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Old February 18th, 2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default 19.5" retreads?

Does anyone have any experience with retread tires? Im looking for a set of 285-70-19.5's. Where do I go to learn more about them. Where can they be purchased through? Can you pick tread design?
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Old February 19th, 2014, 01:19 AM   #2
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Old February 19th, 2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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Imo retreads are not worth the savings. The cap can peel off causing major damage to the truck. Pony up the extra cash and buy new.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 05:55 AM   #4
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we ran them on the trailers but my boss would never run them on the front especially due tonot wanting torisk body damage
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Old February 19th, 2014, 06:00 AM   #5
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we ran them on the trailers but my boss would never run them on the front especially due tonot wanting torisk body damage
It is illegal to run them on the steer axle.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 06:03 AM   #6
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Check treadwright.com they have only two sizes for 19.5's but give you a couple options.

They explain there process on there site too. prices seem ok but its like 150 for 4 tires to ship from there to here.

I am not sold on retreads but I will be trying them for my off road rig cuase I want to know. If your going to DD them I would tend to be on the cautious side but medium/heavy duty trucks have been running them for years. I would think the failures might be more often than new tires but cant be all that bad if they can still be dot approved. Just carry a spare.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 06:04 AM   #7
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It is illegal to run them on the steer axle.
only on comerical trucks, personal use does not matter.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #8
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only on comerical trucks, personal use does not matter.
Considering the person cj65 quoted said "my boss" I'm going to assume it was commercial use.
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Old February 19th, 2014, 09:07 AM   #9
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I have retreads from treadwright.com on my trailblazer and love them. I have almost 4yrs on them and have lasted great. I have not had any issues with them and plan to order another set for them and my dually soon. We also have a set on our 11 cclb cummins at work and pull a 28ft suretrac mowing trailer everyday and have had no issues.
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It is illegal to run them on the steer axle.
Legality is the reason i don't work for him anymore. wasn't too concerned about the laws.
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olson tire in mt pleasant 989-773-7978 they do the capping and repairs there. we have recaps on 2005 f450 4x4 for over 4 years now.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 03:10 PM   #12
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I got 30k on my treadwrights. Zero problems.
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Old February 28th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #13
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only on comerical trucks, personal use does not matter.
So using the vehicle for Non commercial use makes it safe ???
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Its just illegal commercially... you make the decision on being safe for yourself
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Imo retreads are not worth the savings. The cap can peel off causing major damage to the truck. Pony up the extra cash and buy new.
I don't know anything about trucks but I had 2 on my Cougar and it separated and killed the rear quarter on ma hotrod. That sucked.
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tire retreading is coming back big. this is a pretty good read
http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/...oreUserAgent=1
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Todays retreads are great!
I have over 1 million miles on retreads. Never had one blow out.
I did have a brand new Goodyear steer tire blow in the first week.
losing a steer at 65 I s no fun!

It aint like retreads in the 70s and 80s.
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if you go with a quality retread you'll have 0 problems. The new ones are a full ring that goes around carcass. No more splicing or joint on tread area. Far less problems. They spin down the carcass, check for any damage, spread out bead areas to reduce overall circumference, insert one piece cap over tire, vulcanize old carcass to new one piece tread piece. I would run retreads no problem. Working in commercial truck maintenance for many years now. They have gotten leaps and bounds better than they used to be.
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What about dry rotting. Id guess this to be a huge concern for the op.
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What about dry rotting. Id guess this to be a huge concern for the op.
The cases are date coded. They are coded when re treaded too.
they wont buy a dry rotted carcass. Takes a commercial tire forever to get bad dryrot.
more of a concern on car tires. They are inspected in a few different ways.
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