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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 10, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Buying new tires: how old should they be?

I recently bought 4 NEW BF Goodrich Radial T/A's P215 70R 14's for my '69 Camaro. It's a pretty big tire store, with dozens of outlets. I found it a little odd, that they had trouble finding them. They had to end up getting two from FLA and two from TX.

I got to looking at them closer and realized that 3 of them were made in March 2009, while the fourth was made in 2004. Two concerns I have are: the white lettering is faded, almost antique white-looking on the fourth tire, while the other 3 have nice bright white lettering. It really stands out as an oddball. My other concern is, that rubber, like everything exposed to oxygen, has a finite shelf life. Even if it was neglible, I'm not thrilled about paying for a 6 year old tire, as "new".

I went back this morning, and the guy agreed to order another one, although he won't be able to tell how old it is, until it arrives.

I'm glad they're are making this right. At the same time, I'm surprised they're trying to sell something that old, as "new".

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Re: Buying new tires: how old should they be?

You did the right thing taking that 4th tire back.

For a street car I wouldn't purchase a tire that is more than 1 year old and it's best to have all 4 tires within a month or so of each other. Tires should be replaced every 7-8 years max as the sidewalls and casing can come apart inside the tire and not be externally visible, ie: the tires actually wear out before the tread is gone. This is the case with our motorcoach where after 8 years the tires only have ~40K miles on them and have tons of tread but they must be replaced for safety as last thing I want/need is a blow out.


Btw, 14" tires are not selling as hot as they used to. Heck my 15" TA's had to be ordered from LA.

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Re: Buying new tires: how old should they be?

As RJ suggests, 7 years. last four digits on the DOT stamp - first two numbers are week of year, last two numbers are the year.

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I'll bet that 4th tire was a window display. Sunlight kills the compounds in tires. That's why you see people who park their campers\trailers in their driveway with covers over the tires.
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My twin brother lives in Southern Germany. He said in Germany tires on your vehicle must be less than seven years old or they won't pass inspection.
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Re: Buying new tires: how old should they be?

Interesting replies, thanks guys !

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