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Unread 09-07-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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tips for buying used tires?

I found what appears to be a pretty damn good deal on some 265/70/17 duratracs. What types of things should I be looking for when buying a set of used tires?





Looking to pick up something like this basically just to see what stuff looks like and help decide on what I want to do with tires once I get my OME HD stuff installed. What do you guys think?

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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Look pretty worn, I wouldn't pay more than $20 a tire.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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agreed. dude has them on there for $100, which I thought was reasonable...

but if/when buying used tires, what types of things should people be looking for?
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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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tread wear damage from removal on the inner bead and uneven tread wear.
Dot number to be sure they aren't too old, and price
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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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Balanceability. My last set of BFG's had 1 tire that was complete garbage, but it looked just like the others.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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4/32nds" left or so? Might be sketchy and worn irregular. Someone elses worn out tires?
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Unread 09-07-2013, 10:11 PM   #7
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Sidewall gashes! and uneven wear as stated earlier. 2 of my tires are cupping...but to be fair the guy did point them out and dropped the price a ton. I'm just going to throw them on the back and put the even ones on the front.
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Unread 09-08-2013, 01:43 PM   #8
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Look for any plugs or improper repairs on the inside of the tires
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Unread 09-08-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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You can look at the wheel to tire lip to see how many weights were on the tire. That way you can see how tough they were to balance. Duratrac's have been a bear to balance for my friends, needing lots of lead.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 11:44 AM   #10
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original direction of rotation. If you mount them in the direction opposite from how they were before, you're in for a bumpy ride.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #11
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they say 6 years old tires are not "safe" anymore.. you can check the date on the sidewall..
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Unread 09-09-2013, 03:46 PM   #12
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To clarify what others are saying, there will be a 4 digit number on the sidewall near the DOT. it will say something like "0910". The reads the 9th month of 2010. Also check the inside of the tire for damage. If a tire has been run on flat the inside may be chewed up and that tire is junk. Those things look pretty damn bald. Offer him $50-75 for the set or move on. Its kind of a waste of time.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 05:48 PM   #13
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With as bald as they are, you're really not gonna get a very good idea of the look and feel you'd get from a new set.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #14
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To clarify what others are saying, there will be a 4 digit number on the sidewall near the DOT. it will say something like "0910". The reads the 9th month of 2010. Also check the inside of the tire for damage. If a tire has been run on flat the inside may be chewed up and that tire is junk. Those things look pretty damn bald. Offer him $50-75 for the set or move on. Its kind of a waste of time.
If your date code reads "0910" then that tires was made the 9th week of 2010,not the 9th month of 2010.If the date code is only 3 digits long that tire is way to old to be used no matter what condition it's in,even if it's never been mounted as those tires are made before the year 2000 and are almost 14 years old+.

You get some oddballs also,I've seen date codes that read "5313" which means it was made the 53rd week of 2013.Wonder how that is when there is only 52 weeks in a year.
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Unread 09-09-2013, 07:52 PM   #15
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You get some oddballs also,I've seen date codes that read "5313" which means it was made the 53rd week of 2013.Wonder how that is when there is only 52 weeks in a year.
I would just assume it was a year with a partial week at the beginning and/or end of the year. 365/7 and all that math stuff...
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