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Unread 09-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Buying used tires

I am going to start looking for some used tires for the Jeep. What should I know to look for to make sure I am not buying a set of tires that will fall apart in a week

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Unread 09-16-2012, 12:00 PM   #3
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i have bought many sets of tires used. look at the date on the tire, check of patches and plugs. ask lots of questions like milage and ever been wheeling.
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Unread 04-11-2014, 11:38 PM   #4
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Thread resurrection! Where on the tire is the date printed?
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Thread resurrection! Where on the tire is the date printed?
Here is a good link showing date code and how to read it. It show the year and week.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11
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Unread 04-12-2014, 07:12 AM   #6
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I currently have a used set on my TJ, love them and love the deal I got.

Couple things to know, with used tires, like most used things, you get no warranty/dealer support. Also, unless you have access to the equipment or know somebody who does, dismounting/mounting/balancing/new stems, is going to run $50-75, and again you may not get "lifetime rotate/balance/flat repair/etc.

But, depending on the deal you get, used tires can be very worth while. Especially nowadays with so many "new take offs" on CraigsList. The deal I got was a set of approx 80% life left, 31s for my TJ for $100. I spent about $60 for new stems, mount, balance from a local shop. I then listed my old set of 25% life left, 30s and sold them for $100 in less than a week.

So for $60 and some gas and time getting the deals done, I got a really nice set of tires. My TJ is our 4th vehicle and I only put approx 5k miles per year and really did not want to spend $700+ on a set of new tires.
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Unread 04-15-2014, 01:24 PM   #7
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Every one of the used tire places that I checked had tires that should not cost more than $10 a tire for. All wanted to charge me $40 to $60 per used tire for junk, and hope to get away with it.

What I look for is cracks between the treads. All the ones I looked at looked OK with a brief look inside the store. The truth came out in taking them outside in the sun to take a good look at them.

If you're going for really small stock sizes then you may find something. If you're going for a little larger than your Jeep came with - no-one takes those tires off of their trucks or Jeeps without good reason(s).
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If you're going for a little larger than your Jeep came with - no-one takes those tires off of their trucks or Jeeps without good reason(s).
You say "good reason" like it is a bad thing. I've sold 33s with 30-40% tread left and 35s with 75% tread left. I had a good reason for me to do it, but didn't mean anything was wrong with the tires for the person who bought them.
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. If you're going for a little larger than your Jeep came with - no-one takes those tires off of their trucks or Jeeps without good reason(s).
I have found that many people have more money, than brains. Or they "want" something more than they "need" it.

As a result, that means good deals for the rest of us. With time, decent sets at most sizes appear on our CraigsList.

What size are you looking for?
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35x1250x17 would be ideal...

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no-one takes those tires off of their trucks or Jeeps without good reason(s).
When I put my first V8 in my CJ I also put a brand new set of 33x12.50-15 Pro Comp Xterrains on her. I replaced them in a month. Not because there was anything wrong with them at all. I just realized I should have gone with 35s, so that's what I did.

Just because someone is getting rid of tires with life in them doesn't mean there is something wrong with them.

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OK, I guess it has more to do with my area then.

Aren't many 4-wheeling people around here, and few places to wheel, so rigs just get built and keep their tires until they're bad or bald.

Like I wrote, I found nothing worth paying for in all the used tire places I traveled to. I guess that changes with locale.
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OK, I guess it has more to do with my area then.

Aren't many 4-wheeling people around here, and few places to wheel, so rigs just get built and keep their tires until they're bad or bald.

Like I wrote, I found nothing worth paying for in all the used tire places I traveled to. I guess that changes with locale.
Here is a set in your area. What is your budget?

http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/pts/4399300303.html

Edit, sorry, just saw you guys are on different coast.
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Here is a set in your area. What is your budget?

http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/pts/4399300303.html

Edit, sorry, just saw you guys are on different coast.
That's OK.

But rememebr, just because they have tread on them doesn't mean they are dry rotted - dry rot cracks happen in just a couple of years here in Florida. If those tires weren't new like last year, then I wouldn't even pay that much for them. Florida pavement is hot and destroys tires even if they have nearly new tread.
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Just had a guy try to unload a set of 13 year old tires on me.

Be careful.
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