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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 04, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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I have a set of BFG T/A's that have been on my car for approx 10 years. The tires have about 5k on them and the car is garaged when not in use. I recently call BFG and asked them a question about the tires and they asked how old they were, when I told them, they said tires should be replaced every 6 year regardless of use.

Has anyone else heard this or is it the product liability concerns they may have at corporate?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 04, 07:10 AM
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The manufacturer will tell you just about anything to get you into a new set of tires! I have had tires last way longer than 6 years without problems.

I always go by the look of the rubber- if the sidewalls are getting minute cracks in the rubber they are dry rotting and it's time to replace them. Deep cuts, bulges or delamination of the belts in the tread or sidewall are other telltale signs of damage.


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 04, 06:38 AM
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The main problem that I have as tires age is that the tread seems to dry out somewhat and lose traction.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 04, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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the tires don't have any dry rot, they look almost brand new. Traction has not been a problem since I have none. One of the big problems has been with a 245 tire and 427 engine.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 21st, 04, 05:55 PM
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I agree with Choptop - look in between the tread - if it's cracked or the wear indicator bars are showing- then consider replacing them since your tires are the only thing holding you and your ride out of the weeds...Got a 468 in mine - lucky if a get a summer out the rear BFGs....grin factor - 10. Cash factor - 1.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 04, 03:20 PM
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I do not think they would tell you that just to buy a set of hoops, It is a legal issue. Rubber goes bad with time. I would replace them....even with no cracks or "tell, tell" signs of failure. I tire can go bad at anytime and with age the tire will dry out..you can not look into the tire. Is it worth trashing your car or yourself over 200-300 bucks??? If they tire fails and damages the car and the tire is over 6 years old (the DOT code is on the tire....the last four digits or the date. i.e 1401. 14th week of 2001. Unless it has a triagle beside the 01 then it is 1991. the triangle is a decade marker, used every other. the whole code would look something like w2 urp hyhl 1401) they will not pay for any damage. The more you use the tire now,the quicker the problems will begin to show up.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 04, 03:29 PM
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Burn them off and get new ones [img]smile.gif[/img]
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