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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Originally Posted by ge2
I just make a BOOP BEEP sound with my mouth (really loud) as I walk away from the jeep, and point the key at it.
Originally Posted by her94yj
lets put it a way a kids will relate......its like a hooker.......... SURE a 15 dollar handy from a detroit toothless 60 year old can get it done....... but NO where is it as nice as the $5000 an hour goddess from vegas or hollywood
....... dont be that fat guy on the beach in the speedo you dont want to be "that guy"
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.
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).
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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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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Edit, sorry, just saw you guys are on different coast.
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.