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Old 11-04-2010, 09:44 AM   #1
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Okay to drive with old tires?

I'm getting my wheels powder coated, so I'm going to be wheel-less for a but. I have my old steelies, but they have been sitting in the shed for a year. Is it fine to just slap em on and drive around with them? Gonna be using the highway a lot.
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How do they look, is there a lot of dry rot? You can look at it this way, my wife's car has two sets one for winter and one for summer. So each sitting for about 6 months of the year in a corner of the garage. I just give them a quick once over and check the air before they go on the car. Otherwise no worries.
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As long as they hold air, have enough tread, and aren't dry rotted you should be fine.
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ya really can't see rotten on newer stuff till you actually roll on it and it flies apart.

That being said, I've rolled on some pretty nasty tires without noticing.. then again, the road is covered with people's tires.
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Clean them up, inspect, and if no rot, put some 303 aerospace protectant on the sidewalls and roll!
I would put that stuff on any tires you store and, or use.
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6 months, a year, no biggie unless they've been in the sun and are cracked.

I just put some 5 year old Goodyears on my Exploder and took them off after about a week. I got to looking at them again after they ran a while, and even though there were no cracks when I put them on, cracks were opening in the tread and sidewalls.

The Exploder will be getting a set of Dunlops off my Tacoma, as soon as I decide which way to go with my Yoko Geolanders--white letter out, or blackwall. WTF is a "Geolander" anyway? And do I want everyone asking that when they look at my truck? But I digress...
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