worried about the age of the tire. Instead, I do pay attention to the condition of the rubber. Is weather cracking / checking visable? Also look for uneven wear and separation of the plys (sp?)

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Old 12-30-2009, 05:56 PM
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Discount Tire, always looks at the date codes. They don't care how much tread is left. If the tire is much over six years, they claim they are not allowed to fix it. Of course they have a back room FULL of new tires to sell, instead.

I have mixed emotions about that:
* Some new tires are years old before they are mounted on a car. Nobody ever asks the age of new tires.
* Mom's Escort had 11-yr old Kelly's that leaked out the sidewall from dry rot. The car never moved from her driveway, and was in direct sun every day.
* My MUSTANG had Michelin ("V" rated) Pilots on the front that refused to wear out. They were old, but looked and rode very nicely. (Pilots are soft and sticky.)

So, now that we have classic cars that will never wear out tires, I think 'age' is comeasurate upon the tire quality and the materials used in manufacture. I think it's wrong to say, every six yr old tire is unsafe. Maybe it should be illegal to sell a six yr old tire, because the buyer may not be aware of its age. I need to think this out... what happens if the tire is on a car that's for sale?
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Yellowbird View Post
I've never worried about the age of the tire. Instead, I do pay attention to the condition of the rubber. Is weather cracking / checking visable? Also look for uneven wear and separation of the plys (sp?)

I'm with yellowbird on this one. I have a friend that owns a shop that does front end work and tires, even though he doesn't really push the tire side much.

He drives around his 55 Wagon on tires that I believe he told me were from the 50s.... and knowing him, he wouldn't run them if he thought it was a problem.

I am running tires on one of my birds that are at least from the 80s maybe older than that... They have been kept inside, protected from the sun and elements over the years, they look good as new.

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Old 12-30-2009, 07:35 PM
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Default Tire age

I haven't had a tire on a classic car come apart other than a Firestone in about 1986, but I've had several trailer tires blow out with hardly any visible wear. The tires were about 5 years old at the time of their sudden failure and the trailers sit outside in Texas.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:14 PM
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My spare tire seems to be from ī60 something, but itīs so uneven, I mean, not only oval, but uneven in width as well ( inches ), so I have decided to put it up on the garagewall, with itīs original rim, as a sculpture
But the other 4, seems to be booth cheep, dry and old.
But as we say here...
As long as they are legal ( min 3 mm deep thread ), we use them!

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Old 12-31-2009, 01:16 AM
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It seems that there is no consensus about how old is too old, only that there is definitely an age limit on tires. This article at Tire Rack says that there is no standard in the US but overseas folks recommend an upper limit of 6-10 years, depending on who you ask.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:55 AM
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Default buyer awareness

First, yes there have been fatal accidents blamed on old tires. A man lost his daughter with in weeks of putting "new" tires on her car. Investigation showed the tires had been in storage for 5 yrs. It is also true as has been mentioned that trailer tires are replaced more for age then miles. To me it comes down to being informed and making your own decision. If you are just cruising around town you may feel perfectly safe on 20yr old tires. With my pickup pulling a car trailer with my pride and joy on it I do make sure of the tire age. I recently put a new set of Michelins on my truck and insisted they not be more then 90 days old. My tire shop never questioned that and got me fresh tires. With tire life growing..remember wide ovals that got 10 thousand miles... it is becoming more of a problem. The manufacturing dates are right on the sidewall so anyone can determine tire age. Like I said the 20 yr old tires on my roadster are still in great shape and I dont plan on changing them because of the way it gets used. my 2 cents Grant
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:23 AM
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Tires stored in a place where they never freeze and thaw, and are out of the sunlight will last alot longer than those exposed to the elements.

I have a stack of bicycle tires in my basement that would back up this statement. That being said, I'd never run an old tire on the front wheel of my road bike...because I like my teeth the way they are.
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